All seems quiet in the world of Joran van der Sloot, but is it really? Joran van der Sloot gave a confession in the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez and then took it back. No surprise with this one. Joran van der Sloot is famous for taking back what he says, so this particular take back is really just another occurrence in his string of take backs. Even so, Jose Balcazar, a criminal law expert tells that Joran van der Sloot can exercise every right available to him, but it won’t hold up things up, according to CBS News. If this is true, why did the activity surrounding Joran van der Sloot suddenly get so quiet?
Could it be that Joran van der Sloot’s tireless antics have, indeed, struck a legal nerve in the case against him? CBS News reports that Joran van der Sloot’s “strategy” is to “paralyze the process.” Has he actually made good on his claim? With Joran van der Sloot’s legal affiliation (through his father), he would certainly know how to bring about such paralysis, but is this what is causing the quietness? Do Peruvian officials not know how to proceed with the conviction process due to the barriers Joran van der Sloot has tried to throw up? Is Joran van der Sloot really that smart?
Chief Judge of Lima’s Superior Court, Cesar Vega, shed some light on such a question. According to CBS News, Chief Judge Vega claims that “Peruvian laws allow up to six months for murder trials. Even so, CBS News reports that legal expert Mario Amoretti said that Joran van der Sloot’s defense could make the case last longer, possibly even eighteen months. If this is the case, Joran van der Sloot onlookers have a long wait ahead of them because this case just came into being during the earlier part of the year. The big question would be why Joran van der Sloot’s defense team would want to make the case last so long.
Does Joran van der Sloot’s defense team aim to prolong the conviction process to hopefully keep him safe from the general prison population? Would such a lengthy conviction process even guarantee that Joran van der Sloot remain segregated from the general prison population? If the Peruvian law has ample evidence against Joran van der Sloot, why could the courts not go ahead and proceed with the conviction? Does the Peruvian law not have sufficient evidence against Joran van der Sloot? According to public news reports, the Peruvian law does have the needed evidence, but they are likely taking their time to dot their i’s and cross their t’s. This is a good thing.