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June 5th, 2010
09:26 PM ET

The Legal Guys: van der Sloot, BP

What do Joran van der Sloot and BP have in common?  They're both legal cases of interest this week.  Van der Sloot is looking at possible jail time, and so are top officials at BP.

CNN's Richard Lui, filling in for Fredricka Whitfield this week, put those questions to our legal experts, Avery Friedman and Richard Herman.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
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  1. anita weiss

    POSSIBLE jail time? Are you nuts, Peru is going to make sure he never leaves that place. The girl was dead in his hotel room no one else entered but Joran and the girl together, later he leaves alone, there is nothing else to say.

    June 6, 2010 at 12:46 am |
  2. Johan Oudeman

    Do you know that the Dutch Governement is going to pay euro 30 per month to Joran so he can buy in prison, sigarettes, food, clothing if needed? It doesn't seem much but its tax money and therefor I pay to give a criminal (and that he is) a better life in prison. For this I apologize...

    June 6, 2010 at 2:39 am |
  3. Jackie G.

    I am so sickened by this guy...and the fact that our justice system works in a way that he was able to go on and kill someone else. I hope they can pin this on him 100% and he will rot in jail, or better yet, just kill him.

    June 6, 2010 at 3:45 am |
  4. Carl

    The "Sloot has been Snagged"!

    Peru won't let him get away with it. Jail time will be temporary followed by reports that he committed suicide in his cell by hanging. Job well done South America.

    June 6, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  5. Jackie Lane

    If Aruba had done their job in the first place when this scumbag killed Natalie maybe this young girl would not be dead today. People look into the face of Joran and see a nice looking young man....I see pure evil. It is said this case has nothing to do with the Natalie Holloway case but once again, if the officials had done their jobs in the first place, there would be no second case for this young man. He would be behind bars where he belongs where he could do no other young woman any harm. He knows what he's done and this time he's scared. Who knows how many other young women he's killed? There are missing women every day. Please keep this man in prison this time. He is guilty on all counts and it's time he was punished for what he's done.

    June 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  6. Yves

    I don't know the details of this but at first blush, I am a little shocked that Natalee Holloway's mother would give Joran Van Der Sloot a cent for any reason. I know she is grief stricken and on a mission to find out 'what happened' to her daughter. But even if this guy were innocent (highly doubtful), he has proven time and again that he is an untrustworthy scumbag.

    June 6, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  7. GOGO

    Was an autopsy performed on Paulus van der Sloot? If not, in light of these new developments. His body should be exhumed and tested for toxins/poisons.

    June 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  8. IDK

    i really dont get the point...why is the judge looking over the paper works again if this man is guilty?

    June 7, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  9. Ron bentley

    His father should be indicted!....After all his high profile lawyer status assured that his mentally ill son remained at with many serial killers though he will have many unaccounted for ....What kind of man puts his love of a son before the safety of the world....If you loved him Sir you would have made sure he was commited as the deviant that he is....Shame on you represent justice and there is no morality to temper your decisions!

    June 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  10. Bridget

    van der Sloot and Flores:
    hey do NOT look like two young people checking into a hotel room. There is no touching. There is no laughter. There are no longing glances. It is lifeless between them.

    June 7, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  11. Kyle

    Before I begin, I want to pass on my condolences to the families touched by this tragic story.

    But I really do not get the big fuss about Van der Sloot and why he is getting so much air time. I understand he killed some people in violent ways, but this happens all the time internationally and they do not even get a tenth of the coverage he is getting. Is there not better news to broadcast? I understand people are getting tired of the BP disasters, but there is some much going on internationally that I think deserves significant attention.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  12. Sandy

    Was wondering if the Authorities have checked VanDerSloot's computer for Flores's finger prints?

    June 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm |