Tuesday, October 18, 2011

#LisaIrwin Pat Brown On The Ever Changing Bradley 'Story'..But First The Irwins Act - Take 1

Pat Brown talks with Nancy Grace on our up and coming actress Debbie Bradley.

An attorney representing the parents of missing 10-month-old Lisa Irwin told reporters Monday that he is confident they will not be arrested in the case.

“Anything’s possible…but for the life of me, I can’t see that happening,” attorney Joe Tacopina said at an afternoon press conference with Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley standing behind him.

Tacopina, a New York-based defense attorney who once represented Joran van der Sloot, made the statement hours after NBC aired an interview with the couple in which Bradley said she was afraid she would be arrested for her daughter’s disappearance because she was the last person to see her.

Lisa Irwin has been missing for nearly two weeks, since her mother said she put her to bed in her crib in their Kansas City home around 6:40 pm on October 3. Lisa was gone when her father got home from work at 4:00 am on October 4.

While Tacopina insisted he did not want to critique the police investigation of Lisa’s disappearance, he said he was disappointed by some of the accusations “members of law enforcement” have made during questioning of the parents that he called “a little insensitive.” He declined to specify exactly what was said, but Bradley has stated in media interviews that detectives directly accused of her of harming Lisa.

Tacopina also pointed to the discovery of diapers in an abandoned house a few blocks from the Irwin home over the weekend, saying he wished things like that could have been found sooner. Kansas City police Capt. Steve Young told reporters Saturday that it did not appear that the diapers had any connection to this case.

Tacopina added that he was concerned the focus on the parents may have taken resources away from other aspects of the investigation. He praised the governor of Missouri for sending National Guard troops to assist with the search for Lisa on Sunday.

Although he repeatedly stated that Bradley and Irwin “have nothing to hide,” Tacopina said they would not be giving any more media interviews at this time and he did not let them answer any questions during the press conference.

NBC’s “Today Show” had reported Monday morning that the couple would not allow their other two children to be re-interviewed by police, but Tacopina said he was not closing the door to any options. As evidence of the parents’ cooperation with authorities, he pointed out that they had signed consent forms earlier in the day allowing additional searches of their home and of the relative’s house where they have been staying.

He urged the public to stay focused on Lisa and expressed optimism that she is alive. He also explained that he only agreed to represent Bradley and Irwin because he was certain that they were innocent.

“In my mind, there’s no question that Deborah, and Jeremy for that matter, had absolutely nothing to do with the disappearance of this baby girl,” Tacopina said.

Before Tacopina addressed reporters, private investigator Bill Stanton announced that he would be leaving Kansas City but he would continue to consult on the case for the family. Stanton also reiterated the reward that the anonymous benefactor who hired him is offering for baby Lisa’s safe return.

“She is still out there,” Stanton said. “There is a $100,000 reward issued for her safe return. That is valid. That is real.”