The advancement could have been won for a number of reasons- There are actually two parole rules that were not active at the time of her last hearing, that are both in effect now. Both in which Leslie, qualify for each. It is fair to say that she is eligible under the elderly parole rule of having spent over 25 years and being over 65. In addition to the elderly parole rule, Leslie also falls under the youth offender act as she was 19 at the time of the crime and if you were under 23, the psych and the board has to acknowledge her youth at the time of the offense..
Many people felt the last hearing in 2013 had its share of a few discriminative grounds to file; Others speculated that the outrageous and incredibly stunning actions of the authorities over the ‘Tex Tapes”, could have influenced a decision to approve the advancement.
But while some of the grounds would be determined within discretionary power (the grey area), other grounds, such as the age factors, were pretty much ‘black and white’. For most motion hearings this would be a simple matter of presenting the facts, then presenting the law and let process clearly show the rights - which was getting Leslies date moved up
(although if there ever was a case to not rely on simple facts)
So at the end, it was a fair and good call. The first of what is so hoped for many to come. It’s a process and will keep moving forward.
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