Surely Maddie should be their priority, especially as they told us previously the action was never about money
The McCanns said after Tuesday’s verdict that they were delighted with the judge’s ruling and stressed that the action was never about money.
In a statement issued by their family spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, they said: “We are delighted with the judge’s verdict today. We want to emphasize the action was never about money. It was entirely focused on the effect of the libels on our other children and the damage that was done to the search for Madeleine.
It has now been officially and legally confirmed that Dr. Amaral's book has not hindered nor damaged the search for Maddie.
The same cannot be said for kate who refused to answer 48 questions (technically more as some were compound questions) whilst answering the 49th one:
Q. Are you aware that in not answering the questions you are jeopardizing the investigation, which seeks to discover what happened to your daughter?
A. 'Yes, if that’s what the investigation thinks.'
Can I ask when gerry is going to sue wifey for doing what she accused Dr. Amaral of?
Dr. Amaral became the voice of Maddie.
He became the father figure she never knew she wanted or needed but never had in gerry.
He did what the mccanns should have done but never did.
He placed Maddie as his priority ahead of even his wife and family that she might be given a dignified burial and justice.
The expected would and should be, that kate and gerry go on all the TV shows , give interviews with the various media, to call out to their missing child who, according to both them and clarrie, is probably still alive and not suffering severe harm.
Speaking to her alleged abductor, asking them to release Maddie, to leave her somewhere safe.
Calling out to and reassuring Maddie that they were actively looking for her.
That they would find her and bring her home, to be reunited with her siblings and extended family.
Asking Maddie to try and let someone know who she is, to even try and escape, to leave something behind that would be found by someone that would let it be known she was still alive.
Begging people to keep looking (even though no one apart from the mccanns really knew what Maddie looked like during that week, let alone the last nine years as they used an old photograph rather than one taken that week)
The interviews, so close to the 'anniversary' should have been all about Maddie.
Who she was, how she is loved and missed.
Questions about them losing the damages trial could and should have been ignored or at best answered with a short reply and then moving on.
They wouldn't need to explain why they were thinking of appealing to the supreme court, unless of course, they were then happy to be asked why and how Dr. Amaral's book allegedly hindered the search whilst kate admitted she was hindering the search.
Personally, I would be asking why they were so set on seeking a huge amount of damages, hiring multiple lawyers and spending a chit load of money, money which they did not have (as we saw when they used the fund to pay their mortgage and we were told the family had to help them financially)
The money has to come from somewhere and I seriously cannot see any wealthy backers paying all their legal costs against Dr. Amaral.
Remember they already have a load of costs to pay from their previous failed suits against Dr. Amaral and the other defendants they sued.
Their own costs plus that of the defendants.
We are talking hundreds of thousands possibly even a million plus, all before they themselves get sued.
No backer is going to hand over their wallets saying help yourself.
They would have discussed it with their own layers first as to whether the mccanns were involved or not.
If they were, what was their role.
Whether their lawsuits had any chance of success,.
Whether the money spent on lawyers etc would be covered by any award or even if the damages would likely even be paid.
Note the deafening silence from all their previous backers and supporters.
No offering to pony up some money for their suits and appeals.
Not even their most rabid supporters (coooeee fans) have decided to create a gofundme page asking for donations to the avaricious couple to help with their not inconsiderable costs which are mounting by the day.
Surely if they all felt the mccanns were actually innocent of everything, even the alleged self proclaimed neglect, why haven't they started up a fund for the sainted couple?
Surely they could raise several thousands within days since we are repeatedly told it is only a small minority of people who don't believe their abduction story.
If everybody slung in a fiver or tenner, the mccanns legal fund would be awash with money.
As it stands, they have a chit load of costs due their own lawyers plus that of the defendants.
They have lawyers in both countries so that will bump it up even more.
Then we have good old carter-ruck who don't come cheap.
Are the mccanns paying them a retainer or is it on an as needed case by case, letter by letter fee?
I cannot believe that carter-ruck would have a no win no fee contract with the mccanns, especially given they are the prime suspects in the homicide, concealment of a corpse and filing a false police report or the alleged abduction by persons unknown or even self confessed alleged neglect.
You can bet carter -ruck would have demanded to have a look at all the files available, the statements from the parents and chums, even their behavior and make a decision based on what they saw and what knew from years of experience.
Carter-ruck are not going to give freebies to suspects in such a case, the recriminations and backlash would be substantial.
They wouldn't want their very expensive brand tarnished.
The mccanns know that just the mention of carter-ruck will have people quaking in their boots.
No need to spend money of getting them to write a letter etc when they know that just the mention of the name carter-ruck will have the desired effect.
I wonder exactly how much the mccanns have had to pay out in costs and legal fees to date, either as a retainer or on a case by case?
Where is the money coming from to pay the not considerable amounts?
Is it coming from the fund?
The board of directors allowed the fund to pay for expenses for witnesses giving evidence in the libel trial against Dr. Amaral, claiming his book was causing vast damage to the search for Maddie.
They decided the fund could be used to halt the damage hence them taking this course of action.
With thanks to Enid O'Dowd for her analysis of the accounts and to The McCann files
Fund has covered expenses
for witnesses giving
evidence in a libel trial in Lisbon against Goncalo Amaral (former
coordinator of the Portuguese investigator
to find Madeleine). Mr
Amaral published a book in 2008 and produced a documentary and DVD in
2009 which claimed Madeleine
was dead and that her
parents faked an abduction and concealed her body. This has caused vast
damage to the search for Madeleine
in Portugal (where it is
most likely that information relating to Madeleine’s abduction and
whereabouts will come from.)
The Board felt that an
attempt to halt this damage was vital in order to further the search for
Madeleine hence taking this
course of action.
