>From: Michael Novick <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2000 11:54 PM > >Lawyers Seek SLA Shootout Files >By Linda Deutsch >Ap Special Correspondent > >LOS ANGELES - Lawyers for former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive Sara >Jane Olson want law enforcement agencies to resurrect long buried files on >the May 1974 shootout that claimed the lives of six SLA members. >The lawyers said in motions filed Tuesday in Superior Court that they need >the records to prove that SLA members were targeted for death by the Los >Angeles Police Department. >The motion said that Olson, an SLA associate, may have fled in fear for her >life after the fiery shootout was broadcast live on national television. >Olson, formerly known as Kathleen Soliah, is accused of attempting to kill >Los Angeles police officers by placing pipe bombs under two squad cars in >1975, allegedly to avenge the SLA deaths. The bombs did not detonate. >In a second motion, the lawyers asked for background information on two >former LAPD officers who say they can connect Olson to the attempted >bombings. The lawyers said they believe the officers have histories of >unreasonable use of deadly force. They also sought information on a police >sniper allegedly present at the shootout. >Olson was indicted in 1976 and remained a fugitive until her arrest last >year in Minnesota, where she had lived as a wife and mother. Free on $1 >million bail, she is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 8. >The lawyers asked for a Nov. 10 hearing on the motions. >The SLA became famous with the February 1974 kidnapping of heiress Patricia >Hearst, who eventually helped them rob a bank. Hearst is expected to >testify against Olson at her trial.
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