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Ellen Shane expresses grief sorrounding her daughters trial with the Huffington Post

Posted by Levine Communications Office on February 13, 2012

Where’s the Justice for My Daughter?

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The following article is from the Huffington Post and was written by the Ellen Shane. The Emily Shane Foundation Ellen Shane’s 13-year-old daughter, Emily, was struck by a car and killed as she walked along the shoulder of the Pacific Coast Highway two years ago. Ellen Shane has formed the Emily Shane Foundation in her daughter’s memory, a group that encourages good deeds and acts of kindness.

I was stunned when they declared a mistrial. I sat in the courtroom completely unable to fathom how five jurors could not find this man guilty of murdering my daughter. He drove on a suicide rampage for 17 miles. More than six people observed his reckless driving at different points along his route and called 911. Eyewitnesses saw him turn to hit my daughter, who was walking along the shoulder of the road (there are no sidewalks along PCH in Malibu).

Emily had left a friend’s house and was on her way to meet her dad. After throwing my daughter 30 feet in the air, the driver went up a small embankment, hit a pole and his car flipped over. He came out unscathed; my daughter died shortly after being thrown. She never spoke or regained consciousness after being hit. We had no chance to even say ‘goodbye’ to her. Sina Khankhanian’s response to her death to the first responders on the scene was, ‘I don’t give a f-ck. The bitch deserved to die.’

I came to the trial hoping — praying — for justice.

I have learned quite a bit about our legal system and unfortunately have seen its failings firsthand. I was naive to expect that the trial would bring swift and fair justice. The charge against the driver was second-degree murder, which requires two things: “conscious disregard” and a victim. It seemed crystal clear to me that someone who drove for 17 miles at speeds of 60 and 70 miles per hour, crossing into oncoming traffic, splitting lanes, swerving into the shoulder (where pedestrians and cyclists use the road), and coming up so quickly on other motorists that they were forced to move out of the way shows conscious disregard. And my daughter was the victim. The verdict should have been a slam dunk.

But the man who killed my daughter was diagnosed in his early 20s with a mild form of autism. The defense attorney used this to create “reasonable doubt.” How mild was his autism? He was mainstreamed in high school, had a 3.0 GPA, and had taken some college-level classes. He had a driver’s license for 11 years, held a job for five years, and was in a relationship with a woman he wanted to marry. He led a very normal life. His former fiancee testified that she hadn’t even known about his autism until he told her, even though the two had worked together for years; she had no idea.

The defense attorney portrayed his client as a mental incompetent who was unaware that his driving that day could harm to someone. He presented a medical expert who backed this up. Common sense got lost in the courtroom.

On the day he killed my daughter, he was upset. He had lost his job, his fiancee wanted to call it quits. The morning of the murder, he had transferred funds out of his bank account, left a check for his fiancee and a suicide note. He put his cell phone and wallet by her bed stand. He wanted to talk to her, but she was unresponsive, which made him upset and angry. He took his car key and left.

Can you imagine how it felt for me to see him in court? He, who wanted to kill himself, is well-groomed, healthy and very much alive. He sat there beside his attorney, all dressed up in a suit, and smiled at his family. My daughter, who was just blossoming into a beautiful young woman and had everything to live for, is dead.

How could a jury deadlock and not see through the defense tactics? How is justice served here? So-called experts who are paid for their testimony looking for an excuse to let a murderer of a child go free… it makes me ill. The nightmare for us continues. After reliving our daughter’s death over and over again with each witness… hearing details from the emergency responders that no parent should know and that are now embedded in our psyches, we will have to relive the entire process.

It will be worth it though, if justice is served the next time around.


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Karen Kondazian Book Signing a success!

