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September 8, 1999
Re "Old Charges, New Identity for Olson," Sept. 1: I fail to see the journalistic justification for including in this item about Sara Jane Olson's impending trial a large image from a Web site hostile to her and three paragraphs describing the "features" of the site. I'm sure satirical Web sites can be found that are hostile to many newsworthy figures. Will they now be part of every news story? In this case, the site's operators were not contacted--the questionable "source" given was simply "Internet."
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March 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Former 1970s radical Sara Jane Olson checked in with her probation officer Thursday on her first full day back in Minnesota after serving seven years in California prison for bank robbery and attempting to kill Los Angeles police officers while a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army. Olson met with her probation officer for about 45 minutes in St. Paul, a spokesman for Ramsey County Community Corrections said. Olson, 62, arrived Wednesday evening in Minnesota, the state where she spent more than 20 years in hiding.
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OPINION
August 19, 2006
Re "A Life on Hold in Prison," Column One, Aug. 14 Thank you for the article about Sara Jane Olson's experience in prison. Such personal stories inform the public debate about reform of our state prison system in a way that is invaluable. Today we learn that prisoners are denied permission to plant a vegetable garden because the warden fears that the harvest will be used to brew alcoholic beverages. Is the prison staff powerless to prevent the operation of breweries within the prison walls?
OPINION
March 18, 2009
Sara Jane Olson was released Tuesday from the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla after serving seven years for murder and other crimes. We'd like to say that this brings a measure of closure to her case, but of course it doesn't. Olson was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, a self-styled urban guerrilla group most notorious for kidnapping heiress Patty Hearst in the early 1970s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former 1970s radical Sara Jane Olson returned to the Central California prison where she spent six years before her short-lived release last week, a corrections department spokesman said Sunday. The onetime Symbionese Liberation Army member arrived at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla about 9 p.m. Saturday, said Seth Unger of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Olson's return came after corrections officials said a miscalculation had resulted in her early release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Culminating a case that has evoked history and strong emotions, former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson was released from state prison Tuesday and cleared to serve supervised parole in Minnesota after completing a seven-year sentence for bank robbery and attempting to kill Los Angeles police officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Nearly three decades after her role in the attempted bombings of Los Angeles police cruisers, former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson had one year shaved off her sentence for what prosecutors called a 1970s act of terrorism. The 13-year sentence given Tuesday replaces the one handed down two years ago by the state Board of Prison Terms, which cited the crime's potential for violence and harm.
MAGAZINE
September 2, 2001
I hope readers don't waste much time sympathizing for Sara Jane Olson ("Unbroken," by Twila Decker, Aug. 5). Whether or not she is found guilty of the crimes she is charged with, by her own admission she associated with and aided the murderous group of thugs known as the SLA. There is no doubt that she was aware of the group's violent mission and the potential for innocent people to be hurt or killed. Nor can she blame her terrorist activities on youthful ignorance, as she was a grown woman in her late 20s at the height of her involvement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1999
Prosecutors filed papers in Superior Court on Monday arguing the 1976 conspiracy indictment against former radical Sara Jane Olson should not be dismissed as overly broad because the grand jury had heard evidence of her direct participation in attempts to bomb Los Angeles police cars. The papers, filed by Deputy Dist. Attys. Eleanor Hunter and Michael Latin, responded to a previous defense motion asking the judge to toss out the 23-year-old indictment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two attorneys for Sara Jane Olson, alleged to be a former member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, have been charged with misdemeanors for allegedly disclosing the addresses and phone numbers of two police witnesses in her upcoming conspiracy trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Culminating a case that has evoked history and strong emotions, former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson was released from state prison Tuesday and cleared to serve supervised parole in Minnesota after completing a seven-year sentence for bank robbery and attempting to kill Los Angeles police officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
More than a generation has passed since the August night in 1975 when Sara Jane Olson and other Symbionese Liberation Army members tried to assassinate Los Angeles police officers by placing pipe bombs under squad cars. But for John Hall, one of the officers targeted in the plot, the memories of that night and what might have been remain vivid.
OPINION
March 14, 2009
Re "Keep ex-SLA member here, police ask," March 10 Why would California have greater interest in monitoring former Symbionese Liberation Army member and fugitive Sara Jane Olson than would Minnesota? While Olson was on the lam, she "monitored" herself for years and did an excellent job rehabilitating herself, as a wife and mother. She came back and served her time. Now some in California, with its overpopulated prisons and its high recidivism rate, want to require Olson to serve her parole here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles police union Monday called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to oppose a bid by former Symbionese Liberation Army member and fugitive Sara Jane Olson to serve her supervised parole in Minnesota, where she would be near her family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2008 | Michael Rothfeld, Times Staff Writer
State prison officials said Friday that they have cleared five employees of wrongdoing in the early release of former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson. The employees, three rank-and-file workers and two supervisors who are involved in calculating release dates at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, were under investigation because they handled Olson's case file at some point before she was freed March 17.
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March 28, 2008 | Michael Rothfeld, Times Staff Writer
Five employees at the state prison where former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson is incarcerated are under investigation in connection with her erroneous release last week, state officials said Thursday. The employees are three rank-and-file workers who calculate inmate release dates, and two supervisors. Olson was in prison for crimes she committed with the radical group in Los Angeles and Sacramento counties in 1975.
OPINION
November 4, 2001
Re "Judge May Reject Olson Guilty Plea," Nov. 2: It is frustrating watching the "progress" of the Kathleen Soliah/Sara Jane Olson case. We see someone who got caught up in a bad place--even Patty Hearst got caught up in it for a while--who obviously realized the error of her ways and rehabilitated herself. I'm not proposing that Olson be released with no punishment, but the vindictiveness of the local authorities appears to be more closely related to their own past frustrations than any present or future threat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2000
Attorneys for former Symbionese Liberation Army sympathizer Sara Jane Olson, accused of plotting in 1975 to kill Los Angeles police officers, are seeking yet another delay in her trial because of changes in her defense team. Olson was scheduled to go on trial in January. Since then, three attorneys have left her defense, and the trial has been postponed twice. Olson's newest lawyer, J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
Attorneys for Sara Jane Olson filed a habeas corpus petition in federal court Tuesday, arguing that state corrections officials acted illegally and "without precedent" by re-arresting her rather than revoking her parole. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Olson's premature release last week resulted from a clerical error that cut two years off her term. Olson, also known as Kathleen Soliah, was convicted for her roles in a 1975 Symbionese Liberation Army plot to kill Los Angeles police officers by blowing up their patrol cars and the slaying of a customer during a botched bank robbery in Sacramento.
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