After making rather bold predictions the last two nights on the cable shows that the Twitty/Holloway law suit would be thrown out; Joe Tacopina has begun a Joran Van der Sloot Defense Fund. Tacapino filed his clients response yesterday (seen here) to the law suit.
“Joran and Paulus van der Sloot unequivocally and vehemently deny these allegations,” the motion papers say.
“My clients and I are sympathetic to the fact the plaintiffs do not know the present whereabouts of their daughter,” Tacopina said in court papers. However, he says, “neither the plaintiffs’ hardship nor the vast media attention” this case has attracted “should serve to prevent the proper dismissal of this case.”
Wasn’t this supposed to be a pro bono case as previously reported?
The question that comes to mind is why? Why create a defense fund for Joran Van der Sloot at this point in time? A couple of key issues come to mind.
1. Is the case still pro bono?
2. Is Attorney Joe Tacopina not so confident that the case will be dismissed and will actually go forward?
3. What other reason would there be a need for a defense fund except to pay for his defendants travel expenses? Why would there be expenses if there were no case?
Joe Tacopina seemed pretty adamant on the cable shows that there would be no law suit going forward and even referenced if it did he would probably advise his clients to do a default judgment. (Video) (Video)
Is setting up a defense fund the first sign of weakness?
The other question that comes to mind is one wonders if the many who criticized and accused the Twitty’s of their Natalee Holloway Trust Fund will do the same with Joran’s?