Posted by Levine Communications Office on February 13, 2012

Karen Kondazian’s “The Whip” becomes best seller at Book Soup




  1. The Whip  (Karen Kondazian)
  2. Shortcut Man: A Novel  (p.g. sturges)
  3. Empty The Sun  (Joseph Mattson)
  4. What It Was  (George Pelecanos)
  5. Los Angeles: Stories  (Ry Cooder)
  6. The Lazarus Project  (Aleksandar Hemon)
  7. A Visit From The Goon Squad  (Jennifer Egan)
  8. Smut: Stories  (Alan Bennett)
  9. While Mortals Sleep  (Kurt Vonnegut)
  10. Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel  (SJ Watson)

Feb 11 2012 – Book Soup – West Hollywood, California United States


Karen Kondazian prepared to give a reading at Book Soup


Musician Marquis Howell performed during Karen's Book Signing


Karen with book artist Jeffry DeCola


Karen with LCO publicist Francine Marseille


Karen signs a copy of her book for an enthusiast

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Dr. Andrew Abraham’s meal replacement featured in the Examiner

Posted by Levine Communications Office on February 13, 2012

Choose a better meal replacement in 2012: Orgain organic meal replacement drink


Dr. Andrew Abraham, founder of Orgain organic meal replacement, is a cancer survivor who wanted to develop a healthy substitute for patients struggling to eat during treatment. The solution was Orgain,an organic, healthy, nutritional drink that has all the proteins and vitamins of a healthy meal.

Orgain is a healthy, all organic drink with 24 vitamins and minerals, and 16 grams of protein. There are absolutely no preservatives, colorings, artificial flavors, artificial sugars, and is completely gluten free. It is perfect for a meal replacement, after-workout recovery, and for an extra energy boost without the caffeine and sugar crashes.

Orgain contains 50 mg of organic vegetables (kale, beet, spinach, carrot, and tomato), and another 50 mg of organic fruits (blueberry, banana, acai, apple, and raspberry) in every serving. That equals to ten servings of your daily fruits and vegetables! It also contains dietary fiber derived from chicory, whey protein from brown rice, and antioxidant immune support from decaffeinated green tea and pomegranate.

Orgain comes in three delicious flavors: creamy chocolate fudge, sweet vanilla bean, and iced cafe mocha made with the highest quality organic cocoa and organic vanilla. It is encased in a recyclable tetra pak that has a shelf life of over a year, without the use of added preservatives.

Myself, along with a small group of health-conscious tester friends, tried the chocolate and vanilla flavors and found them to not taste chalky, like we’ve experienced with other meal replacement drinks.The chocolate was creamy and the “vanilla tasted like a vanilla milk shake from McDonald’s”, said one tester.

“We all want to eat healthy, organic meals, but our hectic lifestyles don’t always make that practical,” said Abraham, Orgain’s founder and CEO, who specializes in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente, Calif. “I designed Orgain with optimum nutrition in mind, making it suitable for use as a meal replacement, a post-workout shake and as a nutritious choice for strengthening the immune system, particularly during times of illness,” he has noted.

Packaged in an eco-friendly, recyclable tetra pak, each 11-ounce serving of Orgain contains 255 nutrient-dense calories in a 2:1 complex carbohydrate to protein ratio, which explains why they kept us surprisingly full for a long time:

  • 16 grams organic protein to help build lean muscle.
  • Antioxidants equivalent to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables.
  • 24 vitamins and minerals.
  • Lightly sweetened with organic brown rice syrup.
  • Heart-healthy fiber.
  • Organic pomegranate and green tea extract with 90 percent polyphenols.
  • Organic kale, beets, spinach, tomatoes and carrots.
  • Organic blueberries, bananas, acai berry, apple and raspberries.

Orgain is aseptically packaged and shelf stable without refrigeration for 12 months. Best served chilled, Orgain is designed to deliver an organic meal, anytime, anywhere. In addition to supporting good health, energy, and immunity, it can also be enjoyed for weight management.

Orgain is available at Whole Foods Market, Wegmans, Mother’s Market, Fairway and over 2,000 natural food retailers across the country. It can also be purchased online at www.drinkorgain.com.

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