553The Disappearance Of Due Process - By Ira Einhorn
- Feb 2, 2007Due process in legal matters is what separates barbarity from
civility. It along with the concept of Habeas Corpus form
cornerstones upon which our law used to be built.
Then along came W. Nero Bush who has destroyed the American
constitution, with much complicity from our elected representatives,
during the last 5 years.
What has happened at the national level is echoed in Pennsylvania
wherein many innocent men and women are doing hard time for crimes
they did not commit and suffering egregious violations of due process
as the basic foundations of our law disappear in a concerted effort
to strip protection from those fighting for their freedom.
I can illustrate this process from my own case, for it is the one I
My original prosecutor, Barbara Christie, withheld Brady
(exculpatory) material from us under discovery, employing a
subterfuge to do so.
She took a private report (paid for by the Maddux Family), generated
by 2 ex-FBI agents, reduced the size of the pages, thus allowing her
to disappear the page numbers and remove 5 sightings of my supposed
victim, made six months to a year after the prosecution claimed Holly
Maddux was killed. A claim that they maintained for 23 years thus
fixing the date in stone.
It took many court hearings to uncover the exculpatory material due
to us, BUT, two of the reported sightings (made by two Philadelphia
police detectives) were withheld until 2002.
Ms. Christie also refused to allow forensic results to stand on their
own merits as twice (the FBI and Toxicon Associates) failed to
produce results that supported her contentions. The man skipped
over, Dr. Tumosa, to allow the more prestigious outside labs to have
their say, did the 3rd round of testing. He achieved some partial
results, BUT, the results came from a procedure (a new test he
invented) that no honest court of law could accept as the procedure
was never published or peer reviewed, which violates both standards
that rule in our courts: Frye and Daubert.
I did not kill Holly Maddux, but the continuing due process
violations made me aware that I would not receive a fair trial, so I
While I was away, the DA handed over 60 volumes of my journals to a
writer, Steven Levy, who used stolen material for his own profit
while writing a damning one-sided book about me. Of course such
tainted evidence should have been excluded from the trial.
The journals had been seized under warrant as evidence; the act of
their being given to a journalist for publication is unique in
American case law as is the unconstitutional Einhorn Law which DA
Lynn Abraham caused to be passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in
order to trick the French into sending me back to the USA.
My appointed closet prosecutors, Strutin and Cannon, were loathe to
challenge Judge William Mazzola in any way, so they placidly allowed
him to forego pre-trial testimony on the Journal Issue as he knew how
explosive it was, then failed to challenge the use of the journals on
two other very solid grounds: chain of custody and the DA's allowing
pre-trial publication of evidence seized under warrant, thus tainting
the evidence and exposing the defendant to unprecedented pre-trial
publicity generated by the prosecution.
"And what has happened in this case and I challenge defense counsel
or anybody else to site any case ever and I really do mean that
ever in the state of Pennsylvania possibly the whole country that
has so personalized and so sensationalized not just the case but a
NOTES OF TESTIMONY 9/10/2002, Joel Rosen, prosecutor
My closet prosecutors also failed to challenge Dr. Tumosa's obviously
If they had done correct legal work, most of the prosecution
evidenced would have been excluded from the courtroom.
Judge Mazzola also functioned as a prosecutor: while I was testifying
Asst. DA Carmen Lineberger held up a 12X4 inch bag with the
letters "Bullshit Bag" inscribed on it. That is what my counsel was
told. When they complained about this and asked her to be questioned
under oath, the judge refused as it was obvious grounds for dismissal.
In my defense, we presented 3 of the people who saw Holly, alive,
long after her supposed death. One had died. Then we presented
women who had spent nights and weekends with me while the body of the
deceased supposedly lay within 10 feet of us, producing a smell that
the medical examiner, Halbert Fillinger, described to the jury as
being impossible to sustain for 10 minutes. No one smelled anything.
It had to be obvious to the jury that Holly was not killed on the
date that the prosecution insisted on, but all of their case upon and
that all of our defense was predicted upon. It was also obvious to
Judge Mazzola, so in his charge to the jury, changing the indictment,
he told them that the date of death was not an essential element of
This destroyed my defense.
After my conviction, he broke all law and precedent by reseating the
jury in its box and invited microphones and TV cameras into the
courtroom. Cannon and Strutin were shocked, but I'm a pariah and
thus fair game. There is no law that applied to me in Pennsylvania.
Anything can be done.
By statute Judge Mazzola was supposed to file his 1925(a)
statement "forthwith". He took 29 months. He assumed the role of a
second prosecutor. Strutin and Cannon were silent, so I filed 9
motions. The judge was six months is contempt of court re: 2 court
orders to file, when his untimely brief was finally filed it should
not have been considered by the Superior Court. In the history of
the case both Judge Mazzola and my closet prosecutors lied about the
9 docketed motions I filed.
The superior court decision was politics not law, based upon a tissue
of lies and fallacious reasoning. I will parse it in another article.
My case is an emblem of what American behavior has become both inside
and outside of court. The following quote from the New York Review
Of Books, January 11, 2007 describes rendition in action, rendering
American justice oxymoronic. It is what Good Americans are allowing
their government to do.
"One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He
did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my
reaction. I was in agony, crying, trying desperately to suppress
myself, but I was screaming...They must have done this 20 or 30
times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over."