I wonder if the board of directors will be just as happy to have the fund drained in order to pay for all the legal costs sustained by the mccanns to date?
After all, £750,000 sounds a lot.
It isn't when you consider the UK police have spent £12m approx on their review and investigation over the past several years and found not one iota of an abduction.
If they had, you can bet it would be all over the news, if not directly from the police then most certainly via dear, dear clarrie and/or the mccanns themselves.
What then when the mccanns are in turn sued by Dr. Amaral for the loss of earnings, the damage to his reputation and so on?
We could be talking a pretty penny or two there.
Who will pony up those funds?
Perhaps we will see pity us stories about how they will be thrown out onto the streets, the twins being made homeless (cue tiny violin playing the world's saddest song)
Being forced to live on donations from the local food bank, shopping in thrift stores and charity shops.
The begging bucket will reappear and, perhaps, even a new fund created, one that Dr. Amaral may not be able to touch.
If that happens, I expect to hear the sound of money being whoosh clucked from one account to another.
Oh woe is us, how could he be so cruel?
We did it all for money, i mean Maddie, conveniently forgetting that that was what they were trying to do to Dr. Amaral and almost succeeded when his accounts were frozen to restrict his ability to appeal..
Right now they will be trying to spin their way out of this.
Perhaps we will hear them saying, that, due to legal advice from their lawyers, they will not be appealing the case to the supreme court, and, that they will instead continue the search for their innocent daughter (and galloping through the fund money to make sure it cannot be handed to Dr. Amaral)
Then they will be doing the media tour, telling us how they had to stop their lawsuits because of the costs involved,
That they stood little chance of winning due to the terrible, prehistoric, fascist laws of Portugal. A 'third world country' which looks after its own rather than protecting the right of loving parents searching desperately for their innocent daughter who was abducted by a paedophile abductor, innocent victims of a xenophobic ex police detective, corrupt judges and a legal system that belongs in the dark ages, you know the spiel.
They will plea that they are bankrupt and risk losing their home because of Dr. Amaral suing them, after he had the temerity to not back down when threatened unlike everyone else and refused to reach an accord with them when they offered to do a deal with him (it is almost unheard of the plaintiff offering to do a deal with the defendant, usually it is the other way round, the defendant offering to do a deal with the plaintiffs)
Right now they are licking their wounds and looking at their few remain options.
I would not be surprised if they end up suing Isabel Duarte claiming she advised them badly and caused them to lose what was an unwinnable case and thus be liable for a bucket load of expense.
What I do know is, they will not disappear into the sunset to crawl under an unturned stone.
Gerry loves the fame (infamy), the attention.
They both love the money and the lifestyle they wanted to become accustomed to.
They were seeing appointments to boards, possibly even some political role, if not in the UK but Europe.
Jobs in far flung countries where they could start afresh if needs be.
This isn't the end.
This isn't even the start of them making Maddie their priority, well at least giving the impression of.
This is all about rebranding.
If they can't get at Dr. Amaral financially, then they will do it emotionally.
They will use their freedom of speech to malign his name, to drop subtle and not so subtle hints about his time as a detective.
There will be implication and insinuation.
There will innuendo about his private life, nothing that could be pursued through the courts of course.
There will be whispers about cases he has worked on.
We saw this already, where he was found guilty of perjury in the case against leonor cipriano.
Dr. Amaral was found guilty of falsifying evidence to help cover up for three of his officers who were accused of torture.
All three officers were cleared of torture.
Basically Dr. Amaral was found guilty of lying about a crime which never occurred since the three officers were acquitted.
It will be a drip feed of venom against the man who was doing his job and trying to find a child who was allegedly, according to her parents, abducted, and, when the evidence didn't match their story, seeking to find her remains and bring her killers to justice.
Kate will never let her hatred of him go.
It is, i think, the only thing that is keeping her going.
Remember she telegraphed what she was willing to do to the twins, gerry and herself.
Rumors are abounding that the mccanns turned down TV interviews, including one with their supporter Lorraine on the basis they felt they would be asked questions about them losing the Kellyappeal rather than concentrating on the search for Maddie.
According to a family friend (someone wearing pink perhaps?)
A family friend said: “They would love to make a new appeal, but are
aware that any journalist would want to inquire about Mr Amaral’s
“They’re seething over the ruling. That’s the last thing they want to discuss. ’’
If it isn't all about the money, why then don't they do said interviews and make a fresh appeal?
It would show where their priorities lie, finding their allegedly abducted daughter.
Is their missing daughter less important than fielding a question about them losing the appeal?
Is losing to Dr. Amaral, the ex lead detective tasked with finding their daughter, a man whom they took to court regarding the information in his book, based on the PJ files which implicated them in her 'disappearance' and unwilling to risk an interview where they may be asked about Dr. Amaral winning his appeal more important than an appeal to Maddie's alleged abductor begging them to release their daughter and leave her somewhere safe.
Is it more important than calling out to Maddie, even if they think she is somewhere where she cannot see a TV or hear the radio, telling her they will find her and that they love her?
If the mccanns are seething (they are always furious, raging, seething etc) over the ruling, and it is the last thing they want to discuss, what is the first thing they want to discuss?
What other things did they want to discuss?
So close to the alleged anniversary of Maddie's disappearance, why aren't they doing their annual appeal?
Why would they rather stay at home or wherever they go rather than make their usual appeal for donations to help find Maddie (not to pay their legal fees and court costs)?
I wonder who is doing the seething, kate or gerry?
Did gerry want to do the rounds, to be feted as a celebrity whilst kate wanted to stay at home seething and plotting her revenge against Dr. Amaral?
The next few days will reveal the truth, where their priorities lie.
I will be watching and waiting.