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  • Joe Tacopina's Most Notable Cases

    Joe Tacopina, left, the new attorney for Deborah Bradley, center, and Jeremy Irwin, whose 10-month old daughter went missing Oct. 4, speaks at a news conference Monday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2011 in Kansas City. Tacopina is best known for defending Joran Van der Sloot, the Dutch man suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.
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  • Joe Tacopina's Most Notable Cases

    Joe Tacopina defended New York Police Department Officer Ken Moreno, left, seen leaving Manhattan criminal court, May 26, 2011, when Moreno and partner Franklin Mata were accused of raping a drunken woman they had helped out of a taxi and into her apartment in December 2008. They were acquitted of rape, but convicted of official misconduct.
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  • Joe Tacopina's Most Notable Cases

    Joe Tacopina's best-known case is his defense of Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man suspected in the 2005 Aruba disappearance of Alabama high school student Natalee Halloway. Joran van der Sloot, right, sits in a car with his father, Paulus Van Der Sloot, after Joran was released from custody near Oranjestad, Aruba, Dec. 7, 2007.
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  • Joe Tacopina's Most Notable Cases

    Michael Jackson, center, waves as he leaves the Santa Barbara County Courthouse with members of his family and entourage in Santa Maria, Calif., June 13, 2005. Joe Tacopina was part of Jackson's defense team in the singer's controversial child molestation case, in which the pop star was found not guilty on all counts.
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    Former commissioner of the New York City Police Dept. Bernard Kerik speaks to reporters outside the Bronx Supreme Court with his attorney Joseph Tacopina, right, June 30, 2006, in New York. Kerik was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to felony charges including lying to White House officials and tax fraud.
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  • Joe Tacopina's Most Notable Cases

    Melanie McGuire and defense attorney Joseph Tacopina listen to opening remarks by her other defense attorney Stephen Turano, March 5, 2007, in New Brunswick, N. J. McGuire was convicted of first-degree murder in the April 2004 killing of her husband, 39-year-old state computer analyst William T. McGuire.
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  • Joe Tacopina's Most Notable Cases

    Actor Lillo Brancato Jr., shown at Skylight Studios in New York, July 25, 2005, was represented by Joe Tacopina when he was tried on felony murder charges. Brancato, who appeared in HBO's "The Sopranos" and the movie "A Bronx Tale," was acquitted.
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    Diana Bianchi, right, a key figure in the Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook divorce trial, was also represented by Joe Tacopina. Bianchi, seen arriving at New York State Supreme Court in Central Islip, N.Y., July 2, 2008, for the beginning of the trial, claimed she was exploited by Cook, with whom she had an affair when she was a teenager.
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  • Joe Tacopina's Most Notable Cases

    Joe Tacopina was the attorney for the family of Annie Le, the 24-year-old Yale University graduate student from Placerville, Calif., who was strangled in her lab in September 2009. Vivian Van Le, Annie Le's mother, center, is seen with Tacopina and an unidentified woman, outside Superior Court in New Haven, Conn., June 3, 2011.
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  • Joe Tacopina's Most Notable Cases

    Joe Tacopina represented former Saks Fifth Avenue jewelry saleswoman Cecille Villacorta, who was charged with stealing $1.4 million from the upscale department store. On March 9, 2009, she received a 90-day jail sentence and was ordered to repay nearly $100,000, but was cleared of a grand larceny charge that could have put her in prison for 25 years.
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  • Joe Tacopina's Most Notable Cases

    Tacopina represented former New York state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (center), as the politician faced felony assault charges in 2009. The charges stemmed from a 2008 incident involving Karla Giraldo. Monserrate was acquitted of second-degree felony assault but was convicted of a misdemeanor assault count.
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  • Joe Tacopina's Most Notable Cases

    Tacopina secured the acquittal of New York Police Officer Thomas Wiese. Wiese was one of four officers charged in Brooklyn Federal Court with the police station torture of Haitian immigrant, Abner Louima, in Aug. 1997.
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