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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Governor Denies Charles Manson Follower Parole

     On August 8, 2014, California governor Jerry Brown reversed a parole board and denied the release of a former Charles Manson follower who served more than 43 years in prison. It was the third time a California governor denied the release of Bruce Davis 71, a member of the murderous Manson Family convicted in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.

     In March 2014, the parole board once again found that Davis was suitable for parole based on his age, conduct in prison--he became a born-again Christian, earned a doctoral degree in philosophy of religion, ministers to other inmates--and other factors. The governor lauded Davis for his efforts to improve himself. However, he wrote his his five-page decision that the evidence shows that Davis "currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison." [In reality, Davis posed an unreasonable danger to Brown's political future if released. I'm not saying this man should be released. But asserting that he's still dangerous is ridiculous. He shouldn't be released because of what he did.]

"California Governor Denies Manson Follower Parole," Associated Press, August 9,  2014 

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