Supreme Court brief and writ filed (see documents below) - No rest for the diligent attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, who said that after Governor Brown’s decision on Friday, he worked all weekend on the 38 page writ and Supreme Court brief, and filed on Monday. (which he kindly sent to LeslieVanHouten.com, below) The purpose is to challenge the governor’s decision to reverse parole that was granted to his client Leslie Van Houten, back in sept. 2017. If she wins the writ, she could be released immediately. If she loses, he said they’ll take it to the appellate court and beyond if necessary.
Pfeiffer said he was disappointed but not shocked at the latest reversal, but was shocked in the reasoning behind his decision. Brown’s rejection was the first time in recent California legal history where parole was denied based on the seriousness of the crime alone.
“The governor did not look at Leslie’s actual participation but rather looked at Manson’s crimes as a whole,” he said. Many people, including 3 of Van Houten’s commissioners were equally disappointed and out raged, and have already stated it is a very “weak reason” indicating, that if or when Leslie Van Houten is ever released, it is likely to be from a court action, rather than a governor.
Tex Tapes -The attorney added that the Brown’s reason for reversal bolsters the need for the Tex Tapes. (which have been tied up in legal limbo for years) But is now pending at the Supreme Court.
Not giving up - Pfeiffer also said he won’t give up or stop fighting for his client’s due freedom until she walks out of the [prison’s] gates. “When looking at Leslie's actions regarding the crime (not Manson's actions but only Leslie's) I have represented dozens of inmates who have done far worse, have been successfully released and are causing no trouble while they work and pay taxes. I completely understand the Governor's pressures and why he would reverse no matter what. He was very courageous in fixing a completely broken parole system in California, life inmates used to have to get out only through the courts, now the parole board is the way almost all get released. That change came at great risk but has saved California millions of dollars. Governor Brown gets the credit for that. Just one inmate doing something really wrong will destroy the current system and the Governor's legacy. I don't expect any other governor to let Leslie be released so this is going to have to probably come through the court proceedings.”
As for how is Leslie is doing, she is doing as to be expected. Leslie is "heartbroken" "disappointed" and "devastated" but is now rebounding reasonably well.
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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