Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday blocked parole for Manson Family member Bruce Davis. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation / March 1, 2013)
Saying he still poses a threat to society, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday blocked parole for Manson family member Bruce Davis.
“Until Davis can acknowledge and explain why he actively championed the Family’s interests, and shed more light on the nature of his involvement, I am not prepared to release him,” the governor wrote in his decision.
Davis, 26 at the time of the killings, was convicted and imprisoned in 1972 for his role in the murders of two men, ranch hand Donald “Shorty” Shea, who also worked as a Hollywood stuntman, and aspiring musician Gary Hinman.
Details of Shea’s killing have always remained murky, muddied more by Davis’ recent account that the ranch hand was taken to a different location and killed not the night that prosecutors claimed, but the following morning. Another Manson family member, Steve “Clem” Grogan, allegedly cut off Shea’s head. Grogan, the only Manson family member convicted of murder to be set free, won parole in 1985 by leading law enforcement to Shea’s body. California corrections officials said he has since had no criminal offenses in this state.
Like Grogan, Davis, now 70, was not implicated in the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and four others in a Benedict Canyon home, nor of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. Hinman was held captive for days, tortured and then killed in July 1969 as part of an extortion plot at the outset of the infamous Manson family murder spree.
Shea’s August 1969 stabbing and beheading death took place after, in August or September 1969, because Manson believed he was a police informant.
Lynyrd Responds to the Outcome:
It seems, I'm a bit late to the party.
I had responsibilities today, which could not be ignored.
Thanks Katie for posting this news in my absence, and thanks Marliese for visiting... it's always good to see you.
I'm truly saddened by the outcome of this situation.
This decision speaks volumes, regarding the shortcomings of our system.
Brown's decision is clear admission, that our system is majorly flawed.
Chew on this:
A man gets approved (for a second time) by our own board of prison terms.
This board of course, is not a lone individual mind you... but a "panel" of folks, who make these decisions every day.
These are appointed officials.
And once again, their decision is reversed.
Once again, our own system, is in disagreement with itself.
This complete inability of our politicians and legal entities to reach consensus, is the same exact situation, which led to the reversal of Davis' original death sentence!
My post from a previous thread:
"In a nutshell.... from the late 1960's through the early 1990's in California... the public and politicians were heavily in favor of capital punishment... while the Courts, both State and Federal, were strongly opposed.
That struggle persisted for over two decades.
The politicians and public, kept passing Pro Death Penalty laws... and the courts (both state and federal) thwarted their efforts around every turn (with abolition laws).
The Pro Death Penalty laws were in place so temporarily, and moreover, were so effectively undermined by the courts, they became (for all intents and purposes) worthless.
The Pro Death Penalty laws became "defacto" at best."
We have literally gotten NOWHERE in 40 years!
"We've come a long way baby"???
I'm totally disgusted.
Then people wonder why there's violence and apathy in prison?
Attorney Beckman said:
“I'm disappointed and saddened by the governor's horrible decision to play politics yet again with Bruce Davis' life. The governor’s reasons for denying parole would be “laughable if the consequences for my client weren't so devastating."
I agree with attorney Beckman.
This situation is completely disheartening.
My main question, is this:
Why (the funk) are we even having these parole hearings??
Seriously. What is the point?
Can we finally just admit, that we're simply "going through the motions" because we have to?
Can we at least, admit that much???
Regardless of our feelings towards Davis personally, and our views on his retainment...
can we all at least admit, that these parole hearings have become a complete farce?
It seems Manson has made the correct choice.
Shit all over the system, and make no effort towards rehabilitation, because you're not getting out anyway.
Somewhere in a cement prison cell right now... Manson is gloating.
And conversely, Davis... a man who has made every reasonable effort to play by the numbers... is crying.
Quite a message!
Fabulous system we have here... just fabulous.
To say that our system is dysfunctional, is an understatement.
Excuse me now, while I puke.
This isn't even about Davis anymore... it's bigger than Davis... it about hypocrisy.