Courthouse News Services 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sirhan Sirhan’s attorneys claim they have new “exculpatory evidence of actual innocence” of Bobby Kennedy’s assassin: that Sirhan was “hypno-programmed” by government operatives, that there was more than one gunman in the Ambassador Hotel and that the fatal bullet was switched in evidence at his trial.
The 62-page “Reply Brief on the Issue of Actual Innocence,” filed in Los Angeles Federal Court, seeks to “set aside the original 1969 verdict and sentence and grant petitioner his freedom or order a new trial.”
Sirhan, 67, has spent 42 years in San Quentin. He claims he has no memory of shooting Kennedy. His attorneys claim Sirhan was subjected to hypnosis and mind control by shadowy government entities, setting him up to be a “Manchurian Candidate,” programmed to shoot Kennedy – a claim Sirhan’s attorneys did not pursue in 1969.
During his trial, the jury heard evidence from experts on both sides that Sirhan was suffering from “paranoid schizophrenia,” according to the new appeal.
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