Missing evidence, questionable ailibis, checkered charges: from the Natalee Holloway mystery to the latest on the Duke lacrosse investigation, it was a busy week for "The Lineup" mailbag. We'll investigate some of these topics this weekend. You won't want to miss it!
E-mail No. 1
The father of the Duke accuser stated early on that his daughter called him on her cell phone for directions, as they were lost. Now he states she dropped in for this information. Why? Cell phone records would show when she called and other calls she made maybe even at the so-called attack time. D.A. didn't know if the phone was checked at the time of the first court appearance. An important piece of evidence — and he didn't know anything about it? They now want to change the time as the defendants have alibis for the alleged attack time. Where would that help? Are they now saying she came earlier, they took her in the bathroom, attacked her, she came out and danced with the other dancer?
And as far as being drunk when she left, remember the other dancer stated she drank both their drinks, left smiling, never saying anything to the many people there or the other dancer leaving or in the car? I believe she made this charge to get out of another drunk and disorderly charge which is what she appeared when was picked up, and that with her other serious charges could have meant jail time, thinking she could drop it like the last time but not with a greedy D.A. up for elections and needing the votes.
Several lawyers on TV have stated that they feel somewhere she will refuse to testify stating she is scared (with Jessie Jackson, who said he would take care of all her expenses and put her thru college whether this is true or false) the state NAACP, which is trying to put gag orders on all the defendants lawyers, the black panthers, who have picketed and when attending the court proceedings threatened one of the defendants, and most of the talk show guests like you and Gergie Goslee, lawyer Allred, Nancy Grace, Rita Cosby, Alan Colmes, etc. of the evidence proves they are innocent and what will you and the other than say? Sorry we were wrong and go on? When three innocent students are damaged for life — also a school team and the name of a good school. Sure they shouldn't have had those dancers and drinks at the party but they are innocent of the nasty rape charge she made.
Peggy Fischer Newport, NC
P.S. Her other charges conveniently have been lowered which I believe was done to have her keep up this farce.
ANSWER: Peggy, from the beginning the Duke case has been a disappointment. I do not think it is fair to try the accuser or the defendants in the court of public opinion. I do believe in and have always been a strong advocate of victim's rights. But I am just as passionate about justice for both sides. I feel the defense is presenting evidence that the DA should have considered from the beginning that points to the innocence of one or more of the players.
That being said, none of us has had an opportunity to look at the case file of the district attorney. Having worked as a prosecutor for a decade, I believe that it is only fair to assume some good faith on the part of the district attorney that he has a credible case to bring before the trier of fact. His mission is supposed to be for justice and not for political advantage. If in fact the DA knew better than to bring these charges and the woman made false accusations, they should both be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
E-mail No. 2
Watched your show last night and while Lee was interesting she was not very informative. There are some questions that we should be able to get some answerers, such as, who is that sitting next to Natalee in the casino picture? It does look like Paulus but can't be sure. The night of her disappearance did Paulus use the ATM twice? Whatever happened to Carlos? By now we should hear from someone that saw what happened in C&C that night.
Your interview with Joran's mother was revealing. She claimed that her husband would not cover for Joran and would insist he tell the truth! If that is the case then why did he successfully petition the court to keep the FBI at a distance? He told Dave that he would do anything for his son and did say, "No body no case." The pictures of him running from Greta and hiding in the bushes from Beth are not the actions of an innocent man. Keep up the good work and thanks.
ANSWER: Leo, thanks for your e-mail. It has been one year since the disappearance of Natalie Holloway. Unfortunately we are left now with more questions than answers. What we do know is that Joran and the Kalpoe brothers were the last people seen with Natalee Holloway, which is the reason why they still remain to this day the main suspects in the case. As for Paulus, sources say he is the person next to Natalie in the casino.
Like you, many people feel that a parent would do just about anything to help or to save their child. Many of the actions on the part of Joran van der Sloot, Paul van der Sloot, and the Kalpoe brothers after Natalie's disappearance cast doubt upon their credibility. Their inconsistent stories and actions certainly give cause to suspect that they have something to hide. Anita van der Sloot assures me that neither she nor Paulus did anything to cover for their son Joran.
The Holloways believe that Joran and the Kalpoes know exactly what happened to Natalie that fateful evening. We can only hope that someday there will be justice for Natalie and the Holloways will get the answers they deserve.
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