Convicted in April 1969 of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Palestinian-American Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death. In 1972, the California Supreme Court, the The People of the State of California vs. Robert Page Anderson, prohibited the use of capital punishment in the state of California on the basis of cruel and unusual punishment. This button is inscribed with the words, “Sirhan Lives,” noting the commuting of his sentence in 1972 to life imprisonment.
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
unknown, “Sirhan Lives ,” Roz Payne Sixties Archive, accessed October 22, 2021, https://rozsixties.unl.edu/items/show/243.