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December 2, 1994 | Associated Press
A parole board Thursday rejected Sirhan Sirhan's ninth attempt to be freed from a life sentence for assassinating Robert F. Kennedy more than a quarter-century ago. The panel said Sirhan's parole can be reconsidered in two years. He was present at Thursday's procedure, unlike his last hearing in 1992, which he refused to attend because guards ordered him shackled with a waist restraint.
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April 22, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Pluses Teams across the NHL paid tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in many ways, including holding a moment of silence, players writing "Pray for Boston" on a stick or skate, and the Bruins and Buffalo Sabres joining to salute the crowd with raised sticks on Wednesday. In a touching gesture, Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle - a Boston native - wore a jersey in warmups Saturday with the name of 8-year-old bombing casualty Martin Richard on the back. Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, expected to retire after the season, was serenaded by fans after the Flames' home finale Friday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1992
Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles 24 years ago, was denied parole Tuesday. The state Parole Board voted unanimously not to release the 48-year-old Palestinian, who had been up for parole seven times before. He did not attend the hearing because he refused to wear wrist chains. Sirhan is serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison for shooting the New York senator at the Ambassador Hotel on June 5, 1968.
SPORTS
April 20, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Boston Bruins broadcaster Jack Edwards was not just critical of Penguins left wing Matt Cooke, he went so far as to compare him to an assassin. While it's true that Cooke had a reputation as a player who took cheap shots at opponents and has been blamed for ruining the career of Marc Savard with a blindside hit that gave him a concussion, he was neither penalized nor fined for that hit. Savard, who played for several seasons with the Bruins, has struggled with concussions since Cooke's hit and has not played since 2011 because of post-concussion syndrome.
NEWS
May 9, 1990 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Grant B. Cooper, a prominent Los Angeles trial lawyer for more than six decades, whose clients included Sirhan B. Sirhan and Dr. R. Bernard Finch, has died. He was 87. Cooper died last Thursday of an aortic aneurysm at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan, his wife, Phyllis, said Tuesday. She said he had continued to practice law from their home until the day he died.
NEWS
June 1, 1989 | DOUG SMITH
On the night of June 4, 1968, Detective Frank J. Patchett was at home with his family. But it was not an evening destined for tranquillity. Shortly after midnight the phone rang. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy had been shot at the Ambassador Hotel. Patchett, then assigned to burglary at the Wilshire Station, was needed. He headed toward the Ambassador but on the way considered the trouble he would have getting through traffic in the family car. He stopped by the station to pick up a police car. "When I got there, they had Sirhan in custody," Patchett said.
NEWS
March 22, 2001 | From Associated Press
Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted killer of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is up for parole this week, his 14th time before the board since the 1968 assassination. The notorious killer's chances of release have always been slim, but under Gov. Gray Davis, it is next to impossible. Sirhan won't even attend today's hearing at Corcoran State Prison. More than 3,800 inmates, mostly murderers and kidnappers, have become eligible for parole during Davis' tenure. The board approved 47 for release.
NEWS
June 6, 1993 | HARRY F. ROSENTHAL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Even after a quarter century, the entry in Sirhan Sirhan's notebook has lost none of its chill. "My determination to eliminate RFK is becoming more the more (sic) of an unshakable obsession," he wrote in a manic torrent. "RFK must die. RFK must be killed. Robert F. Kennedy must be assassinated. . . . Robert F. Kennedy must be assassinated before 5 June 1968." At 12:15 a.m. on that date, Sirhan, a Jordanian Arab, carried out his threat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Last month his lawyer tried to convince a parole board that Sirhan Sirhan was a brainwashed hit man when he gunned down Sen. Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. But handwritten notes purportedly from Sirhan, kept for 42 years by a Century City executive, suggest that his behavior was calculated and controlled as he waited to shoot the just-victorious presidential primary candidate in the hotel's kitchen pantry area. Michael McCowan was an investigator and the youngest member of Sirhan's defense team in 1969 when the accused assassin sat down with a yellow legal pad and described his visit to a shooting range before his election-night trip to the hotel.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 1989 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Excerpt from David Frost's interview with Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, beginning tonight at 7 on Channel 2's "Inside Edition": Sirhan says, "Imagine if you were a Jew in Germany and had an opportunity to assassinate Hitler. . . . The principle seems to be similar."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
