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2 Kennedy children endorse opponent of progressive Los Angeles DA, cite parole hearing for RFK’s killer

Two of independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s adult children have endorsed the former federal prosecutor against current Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, citing his progressive policies. He pointed out that this was the first time he had supported an election. candidates against the Democratic Party.

Max and Rory Kennedy show their support for independent candidate Nathan Hockman in front of the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles, saying Gascon, who is seeking re-election, has failed to support crime victims and their families. he accused.

“Much has been written about Gascón and his questionable policies. My family and I have lived through them,” Rory Kennedy said.

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Max and Rory Kennedy were in Los Angeles on Tuesday to announce their support for independent Nathan Hockman for Los Angeles County District Attorney. (Cover index)

The Kennedys and the Hochmans specifically worked with prosecutors to oppose the early release of criminals, including Sirhan Sirhan, 79, who assassinated Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 at the former Ambassador Hotel shortly afterward. He cited the prosecutor’s office’s policy of prohibiting officers from attending parole hearings. He gave a victory speech in the pivotal California primary.

Sirhan was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing.

“The reason we’re here is because Gascón’s policies are failing in Los Angeles,” said Max Kennedy, speaking alongside mothers who lost children to crime.

Gascon has been heavily criticized after riding a wave of progressive promises in 2020 to reform the way Los Angeles County prosecutes criminal suspects. After taking office, he issued a number of directives, including a ban on prosecuting juveniles as adults even for violent crimes, supporting zero-cash bail and other progressive measures.

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Gascon, wearing a suit and tie, speaks at a microphone with a flag behind him.

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon is running for re-election. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Max Kennedy said such policies leave the loved ones of crime victims abandoned by prosecutors’ offices and forced to face court alone, and he and his sister expressed their support for Hochman. He said that he had expressed that.

“This is the first time I’ve supported a candidate who is running against the Democratic Party,” he said.

Sirhan was determined to be eligible for parole in 2022, but California Governor Gavin Newsom reversed the decision. He was denied parole again in 2023. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office did not send a prosecutor to parole hearings in 2022 and 2023 as part of a new policy introduced by Gascon.

Senator Robert F. Kennedy

Senator Robert F. Kennedy speaks with representatives of the United Auto Workers union at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 9, 1968. (AP photo, file)

Hochman noted that district attorneys are involved in most aspects of criminal investigations and prosecutions of suspects.

“But somehow, somehow, prosecutor Gascón thinks that if the killer tries to get out of prison early, his responsibility ends,” he said.

Sirhan Sirhan and Robert F. Kennedy

Sirhan Sirhan (left) has been recommended for parole in 2022 by a California commission for the 1968 assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Associated Press, photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho, Getty Images)

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FOX News Digital reached out to Gascón’s campaign. In 2021, Sirhan’s office told Fox that it did not send prosecutors to Sirhan’s parole hearing as part of a promise not to influence the case.

Gascón’s office said at the time that “the prosecutor’s role and access to information ends upon sentencing.” “However, the parole board has at its disposal all relevant facts and assessments, including how the person has behaved in prison over the past several decades. The parole board’s only purpose is to It is to objectively determine whether a person is suitable for release.

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