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Sirhan Sirhan’s Lawyers Moving to Reopen the Case

 

Sirhan Sirhan: An unquiet patsy continues to make noise

COMMENT: Attorneys for Sirhan Sirhan have moved to reopen his case, contending (among other things) that a bullet was switched at his trial, invalidating his conviction.

Earlier this year, Sirhan’s defense team reinforced the “girl in the polka-dot dress” anecdotal information following a hypnosis session with their client.

Anyone familiar with the facts of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination knows that the official version of Sirhan Sirhan as a “lone nut” assassin is untenable. (Listeners are invited to examine AFA #9, detailing RFK’s murder, as well as FTR #582, supplementing that analysis.)

Investigators have long believed that Sirhan was a victim of mind control, and that a mysterious woman in a polka-dot dress was involved in the killing, possibly as a “handler” of Sirhan. (The woman was seen and heard running from the Ambassador Hotel claiming that “we” had shot Kennedy. The mind control aspects of the RFK assassination are discussed in AFA #6.)

In papers recently filed by his lawyers, Sirhan relates the story of the “girl in the polka-dot dress” and also (under hypnosis) recalled seeing the flash of a second gun.

“Sirhan Sirhan, Assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, Launches New Campaign for Freedom 42 Years Later” by Jacqui Goddard; The Telegraph [UK]; 12/03/2011.

EXCERPT: Lawyers for Robert F Kennedy’s killer Sirhan Sirhan claim to have new evidence that will free him from prison, 42 years after he was jailed for assassinating the US senator.

They say the new material hands them “game, set and match” in their campaign to release him from the life sentence he was given on being convicted for gunning down the senator at a California hotel.
They have launched a fresh appeal on behalf of Sirhan, 67, claiming in court for the first time that prosecutors fabricated ballistics evidence against him at trial, switching a bullet that was taken from the dead senator’s neck for one that they claimed matched the defendant’s gun.
Lawyers also seek a re-examination of claims that Sirhan was framed by shadowy agents – indirectly suggested as being the CIA – who they say “hypno-programmed” him into taking part in the shooting to divert attention from their own fatal gunfire.
Court documents filed in federal court in Los Angeles now pull together years of research, evidentiary documents and psychological analyses of Sirhan for a case that his lawyer says proves him as a victim of “an egregious miscarriage of justice” and “horrendous violations” of his legal rights.
“On the law, and on the evidence, it’s game set and match to us. It’s all over,” Dr William Pepper told The Sunday Telegraph.
“But we are dealing with a high profile political assassination that involves the government and government agencies and a cover-up for 43 years, So I’m not confident that we are going to overcome the politics, but I’m confident that they have got to give us an evidentiary hearing and put all this under oath in a court of law, which has never happened.”
Senator Kennedy died on June 6, 1968, one day after the shooting at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, where he had been celebrating victory in the California primary of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He had just delivered his victory address in the ballroom and was taking a short cut out of the hotel through the crowded kitchen when Sirhan stepped forward and opened fire.
The senator’s loss altered the course of American politics and sent shock waves through a country still coming to terms with the assassination four and a half years earlier of his brother, President John F Kennedy, by political malcontent Lee Harvey Oswald. . . .

Discussion

5 comments for “Sirhan Sirhan’s Lawyers Moving to Reopen the Case”

  1. I recently listened to AFA #9. Wow! The more I learn the more I feel like a babe in the woods. As someone who is new to most of this material, I would solicit the opinion of anyone who can comment on the Waldren/Hartmann books (Ultimate Sacrifice & Legacy of Sercrecy) where primary emphasis is placed on Marcello and the mob. In Ultimate Sacrifice, for instance, people like Thane Cesar and Jerry Owen are barely mentioned. What accounts for this absence? Is it just a matter of emphasis? Is the modified-limited-hangout dynamic at play, consciously, or unconsciously? (It’s politically safe to blame The Mob, and if it comes down to it, maybe just as safe to blame ‘rogue’ CIA.) Is it simply that the historical models that Dave is using are too obscured to break through to mainstream reportage? I probably just answered my own question.

    Nevertheless, I’d like to hear others comment on this subject. Thanks.

    Posted by grumpusrex | December 5, 2011, 9:39 am
  2. Wow. The implications are huge.
    If a serious buzz starts about this, the media won’t be able to ignore it….
    A gaping hole in the armor.

