Posted Jul 18, 2011 03:20 pm CDT
The U.S. Justice Department has declined to pursue the extradition of actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, who are seeking asylum in Canada after skipping a court hearing for allegedly squatting in their former California home.
The Justice Department noted that the extradition process is lengthy and usually reserved for more serious criminals, report the Santa Barbara Independent, the Toronto Sun and the Associated Press. The Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office revealed the DOJ decision in a press release.
Randy Quaid, who starred in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, has claimed his life is in danger because of “Hollywood Star whackers” who are secretly responsible for the deaths of eight close friends, including Heath Ledger and David Carradine. He has attributed his troubles to a “monstrous ring of accountants, estate planners and lawyers who are mercilessly slandering me and trying to kill my career and, I believe, murder me in order to gain control of my royalties.”
The Quaids are accused of felony vandalism for alleged damage to a California home that they once owned. Prosecutors say the Quaids had continued to live in the place; they claimed the property was illegally transferred to a third party.