The former Minister of Defense for the Black Panther Party, Geronimo Pratt was also, one of the most important figures in hip-hop history. So we got Kathleen Cleaver to come back, and she was a great witness. He praised Superior Court Judge Everett Dickey, who ruled last month that Pratt had not received a fair trial. Pratt, who was widely known by his Panther name, Geronimo ji-Jaga, had high blood pressure and other ailments, his longtime lawyer, Stuart Hanlon, said. Pratt was a prime target, and the Olsen murder was an opportunity to bring him down. .
He was a high school quarterback, then joined the Army, serving two tours in Vietnam, earning two Purple Hearts and emerging a sergeant. Pratt was a high school quarterback who later served two combat tours as a soldier in the Vietnam War, reaching the rank of sergeant and earning two Bronze Stars, a Silver Star, and two Purple Hearts. In 1972, Geronimo was imprisoned in solitary confinement for the murder of Caroline Olsen, a 27-year-old elementary school teacher. Your reporting was instrumental ultimately in having Geronimo ji-Jaga exonerated and freed. It just so happened that when I was selected, Vietnam was happening, and I ended up in Vietnam and survived that, two tours, or two and a half. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the and see a list of open tasks. It was amazing, the media.
He spent 27 years in prison, eight of those in solitary confinement. The death of Geronimo Pratt has shocked leaders in the black community who have quietly looked up to this revolutionary since his time with the original Black Panthers. He was in Oakland, California and not in Santa Monica, California on December 18,1968 when Caroline Olsen was robbed, shot, and killed with her husband, Kenneth Olsen. All interested editors are invited to and. Retrieved June 4, 2011 Murder conviction vacated Geronimo Ji Jaga's conviction was vacated on June 10, 1997, on the grounds that the prosecution had concealed evidence that might have influenced the jury's verdict.
And so, this is how I ended up in these cities contributing what little I could contribute. But lacking credible corroboration of his main alibi, he was convicted and drew a life sentence. And when I came back, it was shortly after Martin Luther King was assassinated, so the black nation was more or less at one now with the — just being fed up. We play an excerpt of a Democracy Now! For instructions on how to use this banner, please refer to the. In 1971, Newton expelled Pratt who was awaiting trial in prison from the Panther party, along with Eldridge Cleaver and his wife Kathleen. Born in Louisiana, he , receiving several decorations.
He was his court-appointed attorney, is that right? And even Johnnie was pretty young back then. Pratt also restated his innocence in the 1968 murder of Santa Monica teacher Caroline Olsen, and said he would welcome a new trial to set the record straight. He was defended by the late, , for his appeal after being wrongfully convicted for first degree murder and spending 25 years in prison. Soon after Pratt entered Los Angeles County jail, his legal team, which at one time included Johnnie Cochran, began raising serious questions about the trial. Wiretap evidence that might have supported Mr. Elmer liked to shoot rabbits and sell them.
I apologize for my mistake. Moreover, it was learned that the Los Angeles Police Department, the F. Panther days and old battles no longer interested him; and he seemed to have left his own violent past well behind him. But they end up convicting an innocent man. The reverberations of the casecontinued for decades. Ed and another reporter from the Times before Ed, Austin Scott, they made this a national story, you know? He rose to lead the Los Angeles branch.
Pratt was arrested in Dallas in 1970 and charged with murder and kidnapping. This decision was upheld on appeal. He died — he had just — I think he had left about three weeks before from Louisiana, and he had a great trip out here in California. And all the Panthers were pretty much acquitted of all the charges in that, and it was a bogus case. But at the same time, he organized a secret criminal enterprise in the Oakland streets that used muscle, arson and even murder to extort club owners, dealers, and pimps. We justify setting up military courts in Cuba, in Guantánamo.
In 1970, Geronimo Ji Jaga was arrested and charged with murder and kidnapping. They did all these things in an effort to neutralize — which meant kill, destroy, lock up forever — Geronimo Pratt, at the behest of J. The very people who had run him as an informant sat there during the habeas corpus hearing and pointed out, yes, he was my informant in this circumstance and this circumstance. On June 2nd, 2011, Geronimo died of a heart attack in his adopted country of Tanzania. He rose to become Deputy Minister of Defense of the local organization, after and were killed by infiltrators in the. He worked as a activist until the time of his death.
He told police his car and gun were common Panther possessions that others used. Pratt's bail set in court 1. She is the author of The Secret Wars of Judi Bari, the Earth First leader. Born in Louisiana, he served two tours in Vietnam, receiving several decorations. And by the time we got to the case, they had been destroyed.
He was working as a human rights activist up until the time of his death. His attorney, , argued that the charges should be dropped. I found one of the original jurors, who told me that had she and at least two other jurors, had they known that this guy was an informant, they never would have voted for conviction. Geronimo Ji Jaga was living in Tanzania at the time of his death. Retrieved June 4, 2011 Early years Elmer Pratt was born in Morgan City, Louisiana, where his father was in the scrap metal business. I think Johnnie Cochran had an incredible presence in that courtroom. He is not a danger to society.