March 8, 2006 11:32 Age: 8 yrs

Professor Freer Discusses Natalee Holloway Case on Fox News

By: Beverly James

Richard D. Freer, Robert Howell Hall Professor of Law, was featured February 20 on Fox News network on Greta van Susteren's "On the Record." Freer spoke about a lawsuit filed by the family of Natalee Holloway against Joran van der Sloot and his father, Paulus van der Sloot. Holloway disappeared while on a school trip to Aruba in May 2005. The van der Sloots were served on February 16 while they were in New York City for a network television interview.

According to Freer, New York has personal jurisdiction over the van der Sloots since they were served in New York. A court also must have subject matter jurisdiction, which means it has power to adjudicate this kind of case. "State courts  can hear any cognizable claim, no matter where it arose or the citizenship of the parties. So New York has that form of jurisdiction as well," Freer said. To watch a video of Freer's interview, click here, then go to "Question of Jurisdiction," under "Law Center Video."

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