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  • David Crockett Williams
    A few days ago, I understand, on a TV show in Philadelphia, Emmet Fitzpatrick, a former DA in the 1970s, a District Attorney like Lynne Abraham - not an
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 27, 2000
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      A few days ago, I understand, on a TV show in Philadelphia, Emmet
      Fitzpatrick, a former DA in the 1970s, a District Attorney like Lynne
      Abraham -
      not an assistant but the DA - stated on TV that if Ira Einhorn were returned
      to the US then he would be placed in prison and no court could grant him a
      new trial - and he
      also said for good measure that he should never have been tried in absentia.
      Emmet Fitzpatrick is a force in law enforcement - and well respected.

      Philly DA Lynne Abrahams knows full well her "promise" that Einhorn would
      get a new trial "if he asked for it" is an empty promise (one that she knows
      cannot be fulfilled, ie, a clear lie) that is counter to constitutional law
      and legal opinions on such constitutional law from experts including the
      head of the Philly public defender's office. See references at

      Is Einhorn really a guilty man thumbing his nose at justice or, as he
      claims, an innocent man whom "Lady Lynne Justice" is thumbing her nose at?
      And with perhaps more egg than tomato on her face as real facts bubble up
      to the surface in full public view despite the tabloid tempests.

      Why aren't the Philly Inquirer and Daily News investigating the recent
      allegations in other Philly newspapers archived at url above about Philly DA
      office's complicity in the Philly drug trade protected by the CIA, the same
      CIA that the Inquirer says Einhorn claims framed him for the Maddux
      murder -- to shut him up about such things as he brought to the public and
      to Pennsylvania Attorney General in the 1970's (perhaps naively) like the 50
      year still ongoing history of CIA complicity in most of the hard drug trade
      into the US, by now at 80-90% and $200-250billion/year, corrupting most all
      political candidates of both parties, local law enforcement, etc
      [reference http://www.copvcia.com *
      http://www.suppressedwriters.com http://www.cia-drugs.com and DoJ Inspector
      General report vol2, acknowledging such complicity, recently whitewashed by
      HSCI but available in full form on the *internet ]

      The real travesty for the Maddux family is that the local Philadelphia
      papers would rather rag on Einhorn and host a tomato throwing contest
      instead of performing their professional responsibility to the murder victim
      and to the public by investigating potential Maddux murder connections to
      the over-ridingly important issue of the rampant institutionalized drugwar
      corruption that has the American public by the throat with a knife to it --
      the whole society is now being threatened, many unjustly imprisoned and
      killed by authorities, property forfeited in the name of the "drugwar" while
      the same "shadow government" sees that the status quo stupidity is
      maintained by playing off such stories as the Maddux murder which "they" may
      indeed be responsible for. Even slicker frame jobs have been done aplenty
      as well as many murders disguised as accidents or natural deaths.

      Anyone really still think Oswald killed Kennedy by himself?

      The FBI still has Leonard Peltier in prison even after admitting it
      falsified the evidence against him for two murders almost three decades
      ago -- why? -- they want to shut him up as leader of the American Indian
      Movement crying out their cause against the injustices of our times at the
      hands of the "government".

      American justice is a big joke told by the American media, a tragic joke.

      To my view, Einhorn acts just like anyone would if he were innocent, pissed
      off and upset to have been set up as a patsy for the murder of Holly Maddux
      while the irresponsible press trades on the story instead of investigating
      and reporting the most important and essential aspects/reasonings of his
      "defense" claims of innocence.

      What are the papers afraid they might find? Are they spooked by the

      Certainly couldn't be in cahoots?

      ------latest articles from Philadelphia on Einhorn case------


      Philadelphia Inquirer front page

      Wednesday, September 20, 2000 Go to: S M T W T F S

      E-mail the story | Plain-text for printing

      Einhorn appeals extradition order

      He said U.S. officials were lying about a new murder trial. The legal step
      could delay his return two more years.

      Lynne M. Abraham, Phila. D.A., said: "I don't care how long it takes. I
      intend to be at the airport when [he] is brought home in chains..."
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      The saga of Ira Einhorn
      By Linda Loyd

      Former counterculture guru Ira Einhorn, a fugitive for nearly 20 years,
      yesterday appealed to French Premier Lionel Jospin to reconsider a decision
      to extradite him back to the United States to face trial for the 1977 murder
      of his girlfriend, Helen "Holly" Maddux.

