Prosecutors Drop Charges Midtrial Against Three Accused of Possessing Stolen ‘Hotel California’ Lyrics

Prosecutors drop charges against 3 accused of possessing ‘Hotel California’ lyrics midtrial citing fairness concerns.

Prosecutors drop charges against 3 accused of possessing 'Hotel California' lyrics midtrial citing fairness concerns.
Eagles co-founder Don Henley, ( Photo: Via Fox News, AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

In a stunning turn of events, New York prosecutors have decided to drop their criminal case midtrial against three individuals accused of conspiring to possess a cache of hand-drafted lyrics to the iconic Eagles hit, “Hotel California,” along with other hits from the band.

Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Aaron Guinandes informed the judge Wednesday morning that prosecutors will no longer pursue the case.

The decision came after newly available emails surfaced, raising questions about the fairness of the trial.

The trial, which had been ongoing since late February, was abruptly halted as prosecutors cited concerns about the fairness of the proceedings.

These communications originated after Eagles star Don Henley waived attorney-client privilege last week. This exemption led to the disclosure of approximately 6,000 pages of material, shedding new light on the case.

Judge Curtis Farber, in dismissing the case, expressed concern about witnesses and their attorneys using the attorney-client privilege to obscure and conceal information that could be harmful to the defense.

The accused men, Glenn Horowitz, Craig Inciardi and Edward Kosinski, are well-established figures in the world of collectibles. He was facing several charges including conspiracy to criminally possess stolen property.

Prosecutors alleged that the defendants knowingly possessed the pages with dubious chains of ownership and attempted to fabricate a provenance to deceive the auction houses and circumvent demands to return the documents to Don Henley.

However, the defendants maintained their innocence, arguing that they were the rightful owners of the pages and that they had not been stolen by anyone.

Jonathan Bach, an attorney for Glenn Horowitz, expressed relief at the decision to drop the case, stating that it should never have been brought in the first place.

Outside the courtroom, emotions ran high as Horowitz hugged tearful family members and Inciardi expressed his desire to rebuild his reputation.

Despite the prosecution’s decision, one of Kosinski’s lawyers, Scott Edelman, indicated that they would evaluate potential future legal actions in light of the judge’s concerns about the witness’s credibility.

However, the defense argued that the prosecution was influenced by Don Henley’s celebrity status, causing them to overlook important information.

Edelman criticized the district attorney for being blinded by fame and fortune, stating that this had resulted in an unjust outcome for the defendants.

In response to the developments, Henley’s current lawyer, Dan Petrocelli, emphasized the importance of attorney-client privilege in the justice system. He expressed disappointment at the outcome, stating that Henley had once again been victimized by the unjust resolution of the case. Petrocelli indicated that Henley would pursue all his rights in the civil courts.

Throughout the trial, Henley maintained that he had never gifted or sold the documents in question. He testified that he had allowed a writer to access the documents for research purposes, but he had not authorized their sale or transfer to anyone else.

The writer, who was not charged with any crime, has not responded to inquiries regarding the trial.

The sudden dismissal of the case against the accused individuals has left many questions unanswered.

As the legal proceedings come to a halt, the focus now shifts to the broader implications of the case and the potential ramifications for both the defendants and the prosecution.

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