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Lisa Irwin remains missing and there appear to be no official updates in the case. However, some bloggers and news personalities feel that this case is actually, pretty much solved. In fact, one source mentions four individuals who seem to be rather close.
It seems that the common belief is that Lisa died, and is just simply waiting to be found so this investigation can begin. With Deborah Bradley's own flesh-and-blood saying she is guilty, it doesn't look good at all. Perhaps that is another reason why the woman and her boyfriend lawyered up?
Johnny Chivalette III is Deborah Bradley's maternal uncle. Although few news sources have made mention of this man lately, he is known to have made some very incriminating statements against the mother of missing baby Lisa Irwin. He publicly stated at one point that he believed that his great-niece died on accident in the home while her mother was intoxicated. He publicly urged Deborah Bradley to confess. He also claimed that when Lisa allegedly "died" that Deb tried to get members of the family to help her cover it up—until she got the help from someone in the Megan Wright home. It's important to note that some people doubt this man's story, but he is the maternal uncle of the missing baby's mother. He also states that Deborah Bradley's mother died at a young age from alcoholism, and that she does have a drinking problem.
A court appointed advocate for the child filed for the gag order to prevent the two sides from discussing the case in the media.
Originally posted by schmae
reply to post by IwasOnceHappy
That article said mom's attorney did not show up LAST week for the hearing but could not be reached this week, so hard to say. Also it says Jeremy's lawyer called her deadbeat mom etc,, but in her own video released shortly after Lisa disappeared she said she had not been ALLOWED to talk to the boy. So I guess another round of he said she said.
Also who's paying for her attorney ? I get the feeling its a pro bono thing for some little attorney to get themself some PRESS since the case is so well known, but if that were the case, why not SHOW UP for court? Otherwise the reputation you'll get is a lazy or forgetful attorney and who wants that?edit on 8-12-2011 by schmae because: (no reason given)
I read somewhere that Jeremy was pretty young when he bought that house...I think he was only 18. It seems likely his first family would've lived there.
Originally posted by IwasOnceHappy
While searching for who might be paying for her attorney, I found that the mother used to live at the same house (the one Lisa went missing from). I did not realize this. I need to take some time and re read the thread as I think I must have missed that.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI---It has been over two months since baby Lisa Irwin disappeared from her crib located inside her suburban Kansas City home.
Since the infant's disappearance, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin have remained under an umbrella of suspicion by law enforcement, due in large part to inconsistencies in each of the parent's stories and the couple's reluctance to cooperate with law enforcement.
Recent developments, however, have led to speculation that an arrest in the case may be imminent.
According to a recently published article by Yahoo News, Ron Rugen, a Kansas City based private investigator working the case, claims that police have disclosed that not only did a cadaver dog hit on the floor of the parent's bedroom, as originally reported, but that the specially trained cadaver dogs also picked up the scent of human decomposition on a blanket, toy and several articles of clothing belonging to baby Lisa.
Mauer made other references to problems with attorneys in the Public Defender's Office being habitually unprepared for trial. He listened to comments by the prosecutor suggesting that Picerno habitually refused to prepare for trial.
Picerno argues that Mauer's basing part of his contempt order on past conduct will not support a finding of direct criminal contempt, and the matter should have been treated as a case of indirect contempt. We disagree that Mauer based his contempt order on conduct which did not occur in his presence.
Mauer's findings of fact and order are clear that Picerno's contemptuous conduct was his refusal to remain in the courtroom. Mauer's decision to order Picerno to remain may have been motivated by Picerno's previous conduct, or Mauer's perception of Picerno's previous conduct. It makes no difference. Picerno's past conduct may have made Mauer less patient with him, but, in any case, Mauer held Picerno in contempt for refusing to remain in the courtroom, not for his previous conduct.
We sympathize with public defenders for the workload they must undertake. The issue of this case, however, is not the public defenders' workload--or even docket control. The sole issue in this case is whether Picerno committed direct contempt. His refusal to remain in the courtroom was direct contempt of Mauer's order.
As I've watched the drama unfold surrounding 11-month old Lisa Irwin, who vanished overnight on Oct. 3, my thoughts have turned to an eerily similar case. The ordeal (described above) began on Sept. 10, 1988, when seven-year-old Jaclyn Dowaliby was reported missing in the Chicago suburb of Midlothian. She must have been abducted from her bed the night before, her frantic parents told disbelieving police.
It only got worse from there. Four days later, Jaclyn's body was discovered behind an apartment complex in a nearby suburb. She had been murdered. A resident of the complex would claim he had seen Jaclyn's adoptive father, David Dowaliby, at the very spot where Jaclyn's body was later found. That was enough for police to arrest David and his wife, Cynthia, Jaclyn's biological mother.
While the parents were being interrogated separately, Jaclyn's half-brother was questioned by child protective services. Disappointed that they did not get confessions, the authorities turned up the heat on the family by placing the half-brother in an orphanage.
Nineteen months after Jaclyn's death, David and Cynthia Dowaliby were tried for her murder. Cynthia, whose case was strictly circumstantial, was acquitted by the judge. But David's case had additional evidence -- the eyewitness's testimony -- and that was enough for a jury to find David guilty. He got 45 years.
The public wants to believe that a child's bedroom is a safe haven from predators. It's reassuring to think that family members are responsible when a child vanishes, especially from her home. And that's often true. The family should be questioned as possible suspects under these circumstances.
But when the primary focus is on the parents, tunnel vision can take hold and the trail for other suspects can grow cold. Putting the parents under a cloud of suspicion will also prompt lawyers to insulate even innocent clients, depriving the authorities of information that might prove useful in their investigation.
I don't know whether parents Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley are truly innocent, as they have said, or what fate has befallen their baby. But I certainly know that if they played no role in Lisa's disappearance, they are being doubly victimized -- first by a kidnapper, and then by law enforcement.