Skip to comments.Van der Sloot lawyer argues "crime of passion"
Posted on 03/07/2011 8:57:24 AM PST by La Lydia
The body of a young woman was found in Joran van der Sloot's Lima hotel room five years to the day of Natalee Holloway's disappearance on a school trip to Aruba. Prosecutors in Peru say van der Sloot has admitted killing Stephany Flores after she found material on his laptop relating to Natalee. Peruvian prosecutors say Joran van der Sloot killed Stephany Flores in cold blood and want an extra long sentence. The Dutchman's lawyer says it was a spontaneous, emotional act and his client should face no more than three to five years.
Van der Sloot's Peruvian lawyer, Max Altez, told the television program "Domingo al Dia" that the death was the result of a violent argument, not intentional. Altez says he's asking his client face a 3-5 year sentence, not the 30 years prosecutors are asking for.
Edward Alvarez, an attorney for the Flores family, told El Commercio that the family rejects the defense claims and is backing the prosecution. No trial date has been set yet and there's still plenty of legal wrangling unresolved, including whose responsibility is it to provide a Dutch-Spanish translator. The Dutch embassy has said it's not their job.
Mountain Brook teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared on a school trip to Aruba in May 2005. She was last seen leaving a club with van der Sloot and two of his friends. Van der Sloot was never charged...Natalee's body has never been found.
Van der Sloot is also under a federal indictment issued here in Alabama charging him with wire fraud and extortion. The FBI says he promised the family information about Natalee's fate, took their money, but never provided the information.
Van der Sloot has told a variety of versions of what happened that night in 2005....frequently to Dutch newspaper and television reporters. Natalee's mother Beth accompanied a Dutch tv crew into van der Sloot's Peruvian prison last year. The confrontation yielded footage for a 2 parter on Dutch TV but no information on Natalee's fate....
It’s a crime of passion only to the extent that murdering young girls in cold blood is this guy’s passion.
I guess in a sense it’s a valid argument since it seems VDS has a passion for killing young women.
Whatever jail time he gets for this, he’s facing a much worse fate in the future. I wouldn’t be him for anything.
If someone were to kill this bastard in prison, maybe they will be able to claim the same- 'a crime of passion'?
Another thing, how could any lawyer even think to represent this scum?
Prosecuters are asking only 30 years? That’s not nearly long enough.
I've always believed that he was up to his eyeballs in gambling debts and drugged Natalee and sold her to a sex slave outfit in Venezuela which is why they couldn't find any trace of a body. A beautiful blonde would bring top dollar.
....if he did sell her into the sex slave trade, her buyers eliminated her as soon as CNN posted her photo. I think VDS killed her and his Dad helped dispose of the body.
Some lawyer has to do it or there wouldn’t be a trial.There’s always some lawyer with the heart of a snake ready to answer the call.
I hope the next article i read about this d-bag is in regards to his violent death at the hands of fellow prisoner El Lupe.
After Joran’s attempted escape and the assault of a guard I think it’s safe to say he’s not getting off with 5 years.
When he’s convicted and serving his prison term he’ll be a celebrity for not only murdering a young Peruvian woman but for attacking that guard. He may well not serve out his entire sentence or even close to it.
He deserves representation in a criminal matter. Doesn't mean he's innocent, just that he deserves representation. If you're charged with a crime, you should be entitled to be represented by somone who knows the law. There isn't any way to draw the line ahead of time as to who should be hanged immediately and who not.
Here lies the body of Arkansas Jim.To me this isn't nearly so bad as lawyers representing the scum who make a living suing business for lack of handicap access etc. These guys are nothing but shakedown artists.
We made the mistake,
But the joke's on him.
Ha! His lawyer ought to get three to five just for suggesting that.
“Another thing, how could any lawyer even think to represent this scum?”
Most but all will do anything you can think of for money, They have no morals and no pride...
I agree, "forever" would be better -- but:
"Peru is one of nine countries in the world that does have the death penalty, but only for crimes 'committed in exceptional circumstances'. This means crimes that are committed in times of war or genocide or crimes under military law."
