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December 8, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jennifer Jean Casolo, the American church worker arrested in El Salvador for allegedly aiding leftist rebels, Thursday described her new life at the Ilopango Women's Prison, where she sleeps on a floor crowded with political prisoners sharing straw mattresses and the camaraderie of their fellow inmates.
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January 14, 1990 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 10 minutes on CNN's "Sonya Live" television talk show passed by all too quickly for Jennifer Casolo, the American imprisoned in El Salvador for 18 days on charges she hid weapons for leftist rebels. "I wish, I wish, I wish I'd said more important things!" she moaned after abandoning the set at Cable News Network's Hollywood studio. "Instead of taking an opportunity and throwing it away!" But rarely does Casolo throw away opportunities these days.
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OPINION
December 10, 1989
Who are the terrorists? Four years ago I traveled in a study tour of El Salvador with Jennifer Jean Casolo as our guide. She is the U.S. citizen charged with "harboring weapons for the guerrillas" (Part A, Nov. 27-28). She lives in San Salvador where she works for Christian Education Seminars. When I hugged Jennifer goodby at the end of our interfaith tour, little did I know she would be arrested in her recently rented San Salvador home, delivered to a press conference where she was not allowed to speak, prejudged by the U.S. government as being a terrorist without the right to presumed innocence.
NEWS
January 10, 1990 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jennifer Jean Casolo, the Connecticut woman deported from El Salvador after 18 days in prison on charges of stockpiling weapons for leftist rebels, said Tuesday that she has received threatening hate mail since her return home. In Los Angeles to launch an 11-city speaking tour, Casolo recounted details of her arrest on Nov. 25, the night Salvadoran police raided her rented home and allegedly unearthed more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition, grenades and explosives buried in the back yard.
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December 9, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON and MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Salvadoran judge on Friday ordered American church worker Jennifer Jean Casolo and six other people to remain in prison while a military court prepares to try them on terrorism charges. Judge Guillermo Romero Hernandez ruled that there is sufficient evidence to hold Casolo on charges stemming from a Nov. 25 raid on her house, where police say they found a cache of rebel weapons buried in the back yard. The judge's ruling is not a decision to try Casolo.
NEWS
December 13, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lawyer for Jennifer Jean Casolo, imprisoned here on charges she aided leftist guerrillas, is working to have the American woman released, but the military court handling the case warned Tuesday that freedom may not come so quickly. Casolo, arrested by National Police last month when they uncovered an arms cache during a raid on her house, is charged with terrorism, possession of war weapons and related crimes. She maintains she is innocent.
NEWS
January 10, 1990 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jennifer Jean Casolo, the Connecticut woman deported from El Salvador after 18 days in prison on charges of stockpiling weapons for leftist rebels, said Tuesday that she has received threatening hate mail since her return home. In Los Angeles to launch an 11-city speaking tour, Casolo recounted details of her arrest on Nov. 25, the night Salvadoran police raided her rented home and allegedly unearthed more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition, grenades and explosives buried in the back yard.
NEWS
December 3, 1989 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former U.S. Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark met Saturday with a jailed American pacifist and said she will plead not guilty to Salvadoran government charges of illegal possession of a guerrilla arms cache. "I believe she is innocent," Clark said after a meeting lasting almost three hours at National Police headquarters with Jennifer Jean Casolo, who has been held there since a police raid on her rented house in the capital a week ago.
NEWS
December 15, 1989 | KAREN TUMULTY and LISA ROMAINE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Church worker Jennifer Jean Casolo, expelled from El Salvador after spending 18 days in jail on accusations of stockpiling weapons for leftist rebels, speculated Thursday that her arrest was "part of a whole action to stop the work of the churches in El Salvador." At a news conference at La Guardia Airport, Casolo, 28, tearfully declared again--as she has since her arrest Nov.
NEWS
December 6, 1989 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jennifer Jean Casolo, the first American ever formally accused of aiding the leftist Salvadoran guerrillas, pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges of terrorism and possession of war weapons. Speaking to reporters after 10 days in a cold jail cell, the tiny, irrepressible pacifist said she is determined to test a justice system in which she has little faith.
NEWS
December 15, 1989 | KAREN TUMULTY and LISA ROMAINE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Church worker Jennifer Jean Casolo, expelled from El Salvador after spending 18 days in jail on accusations of stockpiling weapons for leftist rebels, speculated Thursday that her arrest was "part of a whole action to stop the work of the churches in El Salvador." At a news conference at La Guardia Airport, Casolo, 28, tearfully declared again--as she has since her arrest Nov.
NEWS
December 14, 1989 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jennifer Jean Casolo, the American church worker charged with hiding arms for leftist guerrillas, was freed from jail under a court order Wednesday and hastily deported from El Salvador. The release appeared to be politically motivated, but President Alfredo Cristiani, speaking at a press conference, denied it. He said the judge handling her case determined that there was not enough evidence to try her. The president added, however, that he himself is "morally convinced of Miss Casolo's guilt."
NEWS
December 13, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lawyer for Jennifer Jean Casolo, imprisoned here on charges she aided leftist guerrillas, is working to have the American woman released, but the military court handling the case warned Tuesday that freedom may not come so quickly. Casolo, arrested by National Police last month when they uncovered an arms cache during a raid on her house, is charged with terrorism, possession of war weapons and related crimes. She maintains she is innocent.
NEWS
December 11, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
Thousands of demonstrators, many chanting for the release of a U.S. church worker imprisoned in Central America, paraded through Seattle in a "March for Human Rights in El Salvador." Many of the estimated 2,000 protesters carried crosses, while others pounded drums as they chanted slogans supporting human rights. Signs carried by some of the demonstrators said "U.S. Imperialism out of El Salvador" and "Free Jennifer Casolo," the U.S.
NEWS
December 9, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON and MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Salvadoran judge on Friday ordered American church worker Jennifer Jean Casolo and six other people to remain in prison while a military court prepares to try them on terrorism charges. Judge Guillermo Romero Hernandez ruled that there is sufficient evidence to hold Casolo on charges stemming from a Nov. 25 raid on her house, where police say they found a cache of rebel weapons buried in the back yard. The judge's ruling is not a decision to try Casolo.
NEWS
December 8, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jennifer Jean Casolo, the American church worker arrested in El Salvador for allegedly aiding leftist rebels, Thursday described her new life at the Ilopango Women's Prison, where she sleeps on a floor crowded with political prisoners sharing straw mattresses and the camaraderie of their fellow inmates.
NEWS
November 28, 1989
A few months after moving to El Salvador nearly five years ago, 23-year-old Jennifer Jean Casolo wrote to a close friend in the United States, describing her feelings and motivations. "I question the value of traditional success and security when the vast majority of beings on this Earth rarely think beyond food for their children and will never know security," she wrote.
NEWS
December 6, 1989 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jennifer Jean Casolo, the first American ever formally accused of aiding the leftist Salvadoran guerrillas, pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges of terrorism and possession of war weapons. Speaking to reporters after 10 days in a cold jail cell, the tiny, irrepressible pacifist said she is determined to test a justice system in which she has little faith.
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