Schwarzenegger acknowledged that Davis had made "some credible gains" during his incarceration. But in turning down the parole recommendation, he cited the "especially heinous" nature of the slayings and Davis' repeated efforts to minimize his involvement.
The Republican governor also questioned whether Davis is still too willing to follow others' direction, noting his association with the American Nazi Party after he went to prison in 1972. He also found troubling Davis' statements that he would be subservient to his wife should he be released.
"Davis still exhibits conformist tendencies," Schwarzenegger said in a decision he signed on June 22. The decision was sent to Davis and the parole board on Friday.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, the Republican nominee for attorney general, had urged Schwarzenegger to reject the parole board's recommendation.
Davis' attorney, Michael Beckman of Santa Monica, said he will file a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court to reverse the governor's decision. He said Schwarzenegger had no valid grounds to reverse recommendations by the parole board's chairman and a board-appointed psychiatrist. "He doesn't pose a public danger," Beckman said of his client. "It's a political calculation rather than an individual consideration."