    Posted by greg harris | December 6, 2011, 11:49 am
  3. It sounds like it was was quite an eventful day in the courtroom:

    Attorneys for RFK convicted killer Sirhan push ‘second gunman’ argument
    By Michael Martinez and Brad Johnson

    updated 2:22 PM EST, Mon March 5, 2012
    Sirhan Sirhan is taken into custody after the fatal shooting of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.

    Los Angeles (CNN) — If there was a second gunman in Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, who was it?

    Lawyers for convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan claim their client did not fire any of the gunshots that struck the presidential candidate in 1968. And in their latest federal court filing, they also rule out another man some have considered a suspect — a private security guard named Thane Eugene Cesar, who was escorting Kennedy at the time he was shot.

    Attorneys William Pepper and Laurie Dusek insist someone other than their client, Sirhan, fatally shot Kennedy. They now say the real killer was not Cesar, a part-time uniformed officer long suspected by some conspiracy theorists of playing a sinister role in the senator’s murder.

    Pepper and Dusek made the claim in papers submitted to a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles late last month.

    Attempts by CNN to contact Cesar, a relative of his and a former attorney of his were unsuccessful.

    Cesar was walking behind Kennedy and drew his service revolver as Sirhan fired his own handgun in a Los Angeles hotel on June 5, 1968, only moments after the candidate claimed victory in California’s Democratic primary election. The gunfire in the Ambassador Hotel left the senator the most seriously wounded of six shooting victims. Kennedy died the following day while the other five survived.

    Sirhan was the only person arrested, tried and convicted of murdering the candidate and wounding the others. Now 67, he is serving a life sentence at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, California.

    Pepper and Dusek are trying to win Sirhan immediate freedom or a new trial based on what they call “formidable evidence” of his innocence and “horrendous violations” of his rights. The New York attorneys argue that two guns were fired in the assassination, that Sirhan’s revolver was not the gun that shot Kennedy and that Sirhan was not responsible for his actions at the Ambassador.

    Instead, the defense lawyers insist conspirators programmed Sirhan through hypnosis to fire shots as a diversion for the real assassin in Kennedy’s murder.

    At the heart of the second-gun theory

    The Pruszynski recording — uncovered by a CNN International senior writer in 2004 and highlighted on CNN’s “BackStory” in 2009 — is now at the heart of the second-gun evidence in Sirhan’s court effort.

    Sirhan’s lawyers say the audiotape reveals that a second gun fired at least five shots in addition to the eight shots fired by their client. Pepper and Dusek base this on an analysis of the recording by audio expert Philip Van Praag, who has concluded that the sounds of at least 13 shots can be counted on the tape, even though there were only eight bullets in Sirhan’s one and only gun, which he had no opportunity to reload.

    All of that means that a second gun had to be involved, according to Van Praag’s analysis.

    “Sirhan was set up to be the distracting actor, whilst the shooter bent down close behind Bob (Kennedy) and fired close and upward, with four bullets hitting the senator’s body or passing through his clothing,” Pepper told CNN.

    In her court papers filed early last month, California’s attorney general conceded that Sirhan’s lawyers may be able to show two guns were involved in Kennedy’s assassination.

    Harris wrote that Sirhan’s defense team “at most has shown that, according to Van Praag, two guns could be heard firing 13 shots in an audiotape of the shooting.”

    But Harris called Van Praag’s analysis “pure speculation.”

    “In sum, (Sirhan) cannot possibly show that no reasonable juror would have convicted him if a jury had considered his ‘new’ evidence and allegations, in light of the overwhelming evidence supporting the convictions and the available evidence thoroughly debunking (Sirhan’s) second-shooter and automaton theories,” Harris said in court papers

    Pepper and Dusek say Van Praag’s conclusions are not speculation, but are “based on solid scientific evidence,” and Pepper says Harris’ recent court filing has now raised public recognition of the second-gunman scenario that he and Dusek are advancing.

    What is of interest is that there now seems to be more recognition of the fact that there was a second shooter, well positioned to put three bullets into the senator from close powder-burn range behind him, whilst Sirhan was always some distance in front of him,” Pepper told CNN.

    The Van Praag audio analysis concludes that the Pruszynski recording is authentic and that all 13 sounds are gunshots — not a single one of them a bursting balloon or any other non-shot noise, shot ricochet or echo.

