Irwin’s Metro Lawyer Pleased Following Family’s ‘Dr. Phil’ Appearance
Posted 9:09 pm, February 3, 2012, by Jason M. Vaughn, Updated at 10:31PM, February 3, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City-based attorney for the parents of missing baby Lisa Irwin wasn’t on the “Dr. Phil” show with the family on Friday, but he says that overall he was pleased with how their nationally-televised interview went.
Attorney John Picerno, the local attorney for Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, watched the program on a large flat-screen television in a tavern near his downtown office. The couple appeared with their lead attorney – New York City-based Joe Tacopino – and answered questions for nearly an hour.
Picerno says that the couple did a good job, clearing up some confusion about the case and shifting the focus from them to finding their daughter, who disappeared apparently without a trace from their Northland home last October.
“I think it went very well,” said Picerno, who said that he laughed when the couple was asked why they wouldn’t be interviewed by police separately. “That was quite humorous to me because it’s an untruth, the public has the belief that they refused to answer question and that’s simply not true.”
Picerno says that the parents were interviewed three times, in excess of 30 hours. He also says that he was pleased to see that Tacopina and Bradley publicly announce that she did not fail a lie detector test in the days after Lisa disappeared, even though she was told she did.
“It’s one of the ways they get people to confess to a crime, it was used in this instance to her and the fact of the matter is, it didn’t happen. She did not fail it,” said Picerno.
Picerno says that an interview with his clients and law enforcement on Thursday went well, and of the some 1,500 leads in the case, they have cleared 98 percent of them. He says that police are looking at a couple of promising leads in the case.
After the show aired, Picerno said that he’s 100 percent confident that his clients had nothing to do with the child’s disappearance, and issued a challenge to those who don’t believe him or his client.
“Explain to us how, if you say they did it, with the timeline that’s been in place, with the facts as the law enforcement officials know it, explain to us how she did it,” said Picerno. “Because there simply wasn’t an opportunity for her to do it while Jeremy was at work.”
Kansas City Missouri Police issued a short statement after the show aired, saying “Our one and only goal from the beginning has been to find out what happened to Lisa Irwin, and we remain committed to that goal.”