Friday, September 21, 2007

Truth For Sale?

Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes

From what we’ve seen of the Kocis case thus far, Harlow Cuadra and Joe Kerekes are nothing if not unique murder suspects. I mean, how many accused killers have blogs that purport to convey their captive thoughts before a jury has even been selected?

Now the duo from Virginia Beach has reinvented the role of Defendant once again.

An online auction has been announced: highest bidder scores “a 45 minute exclusive interview at Luzerne County with Joe Kerekes and At Lackawana County [sic.] with Harlow, you will receive 45 minutes with each of them. Remember come prepared with as many questions as you want answered....”

Harlow Cuadra Auction

Never mind that attorneys for Harlow and Joe have already put the kibosh on further interviews (after the particularly... err... cogent one Kerekes gave to Times-Leader reporter Ed Lewis before Kerekes had retained Pennsylvania counsel.)

Never mind that legitimate news organs don’t pay for interviews, so Harlow and Joe are opening themselves up to flagrant misquotes and similar shenanigans from the bottom-feeding denizens rampant in the world of pseudo-journalism.

Never mind that the proceeds of this newest auction (and all the others) are likely to be seized by a civil court should Kocis’ family choose to sue (if Harlow and Joe are convicted in these crimes. )

Never mind all that. The boys behind bars have apparently found a way to scrape up some cash... by serving up themselves.

-Both PC and KM contributed to this story.