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Court reporter Linda Deutsch says it’s time to release Leslie Van Houten




Sheron Lawin (L), a member of the Board of Prison Terms commissioners, listens to Leslie Van Houten (R), after her parole was denied 28 June 2002 at the California Institution for Women in Corona, California. Van Houten, 53, has served over 30 years in prison for her involvement in the Tate-LaBianca killings.
Sheron Lawin (L), a member of the Board of Prison Terms commissioners, listens to Leslie Van Houten (R), after her parole was denied 28 June 2002 at the California Institution for Women in Corona, California. Van Houten, 53, has served over 30 years in prison for her involvement in the Tate-LaBianca killings.
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A state parole board panel recommended parole yesterday for former Charles Manson disciple Leslie Van Houten.

Van Houten was convicted in the August 1969 killings of grocers Leno and Rosemary La Bianca at their Los Feliz home. Larry spoke with veteran courts reporter for the Associated Press, Linda Deutsch, who covered the trial and says Van Houten has been a model inmate.

The panel's decision will be reviewed administratively by the state's Board of Parole Hearings for up to four months then be sent to Governor Jerry Brown for review.

Guest:

Linda Deutsch, veteran courts reporter for the Associated Press who is retiring after a 48 year career in journalism. She has covered the high-profile trials of Charles Manson, O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, and many more; Linda tweets from @LindaDeutsch