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Prosecutors appeal decision that cleared former Panther

Prosecutors have appealed a judge's decision that overturned the murder conviction of former Black Panther leader Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, claiming prior evidence of his guilt is "overwhelming."

The appeal, which had been expected, was filed Friday in the 2nd District Court of Appeal.At issue is testimony given at Pratt's murder trial by a man who claimed he heard Pratt confess in jail to killing Caroline Olsen in 1968. Pratt served 27 years in prison for the crime, which he said he did not commit.

Controversy over the testimony by Julius Butler erupted after Pratt's 1972 conviction when it was discovered that Butler was a police informant - and prosecutors were aware he was - although he testified that he was not.