KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Soon after Police and FBI blocked the area surrounding the neighborhood of missing baby Lisa Irwin, searched the family home, and were seen removing bags of evidence from the home Monday, “Wild Bill” Stanton announced he would be stepping down and high-profile New York defense attorney Joe Tacopina had been hired to take on the baby’s parents’ case.
Just days ago “Wild Bill” rode into town and announced an anonymous wealthy benefactor had paid to hire him and put up a $100,000 reward in the missing baby’s case. He was less than welcome by police and media. Read: Media, public ask to keep focus on missing Baby Lisa, not ‘circus show’ in town.
Monday Stanton announced he would be leaving Kansas City. He said he would still be available to consult and analyze on the case. “The things I need to do, I feel I got them done. I will be leaving today, but that doesn’t mean I will be out of consulting on this case,” he said.
Defense attorney Joe Tacopina takes over
On Monday the parents of missing Missouri baby Lisa Irwin announced prominent New York defense attorney Joe Tacopina, described in a New York Post article as possibly “the most hated lawyer in New York,” was hired to represent them in the case of their missing daughter.
Joe Tacopina is the founder of the Law Offices of Tacopina, Seigel & Turano, P.C. firm on Madison Avenue in New York and with an office in Milan.
Tacopina is described as:
“One of New York’s fiercest defenders,” by NY Daily News
“Tacopina’s unbelievable. That guy works magic. He is the real deal. He’s not to be messed with,” Imus in the Morning’s Don Imus
“One of the great trial lawyers in America who wins cases that nobody else could win,” by Court TV Analyst Rikki Klieman.
Joe Tacopina has extensive litigation experience both in federal and state courts and has had successes in some very high profile cases. The firm’s website states he appears as a legal analyst on various media outlets nationwide and can be seen regularly on MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, ABC, Fox News, CNN, Court TV, and on Imus in the Morning.
The Tacopina firm has represented Joran van der Sloot and his father in litigation surrounding the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba. He was part of the Michael Jackson defense team representing Jackson’s closest associate in a controversial child molestation case. All charges of kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child were dropped against their client.
Lawyer: Believes parents are innocent
Tacopina said that what convinced him to represent the parents was watching Deborah Bradley’s emotional reaction during the first statement she made on television, KMBC reports. “There’s no scenario that that could be contrived,” he said.
Tacopina agrees with Deborah and said, “In my mind there’s no question Lisa’s parents had nothing to do with the disappearance of this baby girl. I would not be representing these individuals if I thought they were involved.”
Tacopina said the family has made themselves available and have assisted in searches and questioning. He said they authorized Monday’s search of their home and said the couple should not be criticized for not cooperating.
Admitting to drinking night of Baby Lisa’s disappearance goes to mother’s credibility
Lisa’s mother, Deborah “Debbi” Bradley has been under the microscope and fears she’ll be arrested soon in her baby’s disappearance. She said she’s been interrogated by police to the point of exhaustion, was told she failed a polygraph test, and has been blamed for her baby’s disappearance.
She says that yes, she was drunk the night her baby vanished, and yes, she has changed her timeline of events that evening, but that doesn’t mean she had anything to do with her baby’s disappearance.
Deborah originally said she put her baby to bed around 6:30 p.m. and checked on her at about 10:30 p.m. when she went to bed. She told NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander Monday that she put Lisa to bed at 6:40 p.m. and that’s the last time she saw her. Read: Baby Lisa’s mom changes story, says she was drunk, fears arrest (transcribed.)
Tacopina said, “In regards to her acknowledging she had wine that night, or drank, that goes to her credibility. It’s being truthful. At the end of the day, she’s got nothing to hide.”
He said he’s concerned some of the tactics used in questioning may have taken the focus away from the important issue – finding missing Baby Lisa.
Baby Lisa has been missing for 14 days. Since her disappearance police have worked diligently to try to find her. They have brought in local, state, and federal agencies to assist in the search. Over the weekend Governor Jay Nixon called 25 National Guard officers to also assist in the search.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the TIP Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.
Lisa Irwin is described as a 30-inch tall, blonde hair, blue eyed baby girl with two front teeth who isn’t yet walking. She was last seen wearing purple shorts and a purple shirt with kittens on it. She has a beauty mark on her right outer thigh.
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