Attorney Joe Tacopina & Julia Renfro Still Making Excuses for Murderer Joran Van der Sloot & Aruba


After all these years, attorney Joe Tacopina still making excuses for the murdering ways of Joran Van der Sloot. Another dead girl, this time the victim is Stephany  Flores Ramirez and the usual suspects rush to the defense of Joran Van der Sloot and Aruba.


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Like any good defense attorney, Joe Tacopina is still making excuses for the accused murderer Joran Van der Sloot. This time Tacopina has to try and save face and wash the blood off his hands for the now stabbed to death 21 year old Stephany Flores who was found dead in a hotel room in Lima, Peru registered to who else but Natalee Holloway murder suspect Joran Van der Sloot. Now Joran Van der Sloot is a suspect again in another murder.

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An attorney for Van der Sloot in New York City, Joe Tacopina, said he did not know his client’s whereabouts and has not been in touch with him since the Peru allegations emerged.

Tacopina cautioned against a rush to judgment.

“Joran van der Sloot has been falsely accused of murder once before. The fact is he wears a bull’s-eye on his back now and he is a quote-unquote usual suspect when it comes to allegations of foul play,” Tacopina said.

Van der Sloot was twice arrested but later released for lack of evidence in the 2005 disappearance of Holloway, who was on a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island.


Click on the pic above to watch the VIDEO of Red, Steven Cohen and Joe Tacopina and hear Red make Tacopina agree with him. Is it any wonder that Joe would later refuse to debate Red on TV shows.

Tacopina is making the rounds again; however, just like when he defended Joran Van der Sloot in the death and disappearance of Natalee Holloway, I am sure he will be ducking confrontational interviews going up against informed pundits.

VIDEO – Jane Velez-Mitchel

Joe Tacopina was on last nights Jane Velez-Mitchel on HLN once again defending the indefensible.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Joe Tacopina, you are the attorney for Joran Van Der Sloot. People are saying, wow, this is a growing body of evidence that connects him to the murder of this Stephany Flores Ramirez. It was his room. She was brutally murdered in a room registered to him, and then he flees. He takes off and tries to go to another country, and now they`re hunting for him. What do you say as his attorney?

JOE TACOPINA, ATTORNEY FOR VAN DER SLOOT (via phone): Well, listen, obviously, I don`t know enough about the facts to comment on this thing. I don`t think anyone does. You know, I`ve been reading articles as if they were proven facts.

I think if history teaches us anything, in the Joran Van Der Sloot case or cases, if you will, is that you sort of need to really wait and see what`s fact and what`s fiction. There have been so many false reports out there time and again regarding stated evidence and what not. And I think you really have to sort of step back and let this investigation take course.

You know, I don`t know — I don`t know what happened. I don`t know if he was there or if he wasn`t there, and I`m not going to sit here and say he certainly had nothing to do with this. I don`t know. But I do know that there have been enough false reporting surrounding this kid and his cases that I think you really have to step back and say let`s wait and see how the investigation, you know, progresses.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I think I want to go to Stacy Honowitz, Florida prosecutor, to respond to that. Stacy…

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Why did he run?

TACOPINA: Again, who`s saying he ran? Who is saying he ran?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, where is he? There`s an — there`s an international dragnet under way as we speak.

TACOPINA: Because he`s not in the locale that he was in two days ago does not mean he was on the run.


TACOPINA: How do you know he didn`t have a preplanned — how do you know? I mean, that`s the point. Before we condemn — and look, I get it and I understand that he has a very short rope. And he should be a prime suspect if all I`ve heard so far is true, but before you go and convict someone, before you…

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I hear you. I hear you.

Below video from Nancy Grace

Then we have the other usual suspect making the media rounds shilling for Van der Sloot and Aruba, Julia Renfro of Aruba Today. (Full transcript -JVM) No Julia, let’s of pray to God that the Peruvian justice system is nothing like the one in Aruba … or the lack there of.

