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New KC Lawyer Chosen to Help Represent Baby Lisa’s Parents

New KC lawyer chosen to help represent Baby Lisa’s parents
MARK MORRIS The Kansas City Star
PUBLICATION: Kansas City Star, The (MO)

SECTION: News

DATE: November 1, 2011
The case of missing baby Lisa Irwin took another turn Tuesday as a New York attorney named a Kansas City lawyer to partner with him in representing the parents.

Joseph Tacopina, a high-profile Manhattan criminal defense lawyer who joined the case on behalf of Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, announced that Kansas City attorney John Picerno would join the case.

A public dust-up late last week between Tacopina and his previous local counsel, Cyndy Short, led to Tuesday’s announcement. Short confirmed Monday that she no longer was on the case, saying that she and Tacopina did not make a good team.

That squabble, and other issues related to the legal representation in the case, has distracted both the investigation and the public’s vital attention to the case, Tacopina said in a written statement.

“While, understandably, the media and the public at large have a great interest in the hunt for baby Lisa and its search for answers, we feel at this time that the focus needs to shift back on the investigation and hopeful recovery Lisa, both alive and well,” Tacopina said in the statement.

A career defense lawyer, Picerno has won numerous not guilty verdicts in murder, robbery and assault cases in area courts.