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Scribe, SLA Facilitator Dies

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Jack Scott, a onetime radical sportswriter who helped Patty Hearst in her cross-country flight from justice and could have been a key witness in the upcoming trial of a former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive, has died of cancer.

Lawyers for Sara Jane Olson had warned Superior Court Judge James Ideman that Scott was near death and asked last Friday for an emergency order to take his testimony. But prosecutors opposed the move and resolution of it was postponed until Tuesday.

Attorney Stuart Hanlon, who knew Scott for decades and until recently represented Olson, said Monday that Scott succumbed to throat cancer Sunday night. Scott had been staying at the home of his former wife, Micki, in Eugene, Ore.

Defense lawyer Susan Jordan on Friday had bitterly denounced the prosecution opposition to Scott's testimony, saying: "This is a smokescreen. They want to let this witness die."

Olson, formerly known as Kathleen Ann Soliah, is accused of conspiring to murder by planting pipe bombs under two Los Angeles police cars in a 1975 plot to avenge the deaths of six SLA members in a 1975 shootout. The bombs did not explode.

Olson was indicted in 1976. During her years as a fugitive she became a doctor's wife and mother of three, a community activist and actress in local productions in St. Paul, Minn. She was arrested near her home last year.

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