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Einhorn Guilty of Murdering Girlfriend
Aired October 17, 2002 - 12:11 ET
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WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: The Montgomery County news conference is now beginning -- well, actually, this is the Ira Einhorn news conference that's taking place. Let's listen in, in Philadelphia. As our viewers know, he was convicted of murder earlier this morning.
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LYNNE ABRAHAM, PROSECUTOR: ... second chair assistant district attorney Carmen Lineberger of our homicide division.
Before I turn the microphone over to the family and to Joel and to Carmen, I do want to say a few words of thanks.
I want to thank, first of all, our General Assembly, and specifically of that General Assembly, State Representative Dennis O'Brien who shepherded our bill that got Ira Einhorn the right to have a new trial, along with anybody else similarly situated, in the legislature. That went through in 11 days.
And my thanks to then Governor Tom Ridge for signing that bill, which allowed us to go to the State Department and show that when we brought Mr. Einhorn back, we'd be able to retry him.
My thanks to President Bill Clinton with whom I spoke three times about getting Ira Einhorn back; to Madeline Albright, the then secretary of state; and to Janet Reno, the then attorney general for working so hard and so diligently; to Felix Rohatyn, the then United States ambassador to France; and also, to Senator Joe Biden and Senator Rick Santorum, who helped get -- who helped get Ira Einhorn back for us; and to all of the people in law enforcement who worked so hard to locate Ira over all of these many, many years and all of those thousands of miles.
And finally, to say that this office and I were determined that all of the people who tried to elude and evade justice, we will take as long as is possible and we will do whatever is appropriate under the law to make sure that everybody answers to the system of justice. That's what we work towards, and that's what we're grateful to have happened today.
Now, I want to turn the microphone over to whoever wants to speak first, and I'll let them decide who wants to come up here, but this is Joel Rosen, this is Carmen Lineberger, and especially, this is Maddux family, a great day, and I congratulate all of them for the determination and for the tenacity with which they have held on. We are extremely proud of all of them.
Thank you very much.
JOEL ROSEN, PROSECUTOR: Do you want me to answer questions, or just make a statement?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Joel, what you think.
ROSEN: I feel great.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is Joel Rosen, assistant district attorney.
ROSEN: And good things come to those who wait. And I feel really absolutely fantastic about this.
I just -- before I say anything else, I wanted to thank Carmen Lineberger who helped me through the whole trial. I couldn't have tried the case without her. She was awesome.
I also want to thank Detective Mike Gross (ph) and Leon Lubieski (ph) from the homicide division of the Philadelphia Police Department. You know, they weren't up front in the trial. They did a ton of work, they did a ton of great work behind the scenes.
And there's a lot of other people who helped us -- the appellate division of my unit, the legislation division of my office.
I'm really, really proud of the DA's office in Philadelphia in this case. I mean, not just me and not just Carmen, but the office as a whole did an awesome job in this case. You guys don't know how difficult it was to find this guy, to bring him back from the French, to get him to trial again, and to convict him 25 years after the fact. I am so proud of my office, I can't even begin to tell you.
ROSEN: Well, actually they came back at 10:30, which means they were out for less than two hours, which means they were out...
BLITZER: Joel Rosen, the assistant district attorney, very happy, obviously, that Ira Einhorn convicted guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Holly Maddux, some 25 years ago in Philadelphia. No great surprise there. He, of course, had been extradited from France.
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