New York judge hears arguments related to stolen Eagles lyrics

Three men charged with trying to sell stolen goods Eagles lyrics appeared in court in New York City on Friday.

Judge Curtis Farber heard arguments from each of the men’s lawyers and set a date for a final decision to be made in January. 13. All three men – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame curator Craig Inciardi, bookseller Glenn Horowitz and rock auctioneer Edward Kosinski – var charged in July in the case, which concerns approximately 100 pages of Don Henley‘s handwritten notes and lyrics, including various songs from the band’s 1976 album, Hotel California.

According to court documents obtained by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, the lyrics were stolen sometime in the late 70s by Ed Sanders, who had been hired to write a biography of the band. Sanders is said to have sold the papers to Horowitz in 2005, who in turn sold them to Inciardi and Kosinski. When Henley was made aware that Inciardi and Kosinski were trying to sell parts of the pages to an auction house in 2016, he filed police reports and demanded that the documents be returned to him. The DA office then seized the papers. Six years later, each of the three men was indicted and charged with one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree. Inciardi and Kosinski were also charged with an additional count of criminal possession, and Horowitz was charged with attempted criminal possession of the stolen property and two counts of hindering prosecution. All three pleaded not guilty at the time.

“These defendants attempted to keep and sell these unique and valuable manuscripts, despite knowing they had no right to do so,” Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg said in a previous statement. “They made up stories about the origin of the documents and their right to possess them so they could make money.” (The documents are estimated to be worth over $1 million.)

Kosinski’s attorney, Antonia Marie Apps, argued that charges had not been filed within the statute of limitations for a criminal case, and that the defense also failed to present a plausible theory of how the lyrics were stolen in the first place. “Instead, they say ‘Trust us,'” Apps stated. She reiterated that the Eagles signed a specific 1979 contract that allowed the band to “provide” material to Sanders for the book, which was never published. “Artists often give their lyrics away,” Apps said. “And years later trying to recover those texts.”

Horowitz’s attorney, Jonathan Bach, described the argument as “flawed” and that “prosecutors and courts must be wary of conspiracy.” Bach added that there was insufficient evidence to prove that his client had “tried to get his hands on something and failed.”

“It’s smart what they did,” he concluded. “But they don’t have the evidence.”

Attorneys from the DA’s office did not offer many rebuttals to the prosecutor’s arguments, saying several times, “The people will rely on their testimony.”

Inciardi is one of the Rock Hall’s longest tenured employees, having worked with the organization leading up to its opening in 1995. For the past decade, he has been based in New York City and has been involved in the planning and execution of various recent exhibitions and projects, i.a. The Beatles: Get Back to Let It Be, which opened in March. After the July indictment, he was put on leave at Rockhallen. “At this time, we do not know whether Craig has committed any wrongdoing,” Rock Hall President and CEO Joel Peresman said in a letter obtained by Rolling stonese back then. “He will remain on leave pending the resolution of the third-party internal investigation and the extent of the charges once the indictment is closed.”

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