The Democratic governor said he had determined that Sirhan posed too great a threat to public safety, citing Sirhan's declining to accept responsibility for the crime or to renounce violence. | Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo Newsom denies parole of RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan California Gov. Gavin Newsom has blocked the release from prison of Robert Kennedy's assassin Sirhan Sirhan, whose fatal shots half a century ago rocked America and redirected history. The Democratic governor said he had determined that Sirhan posed too great a threat to public safety, citing Sirhan's declining to accept responsibility for the crime or to renounce violence. “Mr. Sirhan’s assassination of Senator Kennedy is among the most notorious crimes in American history,” Newsom said in a statement. “After decades in prison, he has failed to address the deficiencies that led him to assassinate Senator Kennedy. Mr. Sirhan lacks the insight that would prevent him from making the same types of dangerous decisions he made in the past.” A parole panel last year recommended Sirhan's liberation, more than half a century after he shot down Kennedy in Los Angeles during the Democrat's presidential campaign in 1968. While parole board members pointed to Sirhan's self-improvement and new laws that required them to consider his current health and his youth at the time of the crime, the decision was ultimately in Newsom's hands. Newsom’s decision carried . . . read the full article here.