Sirhan Sirhan claims to not remember Robert Kennedy shooting

Robert Kennedy

Sirhan Sirhan claims to not remember murdering Robert F. Kennedy, and his lawyer argues he was brainwashed into committing the crime. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Sirhan Sirhan, the man who was convicted for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, claims that he does not remember killing Kennedy. Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant, claims not to remember shooting Kennedy, though he was apprehended at the scene while firing a pistol. His attorney claims he was brainwashed into committing the crime.

Attorney says Sirhan was victim of brainwashing

At an upcoming parole hearing, the lawyer representing convicted murderer Sirhan Sirhan will argue that Sirhan was the victim of  brainwashing, which led his client to assassinate Robert F. Kennedy, according to MSNBC. Sirhan was convicted of the 1968 assassination of Kennedy, younger brother to President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General during the JFK administration. Sirhan’s attorney, William F. Pepper, maintains that his client was the subject of a brainwashing scheme, similar to the plot of “The Manchurian Candidate,” a film about a man brainwashed into assassinating a politician. Pepper maintains that the conditioning Sirhan received resulted in Sirhan shooting Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in June of 1968.

No memory of shooting Kennedy

For some time, Sirhan has maintained that he has no recollection of shooting Robert Kennedy. However, according to the Daily Mail, Sirhan said during his trial that he had committed the crime “with 20 years of malice aforethought,” and that he had committed the crime “for my country,” referencing Kennedy’s support of Israel during the Six Days War of 1967. He was initially sentenced to death, but the Kennedy family opposed the use of the death penalty. His sentence was changed to life in prison after Supreme Court case Furman vs. Georgia led to a national moratorium on the death penalty from 1972 to 1976.

Lax pursuit of parole

Sirhan Sirhan has not been very proactive in pursuing parole. He rarely attends hearings, mostly sending an attorney, and he has declined to send counsel on several occasions. However, his apprehension at the scene makes establishing his innocence or securing his release unlikely. Sirhan was wrestled to the ground by hotel staff and several Kennedy supporters, including journalist George Plimpton and Olympic athlete Rafer Johnson, while still firing his revolver.



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