Bank robbery, extortion, and
kidnapping are generally crimes that involve conspiracy since these types of
crimes often require the cooperation of two or more people. The case study in
the textbook entitled "The Patty Hearst Kidnapping" covered the crimes of
kidnapping, extortion, bank robbery, and homicide. The original intent of the
SLA members was to conspire to commit kidnapping for reasons of extortion. The
plan continued to evolve and the conspiracy deepened among the members. This
assignment explores the aspects of conspiracy in relation to a plot that
originated with the intent of using extortion as a means to free other members
of their group from incarceration.
Complete the following:
Read the case study, "The Patty Hearst
Kidnapping" (page 135 in the textbook), and do the following:
Discuss the objective of the conspiracy for the
eight founding members of the SLA.
Discuss the crimes Patty Hearst was liable for
after she joined the conspiracy.
Discuss whether you believe she was a victim or
not, and whether or not she should have been charged with a crime.
Discuss who you think is liable for the death of the woman in the Crocker
National Bank robbery.