Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Natalee Holloway: Update on Kalpoe brothers' lawsuit

According to Google News, this article was published on January 31. Jamie Skeeters, the polygraph expert, also died recently. Otherwise, there is not much actual news on Natalee. Her name just gets mention in articles about media sentionalism or "missing white women" or her mother's International Safe Travels Foundation. But Natalee is still missing and still needs to be found, alive or dead.
From the Montgomery Advertiser:
'Dr. Phil' lawyer responds to suit over segment
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES -- Two brothers who filed a defamation
lawsuit against the "Dr. Phil" show for airing a segment about their roles as
former suspects in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway should not be entitled
to punitive damages, an attorney for the show said.
Deepak and Satish Kalpoe,
both residents of Aruba, filed the suit in December seeking unspecified damages
against talk show host Phillip McGraw, CBS Television Distribution Group and
private investigator Jamie Skeeters.
The lawsuit alleges the show altered
portions of a secretly recorded conversation between Deepak Kalpoe and Skeeters
to "create false, incriminating, and defamatory statements that the plaintiffs
engaged in criminal activity against Natalee Holloway."
William Haggerty, an
attorney for McGraw and CBS, said in court papers filed Friday in Los Angeles
that widespread news reports of the brothers' arrest "serves to mitigate any
damages allegedly suffered by them and bars or reduces their right to recover
any damages."
Haggerty also denied his clients intentionally misrepresented
any fact to the brothers or acted with malicious intent. Skeeters is being
represented by a separate attorney.
An after-hours telephone message left
Monday for the attorney representing the brothers was not immediately
Holloway was 18 when she disappeared on May 30, 2005, while on a
trip to Aruba with classmates from her Alabama high school. She was last seen
getting into a car with the brothers and their friend, Joran van der
Police spent months searching for the missing teen, but the case did
not lead to any criminal trial in Aruba.
The brothers were released from
police custody following their arrest and have not been charged in the

I agree, they do not deserve "damages"--at least not yet. Who knows, maybe by some strange twist we will learn in the future that they really weren't involved. After all, this is in an American court, where people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. But suspicion always falls on those last seen with a person.

If you know anything about the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, please call 1-866-SOS-LOST (1-866-767-5678).
Natalee's website: http://www.natalee-holloway.com
A couple blogs about Natalee: http://blogsfornatalee.com, http://justicefornataleeholloway.blogspot.com/

Photo of Natalee from her website.

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