Her parents just last week announced their movie deal with CBS. This film is going to air in the Fall, about the same time court proceedings begin for the defendants. It is also the same time that Liz will be settling into her first year of high school. The Smarts' are going to make 500,000 for the movie and they also have a Doubleday book that is going to be released at about the same time. That is some serious exploitation of their daughter.
With that kind of cash maybe Ed can hire reputable people to work on his home rather than the drifters he is known to hire. The police list of no name drifter labor at one time was 100 people. And Ed blames the police for poor investigation for all his problems. The man has no scruples whatsoever.