Julia Renfro, you`re the editor-in-chief of “Aruba Today”. What is the reaction in Aruba tonight to this stunning, new development?

JULIA RENFRO, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, “ARUBA TODAY”: Everybody`s completely shocked. The Internet, the radios, the newspapers, which will be headlining tomorrow; everyone`s very, very, very surprised and of course, very concerned about this young lady that has been murdered.

The most important thing that we have to consider here, right now, is that it`s possible he could be involved with both crimes, but to date, we have to wait for the justice system of Peru, just like we had to wait for the justice system of Aruba.

Ms Renfro, you are not allowed to use the words Aruba and justice in the same sentence. There might actually be a law in Aruba stating such.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Is it a little frustrating in the sense that a lot of people had said, you know, there was conflict over this case, obviously, and it became sort of a battle of wills — the Natalee Holloway case. And a lot of people in Aruba were like, hey, don`t blame the entire country and leave us alone, basically, stop persecuting us.

RENFRO: Well –

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And now it seems like some of the things that Beth Holloway had said were prophetic and they`re coming true and maybe he should have been arrested in Aruba, considering he gave all these different confessions.

RENFRO: You`re absolutely right, but in the same time, there was no evidence. And you yourself know that they could not put anybody behind bars without any kind of evidence. Maybe in this particular case there will be. We have to keep in mind that, apparently, Joran checked out of the hotel on Sunday morning at 8:00, and the young lady wasn`t discovered until 10:00 at night on Tuesday. That`s almost three days.

Then Renfro leaves us with the following BS of which every one with a brain knows to be false, especially in light of Joran Van der Sloot murdering again. Just let it flow off your lips Julia and get used to saying it … yes there was a cover up in Aruba and because of it another girl is dead. Happy?

T.J. WARD, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR IN NATALEE HOLLOWAY`S CASE: Well, hopefully, the new administration will take some incentive to take another look at the case in Aruba and bring some closure for the Holloway family. This is a very, very bizarre situation that`s now happened again. And if the government had not covered up this case in Aruba as they did from the beginning with the security guards, then maybe this wouldn`t happen.

Rest assured, he`s got no legs to hand himself on in Peru now and nobody to cover up for him. So, maybe there will be justice served in Peru.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And finally, Stacey — go ahead.

RENFRO: There`s no evidence of a cover-up, and you and I both know -

Let’s get some thing perfectly clear. There are many that have egg on their face as they defended an individual and helped Van der Sloot get away with a crime only to have him kill again. To those who did do, I hope you are happy.

One thing is for certain in all of this … Beth, Dave and rest of the family and the millions who supported the Holloway family trying to find Justice for Natalee have been vindicated.

UPDATE I: Joe Tacopina claiming Inconsistencies in Case.

Really Joe, this from the person that said we had to wait until all the evidense was in. Or is that only if you want top spin the fact that Joran is some how not guilty of murdering a girl found in a hotel room registered to him while he is on the run from Interpol.I guess Tacopina is back on retainer.

He said, “I’ve read reports, many reports in the last 12 hours in regards to this investigation. And I’ve seen inconsistencies already. And I hearken back to the last five years with the Aruba investigation, where time and again we’ve heard stories come out that turn out to be rumor or false facts. And I think you just have to be wary of that when you’re dealing with Joran van der Sloot and this saga.

“I’m not taking the position that he’s being wrongly accused – if he’s being accused. I’ve heard that there is an arrest warrant. I’ve heard that there is not an arrest warrant. What I do say is that Joran van der Sloot is an easy guy to point the finger at. He’s a popular suspect, he’s someone who people believe — people have very strong opinions about this – that he got away with murder, literally, in Aruba which, the evidence says otherwise, the judges have said otherwise. But he’s someone who is easy to point the finger at, he wears a bulls-eye on his back.”

Tacopina also pointed out that witnesses say they saw van der Sloot and Flores together on Sunday, but her body wasn’t found until Wednesday.

