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Defense Attorney Quits Bomb Plot Suspect's Team

March 21, 2000

LOS ANGELES — The defense attorney of accused bomb plot suspect Sara Jane Olson has withdrawn from the case, just a month after joining her legal team.

Henry J. Hall, of the alternate public defender's office, cited an unspecified conflict as his reason for leaving. Hall's departure was approved last week by Superior Court Judge James Ideman, the same judge who appointed him.

Olson, a 53-year-old Minnesota doctor's wife, is accused of plotting to kill Los Angeles police officers by planting nail-packed pipe bombs under two squad cars in August 1975.

Olson, who was indicted in 1976 under her former name, Kathleen Soliah, was arrested in June near her home in St. Paul. She is free on $1-million bail and faces a trial in August. She also is represented by attorneys Susan Jordan and Shawn Chapman, who are asking Ideman at a hearing today to lift a gag order.

Hall's clients have included Richard Ramirez, the so-called Night Stalker, and the man convicted of killing the son of entertainer Bill Cosby.

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