On This Date in Legal History

On September 18, 1975, the FBI arrested Patricia Hearst, the granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, for her participation in a bank robbery. She claimed that kidnappers from the Symbionese Liberation Army (“SLA”) brainwashed her– causing her to engage in criminal activity– but she was nonetheless convicted, and sentenced to prison. However, President Carter commuted her sentence; and President Clinton pardoned her. You can listen to a news report from the day of her arrest at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15BsCarHO3w. There’s also an interesting documentary, Guerrilla- The Taking of Patty Hearst, that delves into Hearst’s kidnapping, and the aftermath.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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