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In the 1970s, Kathleen Ann Soliah allegedly planted pipe bombs under LAPD squad cars. Last month, Sara Jane Olson was arrested in Minnesota and charged with the crime. A case of mistaken identity? Not exactly. Supposedly, after planting the bombs — as part of a Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) retaliation for a 1974 shootout in which police officers killed six group members — Soliah moved to Minnesota and started a new life (as much as possible in Minnesota) with a new name: Sara Jane Olson. Now Soliah is being charged with the 25-year-old crimes, but using contributions from dozens of friends and family, she is free on $1 million bail. The entire state of Minnesota seems to be supporting her, saying she is a devoted mother of three girls and a “socially conscious member of the community.” Although Soliah has plead not guilty to the charges, which carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, many are wondering if after two decades and an apparent reformation, she deserves to face charges at all.

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