RUSH TO JUDGEMENT
T H E P A N T R Y
Assistant Maître D’ Karl Uecker was supposed to lead Senator Kennedy through kitchen pantry to a press conference immediately following his victory speech on the dias at the Embassy Ballroom. Kennedy stopped at the edge of a steam table to shake hands with kitchen workers when Sirhan began firing at Kennedy from several feet in front of him. After two shots - one missing Kennedy and lodging into the pantry door, the second hitting labor organizer Paul Schrade - Uecker grabbed Sirhan’s arm and, with the help of others, pushed him down on to the steam table, pinning his gun hand. Though his hand was pinned down and pointed away from Kennedy, Sirhan continued to fire, injuring five bystanders.
According to eyewitness testimony, Sirhan’s gun always remained one and a half to five feet in front of Kennedy. The coroner’s report determined Kennedy was hit three times from behind, with the fatal shot to the back of his head at point blank range within the distance of 1 to 3 inches.
KARL UECKER, MAITRE D'
The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office set an early arraignment for Sirhan on June 5, 1968. Evelle Younger, the District Attorney, and Tom Reddin, Police Chief, handled the arraignment proceedings. Sirhan was represented at the arraignment by the Chief Public Defender, Richard S. Buckley. The Judge, Joan Dempsey Klein, granted the defense motion and set bail at $250,000. Sirhan was charged with six counts of assault with the intent to commit murder.
Samuel Yorty, Mayor of Los Angeles, without authorization, dispatched investigators to confiscate anything that could be found in the newly named assassin's house. The investigators confiscated Sirhan's personal notebooks with the permission of an older brother, not the owner of the house, Mary Sirhan, and did so without a search warrant. Yorty began to make statements immediately following the confiscation; all of his statements were unauthorized.
During the illegal search and seziure of the Sirhan home by law enforcement, a notebook was confiscated by Mayor Yorty's investigators that contained pages of writings, allegedly made by Sirhan, where phrases such as, "RFK must die!" and "RFK must be assassinated by June 5th, 1968" (which coincidentally was the one year anniversary of the Arab-Israeli 6-Day War). During Sirhan's trial, the Prosecution used these writings from the seized notebook to establish premediation of murder, citing that Sirhan had motive because he was infuriated at Senator Kennedy's hypocrisy of being anti-war, but campagined on the promise to send 50 Phantom jets to Israel to aid in their colonialist enterprise against Palestine.
What the jury and the public failed to understand is that the alleged writings of Sirhan in the infamous "RFK must die!" notebooks were dated May 18th, 1968 - DAYS PRIOR TO SENATOR KENNEDY MAKING ANY PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL.
Only one of two options can be true; either Sirhan is clairvoyant and he predicted that RFK would make such a statement on the campaign trail, thus gearing himself up to be a 'lone wolf' assasin to prohibit the transfer of U.S. killing machines to be used on Palestinians, or the writings were manufactured to produce a motive.