Leslie Van Houten was granted a Franklin hearing that was held today at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles. Also today the issue of the Tex tapes went before the judge again. Her attorney, Rich Pfieffer and his office gave comments on the overall progress made with both the tapes issue and the Franklin Hearing concerning the control held of Leslie and some of the others, as well as her age, that falls into the new law of being a youthful offense.
The judge hasn't yet approved the Tex Tapes, as he is listening to them and will make a decision soon. No matter what, they will 'stay' the decision so the other side can go to the appellate court, however.
So today, there were two witnesses: Catherine Share (aka Gypsy), from the Manson Family. She was the one,along with Bobbie B., who brought Leslie in. She was abused badly by manson, and talked about that and how Leslie saw the beating. She also talked about what a good person Leslie was, and how she was the one everyone wanted as their best girlfriend. She talked about when things changed at the ranch, and when it became so dark rather than love and happy hippies. She talked about the drug use, marijuana every day, and LSD often. Manson used to put 2 tabs of acid on their tongues to give them a wild ride.
She also talked about how certain people, and Leslie was one, couldn't leave the ranch. Barbara Hoyt has said that wasn't true, but that's because she could leave. She was not in the circle of people Manson cared about. But Catherine talked about how she, and Leslie, and others, were not free to leave.
The psych, Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman, gave a great presentation. It was very similar to the one on "Ted Talks" It really goes into the juvenile brain, etc.
Rich Pfeiffer, Leslie's attorney petitioned for, and won at the Superior Court for Van Houten to be granted a Franklin hearing, pursuant to People V. Franklin. It is scheduled for August 24th at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles. What a Franklin hearing means is the ability for Leslie to have people, and reports, concerning when she was a youth, and what was going on in her life that affected her to the point she took a "right" or wrong... turn. This information will be constructed into a formal profile record as evidence, then in turn, go to the Board of Parole Hearings and the Governors Office to assist them in understanding the issues that they have struggled with, including Leslie's state of mind when she was involved with the Manson family.
The law is now meant to allow introduction of facts that do explain, and some might say, mitigate, the actions of a youthful offender. What is helpful for Van Houten is that it's coming from the court (and the board "must take as true court findings") The BPH or Governor should not blame Leslie for sounding like she is mitigating and minimizing. That is the true benefit for Leslie (because she is constantly being accused of that, despite any answer she gives) At her parole hearing (Sept 6, 2017) , Rich Pfeiffer will be able to present this information, without the typical issues, including from the DA, who fought this petition to the very end.
CASE UPDATES AND INFO
-Trial of the Century
-Susan Atkins-Patricia Krenwinkel
-Parole Transcripts 1985-2017
Franklin Hearing transcript 2017
-Tex Watson Tapes
-Criteria Parole Suitability
-Rich Pfeiffer's letter to the DA
-Parole Reversed 2016
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