Wrong lawyer is representing baby Lisa Irwin's parents
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City lawyer Cyndy Short said today that she continues to believe that 11-month-old Lisa Irwin was “stolen from her home.” And she shed some light on why she is no longer representing the baby’s parents, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley.
At a news conference outside of her Kansas City law office, Short said she and New York lawyer Joe Tacopina “were not able to work as a team.”
“Our goals and our approach were so different that one of us had to go, and it was me,” Short said. “I think Mr. Tacopina thought I would be less aggressive, maybe, less involved.”
It sounds as though Tacopina wanted a local co-counsel who would basically be on call if needed, certainly not a highly competent lawyer who actually wanted to get the case resolved. If so, Short was definitely the wrong co-counsel for “Hollywood Joe.” She works her cases hard. In the 10 days she was involved in the Irwin case, she organized a team of 17 volunteers to participate in community efforts to find Lisa and to support the family.
“I did it to stand up for Jeremy and Deborah and avoid a wrongful arrest and conviction,” Short said. “I saw a family that needed help and services in order to cope with immense stress.”
Short said she basically told the parents they would have to chose between her and Tacopina and “they chose Joe.”
I will say this again — that was a mistake. Tacopina and his sidekick, not-so-private investigator Bill Stanton, are in this to grandstand on national newscasts and enhance their reputations as celebrity ambulance chasers.
Short, who was working pro bono, was in it to help the family. She said she’ll continue trying to find a resolution to the case, though not in a legal capacity.
In explaining the differences between herself and Tacopina, Short had one line that kind of says it all: “I was here for 10 days working on the case and he was in Rome.”