LA Police Wants Sara Jane Olson to Serve Parole in California

March 16th, 2009 - 11:18 pm ICT by GD  

Photo of Sara Jane Olson The Los Angeles police asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar on Monday to oppose fugitive Sara Jane Olson’s bid to serve her supervised parole in Minnesota to be near her family. They said the former Symbionese Liberation Army member would be better supervised in California.

Olson, 62, was known as Kathleen Soliah during her days with the SLA is expected to be released later in the month from Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla where she was imprisoned for trying to kill two Los Angeles Police Department officers using pipe bombs in 1975.

Paul M. Webber, President of The Los Angeles Police Protective League, representing 9,800 LAPD officers, said, “We do not believe that the state of Minnesota has a sufficient interest in ensuring that Ms. Soliah does not violate her conditions of parole. The responsibility to ensure that Ms. Soliah follows each and every requirement of parole is one which should be undertaken by the state of California, not ‘outsourced’ to another state. Ms. Soliah should be allowed to travel to another state when she fulfills her obligations to California, and not a minute before.”

Legal experts questioned the reasoning of the LA police’s argument. UC Irvine professor of law and former LA Times reporter Henry Weinstein said, “Unless they can show some reason why Minnesota is not going to do a good job in supervising her, it strikes me as a bad argument.” Southwestern Law School professor Robert Pugsley said while he understood LA police’s “emotional concern”, he said practically speaking, Minnesota “would be no less concerned than California with someone who had her track record.”

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