Cohen's business manager jailed for 18 months
The former lover and business manager of legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has been jailed for at least 18 months for harassing him with emails and phone calls.
After a week-long trial a jury retired last Thursday to consider its verdict and reached a decision the same afternoon.
Lynch showed no emotion when the verdict was delivered.
Today, a sentencing judge said she has shown no remorse and that in jail she will have anger management training. NOTE: The judge doesn't know what I personally feel. We never spoke.
Summing up for an LA superior court jury last Thursday, deputy city attorney Sandra Jo Streeter described Lynch as a con artist who deliberately set out to annoy Cohen. NOTE: I wonder if the IRS and FBI actually believe this? Unfortunately, the so-called judge refused to permit Agent Tejeda/IRS to take the stand. It might explain what has actually unfolded between Kelley Lynch and the con artist Leonard Cohen.
She rejected allegations Lynch sent him threatening emails because she was influenced by alcohol and said his former business manager of almost 17 years knew exactly what she was doing.
"This case is about how over one year she made his life hell," Ms Streeter told the jury.
During the trial some of the phone calls which contained abusive language were played.
Lynch's lawyer had told the court that Cohen lacked credibility as a witness because he had earlier denied his brief sexual relationship with Lynch. NOTE: He perjured himself and his lies were extensive.
The lawyer noted that although Cohen claimed to have felt threatened by Lynch's behaviour, he once had a gun held to his head by Phil Spector while they were recording together but had not felt threatened by that.
He said Cohen was famous, had been performing for 50 years and gave yet another performance in the witness stand. NOTE: Leonard Cohen didn't feel threatened by a gun but feels threatened by my behaviors. I suppose that's due to the fact that the IRS, FBI, DOJ, Treasury, FTB, and Phil Spector's attorney - Dennis Riordan - are copied in. Perhaps when he hears a car he thinks the IRS/FBI are coming to arrest him.
Cohen, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and known for hits such as Hellelujah and Suzanne, previously told the court the emails sent by Lynch affected his reputation. NOTE: Cohen said he felt I tried to assail his reputation although he did the drugs so this is quite deranged.
Today, he said he thought Lynch would start contacting him when she was released. NOTE: He shouldn't hold his breath but I do understand how obsessed he is with me and these issues.
Lynch, who has been in custody since her arrest, wore a business suit throughout the trial and sat taking notes. NOTE: The notes are very helpful in preparing for the appeal which my attorney and I are now working on. Streeter's prosecutorial misconduct will be addresesed. It was and remains egregious - as do her lies and slander.
Jamelle Wells covered the trial for the ABC in Los Angeles.