The following is a press release from Randi's defense people, cleared by his lawyer. It's

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The following is a press release from Randi's defense people, cleared by his lawyer. It's corroborated by a June 5 article in the Baltimore Sun by Norris West. Date: Sat Jun 5 20:11:46 1993 From: (James Randi --- Wizard) Subject: Baltimore Trial.... To: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND. June 4, 1993. A federal jury today exonerated James Randi from claims made by parapsychologist Eldon Byrd for more than thirty millions of dollars in damages. Byrd had claimed injuries to his reputation and community standing, humiliation, mental anguish and suffering. The suit stemmed from statements made by Mr. Randi in response to a heckler at a 1988 meeting of the New York Skeptics, and in an interview published in the now-defunct Twilight Zone Magazine. Though the jury of thirteen found that Mr. Randi's statements regarding Mr. Byrd were defamatory, they emphatically declined to award Mr. Byrd any compensation whatsoever. Testimony adduced at the trial revealed that, in fact, Mr. Byrd had not been convicted of the crime of child molestation as suggested by Mr. Randi, but instead had been arrested for possession with intent to distribute obscene materials involving children, and had pled guilty to a reduced charge of possession with intent to distribute obscene materials. In addition, Byrd admitted during the eleven-day trial in Baltimore Federal court to having had a sexual relationship with a minor of whom he was legal guardian. Testimony also revealed that Mr. Byrd was a long-time associate of Uri Geller, a self-proclaimed "psychic" now living in England. In 1975, Mr. Randi wrote a book in which he showed that scientific tests of Mr. Geller's "psychic abilities" were not done as originally reported, and that Geller's claims were thus unproven. Mr. Geller has also brought several suits against Mr. Randi, one of which is still outstanding. James Randi is the author of nine books, the latest being "Conjuring," a comprehensive history of the art of magic. His other books deal mostly with paranormal, supernatural and occult subjects, of which he is today's leading critic. ------------------------------ ** FOR YOUR REFERENCE ** Requests to be added to or deleted from the geller-hotline mailing list must be sent to: Comments to Randi or other parties should be sent to: Mail to this address is not echoed.


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