April 28, 2010

Malcolm X Killer: Parole Too Soon?

45 years after the tragic death of black leader Malcolm X, a man convicted of killing ihm is being paroled. But many are saying this is still too soon to give freedom the man that killed a hero in cold blood.

The man, Thomas Hagan, has actually been in a limited form of work release for years now, spending a certain amount of hours in a facility each week while being at home with his family other times. But now he is up for full parole, and many who remember the huge impact of his actions killing Malcolm X in 1965, as he spoke at the Audubon Ballroom where I grew up in Harlem, believe he should never have been allowed to walk free at all.

Hagan's lawyer says"Indeed, multiplied by 19 years, [Hagan] has spent an overwhelming majority of his time in everyday society," he argued in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. "Yet, his movement is monitored and limited. He has repeatedly expressed remorse for his actions and realizes the consequences of his conduct, and the tragic impact that he caused for the victim's family, and society as a whole."

Malcolm X Killer: Parole Too Soon?

The man who confessed to shooting Malcolm X to death is tired of spending 12 hours a week in lockup. Thomas Hagan, who was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1965 assassination of the black leader, on Thursday filed court papers demanding a 14th parole hearing hoping to get full parole. Hagan was most recently rejected for parole in September 2007. His next appearance before the state panel is not until January.

Malcolm X Killer: Parole Too Soon?

Posted at April 28, 2010 2:04 AM