Saturday, March 22, 2008

SLA Terrorist Back Behind Bars


We noted our displeasure about this woman being released Friday.

Well, not so fast, she going back to jail due to a an administrative error.

Oh well.
California authorities re-arrested Sara Jane Olson at noon today, just days after the former member of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army had been paroled from a California women's prison after serving about six years for her role in a plot to kill Los Angeles police officers by blowing up their patrol cars.

Shawn Chapman Holley, the attorney for the woman who changed her name from Kathleen Soliah, said her client called her Friday night and told her that prison officials had detained her at Los Angeles International Airport when she was about to board a plane for Minnesota and that she had then been taken to her mother's home in Palmdale.

Holley said that on Saturday morning, she called an official of the Corrections Department and was told that there might have been "a computation error" regarding the amount of time Olson was supposed to serve. Officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation had no immediate comment but said they would hold a press conference later today.

Holley said Olson's husband and an official from the Corrections Department told her that her client was being taken to a prison in Frontera. She said she was outraged by the action and asserted that her client had been illegally arrested and is now being "illegally imprisoned."

Earlier in the day, Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the agency, said that when she left her office Friday, she had been informed that department officials had cleared an out-of-state parole transfer for Olson "and she was going to be traveling to Minnesota."

Olson had lived in Minnesota for a number of years before being arrested on charges related to the 1975 plot to plant pipe bombs beneath police cars in retaliation for a shootout with Los Angeles police that left six SLA members dead.

Holley said she had told Olson goodbye Friday at the home of a Southern California friend. "She met with her parole agent earlier in the day," Holley said. "He told her she was free to go to Minnesota and told her to tell her Minnesota parole agent to call her Los Angeles parole agent on Monday as a formality."

But about 11:15 Friday night, Holley said, she received a call from Olson, who told her that law enforcement officials at LAX "were telling her her travel pass was rescinded and they would escort her back to her mother's home in Palmdale."

After midnight, Holley said, she got another call from Olson, telling her that she had been taken to her mother's home in a law enforcement convoy and that although she was not under arrest, law enforcement officials had stationed a car in front of the house and told her she would be followed if she left.
Looks like she'll be back chilling behind bars until next March.

Too bad it's not for life.

I guess this means she won't be attending the Democrat Convention this summer.

Patricia Hearst Shaw was unavailable for comment.

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