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Patty Hearst's Sentence Commuted by Carter

By Patrick Mondout

On January 29, 1979, President Jimmy Carter commuted Patty Hearst's sentence some 22 months after she was convicted in the Hiberia Bank robbery (though she spent much of the time in her father's mansion out on bail).

Their heiress was widely seen as a victim of terrorist (Symbionese Liberation Army) kidnappers, who abducted her on February 4, 1974. Through an extreme version of 'Stockholm Syndrome', her allegiances changed until she was a gun-toting member of the SLA.

Carter's press release announced, "Miss Hearst has been punished substantially and needs no further rehabilitation," and cited her brainwashing. It should be clear to all that if you take away the kidnapping and rape, the heiress would never have committed the bank robberies.

It would not be until the final day of President Clinton's presidency that she would receive a full pardon and regain the right to vote, something she will reportedly do - for Republican candidates.

Free at last!

Patty with her soon-to-be husband (her bodyguard Bernard Shaw) holds up the "Executive Grant of Clemency" paperwork.

Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures




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Tania and Jimmy standing in front of their respective flags.


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