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March 10, 1986
A federal magistrate today refused to order a new trial for former Black Panther Party leader Elmer (Geronimo) Pratt, who was convicted of robbing and murdering a Santa Monica teacher in 1968. Pratt's attorney, Stuart Hanlon, said he will appeal the denial to a federal judge within 10 days. Pratt's bid for a new trial is based on the disclosure--made after Pratt's trial--that the primary witness against him was an FBI informant, Hanlon said.
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June 3, 2011 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Elmer G. "Geronimo" Pratt, a former Los Angeles Black Panther Party leader whose 1972 murder conviction was overturned after he spent 27 years in prison for a crime he said he did not commit, has died. He was 63. Pratt, whose case became for many a symbol of racial injustices during the turbulent 1960s, died Thursday at his home in a small village in Tanzania, said his sister Virginia. The cause was not given. Pratt's case became a cause celebre for a range of supporters, including elected officials, activists, Amnesty International, clergy and celebrities who believed he was framed by Los Angeles police and the FBI because he was African American and a member of the radical Black Panthers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1997
It was a real thrill to read "Judge Reverses Conviction of Geronimo Pratt" (May 30). I felt a little of what attorney Stuart Hanlon must have experienced when he heard the news after devoting 24 years of his life to this case for free. Hanlon and [lay minister] Jim McCloskey deserve our deepest respect for continuing to believe that justice might one day be done in this case. I think Judge Everett Dickey was brave to issue this ruling after so many judges had been disqualified in a case that involves what looks like a real conspiracy by the district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge temporarily halted trial proceedings for alleged former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson on Monday after her attorneys refused to go forward unless they were given more time and money to prepare. Judge Larry Paul Fidler granted attorneys Tony Serra and Shawn Chapman, who faced being held in contempt of court, a nine-day reprieve to enable them to ask the 2nd District Court of Appeal to order the trial delayed until September.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2011 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Elmer G. "Geronimo" Pratt, a former Los Angeles Black Panther Party leader whose 1972 murder conviction was overturned after he spent 27 years in prison for a crime he said he did not commit, has died. He was 63. Pratt, whose case became for many a symbol of racial injustices during the turbulent 1960s, died Thursday at his home in a small village in Tanzania, said his sister Virginia. The cause was not given. Pratt's case became a cause celebre for a range of supporters, including elected officials, activists, Amnesty International, clergy and celebrities who believed he was framed by Los Angeles police and the FBI because he was African American and a member of the radical Black Panthers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2000 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Freshly ungagged and ensconced among friends, Sara Jane Olson told supporters at a fund-raiser Saturday night that her upcoming Los Angeles trial will be a credibility contest between her and Patty Hearst Shaw. Olson criticized the newspaper heiress, who was kidnapped by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974, and the Los Angeles Police Department. She said Hearst's version of events has gone unchallenged for more than 30 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2001 | TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge temporarily halted trial proceedings for alleged former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson on Monday after her attorneys refused to go forward unless they were given more time and money to prepare. Judge Larry Paul Fidler granted attorneys Tony Serra and Shawn Chapman, who faced being held in contempt of court, a nine-day reprieve to enable them to ask the 2nd District Court of Appeal to order the trial delayed until September.
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March 13, 1997 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since he showed up at San Quentin prison 23 years ago, a third-year law student offering to help with appeals, San Francisco attorney Stuart Hanlon has been the constant in former Black Panther Party leader Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt's persistent efforts to overturn his murder conviction. Other attorneys have come and gone, as have various celebrities, elected officials, community activists and members of the clergy--all of them convinced that Pratt was the target of political prosecution.
NEWS
August 4, 1988
Convicted killer Elmer (Geronimo) Pratt lost his eighth bid for parole after a three-member panel called the former Black Panther leader "a danger to the public." Pratt, 40, refused to attend the hearing at San Quentin Prison and reporters were barred. Stuart Hanlon, Pratt's attorney, said his client declined to be present because he believed the hearing panel would not treat him fairly. "This was outrageous," Hanlon added, referring to the media being barred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 1996
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James A. Bascue on Wednesday ordered prosecutors to respond to former Black Panther Party leader Elmer (Geronimo) Pratt's request that his murder conviction be overturned. Pratt was sentenced to life in prison in 1972 for the fatal shooting of teacher Caroline Olsen during a 1968 Santa Monica robbery that netted $18. Pratt has maintained that he was in Oakland when Olsen was killed, and a retired FBI agent has said that the bureau framed him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2000 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Freshly ungagged and ensconced among friends, Sara Jane Olson told supporters at a fund-raiser Saturday night that her upcoming Los Angeles trial will be a credibility contest between her and Patty Hearst Shaw. Olson criticized the newspaper heiress, who was kidnapped by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974, and the Los Angeles Police Department. She said Hearst's version of events has gone unchallenged for more than 30 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1997
It was a real thrill to read "Judge Reverses Conviction of Geronimo Pratt" (May 30). I felt a little of what attorney Stuart Hanlon must have experienced when he heard the news after devoting 24 years of his life to this case for free. Hanlon and [lay minister] Jim McCloskey deserve our deepest respect for continuing to believe that justice might one day be done in this case. I think Judge Everett Dickey was brave to issue this ruling after so many judges had been disqualified in a case that involves what looks like a real conspiracy by the district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1997 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since he showed up at San Quentin prison 23 years ago, a third-year law student offering to help with appeals, San Francisco attorney Stuart Hanlon has been the constant in former Black Panther Party leader Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt's persistent efforts to overturn his murder conviction. Other attorneys have come and gone, as have various celebrities, elected officials, community activists and members of the clergy--all of them convinced that Pratt was the target of political prosecution.
NEWS
March 10, 1986
A federal magistrate today refused to order a new trial for former Black Panther Party leader Elmer (Geronimo) Pratt, who was convicted of robbing and murdering a Santa Monica teacher in 1968. Pratt's attorney, Stuart Hanlon, said he will appeal the denial to a federal judge within 10 days. Pratt's bid for a new trial is based on the disclosure--made after Pratt's trial--that the primary witness against him was an FBI informant, Hanlon said.
NEWS
July 16, 1997
Kathleen Mary Ryan, 46, a San Francisco attorney who volunteered legal assistance to former Black Panther Party leader Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt in the ultimately successful effort to free him from prison by overturning his 1972 murder conviction. Ryan was married to Stuart Hanlon, the attorney who led the battle to free Pratt. Pratt is now out on bail while prosecutors appeal.
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