October 26, 2005
HarryTho 10/26 Natalee Holloway Update And Commentary (Updated)Topics: Natalee Holloway
Tonight's a light night on Natalee news and commentary, but there are a few items to cover - mostly from the cable folks.
For starters tonight, Dan has up - Beth Twitty, is in Ohio at a Crime Stoppers event with millionaire Joe Mammana, while Dave Holloway is in Aruba. Here for details...
In other non-cable news, Aruba GetAGrip has posted - Recordings investigated in the Netherlands:
The authenticity of the recordings that Jamie Skeeters had made of Deepak Kalpoe is currently being investigated by the Dutch Forensic Institute. On the recording, Kalpoe had supposedly said that all three the boys had sex with the missing Natalee Holloway.
Lawyer Rudy Oomen says that his client denies ever having said this, and the lawyer had insisted to have the taped be checked. He says that the recordings were cut and pasted.
Greta of Fox News spoke with Arlene Ellis-Schipper about a list of questions that Fox News sent to Chief Prosecutor Karin Janssen.
Arlene stated that the investigation has expanded by including three new investigators and are looking into all possibilities. On the issue of the Skeeter tapes, Janssen defered to the Dutch Forensic Institute (DFI), and said that all speculation on the tapes will follow a positive appraisal from the DFI. Janssen avoided the comments about the Dutch legal system. Arlene then added that the Aruban lawyers have taken the time to explain the difference between civic and common law (common law is the American system).
Greta explained that there is no plea dealing in the Aruba. In turn, Arlene explained the Crown witness systems that mimics parts of our plea bargaining system.
Greta then hosted Bernie Grimm, Ted Williams and Jim Hammer.
Ted Williams was discouraged by the fact that there is no plea barganing, and feels that this case is lost without some form of it to work with. Ted said that the expansion of the investigation is too little, too late. Bernie Grimm, likewise, laments the lack of plea bargaining, and stated that some 86% of American criminal cases are decided via plea agreements. Grimm claimed that the American legal system would collapse without plea bargaining.
Jim Hammer criticized Karin Janssen for not explaining the Dutch legal system to Beth Twitty.
My own question then is that if 86% of the American criminal courts acquire decisions via plea bargains, what kind of justice do we really have?
Greta interviewed Police Chief Dompig.
Dompig stressed that the Aruba investigation wants to interview many (or some) of the 120 youngsters from Mountain Brook that accompanied Natalee to Aruba. He stated that the FBI took a few statements, but the investigation needs considerably more detail. He has asked for the youngsters to come forward willingly. If they do not, then Aruban law enforcement is prepared to track them down at their universities in the USA. Greta then questioned the police chief's motivation, to which he responded that in the beginning there was a sense of secrecy and silence on the part of the youngsters.
Greta probed why he felt that way. Dompig answered that in any trip, despite the level of alcohol and partying, there are some things that you never forget.
Well, it appears, according to the Aruban investigators, that some of the Alabama youngsters claim to have forgotten many of those very things. Translation: the Alabama youngsters have withheld information, if not outright been untruthful.
Greta asked about a body disposed in the water. Dompig answered that if the body was weighted down and held on the bottom, that some remains would be left. The divers are looking for those remains.
Update: From JennyM (below comment - Hat tip to Jenny!!!)- Dompig press conference links.
More tomorrow. For tonight - Aloha.
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Posted by Richard at October 26, 2005 10:51 PM
Dompig Press Conference
Posted by: JennyM at October 27, 2005 1:15 AM
Thank you again for the link! Today, an Aruban newspaper has quoted Police Chief Dompig as implicating Beth Twitty in the disappearance of her daughter. We will post the interview later today with commentary. From the article, it would appear that Police Chief Dompig is quite upset with Mrs. Twitty and her demeanor towards the Aruban investigative effort. Quite frankly, the response by Police Chief Dompig in this article is long overdue.
With much Aloha,
Posted by: harry at October 27, 2005 3:37 PM
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