Former counterculture guru Einhorn convicted

Friday, October 18, 2002

PHILADELPHIA -- Ira Einhorn, the '70s hippie guru who fled to Europe and lived like a country squire after being charged with murder, was convicted Thursday of killing his girlfriend and stuffing her corpse in his closet a quarter-century ago.

The 62-year-old Einhorn showed no emotion upon hearing the first-degree murder verdict, which brought an automatic sentence of life without parole and smiles to the family of his victim, 30-year-old Holly Maddux.

After the verdict, the district attorney and the judge himself mocked Einhorn and his role as an Age of Aquarius wise man. Judge William J. Mazzola called him "an intellectual dilettante who preyed on the uninitiated, uninformed, unsuspecting and inexperienced people."

One juror, Tracy Garett, said he was angry that Einhorn couldn't get the death penalty. "He had a warped mind," Garett said.

The verdict, reached after 2 1/2 hours of deliberations, capped a stunning fall for the counterculture figure who once held "be-in" events and counted Yippie Jerry Rubin and rock star Peter Gabriel among his acquaintances.

Jeb Bush's daughter gets 10 days in jail

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter was sentenced to 10 days in jail and led away in handcuffs Thursday after being accused of having crack cocaine in her shoe while in drug rehab.

Noelle Bush, 25, kissed her aunt Dorothy Koch as a sheriff's deputy cuffed her behind the back. Koch is the sister of President Bush and the governor, who was not in court.

In a statement, the governor said he realizes that his daughter must face the consequences of her actions.

"Every parent of a child with an addiction understands that the long road to recovery is never easy and that there are numerous challenges along the way," he said.

Later, the governor said he did not attend the hearing because he did not want to bring more media attention to the case. He refused to say whether he would visit his daughter in jail.

"I have a job to do and I intend to do my job," Bush told reporters. "But that doesn't mean that I don't think about my daughter every minute of every day."

Terrorism insurance package completed

WASHINGTON -- Congressional negotiators completed work Thursday on a $100 billion terrorism insurance package that lawmakers hope will stimulate the economy and help cover the costs of insurance against future terrorist attacks.

House and Senate leaders have yet to officially sign off on the language, but "we believe we've got an agreement," said Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., one of the chief Senate negotiators. "We obviously depend upon other people signing on it to confirm it. I think that's going to happen."

Added House Financial Services Committee Chairman Michael Oxley, R-Ohio: "As in any conference agreement, everyone must compromise and that is what we have done here. The U.S. economy must come before our individual preferences in the legislation, and today we have put the nation's workers first."

Lawmakers said they would release details of the agreement later.

--From wire reports

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