COURT RULES IN ROSENKRANTZ CASE.
Byline: Troy Anderson Staff Writer
A state appeals court ruled Friday that a Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. judge cannot interfere in the parole request of a convicted Calabasas murderer until Gov. Gray Davis decides whether he should be set free.
The ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeals forces Superior Court Judge Kathryne Stoltz to rescind her order directing the parole board pa`role´ board`
n. 1. A group of individuals with authority to determine whether a prisoner will be granted parole from a particular prison. to issue a new recommendation to release Robert Rosenkrantz.
Rosenkrantz was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1985 slaying of his classmate Steve Redman. Rosenkrantz said Redman exposed his homosexuality to classmates Classmates can refer to either:
Calabasas High School, which serves portions of Calabasas and the West Hills, Los Angeles, California section of Los Angeles, is one of three high schools in the Las .
Rosenkrantz shot Redman 10 times at close range with an Uzi and was sentenced to 17 years to life for the crime.
Last month, the parole board recommended Rosenkrantz's early parole. Davis has until Oct. 29 to make a decision.
The case has become politically charged, pitting Davis and the parole board against Stoltz, who ruled the parole board abused its power in the case and has threatened contempt of court unless Rosenkrantz is released.
Davis has reportedly said he would reject parole for any convicted murderer, although recently he granted it for Rose Ann Parker, a San Bernardino San Bernardino, city, United States
San Bernardino (săn bûr'nədē`nō), city (1990 pop. 164,164), seat of San Bernardino co., S Calif., at the foot of the San Bernardino Mts.; inc. 1854. woman also convicted of second-degree murder.
Hilary McLean, spokeswoman for Davis, said the governor never said he would reject parole for all murderers.
``The governor and his office have said what he's always said in that each case that comes before him is considered carefully on the merits on the merits adj. referring to a judgment, decision or ruling of a court based upon the facts presented in evidence and the law applied to that evidence. A judge decides a case "on the merits" when he/she bases the decision on the fundamental issues and considers of each case,'' McLean said.
In a related development Friday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Leroy David Baca (b. May 27 1942, East Los Angeles, California) is the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, California.
After graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School (Los Angeles) in 1960, Baca worked his way through East Los Angeles College before starting with the L.A. voiced his opposition to the parole of Rosenkrantz.
``In this instance, the early parole of Robert Rosenkrantz is an injustice that will be committed against the Steve Redman family,'' Baca said at a news conference at the sheriff's Monterey Park Monterey Park, city (1990 pop. 60,738), Los Angeles co., S Calif., a growing residential suburb of Los Angeles; inc. 1916. It is a wholesale, retail, and financial services center. headquarters. ``I therefore am asking Gov. Gray Davis to not grant parole to Rosenkrantz.''
Baca said he decided to oppose the parole for reasons including that the murder was carried out with an assault rifle.
``The nature in which this assault rifle was used was so graphically brutal at the time that I do not see any redemption in this particular murder, and I believe a full life sentence should mean a full life sentence.''
Baca, who has not opposed a parole since he was sworn into office on Dec. 7, 1998, said he may oppose other paroles in the future.