As you know, my first attempt to make the crash site photos public was unsuccessful. I lost the first motion in court.
After I had filed the first motion, however, Erinn Larkin contacted me and offered her assistance for the next stage of my suit.
Well, I took Erinn up on her generous offer.
Today, I filed a “Motion for Reconsideration” – it’s just what it sounds like it is. I basically asked the judge to reconsider denying me the photos. So I had to give him some better reasons to give me the photos, and that’s where Erinn comes in.
Erinn’s affidavit, which is a written statement that’s signed under the penalties of perjury, provides evidence that I want the judge to look at while reconsidering whether I should have the photos.
In the text of the affidavit itself (i.e., without the Exhibits), Erinn relates an anonymous source’s description of the ACTUAL PHOTOS – this source saw the photos, took notes, and related the info to Erinn.
The descriptions raise some questions and answer others, such as: “Were police in the Saturn the night of Maura’s disappearance?”
Then there are the exhibits to the affidavit – documents that Erinn attached to it.
The exhibits include:
- Never before seen pictures of the Saturn, including pictures taken inside the Saturn, that were included in the Black Box Report, which Erinn did a two-part podcast on, as well as some interesting text from the report describing the pictures. That’s in Exhibit A to her Affidavit.
- The actual false tip emailed to the Cold Case Unit and the Murray family this summer. This false tip included a fake confession that was apparently made using photoshop. The judge denied me the photos partly because he was afraid that after the photos were released to the public, someone could change them using photoshop to make more false tips. That’s in Exhibit B to her Affidavit.
- An Affidavit from Witness B, describing her observations. That’s in Exhibit G to her Affidavit.
I just want to note that I personally have not drawn any conclusions – good or bad –about police conduct in Maura’s case in light of Erinn’s Affidavit.
I have never EVER theorized that Cecil Smith had anything to do with Maura’s disappearance, and even in light of Erinn’s affidavit that is not a conclusion I draw.
Having said that, I trust that the information Erinn provided is accurate and, although I don’t know the identity of her confidential source, I know that because Erinn says the source is trustworthy, the source is trustworthy. Period.
Thanks for your indispensable help on this Erinn.
I look forward to the discussion that will come from this.
Due to to confusion, I have been asked to emphasize that the “false tip [that] included a fake confession” referenced above was fake.
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