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TALK ABOUT AN INTERESTING NEWS WEEK!!! January 21st - January
By Johnathan Evans
Kmart, Enron, Arthur Andersen, the Mariah/EMI split and John
Walker Lindh. Well, they were all last week's top stories.
But did you know that we are
the news distributor for each of these entities?
- John Walker's lawyer James J. Brosnahan, as well as parents:
Frank Lindh (father); Marilyn Walker (mother) were sending
PRN all week.
- Kmart and Enron are required by law to disclose and disseminate
simultaneously to the media and financial community. They
use us, as do most
other public companies.
- Andersen, though private, uses us in the same manner, as
do 35,000 other
- EMI announced their contract termination with Mariah earlier
Mariah issued her own statement in response. We are the number
distributor of entertainment industry news releases.
These are just some of the original, full text statements
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Va., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Following is a statement by
James J. Brosnahan* following John Walker Lindh's court hearing
before US Magistrate Judge W. Curtis Sewell.
I am pleased to introduce our trial team, which includes
four former federal prosecutors. In addition to myself, we
Bill Cummings, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District
of Virginia and prominent defense attorney here in Alexandria.
Bill is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School,
a past president of the Federal Bar Association here in Virginia,
active in his community and a leader in the bar
and bench in this district.
George Harris, my partner and an experienced criminal defense
who, along with me, was a Special Prosecutor in the Iran-Contra
is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former law professor
at the University of Utah teaching ethics and trial practice.
My colleague, Tony West, is a former federal prosecutor in
District of California and former Assistant Attorney General
for the State of
California. Tony graduated from Stanford Law School and served
assistant in the Department of Justice under Janet Reno.
Our associate, Raj Chatterjee, is a former public defender
who has worked on several criminal defense cases. Raj is a
magna cum laude
graduate of Hastings Law School in California and former federal
John Walker Lindh is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This is the
law in the United States and this is what the judge will tell
the jury. So
far there have been no witnesses, no evidence and no trial
in this case.
For 54 days the government has held John incommunicado. For
54 days he
has been subject to interrogation by the military, the FBI,
government agents. At no time during this period was John
able to talk to his
parents or consult a lawyer. In violation of the rules of
District of Virginia that specifically prohibit comment on
cases likely to
come to the court, government officials issued or leaked false,
and prejudicial characterizations of the facts and law in
this case. It is
time finally for this outrageous and unfair situation to change.
for John Walker Lindh to have his day in court.
John's case is now in the judicial branch of our government.
We will have
a distinguished and fair judge to hear the case. We will have
a jury that
will listen to the evidence and apply the law. This is the
American way and
we are confident in the outcome of this great process.
There has, of course, been a tremendous amount of publicity
the case. People across America have been bombarded by constant
based on leaks from government sources. I have not discussed
the facts and
issues of the case with anyone outside our legal team and
I will not do so in
the future. I call on government officials to exercise similar
am confident that the rules of the Eastern District of Virginia
publicity will put an end to the false and misleading government
that have been the rule in this case so far.
These are challenging times. There are two ways of looking
at this case,
and I believe that the people of America are going to have
to choose between
them. I think most of the people believe in our Constitution
-- which means a
belief in fairness, in the presumption of innocence, and a
strong belief that
a trial by jury is not a technicality, but a right for all
of our citizens.
Unfortunately, there seem to be other Americans who are acting
as if the trial
had already occurred and that it is simply a matter of finding
punishment for John. This point of view is unacceptable and
dangerous and a
threat to all our freedoms. Virginia was the home of many
founding fathers -- men like Washington, Jefferson and Madison
who played such
an important role in defining the freedoms on which this country
John Walker Lindh, who was born not far from here, in Washington,
has the right to a fair trial. We call upon fair-minded people
to wait for
the truth that will emerge during the course of his trial.
We are eager to
present the case to a judge and jury and are confident of
* James J. Brosnahan has tried over 130 jury trials. He
was formerly an
Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting federal cases
in Phoenix, Arizona
and San Francisco, California. He was inducted into The State
California's "Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame" in April
1996, he was awarded the
"Samuel E. Gates Award" by the American College
of Trial Lawyers in October
2000 and he was named the "Trial Lawyer of the Year"
by the American Board of
Trial Advocates in October 2001.
Statements by John Walker Lindh's Parents:
January 24, 2002
Statement of Marilyn Walker: My love and support for John
is now and has always been absolute and unconditional. I was
glad to see my son for myself and tell him I love him.
