Showing posts with label Bruce Davis Parole Hearing 10-4-12. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bruce Davis Parole Hearing 10-4-12. Show all posts

Friday, January 4, 2013

Bruce Davis' pending parole and those "Tex Tapes"

This morning while drinking my coffee, I was thinking about Bruce Davis' parole situation and those "Tex Tapes".  Those of course, are our two current (pending if you will) TLB situations.  If anyone has any updates on either situation, please share in the comments section.

RE Davis: 

Revisions/Updates - 1/6/2013 - 9:10pm...

Brian re-broadcasted the Michael Beckman interview this evening.
(Beckman is Bruce's lawyer)

I listened closely.  Here are some important revisions to my original post:

#1) The entire review process actually spans 150 days (not 160).

#2) During the first 120 days, the parole board conducts a mandatory "in-house" self-review.

#3) The final 30 days is the Governor's review period.   
     (Yes... the governor only gets the last 30 days)

**Being that the original parole hearing was October 4th, 2012... the review will be hitting the Governor's desk (on or about) February 1st.

I apologize for the previous inaccuracies.

Personally... I think Davis has a pretty damn good shot.
For starters, this is Bruce's second consecutive approval by the board.  Secondly... Governor Brown has a track record which heavily favors Davis.  Percentage-wise... Brown approves many more parole candidates, than Schwarzenegger did (while in office).  The economy is also on Davis' side.  And lastly, Brown is pretty damn old.  He's probably ready for retirement.  He has no worries in regard to any backlash, which could hamper his political career.  His career is essentially over.

RE the "Tex Tapes":
The story of the "Tex Tapes" had a brief resurgence in the California media, ironically in the week(s) preceeding Davis' hearing.  Since that time, the story has pretty much fizzled-out.  It's my belief, that Debra Tate was fanning those flames (during Davis' parole week).
I haven't heard anything since.   

If anyone has any tasty updates on either pending situation... please share below.  Thanks!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Parole Granted for Former Manson Family Member Bruce Davis

San Luis Obispo – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) issued a grant of parole today for convicted killer and former Charles Manson associate Bruce Davis, 69, during a parole consideration hearing at California Men’s Colony. Today’s decision was the result of Davis' 27th parole suitability hearing.

The BPH issued a grant of parole to Davis in January 2010 because of his positive adjustment, record of no recent disciplinary problems, and for successfully completing academic and vocational education and self-help programs. However, the parole grant was reversed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in June 2010, who concluded Davis was still dangerous because of an evaluator’s diagnosis of a personality disorder, Davis’ conformist tendencies, and his sporadic participation in substance-abuse programs over the years.

Davis challenged Governor Schwarzenegger’s reversal of his parole grant in Los Angeles County Superior Court, which ruled against Schwarzenegger and vacated his decision.  In 2012, California’s Second District Court of Appeal upheld the Governor’s reversal of the January 28, 2010, grant, ruling that the Governor’s concerns were justified and supporting his conclusion that Davis was still dangerous.

Davis appeared before the panel today. The suitability finding is subject to a 120-day decision review period.  If the grant is finalized at the conclusion of decision review, the Governor may conduct an independent review of the decision. Under California law, the Governor may reverse, modify, affirm or decline to review the Board’s decision.

Davis was sent to state prison on April 21, 1972, with a life sentence from Los Angeles County for two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder and robbery.  He was convicted for the July 25, 1969, murder of Gary Hinman and the murder of Donald “Shorty” Shea sometime in August 1969.

The BPH hearing transcript will serve as the official record and is expected to be transcribed in approximately 30 days.
Barbara Hoyt, left, a former member of the Manson Family, and Debra Tate, sister of Manson Family murder victim Sharon Tate, pose for photos moments before the start of Bruce Davis’ parole hearing at the California Mens Colony Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 in San Luis Obispo, California.
Davis, imprisoned for 40 years in a double murder engineered by Charles Manson, won a recommendation of parole Thursday in his 27th appearance before a parole board panel.
Video Courtesy of Backporch Tapes
Bruce Davis (right) with his lawyer Michael Beckman moments before the start of his parole hearing (AP)
Anyone care to venture a prediction, on the governor's upcoming decision? 
"Put themselves out there", as it were...

It seems Governor Brown's track record is more lax in regards to parolees, than Arnold's was...

On the other hand...
Brown does have a political career to protect (like any other politican), and all that jazz.

How much will the "Manson" name and stigma effect Brown's decision in 2012?

How much fall-out could the governor expect from the release of a Manson associate in 2012?

How much does the general public really care at this point?

Are the folks in California more sensitive to this issue, than folks in say... Vermont?
(I tend to think so)

How would folks rate the fall-out following Grogan's release several years ago?
Did Grogan walk without a major national outcry?
Did the governor during Grogan's release, suffer ill consequence?

Weigh-in folks!

Bruce Davis Parole Hearing 10-4-2012

Here is today's article from the Associated Press:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Bruce Davis has a Parole Hearing scheduled for this Thursday, October 4th at 8:30 a.m...
I dug through some old archives, mainly his 1993 parole hearing - in this, he states the Family said
(regarding the Tate caper as he calls it):
"they were going to do something crazy"... 

If we are to believe Davis, he states they lured Shorty on the trip to pick up auto parts.... at night as Babs Hoyt swears to? 
It should be interesting if she attends this upcoming hearing, Davis actually shows up, and the question is brought up by the Board or the DA trying to prove Davis has lied all these years. 
I doubt this will happen (sigh)...