For what it’s worth, a person who says he’s Mike Bortin writes to remind us he was released from prison two years ago. Who is Mike Bortin? He was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army and one of the people — along with Kathleen Soliah (now Sara Jane Olson), Emily Harris, and James Kilgore — whom Patty Hearst claimed committed the bank robbery in which Myrna Opsahl, a bank customer, was killed. He told part of his story to the Star Tribune last week, before Olson was rearrested.
Bortin, William Harris, and Emily Montague (formerly Emily Harris, the woman who admits she accidentally killed Opsahl), got prison terms ranging from six to eight years.
Olson was also sentenced to 6 years in the case in 2003, and had previously been given a 14 year sentence for planting car bombs.
Montague and Harris have also since been released from prison.
“Why is Sara being unmercifully attacked and vilified,” the writer asks. “Selective witch hunting?”
Does he have a point?