The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s (LACBA) Armed Forces Committee obtained a rare reversal of a denial of parole from the California Board of Parole Hearings for incarcerated Veteran Rory C. Folsom which ordered a rehearing for his release at the next available date.
The decision is a culmination of a longstanding effort by LACBA’s Armed Forces Committee to train and deploy volunteer attorneys to assist incarcerated Veterans. Attorney William Paparian, a member of the committee, an experienced criminal defense lawyer, a former Marine and past Mayor of Pasadena represented Mr. Folsom.
“The Parole Board’s reversal of a parole denial and granting of a parole rehearing is virtually unprecedented,” said Paparian. “Mr. Folsom has paid his debt to society and has become fully rehabilitated. It’s time for this Marine to come home.”
The Chair of the Armed Forces Committee, Adam Siegler, an Iraq War Veteran, added, “The Armed Forces Committee has recognized the need to provide effective legal representation to incarcerated Veterans at their parole hearings. We are determined not to allow our fellow Veterans to be left behind.”
On July 30, 2011, the Armed Forces Committee held a Parole Hearing Boot Camp designed to prepare lawyers from any legal background for parole hearings with an emphasis on working with incarcerated Veterans. The Parole Hearing Boot Camp resulted in a number of attorneys, including Paparian, taking on difficult cases involving incarcerated Veterans.
In the case of Rory Folsom, he pleaded guilty in 1986 in Los Angeles Superior Court to the 2nd Degree Murder of cocaine dealer Hugo Valencia and was on active duty at the time of the 1983 crime. In prison ever since then, he has been denied parole 8 times.
Folsom is a decorated Marine Corps combat Veteran who is Airborne and Scuba qualified. In addition to being Captain of the Honor Guard of Veterans Group Ironwood, Folsom has earned a Bachelor’s degree, received Hospice training, designed a program for drug and alcohol recovery, and has been recognized as an ordained leader of a Native American spiritual group.
WILLIAM M. PAPARIAN
Attorney at Law
272 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Telephone: (626) 795-1750
email: [email protected]