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Oct172011

Baby Lisa's Parents Get Top Defense Lawyer Joe Tacopina

Kansas City Police(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- High-profile New York defense attorney Joe Tacopina is the latest addition to the team of people representing the Missouri parents of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin.

Tacopina's roster of clients includes Joran van der Sloot in his Aruba trial in the disappearance of Natalee Halloway, Michael Jackson in his molestation trial, and the New York police officer acquitted of charges of raping an intoxicated woman, among many others notable cases.

It is unclear who has retained him or who is paying for his service.

Tacopina defended Lisa's parents Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin at a Kansas City news conference Monday, and maintained that they were not involved in the disappearance of their daughter.
"I stand here to ferociously accept their presumption of innocence," he said.

Tacopina defended Bradley's revelation from Monday that she had been drinking on Oct. 3, the night Lisa disappeared, and may have been drunk.

"She was willing to tell the truth about it, even if it didn't make her look great," Tacopina said. "I think that goes to her credit. It's her being truthful."

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