Showing posts with label Bruce Davis' Governor Denial 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bruce Davis' Governor Denial 2013. Show all posts

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Beating a Dead Horse...

Katie said:
"How do these killers get a pass?"

Do you realize how long these people have been in jail?
How is four decades in prison, a pass?


Katie said:
"The punishment really has nothing to do with Manson. It has to do with the violent nature of the aggressive killing of the parties."

I agree, their original convictions were based on their own personal crimes and actions (and rightfully so)… but (I also believe) their continued incarceration (in some cases) is based on the notoriety of this case.
You speak as though, these folks have never been punished.
They've been in jail since Richard "Milhous" Nixon was president.


In order to discuss this situation intelligently, it's impossible to lump all these inmates together.
Comparing Tex Watson to Leslie Van Houten is absurd.  It’s apples and oranges.

Tex Watson:

In regards to Tex Watson, I agree with You and Patrick Sequiera.

I believe the nature of Tex Watson's crimes are so abhorrently disgusting, that he should never be released... under any circumstances.

I believe as Sequiera stated, that Tex Watson's crimes are truly, an exception to the law guaranteeing the possibility of parole.

Pat Krenwinkel:

I believe Pat is genuinely remorseful.
I also believe, that she's no longer a threat to society.
I also believe, that she's well-grounded and intelligent.

I believe the nature of her crimes (much like Tex) are prohibitive.

Again, I agree with You and Sequiera.

If they kept Pat Krenwinkel incarcerated forever (based solely on the gravity of her original crimes), I wouldn't have a problem with that.
In fact, I feel that would be just.

Charles Manson:

It all ended for him at the trial.

IF he played his cards correctly at the trial (and that's a BIG "IF"), he may not have been convicted so heavily.

As it turns out, he made every mistake imaginable during the trial.
So much so, one might even assume it was intentional.

Consequently, Bugliosi slammed him with 10 convictions.
NINE counts of first degree murder, and one count of conspiracy.
At that point, is was over.

Even if Manson served only ten years for each murder charge... that would be 90 years!
(And then, of course... there's that nasty conspiracy thing)

Manson is not worth discussing, from a "parole" standpoint.
He never was.

Bobby, Bruce and Leslie:

This is where it becomes subjective, with several questions to answer.

What is the "magic number"?
When is "enough" enough?

How much time does the average murderer actually serve in this country?
(Their "time served" should parallel that of their "criminal peers")

Are we honestly considering these folks for parole, or simply going through the motions?

But the "KEY" question is this:
Do Bobby, Bruce and Lesie fit the same description as Tex and Pat?
Are there crimes SO over-the-top heinous, that their right to a sincere parole consideration can be (for all intents and purposes) waived?
Most specifically... are their crimes SO heinous, that they should be considered an exception to the law guaranteeing the possibility of parole?? (as Seuqeira stated)

My answer to that question, is "NO".
Katie's answer to that question, would obviously be "YES".
That's our main "sticking point".

I think everyone would agree, that ten years in prison is certainly not enough "time served" for these crimes.

At 20 years?
You'd still get a nearly unanimous vote.  Not enough "time served".

At 30 years?
You'd get some discussion.

At 40 years?
The vote becomes split.
(That's a LOT of fucking time behind bars)

At 50 years?

For me personally, 50 years is my cut-off.
At 50 years served (and that day WILL come), I truly believe, we will have embarked on the absurd.

When these folks have served 50+ years… there will be absolutely NO DOUBT in my mind, that these folks are truly "political prisoners".

Bottom Line folks:
The original crimes will never change… and the behavior of these inmates (in prison) will continue to be positive.  We have no reason to believe otherwise.
The ONLY "variable" left, is the passing of time.  How much time is really “enough”?  YOU decide!




Every time this conversation arises, Katie asks me the following question:
“Do you really believe these killers DESERVE to be released?

It’s a fair question, and here’s my answer:

No murderer truly deserves release, from a purely empirical standpoint.

(Empirical: Relying on experience or observation alone, without due regard for system and theory.) 

If we assume one life, equals one life... (which is a very safe assumption)... then quite simply, the answer is no.  No murderer deserves release.

Thing is...
The concept of parole (for murderers), is based upon a certain degree of "mercy", or "pardon".
Bugliosi has stated that himself, in the past.

If we gave murderers what they truly deserve... they would all be murdered upon conviction.
(And yes, some societies have operated that way)

But, as Mahatma Gandhi once said:
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind".

If we have no interest in extending mercy... then we shouldn't hold parole hearings for murderers at all.
(And, that's an option too)

I simply feel, that if we're going to offer an inmate the possibility of parole... we must observe that consideration in earnest.  To do otherwise, is to ignore our own laws.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Aftermath of these "Parole Hearings"....

