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.