To work in the file room of the downtown criminal courts building is to be a librarian of evils. Its shelves hold the official records of rapes, murders, robberies and thousands of other offenses prosecuted in the courthouse and the clerks there know the ugliness of society by name and case number. It is perhaps not surprising then that on his lunch hour, an employee named Marcos Saldana was drawn to a scene of natural beauty. It was a ravens' nest on the ledge of a building across Temple Street and Saldana watched each spring as the same pair of birds rebuilt the nest, hatched their chicks and taught them to fly. "Birds are beautiful," Saldana said, standing at his usual vantage point, a window in the L.A. courthouse's 13th floor snack bar. "They can fly away and go wherever they want, whereas we are stuck to the ground.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The scheduled auction of a handwritten account by Sirhan Sirhan of his actions before the 1968 assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was blocked Tuesday by the convicted killer's attorney. Lawyer William Pepper said the purported description of Sirhan's visit to the Ambassador Hotel where Kennedy was gunned down may be "significant evidence" in an ongoing effort to win parole for the Pleasant Valley State Prison inmate, now 67. The online auction of the documents, written on a yellow legal pad and accompanied by a sketch that depicts areas of the Los Angeles hotel that Sirhan walked through, had been planned for Tuesday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Last month his lawyer tried to convince a parole board that Sirhan Sirhan was a brainwashed hit man when he gunned down Sen. Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. But handwritten notes purportedly from Sirhan, kept for 42 years by a Century City executive, suggest that his behavior was calculated and controlled as he waited to shoot the just-victorious presidential primary candidate in the hotel's kitchen pantry area. Michael McCowan was an investigator and the youngest member of Sirhan's defense team in 1969 when the accused assassin sat down with a yellow legal pad and described his visit to a shooting range before his election-night trip to the hotel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Luke McKissack, a prominent Los Angeles criminal defense and civil rights attorney whose clients included Sirhan B. Sirhan after his conviction for the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy and an Army private charged with the hand-grenade killing of two officers in Vietnam, has died. He was 72. McKissack, who also was a TV legal analyst during the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, died Sunday of complications from brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles, said his son-in-law, Brian Chisholm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles in 1968, has been transferred to a different prison, California corrections officials said Monday. Sirhan, who has been in the state prison system since May 5, 1969, was moved from California State Prison in Corcoran to Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga at his request, the officials said. In Corcoran, Sirhan was kept in the Protective Housing Unit, one of the most isolated areas of the state prison system, said Oscar Hildalgo, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
OPINION
February 5, 2005
Re "New Life in Sirhan Defense," Commentary, Jan. 31: As Sirhan Sirhan's attorney, I must correct the record about hypnosis in the Sirhan case. Herbert Spiegel MD, a New York psychiatrist and world-renowned expert on hypnosis who teaches at Columbia University, has concluded that Sirhan was probably programmed through hypnosis to fire a gun in the presence of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy without knowing what he was doing and without being able to recall either...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1987
I can't wait to buy a pair of Donna Rice jeans. I'm going to wear them with my John Wilkes Booth running shoes and my Lee Harvey Oswald sunglasses. When I'm cooking, I'll wear them with my Sirhan Sirhan apron. KENNETH MORGAN PHILLIPS Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The convicted killer of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was denied parole Thursday, his 11th time before the board since the 1968 assassination. Sirhan Sirhan was not present during the hearing at Corcoran State Prison. Sirhan shot Kennedy on June 5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles minutes after Kennedy claimed victory in the California presidential primary. Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant, was wrestled to the ground with a gun in his hand.
OPINION
January 31, 2005 | John Hiscock, John Hiscock is an L.A.-based British journalist who writes for the London Daily Telegraph.
Ever since he was seized with a .22-caliber revolver in his hand in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in June 1968, Sirhan Sirhan has maintained he was hypnotized into shooting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The contention was discounted by the jury, which, after deliberating for 16 1/2 hours, found him "alone and not in concert with anyone else" guilty of murder in the first degree. Almost everyone who studied the case subsequently agreed. But nearly 40 years later, the story refuses to die.
OPINION
June 7, 2003
The individual act of Sirhan Sirhan in assassinating presidential candidate Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was not the "first shot" in the terror war, as Michael Fischbach tries to imply (Commentary, June 2). It was no more an act of terror than John Hinckley Jr.'s or Lee Harvey Oswald's. Maybe James Earl Ray's assassination of Martin Luther King applies. All of these men were troubled and mentally unstable, and acted alone (unless the conspiracy theories appeal to you). They wanted to kill a specific individual, not terrorize a population (except Ray)
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