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41U.S. Hippie Icons Reprieve Likely Short -Lawyer

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  • radman
    Jul 13, 2001
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      Friday, July 13, 2001

      U.S. Hippie Icon's Reprieve Likely Short -Lawyer


      CHAMPAGNE-MOUTON, France (Reuters) - A lawyer for U.S. fugitive Ira
      Einhorn said Friday he doubted his client would receive a second temporary
      reprieve from France's extradition order to face trial for murder in the
      United States. Dominique Tricaud said he did not expect the European Court
      of Human Rights to demand a further delay in the deportation of Einhorn,
      who fled the United States two decades ago to escape trial on charges of
      murdering girlfriend Holly Maddux in 1977. On Thursday, Einhorn, a former
      hippie guru and anti-war activist, cut his throat and slit one of his
      wrists in a bid to avoid deportation after France's highest administrative
      court upheld Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's extradition order. Extradition
      moves were later put on hold at least until next Thursday at the request of
      the Strasbourg-based European court, where Einhorn's lawyers have lodged an
      appeal. "I think it is unlikely the European Court will demand a further
      delay to the extradition procedure next week while they examine the matter
      in more depth," Tricaud said. "They've given themselves a bit of time, but
      I doubt there is that much pressure on France because (the court's request
      to delay) is highly exceptional and reserved for extreme cases," Tricaud
      told Reuters. He called extradition a political move and urged Jospin to
      reverse or at least suspend action until the court had delivered its
      judgement. The court has not yet even decided whether the case is
      admissible. Einhorn, 61, was at his country home in the village of
      Champagne-Mouton, western France, on Friday under house arrest. He was
      discharged from hospital, where he was treated for his wounds after first
      giving a television interview, late on Thursday. "I am very, very tired,"
      Einhorn told a Reuters photographer at his ivy-clad home, where he and his
      Swedish wife Anikka posed for photographs beside a nearby lake with his
      bandaged neck and wrist clearly visible. Police were stationed outside and
      the access road to the house was blocked off. In Philadelphia, where
      Einhorn was sentenced in his absence to life imprisonment in 1993 for
      bludgeoning Maddux to death, district attorney Lynne Abraham urged French
      authorities to take him into formal custody. "We believe that anything else
      will be an open invitation for Einhorn to flee the country," she told a
      news conference. Einhorn, tracked to France in 1997, denies he murdered
      Maddux, whose body was found in a trunk in his Philadelphia apartment. He
      says he was framed for opposing the Vietnam War. SUICIDE BID OR STUNT? The
      European Court of Human Rights asked the French government on Thursday to
      delay Einhorn's extradition following his self-wounding, described by his
      lawyers as a suicide bid. Relatives of Maddux have branded Einhorn's act a
      stunt to try escape to justice. "Further information on his health has been
      requested and on July 19th a decision will be taken on whether to extend
      the delay to his extradition," said court spokeswoman Emma Hellyer. Claire
      Waquet, another of Einhorn's lawyers, said the main argument in the appeal
      was that a 1998 Pennsylvania law that would enable Einhorn to receive a
      fresh trial was "too fragile." "Our fear is that if Mr. Einhorn returns to
      the United States, he might not be granted a new trial because a judge
      could refuse to apply the new law, which goes against both the U.S. and the
      French constitutions," Waquet said. France is not legally obliged to follow
      the decisions of the European court, but Hellyer said governments usually
      did so.