Protests were being held this week outside of the
courthouse in sunny Aruba. The people gathering were protesting the negative
press their justice system was getting by the United States Media and also by
the mother of missing teen Natalee Holloway.
Beth Holloway-Twitty, the mother of the missing teen spoke
out this week against the legal system of Aruba, and the two suspects, Deepak
Kalpoe and Satish Kalpoe, after they were released this week by the Aruban
judge. They were not released for no reason; they were released for lack of
evidence. This is the same type of protection we are guaranteed under our own
Beth has come out and apologized since then, and stated she
made the comments out of anger and frustration.
The day of these protests, I was watching Scarborough
Country on MSNBC. Joe Scarborough, the host, was talking with an ex-Diplomat of
the tiny Caribbean Island. The ex diplomat was involved in the protesting, and
tried to explain to Joe that the Dutch law that the island of Aruba follows has
been around for centuries, and in fact is much older than our current law. Joe
would not accept this answer and went on the defense of American justice.
I found a sad and tragic irony in this coverage. The same
week that we learn about Joseph Duncan, the sick individual who kidnapped Shasta
Groene and possibly killed four other members of her family, and how he slipped
through our legal system prior to his crimes, we hear our reporters criticizing
other countries judicial system. If our judicial system was infallible as Joe
hinted during his interview, then Duncan would not have been released on a
$15,000 bond in March when he appeared in court for molesting a child, and was
also a repeat offender.