[sixties-l] Welcome Back, Einhorn (fwd)

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    Welcome Back, Einhorn

    <http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=4046>

    By Michael P. Tremoglie
    FrontPageMagazine.com | October 21, 2002

    Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out...

    Given the gruesome details of his girlfriend's murder, what dreams they
    must have been.
    Now I know what happened to the brown acid at Woodstock.
    Ira Einhorn was convicted in Philadelphia on Thursday for that murder and
    sentenced to
    life without parole. He originally was sentenced to death. However, in
    order to have him
    extradited from France, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was required to
    pass a law
    making the death penalty inapplicable to Einhorn. The commonwealth was
    required to
    grant a new trial as well.
    Ira Einhorn was a member of the counterculture pantheon. He was a founder
    of the
    environmentalist movement. He was an icon of the liberal intelligentsia.
    However, Einhorn is also the poster boy for domestic violence. He was
    convicted of
    killing his girlfriend in 1977, stuffing her body into a steamer trunk, and
    keeping the trunk
    in a locked closet for eighteen months, before police discovered it in 1979.
    At the bail hearing Einhorn was praised by a contingent of luminaries-all
    testifying to his
    character. Ivy league professors, an Episcopalian minister, corporate
    executives who
    worked with Einhorn raising funds, all stated under oath that he was of the
    greatest
    integrity.
    Arlen Specter, currently Pennsylvania's senior United States Senator, was
    Einhorn's
    attorney. Somehow, he managed to get bail for the suspected murderer. Barbara
    Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram liquor fortune, paid his bail.
    Proclaiming his innocence, Einhorn told all that he was framed. It was the
    CIA or the FBI
    who committed the murder and they were trying to frame him for it because
    of his
    political activities. Some will note that another notorious Philadelphia
    murderer, Mumia
    Abu Jamal, used this defense a few years later. Like Mumia, Einhorn has no
    shortage of
    leftist followers.
    So certain was Einhorn of his innocence, he left Philadelphia in 1981,
    before the trial.
    More than a decade passed when, unable to locate him, the DA's office tried
    Einhorn in
    absentia. He was convicted in 1993.
    Several years after the absentia conviction,in 1997, Einhorn was located,
    living in France
    with a new girlfriend-a Swedish woman. The District Attorney's office in
    Philadelphia
    immediately asked to have him extradited. However, the humanistic French
    refused to
    extradite Einhorn. French officals cited the use of capital punishment in
    Pennsylvania
    and the conviction in absentia as reasons for their refusal. Of course, the
    compassionate
    French legal system is the Napoleonic Code that considers the accused
    guilty until
    proven innocent.
    Einhorn's cadre of lawyers, and patrons cleverly manipulated the French
    legal system.
    One can only guess how Einhorn managed to pay for all of this. For that
    matter, how
    was he able to finance his lifestyle-he lived in a house valued at $90,000? The
    Philadelphia Daily News reported in 1997 that the distillery heiress
    Bronfman was one of
    his financiers. However, while Bronfman admitting sending him money
    initially, she no
    longer did.
    Einhorn was able to convince the French courts not to extradite him until
    he received the
    promise of a new trial. A Pennsylvania legislator, Dan O'Brien, introduced
    a bill in the
    Pennsylvania General Assembly that allowed granting Einhorn a new trial, if
    he asked for
    it, and if the French extradited him. The bill did not vacate the original
    verdict.
    The France began extradition. Einhorn's representatives requested the
    European Court
    of Human Rights to review the case. Einhorn's request was not granted.
    There are two ironies about the Einhorn saga. One is that the judge in the
    case said of
    Einhorn, "I think that the testimony has adequately demonstrated to my
    satisfaction that
    this particular defendant was - in the most complimentary terms that I can
    come up with -
    someone I would call an intellectual dilettante who preyed on the uninitiated,
    uninformed, unsuspecting and inexperienced people," Mazzola said.
    I have often said that liberals are the self-righteous, led by the
    self-important, for the
    benefit of the self-serving. Einhorn is the paradigm of this.
    The other irony is that Einhorn was arrested the same day the Three Mile
    Island
    accident occurred. Ira Einhorn, environmentalist, the local Earth Day
    founding father,
    was charged with murder during the same period as one of the greatest
    environmental
    crises in the United States.
    Oddly enough, more people died because of the environmentalist than because
    of the
    environmental crisis.
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    Mr. Tremoglie is a former Philadelphia police officer, and now a health-care
    consultant and freelance writer living in Philadelphia.



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