Face it Joe Tacopina, you defended a killer. The bulls-eye Joran wears on his back was put there by himself and those that enabled him his entire life.  Daddy Sloot is not around to clean up the Sporter’s mess this time. Five years later Joran will receive the justice he should have received previously in Aruba.

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  • Comments

    25 Responses to “Attorney Joe Tacopina & Julia Renfro Still Making Excuses for Murderer Joran Van der Sloot & Aruba”

    1. Scott on June 3rd, 2010 7:52 am

      Both TACO GREASE BALL and the FUGLY WICKED WITCH RENFRO should both be shot square in their head.

    2. maria on June 3rd, 2010 8:38 am

      2 freaks of nature!
      what amazes me Taco Hell has 5 daughters!
      renhoe is nothing but trash, she has proved that over and over!

    3. on June 3rd, 2010 8:51 am

      not sure why Joe Tacopina didn’t stick to the truth: he has NO idea what happened.

      Tacopina suggests that perhaps Joran had plans to leave Peru all along. Really? Why did he suddenly hire two drivers then?

      Tacopina suggests that Joran is the suspect in anything that goes wrong. Really? When else has Joran been falsely accused? We KNOW he killed Natalee. He was the last person seen with her AND he confessed at least twice! After two confessions, how are *we* jumping to judgment? Stephany was SEEN entering Joran’s hotel room with Joran. Stephany was found dead in Joran’s room with Joran paying big bucks for two drivers to get him out of town! Who would Joe expect we would suspect? Little Bo Peep?

    4. gail on June 3rd, 2010 9:01 am

      joe is a piece of trash, he likes the attention as much as urine, and renfro, i think she is an idiot.
      aruba hope all of you who helped this guy sleep well at night a nother innocent life is gone.

    5. Ryan on June 3rd, 2010 10:13 am

      Seriously guys,…what does Aruba have to do with anything here? The guy doesn’t even live there anymore…

    6. Buster on June 3rd, 2010 10:18 am

      Bald Taco is a male version of Gloria Alread just following the media cameras looking for attention !!! If any of this happened the bald tacos daughters I have to wonder Would he care ???

    7. kitty on June 3rd, 2010 11:43 am

      Isn’t Joe ~ Van der Sloots

      FORMER Attorney?

    8. Scott on June 3rd, 2010 12:24 pm

      They arrested the ba$tard!

      I hope they beat him with steel rods in the lower back and break his knee caps and hang him at high noon.

    9. Miss-Underestimated on June 3rd, 2010 1:14 pm

      When is Julia going to apologize to Beth and Jug, and retract those vile things she said? Anyone got an updated photo of Julia?

    10. Scott on June 3rd, 2010 1:39 pm

      #9 her photo was pulled from all internet sites from scaring adults and children alike.

      I think she used Joran as a boy toy and had some sort of sexual encounter with him or Paulus; there is no other reason why she would STILL be defending him.

    11. sick of idiots on June 3rd, 2010 1:43 pm

      Mr. Tacopina I am amazed that you have made it so far in life with the amount of ignorance you carry around in that head of yours! They didn’t find her body for 4 days because he made sure that they didn’t go into that room. Have you ever traveled Mr. Tacopina? There are ways to assure that no one enters your room!!!! You… just like your client….. are a waste of space on this planet! IGNORANT! Did you wake up this morning and rehearse the garbage that you let spew from your mouth on television this morning or were you reading from a message in your inbox that punk client of yours had sent to your blackberry?????!!!!!!! Way to go SMART ONE!!!!

    12. Carpe on June 3rd, 2010 2:48 pm

      The only people more pathetic than Joran are the people still making excuses for him.

      He is over.

      He is “smoked.”

    13. Melissa on June 3rd, 2010 7:18 pm

      He never checked out of the hotel. He put up a do not disturb sign and instructed the staff not to enter the room. I imagine the smell is what alerted the hotel staff.

