The California Supreme Court denied a request on Wednesday to hold a hearing in the parole case of Leslie Van Houten.
Leslies attorney Rich Pfeiffer, has stated he is not surprised by the ruling, but is determined to continue fighting for his client. He does feel there is a better chance in the near future for reasons mostly involving political changes- More information will be updated when and if it becomes available.
In the defense's petition, Pfeiffer contended that the governor did not focus on Van Houten's "current dangerousness," but instead on "a crime committed by a youthful offender almost 47 years ago, and a factor that can never change regardless of any amount of rehabilitation that is accomplished."
"Ms. Van Houten has a personal due process issue in that the governor did not have some evidence to support his finding that Ms. Van Houten remains an unreasonable risk to public safety if placed on supervised parole," Pfeiffer wrote on her behalf.
In their response, attorneys from the California Attorney General's Office countered that the governor "properly considered the aggravated nature of Van Houten's crimes" to assess her "current dangerousness," and that the governor's findings are "reasonably supported by ample evidence in the record."
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