Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kelley Lynch's Email To DOJ - How The City Attorney Elicited Testimony From Leonard Cohen re: Bob Dylan & Phil Spector

From: Kelley Lynch <>
Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM
Subject: Re:
To: ASKDOJ <>, "Division, Criminal" <>, "irs.commissioner" <>, Washington Field <>, "Doug.Davis" <>, Dennis <>, MollyHale <>, nsapao <>, fsb <>, rbyucaipa <>, khuvane <>, blourd <>, Robert MacMillan <>, a <>, wennermedia <>, Mick Brown <>, woodwardb <>, "glenn.greenwald" <>, lrohter <>, Harriet Ryan <>, "hailey.branson" <>, "stan.garnett" <>

Hello DOJ,

We've been through this quite a lot and I have provided you with Mick Brown's emails.  He reviewed the Phil Spector Grand Jury testimony/transcripts and confirmed that Cohen's statements were presented to the Grand Jury.  The Legal adviser for the Grand Jury was not clear about what witness presented the statements/testimony and advised me to contact Dennis Riordan with respect to Cohen's three versions of this alleged Phil Spector gun incident before LA Superior Court.  Judge Fidler's law clerk advised me to contact the DA so I had to explain that the DA had threatened me, etc.  She told me to copy Judge Fidler in on that letter.  This is how they introduced Phil Spector testimony.  Yes, I phoned Bob Dylan's office because I felt, as a friend of Phil Spector's, that he could help him.  After all, he helped Hurricane Carter.  Was this my "intent" to annoy Leonard Cohen?  According to the City Attorney of Los Angeles it was and it raises serious issues re. freedom of speech - as does the entire trial which is nothing other than a set up.  Cohen testified that he never spoke to Phil Spector again after 1977 or 1978.  I know that's factual because I was friendly with both of them.  Phil Spector would never speak to Cohen.  However, in 1994, Cohen gave an interview to BBC Radio (see below) and advised them that he had recently spoken with Phil Spector who wasn't "mad" any longer.  Which version do you believe?  His testimony or his statement to BBC Radio?  One's a lie.  Leonard Cohen doesn't care if he lies.  He's used to it and he gets away with it. Journalists do not challenge him.  

All the best,

Streeter:  Did Ms. Lynch ever mention People that both you and she knew?  … Cohen:  She talked about some well-known singers that both of us know.  Streeter:  I’m sorry … well-known – Cohen:  She talked about some well-known singers that both of us knew.  Streeter:  Such as who, Mr. Cohen?  Cohen:  Such as Bob Dylan.  Streeter:  What about – did she ever mention Phil Spector or Phillip in any of those?  Cohen:  Yes, she accused me of – she accused me of testifying before a Secret Grand Jury which resulted in the conviction of Mr. Spector.  Streeter:  Do you know Mr. Spector?  Cohen:  I knew him.  He produced a record of songs that we wrote together.  It was in 1977.  Streeter:  But you had no dealings with him since then; is that right?  Cohen:  No, I don’t believe – I haven’t seen him.  I don’t remember if it was ’77 or ’78 that the record came out.  But since then, no, I have had no contact with him.  RT 56-57

BBC Radio Interview With Leonard Cohen:

Transcript of BBC Radio 1 programme about Leonard Cohen, broadcast Sunday 7/8/94. Hesitations, "you know"s and other verbal tics have largely been removed, except where useful to indicate the rhythm of the spoken words (LC becomes particularly hesitant when talking about his time with Phil Spector). Due to the fact that it was (apparently) unscripted, the grammar represents patterns of speech, and may appear odd at first sight. Songs in brackets were played (usually in part) during the programme, and often faded into the background during the following speech.
Excerpt [Cohen]:  He’s [Phil Spector] not mad any longer, I’ve spoken to him on the phone recently, he’s really quite reasonable and calm, but we were, you know, I was flipped out at the time …