Sarah Jane Olson (aka Kathleen Soliah) was brought back to prison Saturday after an “administrative error” led to her release on parole earlier last week. Olson, a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army radical terrorist group in the 1970′s, was involved in the 1975 robbery of the Crocker National Bank in Carmichael, California, in which a bank customer was killed. (Soliah kicked a pregnant bank teller in the abdomen, leading to the woman’s miscarriage.) Later that year, she placed bombs under police cars in order to exact revenge for the deaths of some of her compatriots who had died in an earlier standoff with the LAPD.
Olson managed to live underground until 1999, when, after being profiled on America’s Most Wanted, she was arrested. She pled guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for a lighter sentence of what ought to have been 14 years, rather than the 12 that the parole board apparently believed was her punishment. Because of lax parole guidelines in California, she need only serve half her time, thanks to deductions for prison work, good behavior etc.
But: “It’s like they make up all new rules when it comes to her,” Olson’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley complained. “It’s like we are in some kind of fascist state.”
Ah, that old chestnut “fascist!” The lingo of 70′s left-wing terror sounds rather dated. And I confess to having trouble shedding a tear about the fate of Ms. Olson.