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Randy Quaid extradition request denied by U.S.

An attempt to seek the extradition of actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi Quaid, from Canada to the U.S. has failed.

Quaids' alleged offences deemed not serious enough to warrant action

Randy and Evi Quaid walk in Vancouver in October 2010.

An attempt to seek the extradition of actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi Quaid, from Canada to the U.S. has failed.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that it had turned down a request from the Santa Barbara County district attorney to have the Quaids forcibly sent from their current home in Vancouver to California.

A release Friday noted, "the resource-intensive and lengthy process in seeking extradition from Canada," as part of the reason for denying the request.

The Quaids are facing felony burglary charges and misdemeanour counts in the U.S. for allegedly moving back into and vandalizing a home they once owned in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Both are wanted on $500,000 bench warrants. Neither of the two has shown up for any court hearings since a criminal case was filed in October 2010, and they have already forfeited $1 million in bail.

"Extradition is generally reserved for more serious offences than that which the Quaids have been charged," the release said.

'Star-whacker' claim

The Quaids were taken into custody in by Canadian immigration authorities in Vancouver in October 2010.

The couple sought refugee status, claiming they were fleeing the U.S. due to a conspiracy by "star whackers" to systematically kill Hollywood actors.

They were later released after it was determined Evi Quaid's father was Canadian, meaning she could easily apply for citizenship and sponsor her husband.

The Canada Border Services Agency also later dropped its attempt to have Randy Quaid, 60, ruled inadmissible.

Randy Quaid is a one-time Oscar-nominated actor. Evi Quaid, 48, is a producer and director. They have said they plan to pursue their film careers from Canada.