Although it's been an especially difficult time these past
few months, I am so
grateful to have John back home.
Statement of Frank Lindh: We are very happy that our son,
John, is now back on American soil. John's health seems to
be improving, and he was in good spirits during our
meeting. We are very grateful to the U.S. military personnel
who provided medical
treatment to John over the past month-and-a-half, and to the
Navy Chaplain who
visited John aboard the USS Bataan. John has told me, and
I can assure all Americans, that John never intended to harm
any American, never attempted to harm any American and never
did harm any American. He loves America. John did not take
up arms against the United States, and he is innocent of the
charges against him. We look forward to a fair trial. We ask
that the American people not make judgments about John until
all the facts are presented in court.
Carey and EMI's Virgin Records Part Ways
NEW YORK, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Mariah Carey and EMI's
Virgin Records announced today the amicable termination of
their multi-album contract. The settlement provides for the
payment by EMI to Ms. Carey of $28 million. Ms.
Carey retains $21 million previously paid to her or for her
benefit, when the contract was originally made in April 2001.
Ms. Carey stated: "This is the right decision for me.
I look forward to the many new and exciting opportunities,
which have now been presented to me. I wish Virgin well."
Alain Levy, new Chairman & CEO of EMI Recorded Music,
said: "We have decided that this is the most prudent
course of action for EMI. We wish Mariah the best."
SOURCE Mariah Carey and EMI's Virgin Records EMI plc. Issues
False Release According to Cindi Berger, Mariah Carey's Publicist
and Marshall B. Grossman, Mariah Carey's Attorney
NEW YORK, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- As stated in the joint
press release of
Mariah Carey and EMI/Virgin Records, the agreement between
the two was
amicably terminated with benefits to and for Mariah Carey
of $49 million for
the one album she delivered. The release of EMI, independently
issued by it,
is in direct violation of the agreement between the parties.
It is also
false. It states that EMI itself terminated the agreement.
Not true. It
fails to state that the total package for Mariah Carey is
SOURCE Cindi Berger and Marshall B. Grossman
CONTACT: Cindi Berger of PMK-HBH Public Relations,
+1-212-373-6118; or Marshall B. Grossman of Alschuler, Grossman,
Stein & Kahan, Los Angeles, Office - +1-310-551-9118,
AM PDT, or cell - +1-310-968-9118, both for Mariah Carey
Lay Resigns as Chairman and CEO of Enron, Remains on Board
HOUSTON, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Enron (OTC: ENRNQ)
today that Kenneth L. Lay has resigned as Chairman of the
Board and Chief
Executive Officer of Enron Corp. Mr. Lay, who will also retire
as an Enron
employee, will remain on the company's Board of Directors.
The Board, in
cooperation with the Creditors' Committee in Enron's bankruptcy,
is in the
process of selecting a restructuring specialist to join the
company who will
assist in Enron's efforts to emerge from bankruptcy and, on
an interim basis,
serve as acting chief executive officer.
"This was a decision the Board and I reached in cooperation
Creditors' Committee," said Mr. Lay. "I want to
see Enron survive, and for
that to happen we need someone at the helm who can focus 100
percent of his
efforts on reorganizing the company and preserving value for
our creditors and
hard-working employees. Unfortunately, with the multiple inquiries
investigations that currently require much of my time, it
increasingly difficult to concentrate fully on what is most
The Board intends to promptly focus on the selection of a
Enron markets electricity and natural gas, delivers energy
physical commodities, and provides financial and risk management
customers around the world. Enron's Internet address is http://www.enron.com
This press release contains statements that are forward-looking
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section
21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Investors are cautioned that
forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance
actual results could differ materially as a result of known
and unknown risks
and uncertainties, including: various regulatory issues, the
outcome of the
company's Chapter 11 process, the outcome of the litigation
general economic conditions, future trends, and other risks,
factors disclosed in the Company's most recent reports on
Forms 10-K, 10-Q and
8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mark A. Palmer
SOURCE Enron Corp.
Web Site: http://www.enron.co
CONTACT: Mark A. Palmer of Enron Corp., +1-713-853-4738
State Board Confirms Investigation into Arthur Andersen LLP/Enron
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys for Arthur
have given the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy permission
that in November 2001 the Board opened an official investigation
Andersen's audit of Enron.
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