Statement by LA County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequiera regarding Leslie Van Houten:

"Some crimes may be an exception to the law guaranteeing the possibility of parole".
"There are certain crimes that are so heinous, so atrocious, so horrible, that it should cause denial of parole"

Written statement by Governor Edmund G. Brown regarding Bruce’s Davis:

“As our Supreme Court has acknowledged, in rare circumstances, a murder is so heinous that it provides evidence of current dangerousness by itself.  This is such a case.”


The meaning of these statements are obvious, and the implications blunt.

The "Powers that Be" maintain that the "heinous nature of these crimes" will always be sufficient reason for parole denial… and that’s indefinitely (i.e., forever).

I say "indefinitely" with confidence, because “the past” is one variable none of us can ever change.
These inmates can never "go back" and change the nature of their crimes.

In a nutshell… what Attorney Sequiera and Governor Brown are saying, is that NOTHING these inmates can ever do (or achieve), will supersede the gravity their crime(s).

Read Attorney Sequiera’s words.
He explains things point-blank.
These Manson Associates  are "the exception to the law guaranteeing the possibility of parole".

Bottom Line Friends:
These inmates can never change the past, and their good deeds and accomplishments will never eclipse the gravity of their crimes.
These inmates are truly "'the exception to the law' guaranteeing the possibility of parole".


Onward and Upward!

So what now, you ask?  Where do we go from here?

The only humane way to deal with this situation, is to change the law (for these individuals) and discontinue these parole hearings completely.
That will never happen… but, that would be the most humane decision.

These hearings are horrible for the victims' families, and the inmates.
These hearings open old wounds needlessly (again and again).
I say “needlessly“, because the outcome of these hearings is a foregone conclusion.
These hearings serve no other purpose, than to promote stress, misery and disappointment.

I’m starting to believe that the Parole Board is finally beginning to embrace, my opinion.
That’s probably why the Board handed Leslie a five-year denial.
Let's get real.
The Parole Board doesn’t want to face Leslie Van Houten (again) in 12 short months!

Let’s be frank:
It was easy to deny these inmates a parole date (with a straight face), when they had only 10-25 years under their belt.
Now that these folks have been in jail for almost a half century… these parole denials are becoming an embarrassing experience for everyone.

This (uncomfortable situation) is also (most likely) why, the Parole Board sent the Bruce Davis’ decision to Governor Brown.
These Parole Board members don’t know whether to shit or swim, at this point.
They figure… send this crap to the Governor… let him handle this miserable situation.
Let him do the “dirty work”.

Yes… these “parole hearings” (and consequent denials) have become an embarrassing “hot potato”, which no one wants to touch.

Long denials and/or Governor vetoes, will probably be the norm going forward.

The outcome of these "parole hearings" is clearly a foregone conclusion, when the decision is based on the nature of the original crime(s).

The nature of the original crime, is a variable which no one can change… and when the attorneys and politicians make that a primary condition for release, it truly becomes a “carrot on a stick” situation, if ever there was one!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand, Esquire

Foregone Conclusion
1. An end or a result regarded as inevitable: 
2. A conclusion formed in advance of argument or consideration.
3. A result that is obvious to everyone even before it happens

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Listen Here:
      Courtesy of Brian Davis at StarCity Radio
Lady Justice and the Blindfold:
Since the 15th century, Lady Justice has been depicted wearing a blindfold. The blindfold represents objectivity, in that justice is or should be, meted out objectively, without fear or favour, regardless of identity, money, power, or weakness. (i.e., blind justice and impartiality)

Monday, March 4, 2013

I listened to Attorney Michael Beckman last night, on Brian's show.

Once again, Beckman was calm, level-headed and extremely informative.  In short, I have tremendous respect for the man.  I think it's important, for Beckman's information to be heard and circulated.  I feel very strongly about that.  There's tremendous value, in his words.

In that light, I have asked Brian for a copy of Beckman's commentary.  Brian has agreed.
If things go to plan, I should have the audio of Beckman's commentary for you, within 24 hours (or so).

For those completely in the dark, Michael Beckman is Bruce Davis' attorney.

I hope with time, that the various TLB locations will begin co-existing peacefully, so we can share information in this manner.  These on-going feuds, have simply gone too far, and have extended into the realm of bad taste.  There are times when sharing pertinent TLB information, should take precedence over our disagreements.  I believe, this is one of those times.  It is my goal to be on good terms with everyone.

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations".
Richard Feynman - US Educator and Physicist (1919-1988)

Peace... LS