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