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The Power of Suggestion

power of suggestionYes there is much consternation as to whether a deal was offered to Kate McCann or not.  The Portuguese posters confirm that the Police (PJ) do not have the powers to offer deals and they can only be done by the Judge.  Pretty much the same here then, the Police can’t offer deals only a Court can listen to a plea bargain.

But, oh yes there is a but and a very big but.  Even if they don’t formally offer deals there is always the power of suggestion.

Now we know from Kate’s book, that she freely speaks of this deal.  She tells her readers, that her lawyer Carlos Pinto de Abreu spoke to her and Gerry after the interview on the 6th September 2007 whilst she was still classed as a “witness” and explained that he had been told that there was a stack of evidence against them and it was almost certain that she would be made an arguido in the morning and even warned her she could be charged.

Of course, as I said there is big shouts of, “No Kate is lying, the PJ don’t offer deals.”

But I put to you the power of suggestion.  What if, as Kate says, Carlos Pinto du Abreu was told of, not shown, all the evidence stacked up against the McCanns, including the fact that Madeleine’s blood had been found in two places, and speaks of the 15 out of 19 markers?  What if along with the other pieces of evidence that the PJ thought they had, it was put to him in the words of, “You do realise we have enough for a homicide case here which carries a heavy sentence, whereas if she confessed to concealing the body and the Judge did charge her with that she will get a lighter sentence.”

Well in the technical term that is not offering a deal but it is using the power of suggestion for a lawyer to, maybe,  broach the subject with their client.

I am glad Kate didn’t go ahead with this and I am glad she was strong and stuck to her guns that she knew her and Gerry were innocent and she never took this way out.

You see even if you confess to the PJ it is not valid until you confirm your confession in front of a Judge, then and only then is your confession valid.

Just imagine what could have happened, if Kate had been weak and in her moment of weakness accepted this “informal” deal.  Because that is what it was. Even when she questioned Carlos, himself, whether he would accept such a proposal he admittedly said, “I’d consider it, yes.”

Can you imagine, what could have happened?  There Kate McCann could have been standing in front of a Judge confessing to hiding her daughter’s body (possibly on her lawyers recommendation) and when she could not give the location as to where she hid the body because she did not commit the crime to which she was now confessing to; it is a possibility the Judge could have then charged her with homicide.

Thank god this woman was strong enough not to accept such a proposal.  Apart from the twins losing their sister, they could have also lost their mother through a miscarriage of justice.

And why do I think this could have been an informal deal?  Simple, because I can remember listening to a Portuguese journalist explaining how newspapers reported crime in Portugal.  He explained that the Police did not give official press briefing but they relayed information by unofficial sources.

He went onto say that this system has been in place for years and is hard to understand especially by the British Press and the British Press have a closer working relationship with the Police than that of Portugal.

It seems to me as if a lot of things evolve around the Power of Suggestion or unofficial leaks.

And one final note, I have not seen any news emerging from Portugal that Carlos Pinto de Abreu is suing Kate McCann for these allegations in her book,  or he is asking for a retraction with regards to those pages, so what she has written must be true.  Anyway why would Kate McCann lie?

The moment she is caught out for lying, especially about her legal team,  in her book that is the moment the house of cards would tumble, especially with the ongoing civil actions she and her husband are taking against The Madeleine Foundation’s Secretary Tony Bennett. She knows that and above all what reasons does she have to lie?  She and her husband didn’t play a role in what happened to their daughter, and therefore she speaks the truth in her book, in my opinion.

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7 comments on “The Power of Suggestion

  1. “You see even if you confess to the PJ it is not valid until you confirm your confession in front of a Judge, then and only then is your confession valid.”
    That may be the theory…. did the suspects in the Cipriano case ever confess in court? 

  2. “And why do I think this could have been an informal deal?  Simple, because I can remember listening to a Portuguese journalist explaining how newspapers reported crime in Portugal.  He explained that the Police did not give official press briefing but they relayed information by unofficial sources.”Yes, I remember that. A tabloid journalist, as I later discovered.

  3. Yes I wish I could remember what interview it was on.

    When you think about it Carana, who in their right mind would confess to something like that, especially if they were innocent.  It is bloody obvious that once you feel compelled confess to hiding a body, the authorities are going to want to know where you hid it.

    Then when you can’t give the location because you are confessing to a crime you didn’t commit it leaves the door open for a whole new lot of charges to be made against you.  Perverting the course of justice, possible homicide or manslaughter because without a body they could say you can’t prove it was an accident.

    Thank god she had her wits about her and stayed strong.  And after their “informal” meetings in August, that in its self would be enough to scare someone, if the Police can act like that and you have no legal representation there and it is not a formal interview.

  4. Bren, 

    I already posted a link to the 1st part of an Al-Jazeera documentary on the media frenzy over the McCann case.The big money wasn’t for the journos officially filing their rumour of the day, nor even bloggers strutting their stuff on the blog section of a news site. The big money was in “information” brokering and, to a lesser extent, acting as a fixer. And, judging from the files, the “information” was nothing more than an unofficial “sound-bite” of some cop scratching his head (or some other part of the anatomy) over a coffee/beer/wine/whiskey.

  5. I had NEVER heard of the little Cipriano girl before Madeleine disappeared. 

    She might be alive, somewhere (I can’t see any proof to the contrary)… but no one is looking for her. 

  6. I know I had never heard her name before.  I have just posted those Al Jazerra interviews up.  So much has been said and happened that you forget some of the things.

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