Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik Accuses Attorney Joe Tacopina of Fraud, Deceit and Misrepresentation … Yes, Same Atty Tacopina Who Defended Joran Van der Sloot
Look who’s name is back in the news … Joe Tacopina.
Former New York Police commissioner Bernard Kerik has filed a complaint before the disciplinary committee of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department and has accused attorney Joe Tacopina of “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, and/or misrepresentation” Imagine that? The complaint includes allegations that Joe Tacopina cooperating with federal prosecutors and revealing information crucial to Kerik’s defense to the government without informing or receiving consent from his client. Kerik also alleges that his freedom was jeopardized by Tacoipina’s contacting Kerik in late 2007 after his federal indictment in violation of the conditions of his bail.
Remember this blast from the past from Vanderbilt?
It was June 30, 2006, and Kerik had just pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges. The former top cop admitted accepting a $165,000 gift of apartment renovations seven years before from an allegedly mob-tied company seeking to do business with the city.
Tacopina assured his client that his legal troubles were over and he was free to focus on his security consulting business in the Middle East.
Privately, Kerik’s friends say, Tacopina described the violations this way: “Like pissing on the sidewalk.”
Two years later, Kerik was federal inmate No. 84888-054, sitting in a Maryland cell and wondering if the slick defense attorney helped the feds put him behind bars.
Kerik, a 9/11 hero and one of the most decorated police commissioners in New York City history, is now a free man looking for answers.
Kerik, in a bar complaint filed Friday, accused Tacopina of engaging in “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, and/or misrepresentation” — along with a list of explosive legal abuses:
UPDATE I: Misrepresentation, say it isn’t so. But most will remember Joe Tacopina from his days of defending Joran Van der Sloot, the Dutch teen who most all sane thinking people believe had something to do with Natalee Holloway’s disappearance and death in Aruba in 2005. Watch below, yet another blast from the past with Joe Tacopina, Steve Cohen and Red discussing the Natalee Holloway investigation and those last with her, Joran Vander Sloot, Deepak Kalpoe and Satish Kalpoe on Court TV.
Hear Joe Tacopina do a 180 and actually agree with Red’s point of view regarding the Aruban justice system. Hear Aruban spokes person Steve Cohen agree with Red that the case was blown in the beginning. That is a far cry from what we are hearing today where people are blaming Natalee’s family for the cases failure.
Steve Cohen:Thanks Red, by the way … Red’s been probably one of the best journalists on this whole case through all of it. We have always appreciated having him around and reading what he says.
RED:The outrage that the people have is not, we don’t base it off of an American standard. We base it off of what we have learned what is the Aruban Dutch standard … Its actually a much more easier process because you can arrest someone for suspicion of murder.
Joe Tacopina:Well you know Red raises a good point, if you compare to their standards, the Dutch-Aruban standards, it was blown in that regard because they do have different laws and they do allow you to be detained on suspicion.
Steve Cohen:The misses opportunities happened within the first 48 hours … But I will agree with Red, there is no question that the physical evidence that existed at that point which was critical in solving this case either disappeared or was not there.
When Joran Van der Sloot confessed to the murder of Natalee Holloway, Aruba set him free … but when he confessed to the murder of Stephany Flores, Peru found him guilty and sentenced him in prison for 28 years.
Parents (Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin) of Missing Baby Lisa Irwin Hire Attorney Joe Tacopina, Former Joran Van der Sloot Lawyer
The case of missing Lisa Irwin just went from one of focus on trying to find a missing 11 month old baby to one of trying to protect or hide what the parents of missing baby Lisa might know. As investigators try and find missing Lisa Irwin … enter Joe Tacopina to represent the Missouri family, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin. Of course this begs the question, why would the Irwin family need an attorney?
High profile attorney Joe Tacopina, yes the same Joe Tacopina that represented Joran Van der Sloot, the suspect in the death and disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, has been hired by by the Irwin family. The question that comes to mind is, why? Why would Tacopina need to be hired? The family has to feel that the focus is on them and that investigators feel that the parents stories just don’t add up. Some body knows something more than they are saying.
Lisa Irwin has been missing in Kansas City, MO since October 4, 2011. She was reported missing when her father returned home at 4 AM to discover that baby Lisa was not in her bedroom. It was initially believed the infant was abducted from her crib.
What a coincidence that Tacopina would now be representing a client who has changed her story regarding the events that took place of her missing child and one who failed a lie detector test. A lying client, really, sounds like Joran all over again. Now we find out that Lisa Irwin’s mother was drunk at the time her baby went missing. Watch the VIDEO from FOX News with Megyn Kelly … Deborah Bradley admits she was drunk at the time of the disappearance. The mom claims she was drunk and passed out on the day of Lisa’s disappearance and does not remember checking on the baby after 6 pm. Now the attorney cover up begins as Tacopina states that the family will be doing no more interviews.
Tacopina said that the couple will not be doing any more television or radio interviews for the time being. He expressed his belief that the focus needs to stay on finding Lisa.
Tacopina said multiple times that he did not want to criticize the police investigation, but did express a desire for a more “boots on the ground” approach and said he wished certain unnamed things would have been done earlier.
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We are resposting the following commentary from Friday due to technical difficulty that took place.
- Dana discusses a letter from the attorney in response to an interview invitation. Attorney Joe Tacopina says he is not representing Joran Van der Sloot in his murder case in Peru. It would appear that even Joe knows when he sees an unwinable case and a guilty client with no hope of collusion, cover up or cronyism. Joe Tacopina realizes that Peru is no Aruba.