      At a news conference in Paris, Einhorn said that if Jospin turned down his
      request, he would appeal to France's Council of State, the country's highest
      legal body.

      Einhorn, 60, who jumped bail in 1981, just before going on trial in
      Philadelphia for Maddux's murder, also said he could give "no guarantees"
      that he would not run again if his final appeals failed. That process could
      take an additional two years.

      Responding to Einhorn's remarks, District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said at
      a news conference in Philadelphia: "I don't care how long it takes. I intend
      to be at the airport when Ira Einhorn is brought home in chains to stand
      trial, once again, for the murder of Holly Maddux."

      Einhorn, who was convicted in absentia by a Philadelphia jury in 1993, was
      asked yesterday to comment about the case and about the Maddux family's
      desire to see him face justice.

      "What I say to the Maddux family is, 'Let them eat tomatoes,' " Einhorn
      said, referring to a promotion this summer by Philadelphia radio station
      WPHT 1210 AM and the Philadelphia Daily News in which people were invited to
      throw tomatoes at a likeness of Einhorn.

      Einhorn fled the United States just before his trial in the killing of
      Maddux, 30, whose corpse was found stuffed in a trunk in Einhorn's Powelton
      Village home in 1979, two years after her disappearance. He was caught in
      France in 1997 and has been fighting extradition ever since.

      A French court ordered his extradition on the condition that he receives a
      new trial when he returns here. Einhorn continues to live in
      Champagne-Mouton with his Swedish-born wife, Annika Flodin.

      Einhorn yesterday accused Abraham and other U.S. officials of lying to
      France to win his extradition. He said they would never grant him another
      trial because he was already convicted once for the crime.

      "I have given my word to the world that if Einhorn returns to the United
      States, he will, if he asks for it, be granted a new trial," Abraham said
      yesterday. "Obviously, Mr. Einhorn shows no inclination to come back to the
      United States."

      Einhorn has denied killing Maddux and blames her death on a U.S. government
      conspiracy against him. The case has become a popular cause for human-rights
      groups in France that oppose the United States' use of the death penalty.

      In the 1993 trial, Einhorn was sentenced to life in prison. Abraham has said
      that if he faced trial again in Philadelphia, he would not be eligible for
      the death penalty because the state did not have capital punishment when the
      crime occurred.

      Abraham expressed confidence that Jospin "will do the right thing" and
      reject Einhorn's appeal of the extradition order. "I don't believe that
      France wants to harbor a convicted murderer," she said.

      The district attorney said she was worried that Einhorn would flee again.

      "It would be easy for him," Abraham said. "France is surrounded by open
      borders to European countries and has a large coastline. He can go to the
      shore, get on a boat and go, especially since his wife . . . has substantial
      funds which she has already invested in him."

      Abraham said she had asked Assistant District Attorney Joel Rosen, who
      prosecuted Einhorn at his first trial, to press the State Department to urge
      the French government to revoke Einhorn's bail and place him in custody now.

      A U.S. request for extradition was turned down by French courts in 1997,
      after Einhorn was arrested, on the grounds that Einhorn had been unfairly
      tried and convicted in his absence. In 1998, the Pennsylvania legislature
      passed a law agreeing to give Einhorn a new trial. Last year, France's high
      court threw out Einhorn's appeal, leaving it up to Jospin, who in July
      signed an extradition order. Einhorn now is appealing that order.

      Jospin has four months to respond to the appeal, which was filed Monday,
      Einhorn's lawyers said. If that appeal fails, lawyers said, they could lodge
      a final appeal with the Council of State, France's highest legal
      administrative body. That process could take two years.

      "For the Maddux family," Abraham said, "they can only wait and be extremely
      saddened by this turn of events when a convicted murderer stands on French
      soil and tells them they can eat tomatoes."

      The Maddux family last year won a $907 million wrongful-death verdict
      against Einhorn that would prevent him from profiting from his story through
      a book, television or movie contract.

      Linda Loyd's e-mail address is lloyd@...



      Ira hurls food for thought
      Announcing appeal, he tells Madduxes to 'eat tomatoes'; threatens to flee


      Ira Einhorn News Archive

      by Theresa Conroy
      Daily News Staff Writer

      After seven years of soaking up French culture, Ira Einhorn now possesses
      all the empathy of its heartless Queen Marie Antoinette.

