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Following this approach, the high-powered Hearst lawyers may claim that Patty is innocent of any crime because she was acting under duress or even because she was suffering from temporary insanity. Indeed, while arguing that she should be granted bail, Attorney Hallinan last week pointed out: "This woman began as a kidnap victim." But Federal District Court Judge Oliver Carter revoked the $1.5 million bail that had previously been set, noting that he did not feel she was a good risk to be set free on bond. Said he: "In this case, we have a person who has announced to the world with others their revolution against the system ... and then punctuated it with gunfire." And there was always the danger, of course, that Patty Hearst would disappear again. Patty herself said, "Well, it might have looked like favoritism if I had gotten out." Carter set another hearing for this week to reconsider the question of granting bail.
If bail is eventually restored, Randolph Hearst has said, he would put up the $1.5 million. Once free on bond, Patty Hearst might not go to jail for years. Even if she was found guilty, the verdicts would undoubtedly be appealed for as long as possible. In the end, the great irony of Patty Hearst may be that the self-proclaimed revolutionary will depend for her freedom on a family fortune raised in a system that she vowed to overthrow.