Randy Quaid’s Santa Barbara extradition denied
July 17, 2011
By KARLEE PRAZAK
The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office announced Friday that actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi Quaid will not be extradited from their residence in Canada back to California to face felony and misdemeanor charges. [TorontoSun]
The Quaids have repeatedly failed to respond to outstanding charges of felony vandalism at their former home in Montecito, Calif., to which they allegedly caused more than $5,000 worth of damage.
Nearly two years of legal charges, missed court dates and warrants issued against the Quaids prompted the district attorney’s request to have them extradited from their current home in Canada.
So far, thanks to Evi Quaid’s recent Canadian citizenship because her father was Canadian-born, the Quaids are permitted to remain in Vancouver.
Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley said that the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) denied the extradition because they typically reserve such measures for “more serious offenses,” the Toronto Sun said.
Dudley said that the “USDOJ noted the resource intensive and lengthy process involved in seeking extradition from Canada” when considering having Canada aid in returning the Quaids to California, or their extradition.
This announcement comes almost two years after the couple’s initial run in with law for skipping out on a $10,000 San Ysidro hotel bill. The couple later posted bail on charges of felony vandalism and were expected to appear in court the following day — the first of several court dates the couple missed.
As a result, the district attorney added additional felony and misdemeanor trespassing and illegally squatting charges.
The couple told ABC that their fleeing to Canada had nothing to do with these charges and that it was to escape a Hollywood mafia that specifically targets celebrities, referring to the group as “Star Whackers.”
Randy Quaid, an oscar-nominated, golden globe award-winning actor, said that “Star Whackers” are responsible for the deaths of his former co-workers Heath Ledger and David Carradine. He also said such celebrities as Mel Gibson, Lindsay Lohan and his brother Dennis Quaid are being targeted by this group for their money.
Because of this, Randy Quaid said he and his wife are living as “Hollywood refugees” in Vancouver.
“I am being embezzled from by this monstrous ring of accountants, estate planners and lawyers who are mercilessly slandering me and trying to kill my career and, I believe, murder me in order to gain control of my royalties I wish to return to only one thing: Work,” Randy Quaid said during an Immigration and Refugee hearing.