February 22, 2006


Photos Courtesty of Joranvandersloot blog

These are some great quotes (excerpts) from the Rita Cosby Show when she spoke with Beth Twitty's attorney, John Q. Kelly. This guy has his act together and God on his side. I feel that Beth, Natalee and their family will prevail. As John mentions, it's a long process...but I feel that when this is all said and done, we will know the truth and justice will be served one way or another.

COSBY: John, how surprised, from your guys on the ground, were Joran and his parents when they were slapped with these lawsuits separately?

JOHN Q. KELLY: Total surprise on both their parts, as I understand it, Rita.

KELLY: No. In fact, it was—both services were memorialized. We have videotape of Paulus Van Der Sloot being served in the lobby of the hotel, and he's just sort of stunned silent, staring at the papers. And Joran, same thing. We have a picture of him holding the papers, just standing there, staring at them at the aisle of a Delta flight on the runway at JFK.

COSBY: ... How did they actually approach Joran on the plane?

KELLY: ...we had our investigator three rows in front of him, just standing there, waiting for him. Joran was going to be the last one off, to be escorted out by Customs, and we had our man in front of him, blocking his way, where he had nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. And he got served right in the aisle there.

COSBY: ...Did he say anything?

KELLY: It's my understanding that when he was served the papers, he said, Thank you.

COSBY: How long had this been in the works for, John? Because it's quite impressive to be able—you got parents coming from Aruba. You got him coming from Holland—to coordinate this. How long did you have it in the works, though?

KELLY: Everything just happened very quickly, starting early on Wednesday morning, the 15th. We got word that the Van Der Sloots might be heading to New York. We then—I then talked to Dave and Beth and got authorization to draw up the complaint for filing. We then confirmed that Paulus had left Aruba, was heading for New York. So we had a surveillance team waiting to pick him up and sit on him at the lobby at the hotel. We then confirmed Joran was leaving from Amsterdam, so we had an agent going from London's Heathrow airport over to Amsterdam, get on the flight in front of him to serve him and served the complaint Thursday mid-morning, e-mailed the index number to both the plane and the surveillance team, and caught Paulus in the lobby at about 1:00 o'clock. And he couldn't communicate with Joran. And then we caught Joran when the plane landed at JFK.

(Regarding Begin Served) ANITA VAN DER SLOOT: We thought, Oh, no big deal, it will not happen. But what is happening now is that somebody here must have informed the family that we're here.

COSBY: ... we talked to someone close to the Van Der Sloots, and let me put a little quote...they said, “The family is very disappointed what happened last Thursday. They feel this was a public relations stunt orchestrated by John Q. Kelly and Beth Holloway and the lawsuit has no merits.” Was this just for publicity, John?

KELLY: No. Absolutely not. We feel very comfortable with the cause of actions. We certainly had jurisdiction over them. And they were the ones that thought they could flaunt this system, thumb their noses at us and come into our, you know, home court, into New York, and put their spin on things, and we certainly weren't going to let that happen.

KELLY: They have, technically, 20 days to respond because they were served in person. It's up to them what, affirmatively, they're going to do now.

COSBY: And do you think they'll respond? And what happens if they don't?

KELLY: ...It'll be a default judgment...It's kind of ironic that they're talking about it's a publicity stunt, and they were the ones coming into New York to do their series of interviews and do their PR stints here. That was their sole purpose of coming here, as I understand it, to do interviews and air what they had to say. So it hardly was a publicity stunt. They were the ones seeking the publicity, and they're the ones that'll pay the price for it.

COSBY: When you talk about default, what can happen legally? Because the big question is how much jurisdiction? Can we enforce this? If they say, Look, we're not going to respond, we're not going to do anything, then what happens? What can U.S. authorities legally do if they go forward?

KELLY: Well, if they don't respond, then we can move for a default judgment. Then you go to an inquest for damages, of which they wouldn't participate in. A judgment could be entered after the default and the inquest, and we can execute on that back in Aruba against them.

COSBY: So you're saying that somebody actually could go down there, can say, Look, we're going to collect, if it actually wins in the case?

KELLY: Absolutely.

(In regards to the family wanting money out of the civil suit)
KELLY: Doesn't matter. You know, we're looking for answers, we're not looking for money. We're not looking for assets. We're looking for a resolution. We're looking for Natalee. That's what we're looking for

KELLY: Well, it's my understanding—I talked to Karin Janssen actually several times in the last couple days, and she just got back from Holland, and it's my understanding they're going back in the sand dunes with the Dutch dogs now. They're not going to use the FBI dogs. And they're going to use the ground sonar provided by the Netherlands Forensic Institute and finally do a—finally do a thorough search of the sand dunes, the pond location by the racquet club and a couple other places, too.

COSBY: And when are they doing this? And why has it taken so long, John?

KELLY: I don't know. it just—I guess red tape (No, really? Go figure!?), and a lot of different pieces have to be pulled together....I intend to be down there in the next couple of weeks and talk and see where all this is.

KELLY: What I do every month. I like to sit down with Janssen and Dompig and see what they have to report and what progress has been made. And at this point, I've been asked to and I'm sharing some information with them also, seeing if we can advance the ball a little bit.


Anonymous said...

Some big explosive stuff this morning on ABC! Natalee at the casino where they were staying alive and well and Joran underage gambling. More of those dud fireworks! I thought of how hard it must be for her family to watch, knowing what happened later.

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Sue said...

Now here is a TRUE American and My Idea of a Great New York Citizen

In regards to the issue of convenient forum in the Natalee Holloway case and burdening the taxpayers of the Great State of New York... well, as one of the taxpayers of the State of New York, I would like to say that I don't mind at all. It is zero inconvenience to me. Just the opposite: I would gladly contribute and also raise money to offset costs, if my beloved city and the Great State of New York would allow the Natalee Holloway lawsuit filed by John Q. Kelley on behalf of the family to proceed.
God bless all good and kind people. The truth in this case will come out and I truly hope that is a very, very scary prospect for those hiding, covering up, lying to police, investigators, a grieving innocent family, all friends, all good hearts all over the world and your family, friends and neighbors — the good hearts of Aruba. We are all suffering — the truth will come out. God is watching and judgment day is approaching.
Great thanks, Greta, to you and the OTR team for the great job you all do,

Courtesy Of Greta Wire

Anonymous said...

Over the head of Jenks.... Uribe throws...Out! And the White Sox have won the World Series!
That is what 2005 is all about!

Anonymous said...

You are right - Ozzieball rules. Good luck with the repeat attempts! You have the best staff in the AL.

Anonymous said...

why not have New York pay I'll bet there are alot of New Yorkers that love to vacation in Aruba and would like to see this entire mess cleared up and justice done. I would wager alot of New York $$$ already go into supporting Aruba just from the tourist industry alone. New Yorkers step up to thoile plate and make yourselves heard ! Dont let the spoiled Dutch boy and his excuse-for-a-father ruin your vacation paradise.