Charles Manson in August 16, 1969 Mugshot
This attorney had better ask California Governor Jerry Brown since Manson was convicted of a State of California crime not a federal one.
Charles Manson’s attorney, Giovanni Di Stefano aka “The Devil’s Advocate,” has sent President Barack Obama an unbelievable communication. Di Stefano, who also represented Saddam Hussein, faxed the President a request that his infamous client who is serving a life sentence in California’s maximum security Corcoran Prison be set free.
According to TMZ, Di Stefano is seeking a presidential pardon for Manson who was convicted and sentenced to death in 1970 for his role in the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders in Los Angeles. When the death penalty was temporarily outlawed 2 years later, Manson and his followers–Patricia Krenwinkle, Leslie Van Houten, Charles “Tex” Watson, and the late Susan Atkins–all had their sentences commuted to life. Manson has maintained his innocence ever since, arguing that he never ordered any of his followers to commit murder.
Which is exactly what his attorney explained to President Obama in his fax. “Manson was nothing more than a cult leader, not a murderer,” claims Di Stefano. “Manson didn’t do the killing.” According to the lawyer, Manson was at the very worst, guilty only of telling his followers to “do something witchy.” If they misunderstood and took things too far, it wasn’t the cult leader’s fault.
Sorry Charlie – rot in jail.