LOS ANGELES -- The bombing conspiracy case of Sara Jane Olson, already delayed 25 years while she was a fugitive and more than a year since her arrest in Minnesota, is headed for further delay, a court official and a source close to the case said Friday.
Lawyers for Olson, who was once a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army known as Kathleen Soliah, plan to ask a judge Monday to postpone her trial from Jan. 8 to March or April, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Court spokesman Kyle Christopherson confirmed that a hearing is scheduled Monday at which defense lawyers will seek more time to prepare their defense.
The source said that Superior Court Judge James Ideman, the trial judge, has already agreed to appoint three more attorneys to help defense attorney Shawn Chapman sort through a mountain of evidence in the case.
Chapman did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.
She has said in the past that Ideman's decision to allow an exploration of the entire history of the SLA would place an enormous burden on lawyers and extend the expected length of the trial.
Superior Court Judge Cecil Mills, who has been presiding in recent weeks over a series of previously unrevealed discovery hearings involving the case, was to handle Monday's hearing in the absence of Ideman, who is on vacation.
Olson's San Francisco attorney, J. Tony Serra, was ordered to be present, the source said, and was to be questioned about his progress in preparing for the trial.
Deputy District Attorneys Michael Latin and Eleanor Hunter were expected to oppose any further continuance.
"We're opposed to a delay in the trial and we are ready to go forward," said district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.
Olson, 53, is charged with attempting to murder police officers with pipe bombs placed under patrol cars in Los Angeles 25 years ago. Now a wife and mother of three, she was a fugitive until her arrest last year in St. Paul, Minn. She is free on $1 million bail.
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