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Willis Carto’s arrest warrant — a follow-up

December 19, 1996

The piece in the latest Spotlight that implies that IHR editor Mark Weber is not truthful in stating there is an arrest warrant out for Willis Carto, reminds me that it has been awhile since letting everyone know what is happening at the IHR.

Let’s start off with the arrest warrant: It is puzzling that Carto would say his crack team of attorneys in California could find no evidence to support Weber’s statement about the arrest warrant. On the afternoon of November 26, the day before Thanksgiving, Carto’s attorneys (Randy Waier and Brian Urtnowski) appeared before the Court of Appeal with a motion requesting immediate relief from this same arrest warrant. Their motion was denied, which is why Carto has remained in Washington, DC, since before November 18, when the arrest warrant was issued for his non-appearance at a judgment debtor examination.

In Texas, where Carto is attempting to wrest control of the IHR’s parent corporation away from the legitimate board of directors by re-litigating issues he has raised in two losing cases in California, attorneys for the IHR are making more headway. Carto, fearful of the gains made by the IHR, attempted to intervene in his own case as a separate plaintiff! Judge Brown immediately saw through this ruse, and invited Carto’s second attorney, Norman Reidmueller, to sit down and be still. Although this case is costing the IHR a small fortune, there is virtually no way that the IHR can lose. A pre-trial hearing is set for December 31, at which time we will know more about pending motions, and about the trial date, if any.

In the case brought by the IHR against Carto et al for conversion of Jean Farrel’s $7.5 million bequest, Carto’s attorneys have filed a fistful of motions, to be heard on January 13. These are all pretty much pro-forma, although it is interesting to see that Carto now claims to have new evidence as to how he spent the money. This should be novel, because Carto already has testified twice on this subject, contradicting himself, known documents, and even his own accountant/comptroller. This new evidence should provide some real merriment when he presents them to the court.

Some of the best news on the legal front is that Carto has agreed to drop two of his frivolous lawsuits against us. The first, in which he was having his wife (!) sue the IHR for $14,000 plus interest, opened the Cartos up to a countersuit. The second case was one in which Carto convinced one of his thick-skulled sycophants, Mic Scott, to tell the court that a mysterious foreign corporation had assigned him a note for $100,000, to collect from the IHR. With Carto effectively barred from entering the state of California for fear of arrest, there was no way the lackey could pull off this abuse of the legal process by himself. Case dismissed!

Stay tuned! The best is yet to come …