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Law Grad Agrees Not to Auction Sirhan Papers After RFK Killer's Counsel Argues Parole Issue

A law school graduate has agreed not to auction papers he obtained from convicted Robert F. Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan after the inmate’s lawyer said they could be critical to his client’s parole effort and threatened to sue to prevent the sale.

Would-be seller Michael McCowan is now a 78-year-old businessman. He said he obtained the papers, which include a handwritten description by Sirhan, who is now 67, of a visit to the Ambassador Hotel where Kennedy was gunned down, while working as a volunteer for the defense team in 1969, reports the Los Angeles Times.

“He wrote it right in front of me,” said McCowan of Sirhan’s account of visiting the hotel, noting that his client signed a release when he gave him a group of documents. “He knew I’d put a lot of work in on the case and wasn’t being paid.”

Related coverage: “Sirhan May Have Plotted to Assassinate Ted Kennedy, Too, Says FBI” “Lawyer for Sirhan Sirhan Plans to Tell Parole Board His Client Was ‘Hypno-Programmed’”

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