Nina Rhodes-Hughes To Testify In Defense Of Sirhan Sirhan

Posted: July 14, 2012 in All Posts
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By Carey Vanderborg

International Business Times, July 9, 2012

ImageNina Rhodes-Hughes, a key witness to the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, has agreed to testify for Sirhan Sirhan’s new defense team.

Rhodes told CNN earlier this year that she believed Sirhan Sirhan did not act alone in the assassination of the former U.S. senator.

“What has to come out is that there was another shooter to my right,” Rhodes-Hughes told CNN in an exclusive interview published online in April. “The truth has got to be told. No more cover-ups.”

Rhodes-Hughes, 78, who now lives in Vancouver, said she has been contacted by Sirhan’s lead lawyer, William Pepper, of New York. “He asked me if indeed I would testify that there was another shooter and I said yes, I would.”    

Rhodes-Hughes, a long-overlooked witness to the murder, has reportedly long said that she heard two guns firing during the 1968 shooting and that authorities altered her account of the crime.

“There were more than eight shots, and it’s interesting that you read whatever the FBI issued, everybody else said eight shots,” Rhodes-Hughes said.

Rhodes-Hughes, who was serving as a volunteer fundraiser for Kennedy’s campaign when he was fatally shot in a kitchen pantry at the Ambassador Hotel on June 5, 1968, is an American-born television actress and local theatre enthusiast.

Forty-four years after the shooting, Rhodes-Hughes has brought one of the great American tragedies back in to the news spotlight, as she told CNN in an exclusive interview that she heard at least 12 shots that day — not eight as argued by the California prosecutors who convicted Sirhan as the lone gunman.

In the 1969 trial of Sirhan Sirhan, the defense at no point made an attempt to challenge the prosecution’s case that he was the one and only shooter in Kennedy’s assassination.

Sirhan went on to testify that he had killed Kennedy “with 20 years of malice aforethought,” and was convicted and sentenced to death, which was eventually reduced to life in prison in 1972.

It was only after the trial that Sirhan then recanted his courtroom confession.

Despite the recent court filings by Sirhan, state prosecutors argue that even if Rhode-Hughes’ testimony was confirmed, Sirhan would still be guilty of murder under California‘s vicarious liability law.

Nonetheless, Sirhan’s new legal team has chosen to dispute the assertion about the statute and will call Rhodes as a witness.

Rhodes-Hughes’ recent recollection, which has never been argued before a judge, is one of the main pieces of evidence being brought forward by Sirhan’s new lawyers.

  1. TheManchurianCandidate says:

    Many believe that Sirhan was a Manchurian Candidate programmed assassin and that Oswald, at the very least fell into the same category whether or not he fired a shot and whether or not he could have made the kill shot from the TSBD. Oswald was inserted into the plot BECAUSE he had a history as a programmed assassin for the Marine Corps and the CIA. This scheme would guarantee an unwilling cover-up of the entire JFK murder plot and allow the conspirators to go free. Now a new book describes how Richard Condon in The Manchurian Candidate identified his Dirty Dozen conspirators plotting to kill then Senator JFK as early as 1958. T: and the website is: If you have any interest in seeing and hearing how the McCarthyism Myth and Cold War hysteria were deliberately fabricated and constructed by various right-wing anti-Communist extremists, you have got to view these interviews done for the Longines Chronoscope interview program on CBS between 1951 and 1955. This is the environment which Richard Condon chose to feature in his novel, “The Manchurian Candidate” written in the 1957-1958 timeframe. A particularly revealing interview is done with the chief counsel for the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (SISS), Robert J. Morris regarding his just concluded “investigation” of the Institute for Pacific Relations which resulted in no actual charges other than his fabricated allegations of perjured testimony against Owen Lattimore which were never pursued by the Justice Department. This was the same tactic used by Morris, credited by Whittaker Chambers with being “the real force behind McCarthyism” in Morris’ NY Times obituary. Morris along with other Chronoscope interviewees like Brig. Gen. Bonner Fellers and Maj. Gen. Charles A. Willoughby were referenced in “The Manchurian Candidate” either by citing their organizations: “Ten Million Americans Mobilizing for Tomorrow” (Fellers) “For America” (Wedemeyer), Defenders of American Liberties (Morris) or through the creation of subtle anagrams referring to various individuals: “Major Dismiss.” is “R. Moriss is Mad”. “Lord Morris Croftnol” is “Lord, Frontal Morris.” and “Fighting Frank Bollinger” is Bonner Fillars, CI (counter-intelligence). One of the interviewers, William Bradford Huie, was publisher of The American Mercury, where arch-conservative nascent fascist, Wm. F. Buckley, Jr. also cited in The Manchurian Candidate, got his first job after graduating from Yale. Condon referred to Buckley as “… that fascinating young man who wrote about man and God at Yale.” Buckley wrote God and Man at Yale. There is even an interview with the young Senator John F. Kennedy from perhaps 1954 as well. Morris ended up defending such pro-fascists as Major General Edwin A. Walker after he was forced to resign from the U.S. Army and after Walker was arrested on Sedition charges after the Ole Miss riots. Morris also represented Otto F. Otepka after he was fired for leaking confidential documents about Walt Whitman Rostow to the press. You can more about these topics from a new Amazon Kindle book at: Or from this website as well: […] Richard Condon essentially exposed a dozen of the persons who appeared on the Chronoscope program as being among the conspirators who planned to kill JFK as early as 1958 when it became clear that he would be the Democratic nominee for President in 1960. I also believe that these were the people who finally succeeded in their quest to kill JFK in 1963. While the 2nd half of the 20th Century will be known as the anti-Communist purge period, the 1st half of the 21st Century will probably be known as the anti-Muslim purge period as well.

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