Legal update

James Randi --- Wizard (
16 Jul 1997 13:32:08 -0000

Just so that you folks will be kept up-to-date on the current legal
situation re me and the "psychics"....

Geller's "Petition for Contempt" is denied by the court.

Several months ago, at least one "psychic" posted messages to
newsgroups, including sci.skeptic, alt.paranormal, and alt.paranet.psi
that I was under contempt of court charges brought by Uri Geller. Not
surprisingly, the psychic was unable to forecast that those "charges"
were rejected by Judge Harris of the United States District Court for
the District of Columbia. I also note that the psychic did not update
his postings, advising readers of Geller's loss.

In December, 1996, Geller filed papers in the D.C. Court alleging that
I had violated a court order by making comments on the Howard Stern
show that Geller said he "had nothing" financially. Geller claimed
that such a statement violated a Protective Order entered by Judge
Harris during the Geller/CSICOP/Randi litigation. (You may recall
that this is the same litigation that resulted in substantial
sanctions being imposed by the court, and upheld on appeal, against

In the Petition for Contempt, Geller asked the court to fine and jail
me (he used the expression "incarcerate, because that's lawyer talk),
and award Geller damages.

In response to the Contempt Petition, we noted that Geller's Petition
had no basis in fact or in law; that in Geller's initial deposition --
unprotected by any protective order -- he himself admitted lack of
financial resources under oath. Further, the protective order itself
that was signed by Judge Harris back in 1993 was drafted by Geller's
lawyer was directed solely at CSICOP, not me. Interestingly, it was
that same lawyer who filed the Contempt Petition.

In a one-line Order, Judge Harris denied Geller's latest abuse of
judicial processes and attempt to limit free speech, for the reasons
stated in my Opposition to the Petition.

Randi vs. Curley

Upon advice from my legal counsel in Toronto, I cannot discuss this
litigation, other than to inform you that the case is proceeding as
planned. For strategic and legal reasons, I cannot respond to rumors
and allegations made in various newsgroups. Our case is made not on
the Internet, but in the Ontario Court. I urge all to be very
circumspect about information you may read on newsgroups.

Justice has again prevailed in the US; I have confidence that justice
will prevail in Canada, as well.

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