It is something that many figured would happen, however, many were hoping for a miracle. Today we did not get that miracle. NYC Judge has dismissed the civil case filed by Dave Holloway and Beth Twitty. Its has been confirmed by members of the family.
A New York Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the parents of Natalee Holloway against a Dutch teenager, who was one of three young men arrested in connection with the Alabama teenager’s disappearance in Aruba in May 2005. (KDKA)
I had an opportunity to talk to Dave Holloway after the ruling came down. He said, “that with regards to the lawsuit … we were hoping for the best, but preparing for the worse.” Also Dave Holloway wanted to stress to all involved that this does not clear Joran Van der Sloot in any way. Dave said,
“Joran Van der Sloot is still a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee. There is an ongoing investigation in Aruba and hopefully will be a prosecution. Joran came to NYC with his family and we saw an opportunity to get answers in the US. The judge ruled on a jurisdictional issue, not innocence or guilt.”
Dave Holloway also went on to say “that Joran Van der Sloot is more than welcome to come to either Mississippi or Alabama if he is concerned with providing everyone with the truth.” I wonder if Joe Tacopina would have a jurisdictional issue in those venues? Make no mistake about this. This was a jurisdictional ruling. Not one of guilt or innocence. Joran Van der Sloot and the other two suspects are hardly off the hook and should not yet think about going on with their lives. Natalee Holloway isn’t is she?
Initially Attorney Joe Tacopina went on the record saying that if this case was thrown out there would be no counter suits filed. We shall see if that is upheld. However, it is unlikely that Tacopina will want his client exposed to any legal proceedings in the United States.