New Trial of Geronimo Pratt?

March 13, 1997
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Army medic who was released from military prison last month after serving more than seven months for refusing a second deployment to Iraq.

Former Black Panther Party leader Geronimo Pratt has been fighting
for 26 years to get a new trial. He was convicted in 1972 of
shooting teacher Caroline Olsen to death and critically wounding
her husband during a 1968 robbery that netted $18 on a Santa Monica
tennis court. Supporters and attorneys of Pratt say that he is
innocent of the charge and that he was at a top-level Panther
meeting in Oakland at the time. And they insist that Pratt was the
victim of an FBI operation that targeted leaders of the Black
Panther Party. Indeed, the key prosecution witness at his trial —-
Julius Butler -— was an FBI informant.

Today in California, a hearing continues as to whether to grant
Geronimo Pratt a new trial. Here to update us on the situation is
Edward Boyer, a Los Angeles Times reporter who has been covering
the case of Geronimo Pratt extensively.

GUEST: EDWARD J. BOYER, a Los Angeles Times reporter who has been
covering the case of Geronimo Pratt extensively.