    It also finds that some of the shots were fired too rapidly, at intervals too close together for all the shots to have come from Sirhan’s inexpensive handgun, and that the five shots which Van Praag says were fired opposite the direction of Sirhan’s eight shots — those five being the 3rd, 5th, 8th, 10th and 12th shots in the sequence — displayed an acoustical “frequency anomaly” indicating the alleged second gun’s make and model were different from Sirhan’s weapon.

    Did other recordings capture gunshots?

    Until recent years, some researchers thought that other recordings might have captured the sounds of the kitchen pantry gunshots. However, Van Praag has concluded that audiotapes made at the Ambassador by radio reporters Andrew West and Jeff Brent did not record any of the shots. He also says he found no gunshots in sound tracks from any of the other known films or videotapes recorded that night.

    Pepper and Dusek insist none of Sirhan’s eight shots hit Kennedy. Instead, they argue, the senator was struck in the body by three of at least five shots, which they believe were secretly fired by a second gunman who was positioned in back of the candidate.

    The New York attorneys say witnesses — even including some of the original prosecution witnesses — reported Sirhan was standing several feet in front of Kennedy and firing almost horizontally, even though the medical evidence showed Kennedy’s body and clothing were struck by four bullets fired at upward angles point-blank from behind the senator.

    Pepper and Dusek say witnesses reported bystanders grabbed Sirhan immediately after he fired his first two shots and that they had his firing arm pinned against a steam table, forcing Sirhan to fire his gun’s remaining six bullets away from Kennedy, thus striking other people instead.

    The defense lawyers argue that over the years, private researchers have found physical evidence of more than eight bullets fired in the Kennedy shooting but that authorities did not report extra bullets removed from the crime scene or bullet-riddled hotel wood panels and ceiling tiles — and instead secretly disposed of the alleged items.

    Sirhan and his memory

    For decades after the 1968 assassination, Sirhan claimed he could not remember the Kennedy shooting. Pepper and Dusek argue this was because he was “hypno-programmed” by conspirators to fire his gun in the pantry and to then forget the shooting, his programming and those who programmed him. They say that for many years Sirhan himself believed he shot Kennedy because people told him he did.

    In 2008, Pepper and Dusek hired a Harvard University memory expert who says he got the imprisoned Sirhan to recall the Kennedy shooting for the first time.

    That expert is Daniel Brown, an associate clinical professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. He is described in the defense team’s court papers as “one of the world’s foremost experts in hypno programming.”

    Brown interviewed Sirhan for 60 hours over a three-year period. According to Pepper and Dusek, Brown says Sirhan now remembers that when he fired his shots in the pantry he believed he was at a gun range and shooting at circular targets.

    Sirhan’s lawyers say Brown believes Sirhan was programmed to do this so as to cause a distraction in the pantry, allowing a second gunman to secretly shoot Kennedy from behind. They say Brown believes a mysterious young woman in a polka dot dress lured Sirhan into the pantry as part of the alleged mind control plot.

    According to the defense attorneys, Brown says Sirhan now remembers hearing loud sounds he describes as “the thunderclap of other bullets” being fired by another gun in the pantry. They say Brown says Sirhan also recalls seeing at least one flash in front of him that he associates with gunfire inside the pantry but not coming from his own weapon.

    In reply, Harris told the court early last month “the theory that a person could be hypnotized into planning and committing a murder against his will is a controversial (if not fantastic) one and has not been adopted by most of Brown’s peers, including the American Psychological Association.”

    Pepper and Dusek responded to Harris late last month by arguing that people actually can be hypno-programmed to do things against their morals yet, in the case of Sirhan, he was not programmed to shoot Kennedy but only to fire at what he imagined were range targets, so as to create a diversion for a second shooter to secretly kill Kennedy.

    At Sirhan’s 1969 trial, prosecutors argued the defendant, a Christian Palestinian, killed Kennedy because of statements the New York senator had made about the United States sending fighter jets to aid Israel.

