A Whole New World
Ira Einhorn, born in 1940 in Philadelphia, was a full-time social activist, involved in all aspects of the movement during the 1960s and 70s. He organized, structured and emceed the two largest original Earth Day events in Philadelphia, thus putting ecology on the political map. In 1971 he ran for Mayor of Philadelphia.
He then created an international information network that provided paradigm changing information to 300 key people in 27 countries on both sides of the Iron Curtain. This ‘internet before the internet’ was run under a barter arrangement with the world’s largest corporation: Ma Bell.
As part of this project he worked in mental interlock with Andrija Puharich on the Geller project, serving as midwife and agent/editor for Puharich’s bestseller Uri.
After a term as a fellow in residence at Harvard’s Institute of Politics (1978), he went to Yugoslavia as a citizen ambassador as part of a project to honor Nikola Tesla and make some of his technology more available.
Immediately after his journey, the body of Einhorn’s former girlfriend, Holly Maddux, was found in a trunk stored in a closet in Einhorn’s apartment. The prosecution alleged that the body had been stored there for 18 months, but the forensics - all-important in a murder case - and four live sightings of a supposed dead woman (two by police detectives) indicate otherwise.
Prosecutional misconduct and legal advise indicated that a fair trial was impossible. Einhorn thus disappeared.
A political prisoner?
Ira spent 16 years on the run. In 1997, he was arrested in Champagne-Mouton, France. However, French law does not permit extradition if the person is not accorded a new trial when they are returned to the original jurisdiction. Since Einhorn had been tried in absentia (1993), and his decision had become final, a new trial was impossible. To end this self-created difficulty, the Pennsylvania legislature passed the Einhorn Law, which violates a basic American constitutional principle: the separation of powers. All constitutional experts who have studied the Einhorn Law agree that it is unconstitutional, but the Pennsylvania courts have used subterfuge to avoid ruling on it.
The involvement of leading politicans, including French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin and American president Bill Clinton, produced an extradition despite the obvious unconstitutionality of the law.
Ira has insisted on his innocence since the day of his arrest.