If money doesn’t work, and notoriety doesn’t work, in most systems an attorney will be assigned the task, whether they want it or not.
This attorney is not going to the mattresses for this defendant however. He has already ceded the principal point, that the defendant committed the act.
Van der Sloot is toast, and daddy can’t protect him over there.
He will not survive Peruvian prison.
3 to 5 years??
I laugh at all the self-masturbatory drama. Just try and execute the slug already!!!! Executions of proven murderers used to be a lot swifter and straight forward
These days we have all this charade instead of swift justice for the victims
I think that daddy is already in the next world. His protecting dayd in this world are over.
The longest sentence one can receive is 30 years.
In Norway the longest sentence anyone can serve for any crime is 21 years.
What I don’t understand is why the Peruvian prison authorities haven’t already allowed this problem to take care of itself.
I wonder how he’s enjoying Peruvian prison life? Bit of a change from before, I’d imagine.
Just as well he does not have to see it. I think the one possible thing that might be worse than having a child fall victim to someone like Van der Sloot, is to have a child -be- someone like Van der Sloot.
What I dont understand is why the Peruvian prison authorities havent already allowed this problem to take care of itself.>>>>>>>>>
The Peruvian masses need more drama and diversion. Prison authorities like the media attention
Well, it’s a Peruvian prison and I doubt many survive 30 months, much less 30 years.
He attempted to escape? Good heavens he’s never going to get out of that prison.
Have you ever read any Peruvian newspapers? Watched Peruvian TV? There is plenty of drama and diversion without Joran. Like most other South American media, they feature gut-churning pictures of automobile accidents and other disasters on a daily basis. El Comerico is the only respectable one.
Yep, here’s the FR theread from about a month ago:
“Van der Sloot is toast, and daddy cant protect him over there.”
Daddy died a year or so ago.
“Some lawyer has to do it or there wouldnt be a trial.”
If there were no defense lawyers we’d have a police state.
I love the police but absolute power corrupts absolutely.
I am glad we have defense lawyers.
So he did do it didn’t he.
Crime of passion?
How about a death penalty with passion then.
Does Peru have the death penalty?
Daddy is dead. He died in Feb of 2010.
At any rate she is dead by now, bercause, probably 6 months is the longest she would have lasted in a South American whorehouse before being eaten up with veneral disease. As far as the Peruivan girl goes, it was said that she was beaten so badly, that she was not recognizable.
My personal opinion is, nothing bad can happen to him. Whatever he has done to him will not be enough.
The Peruvians hunger for more tabloid drama.....besides there might be a lull in gruesome automobile accidents but they’ll still have Van der Sloot
During the lulls in gruesome automobile accidents, they dig up ancient Incan mummies and display the artifacts. They also have earthquakes. He is entertaining, but they really don’t need him.
they dig up ancient Incan mummies and display the artifacts>>>>>
How tall are those mummies? Five feet tall? I’m just guessing
This guy is a psycho serial killer. He needs to be kept in Peru permanently. A good place for him.
I don’t remember. They aren’t very big. Johan Reinhard has written a book about finding one of them.
I looked in a book I have. One find was a Moche ruler, the Lord of Sipan, and they have extrapolated from his bones that he was 5’ feet, 5” inches tall. That would be a mature, well nourished person, so he was probably taller than average.
Only for treason, terrorism, war crimes and desertion.
Thanks much. I was unaware of recent discoveries of Inca mummies. I know more about the Aztecs and Mayans. I know about the Nazca lines and saw the Tony Bourdain episode in Peru
Read the comments below this article. Isn’t this one the truth?
“There is an innocent woman alive right now who will die in 20 months when he is out.”
The Lord of Sipan was in the late 80s, I believe, and his civilization is Moche. I find them just as interesting, if not more so, than the Incas. This is a great book (although a little old, there are more recent books about this Moche, but this one reads like a novel.)
Definitely the truth. Someone’s daughter. Someone’s sister. Someone’s friend. To be sacrificed to the cowardice and politically correctness of our criminal justice systems, including that of Aruba, the US and of Peru. That girl in Peru would be alive today if the Dutch-Aruban authorities had done their damn job.
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