Former lieutenant governor of Maryland Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has joined her oldest brother Robert F Kennedy, Jr, in calling for a new investigation into the 1968 assassination of their father, Robert F. Kennedy (pictured)
Former lieutenant governor of Maryland Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has joined her oldest brother Robert F Kennedy, Jr, in calling for a new investigation into their father's 1968 assassination.
After personally reviewing evidence and visiting the convicted killer in prison in California, Kennedy, Jr has argued that Sirhan Sirhan's conviction put the wrong man behind bars for killing Robert F. Kennedy who died on June 6, 1958.
'My father was the chief law enforcement officer in this country,' Kennedy, Jr told The Washington Post. 'I think it would have disturbed him if somebody was put in jail for a crime they didn't commit.'
Previously silent on the issue, Townsend has now agreed with her brother, telling the Boston Globe in an email on Thursday, 'I think Bobby makes a compelling case.'
But not all of the nine other children of Robert F. Kennedy, who was known as Bobby Kennedy, agree with their oldest brother, and now their sister.
Two of the children of the late presidential candidate, former attorney general, and senator from New York stand against the idea of reopening an investigation into his death.
Robert F Kennedy, Jr (left) believes that Sirhan Sirhan was not the man who killed his father, and sister Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (right) thinks he 'makes a compelling case'
Joseph P. Kennedy II, the former congressman from Massachusetts, said in a statement:
'As we approach the 50th anniversary of my father’s passing, I think what is most important is that our country and my family reflect on what my father stood for and fought for — a legacy promoting global peace, social justice, and civil rights.'
Kerry Kennedy, who is the seventh child of Bobby and Ethyl Kennedy and president of the Robert F Kennedy Center For Justice and Human Rights (which her mother founded), also appears to be against a fresh look at her father's assassination.
'The reason that people are interested in the circumstances of my father’s death is because of what he did with his life,' she said. 'And I think we should focus on his life and not so much on his death — his moral imagination, his capacity for empathy, his quest to heal divisions, and his belief that one person can make a difference.'
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr has argued that the conviction of Sirhan Sirhan (pictured) put the wrong man behind bars for killing Robert F. Kennedy
Democratic Party politician and Senator from New York, Robert F Kennedy (1925-1968) begins his campaign for the Presidency at the Overseas Press Club in