    14. Maggie on June 3rd, 2010 9:54 pm

      Joran has been falsely accused? How about Joran has confessed over and over. Like the saying now how to tell when a defense lawyer is lying, their lips are moving.

    15. Teri on June 4th, 2010 4:28 am

      Seriously do they ever actually read what they say? Either way they’re idiots, whether it be for reading their stupid responses and concluding they did a great job or whether they know they’re stupider than a box of wet rocks and assume if they keep switching it up while talking nobody will notice!

      They both claim to know no facts or details, but respond with detailed facts when cornered!

      If I owned this so called upscale hotel Renfro’s now claiming waits 2+ days before cleaning a vacated room she’d better have proof or her next defendant would be her own dumbass
      for damaging my hotel’s reputation! No hotel waits days after a room’s checked out, to go clean it. They’re definition of “checked out” is obviously “quickly and quietly leaving after committing murder!”

    16. WAYNE on June 6th, 2010 9:46 am

      how can slimebag lawyers like joe sleep at night maybe he will join Johnny cockroach

    17. mauicat on June 8th, 2010 9:22 am

      Aruba without Americans and Tacopina without a practice! Start a campaign against these two everywhere you go.

    18. cmaglaughlin on June 8th, 2010 8:17 pm

      I thought I was alone in my total disgust for these two bozos. I’ve followed Taco-pin-head’s infamous career of defending the worst dregs of society, and only hope and pray for karma to nip him in the ass! Renfro is the very definition of denial and jealousy. Old Jossie,the publisher of her Aruban competition, has shined far above her piece of trash rag. He once visited Alabama and was treated like a king. This was long before Natalie’s disappearance. He said he is forever grateful to the American people, and it has shown in his paper and comments on TV. Thanks for a great web site. I’m NOT ALONE!!!!God Bless!!

    19. Casey Van der Sloot on June 8th, 2010 10:46 pm

      G-A-W-D…. Taco-piece-of-poop is such an idiot..!!
      He’s such a moron, he’ll keep defending Joran Van der Scum long after he is convicted….
      Taco-piece-of-poop can NEVER admit he made a mistake…
      He’s PERFECT, don’t you know….
      A PERFECT P.O.S….!!!

    20. BarbG on June 13th, 2010 6:02 pm

      I have lost all respect for Joe Taco after seeing him once again defend Joran. I know he is a defense lawyer, but I wonder how he even sleeps at night. He’s not interested in the search for the truth, but only to get him off so he can kill again.

    21. JWitts on June 19th, 2010 10:10 pm

      Taco Grease sold his soul a long time ago. I mean you would have to having 6 daughters and still representing this waste of life.

      And worry not, it is only a matter of time before somebody gets at him and slices him to bits.

    22. CLARK on June 24th, 2010 10:37 am

      Why did Tacopina have to remove himself from all of his federal cases in Manhattan around the time he started cooperating against Bernie Kerik? Why did Tacopina make negative statements against Vandersloot, when he no longer represented him? How did Tacopina resolve the investigation the United States Attorney was conducting into his conduct vis-a-vis Kerik after the government subpoenaed all of his financial records concerning his dealings with Kerik. Did he plead guilty to any type of crime? Did he cooperate in a federal criminal tax investigation into a prominent NYC attorney, who was his mentor and with whom he transacted business? Does Rafaello Follieri think Tacopina gave him up to the feds?
      Why did tacopina go from loving vandersloot to saying he wouldn’t represent him?
      Who has the answers?

    23. shirley wakefield on June 27th, 2010 9:04 am

      Tacopina, he’s the pits and he will find out someday when he gets there, he bares false witness, dont care how much money them riches make, dont want their job, they should be ashamed standing up for murders! God will make that plain someday, SHAME SHAME SHAME, TACOPINA, make all the money u can NOW, it still want get you inside the Gates of Heaven, but, good news is: IT WILL GET U INSIDE THE GATES OF HELL

    24. ANGE on November 10th, 2010 8:42 am


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