[sixties-l] U.S. Hippie Icons Reprieve Likely Short -Lawyer

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Date: Fri Jul 13 2001 - 17:52:18 EDT

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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.

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