      Asked yesterday during a Paris press conference about his feelings toward
      the family of his murder victim, Holly Maddux, Einhorn sniffed:

      "Let them eat tomatoes."

      His nasty reply wasn't just a historical reference to Marie Antoinette's
      infamous advice to the hungry Paris mobs ("Let them eat cake"), it was a sly
      put-down of the Daily News-WPHT (1210 AM) Ira Einhorn "Killer Tomato

      Einhorn has been whining about the tomato contest ever since the People
      Paper announced it in June. One of Maddux's sisters, Mary, attended the
      August event and tossed the first tomato at a huge billboard of Einhorn. It
      hit him right between the eyes.

      The killer's comment - and others he made during the press briefing -
      reached the American airwaves with quite a bang.

      Aside from the cruel comment to the Maddux family, Einhorn called
      Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham a liar and implied that he will
      go on the lam again if he loses the extradition fight.

      The Maddux family was appalled, but not surprised. Abraham was incensed,
      but, she said, not "outfoxed."

      "When he tells the family that they can eat tomatoes, it is really
      bespeaking of a person who has no conscience whatsoever," Abraham said
      yesterday at her own press conference on the matter.

      She said she isn't about to give up on hauling Einhorn back home. Her office
      will work with the U.S. State Department to get Einhorn thrown in jail
      during his appeals, she said.

      The Daily News reported earlier this month that French police have Einhorn
      under 24-hour surveillance. The cops, stationed outside the fugitive's
      house, often play cards on a cafe table they've set up.

      Abraham said yesterday that she has been unable to confirm the surveillance,
      even through calls to the U.S. State and Justice Departments.

      Sources in France and a member of the gendarmerie in Einhorn's village told
      the Daily News about Ira Watch, and a Justice Department spokesman
      characterized Einhorn as being "under house arrest."

      French wire services yesterday reported that Einhorn continued to be under
      police surveillance.

      "In light of what he said about no guarantee that he won't run, I think it
      would be in the best interest of the local gendarmerie to ask that he be
      incarcerated for the duration of his appeals process," said Meg Wakeman,
      Maddux's sister.

      "First of all," she said, "he's a known flight risk. Second of all, if he's
      going to be that brash right in their faces, and they've been keeping guard
      outside his house for over a month, then it would be logical to assume that
      he has a plan for evading their watch."

      Einhorn called the press conference, in the Paris offices of the "House of
      the Rights of Man," to announce they had filed a new appeal.

      Instead of taking the expected legal route to the next court level, the
      attorneys are asking French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin to reverse his
      decision to extradite Einhorn.

      The move buys the old hippie another six months to taste the local cheeses.

      Jospin has four months to answer the latest appeal, according to Reuters and
      the Associated Press in Paris. If Jospin denies the request, Einhorn can
      then appeal to the Conseil d'Etat, or Council of State, France's highest
      administrative court, French wire services reported.

      The deadline had been Monday for Einhorn to file his Council of State
      appeal. He delayed this to beg for another chance with Jospin.

      Jospin signed the extradition papers on July 21, 14 months after the French
      court made its final decision to send the convicted killer home.

      The case began in June 1997, when Einhorn was arrested in the charming
      village of Champagne-Mouton, in the south of France. He's been fighting
      extradition ever since.

      Einhorn, who fled Philadelphia just before his 1981 trial was to begin, was
      convicted in absentia in 1993.

      The graying guru's press conference demeanor was sarcastic, snippy and
      outraged. At times he yelled at reporters who pushed for answers. When asked
      to explain his alleged innocence, Einhorn simply crossed his arms over his
      chest and grinned.

      Every once in a while, the language-impaired fugitive - who has failed to
      learn French during his lengthy sojourn - tried to toss out a few phrases to
      impress the natives. His French accent and pronunciation were so pathetic
      that even the words, "tres simple," were tres difficile to comprehend.

      He spoke in clear English, however, when he called Abraham a liar.

      "She is lying to the French," Einhorn said of Abraham's assurances to French
      courts that Einhorn would receive a new trial if he returns to Philadelphia.

      "He showed utter contempt for the legal system of the U.S.," Abraham said of
      Einhorn's press briefing. "He was arrogant and unrepentant toward the death
      of Holly Maddux."

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