    However, in their series of court filings since October 2010, Sirhan’s attorneys, Pepper and Dusek, have dismissed that allegation as a “most speculative motive” without any sworn statements for substantiation.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 6, 2012, 8:03 pm
  4. -Tried to put this under a “programmed assassin” category, as in “Those voices in your head”-

    Two articles about bone conduction and “voice to skull” technology. The first one is about the use on German trains, and the link includes a creepy video ad about the technology. The second article is one I found in 2007 about the same technology:

    Sky Deutschland to broadcast adverts directly into train passengers’ heads
    Sky Deutschland has developed technology to transfer adverts from train windows directly and silently into commuters’ heads.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/media/10158311/Sky-Deutschland-to-broadcast-adverts-directly-into-train-passengers-heads.html

    Passengers leaning their head against the window will “hear” adverts “coming from inside the user’s head”, urging them to download the Sky Go app.

    The proposal involves using bone conduction technology, which is used in hearing aids, headphones and Google’s Glass headset, to pass sound to the inner ear via vibrations through the skull.

    A video for the Talking Window campaign released by Sky Deutschland and ad agency BBDO Germany states: “Tired commuters often rest their heads against windows. Suddenly a voice inside their head is talking to them. No one else can hear this message.”

    The voice comes from a Sky-branded transmitter made by Audiva that is attached to the train window.

    BBDO spokesman Ulf Brychcy told the BBC: “If our customer Sky Deutschland agrees, we will start with the new medium as quickly as possible.

    “Some people don’t like advertising in general. But this is really a new technology. [It might] not only be used for advertising, but also for music, entertainment, mass transport information, weather reports and so on.”

    Sky Deutschland said it had not made a decision on whether to launch the campaign.

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    Voice to Skull Technology in New York
    December 12th, 2007

    Via: AdAge:

    New Yorker Alison Wilson was walking down Prince Street in SoHo last week when she heard a woman’s voice right in her ear asking, “Who’s there? Who’s there?” She looked around to find no one in her immediate surroundings. Then the voice said, “It’s not your imagination.”
    Indeed it isn’t. It’s an ad for “Paranormal State,” a ghost-themed series premiering on A&E this week. The billboard uses technology manufactured by Holosonic that transmits an “audio spotlight” from a rooftop speaker so that the sound is contained within your cranium. The technology, ideal for museums and libraries or environments that require a quiet atmosphere for isolated audio slideshows, has rarely been used on such a scale before. For random passersby and residents who have to walk unwittingly through the area where the voice will penetrate their inner peace, it’s another story.
    Ms. Wilson, a New York-based stylist, said she expected the voice inside her head to be some type of creative project but could see how others might perceive it differently, particularly on a late-night stroll home. “I might be a little freaked out, and I wouldn’t necessarily think it’s coming from that billboard,” she said.
    Joe Pompei, president and founder of Holosonics, said the creepy approach is key to drawing attention to A&E’s show. But, he noted, the technology was designed to avoid adding to noise pollution. “If you really want to annoy a lot of people, a loudspeaker is the best way to do it,” he said. “If you set up a loudspeaker on the top of a building, everybody’s going to hear that noise. But if you’re only directing that sound to a specific viewer, you’re never going to hear a neighbor complaint from street vendors or pedestrians. The whole idea is to spare other people.”
    Holosonics has partnered with a cable network once before, when Court TV implemented the technology to promote its “Mystery Whisperer” in the mystery sections of select bookstores. Mr. Pompei said the company also has tested retail deployments in grocery stores with Procter & Gamble and Kraft for customized audio messaging. So a customer, for example, looking to buy laundry detergent could suddenly hear the sound of gurgling water and thus feel compelled to buy Tide as a result of the sonic experience.
    Mr. Pompei contends that the technology will take time for consumers to get used to, much like the lights on digital signage and illuminated billboards did when they were first used. The website Gawker posted an item about the billboard last week with the headline “Schizophrenia is the new ad gimmick,” and asked “How soon will it be until in addition to the do-not-call list, we’ll have a ‘do not beam commercial messages into my head’ list?”
    “There’s going to be a certain population sensitive to it. But once people see what it does and hear for themselves, they’ll see it’s effective for getting attention,” Mr. Pompei said.

    http://cryptogon.com/?p=1713

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    You can bet that if it is being used commercially right now, it was used “covertly” in the past.

    Posted by Swamp | July 8, 2013, 9:28 am
  5. @SWAMP–

    Sweet Creeping Jesus, that is depressing, although in tempo with applied technologies that can double as mind control.

    I guess we might call this “Skull and Tones”!

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | July 8, 2013, 5:31 pm

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