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  leak started lie
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-25-2019, 05:11 PM - Forum: 911 call - No Replies

and was not to be investigated

Ramsey call for probe gets little response

By Christopher Anderson
Camera Staff Writer





A charge by attorneys for John and Patsy Ramsey that the investigation of JonBenét Ramsey's murder should itself be investigated appeared Friday to have little official impact.
Boulder police and the Boulder County District Attorney's office said they will not investigate the leak of a transcript from an audio-enhanced 911 tape. The tape reportedly reveals that on the morning JonBenét's body was found, her 10-year-old brother, Burke, was awake an hour earlier than the Ramseys told investigators.
Jim Carpenter, Gov. Roy Romer Romer's spokesman, said Friday that the governor had not heard the Ramseys' request, which was sent to media. Carpenter also said the governor has rejected former Ramsey friend Fleet White's call for a special prosecutor in the unsolved case.
In a harsh statement Thursday, Ramseys' attorneys said they had not seen a transcript of the tape, and they requested that a grand jury "investigate and indict those public officials, past and present, who have leaked every critical item of evidence in this investigation."
"The public officials who have responsibility for stopping these outrages have done nothing," the attorneys said.
Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said Friday he is confident that the source of the leak was not in his department and that it could have come from multiple sources.
He also said the Ramsey attorneys' angry letter and other criticism of the police department have lost their impact.
"This has been going on for so long that we hardly pay attention to it anymore," Beckner said.
JonBenét was found dead in the home of her parents' home Dec. 26, 1996. John and Patsy Ramsey, who said they found a ransom note claiming their daughter was kidnapped, have remained under "an umbrella of suspicion" by Boulder Police, but have consistently denied being responsible for their daughter's death. The couple has said the girl could have been killed by an intruder.
Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter announced this month that he will take the case to a grand jury. Michael Kane, a grand jury consultant to the district attorney on the JonBenét Ramsey investigation, will meet with FBI officials early next week in Quantico, Va., to discuss the investigation and grand jury-related matters, Hunter's spokeswoman, Suzanne Laurion, said Thursday.
Kane met with attorney Barry Scheck, hired by Hunter for his expertise in DNA evidence, on Aug. 7 at Colorado Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Denver. Scheck was a member of O.J. Simpson's defense team.
Concerns about leaks surfaced in September after the Ramsey ransom note was published by Vanity Fair magazine. But the police department decided against using polygraph tests on officers to investigate that and other leaks. The Boulder police union objected to polygraph tests.
Denver attorney Craig Silverman said he understood why the Ramseys were upset about 911 tape leak.
"It does a lot to destroy an intruder theory," Silverman said. "To me this is one of the first significant developments in the case, if this 911 tape is true. ... If it was an intruder, why would they mislead about Burke being up."
But Mimi Wesson, a University of Colorado law professor and former federal prosecutor, said the accumulation of "leaked" evidence, no matter the source, could give the Ramsey's a stronger argument for dismissal of the case or a change of venue. A cautious prosecutor is aware of this and does not divulge information "promiscuously," said Wesson.
Wesson also said it appears the Ramsey lawyers are taking a cue from independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr's investigation of President Clinton, in which officials have attempted to use politics to turn the public against the prosecutor. "It's just an interesting strategy to get people to start talking about leaks ... and misconduct," Wesson said.


August 22, 1998



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  Sancho program comment
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-25-2019, 02:53 PM - Forum: jameson's back - No Replies

I worked with the production for a short time. My very limited NDA ended when the show aired.
I was approached by Miguel Sancho and agreed to help. He said it was too bad they couldn't get a family interview - believed John Ramsey when he said there's be no more interviews after Dr. Phil. I contacted John, flew to Salt lake City, drove to Moab with Sancho and got them the interview. I gave the team a handful of leads. Including Jim Benish and the Schonlau brothers.
Within weeks I realized that the team was.... dishonest. They had agreed to certain things that they never intended to follow through on (and no, it had nothing to do with money or credit).
I found myself disrespected and bullied when I refused to give them certain files. Veiled threats were made - if I didn't cooperate, my relationship with John Ramsey would be damaged. I was advised to remember my place (housewife with bills v Producers with cash) I was advised to cash in selling certain files and contacts. I remembered my place, my personal values, and I quit the project.
I still encouraged others to participate. I did nothing to harm the project. But I did, and do, warn people to be carful when dealing with either Miguel Sancho and/or David Tomasini. If you make an agreement with them, get it in writing, signed, witnessed and notarized.

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  sold to
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-23-2019, 03:48 PM - Forum: The House at 755 15th Street, Boulder, CO - No Replies

Investors buy Ramseys' 15th Street home
By MATT SEBASTIAN, Camera Staff Writer
Friday, February 6, 1998
A group of investors bought the former Boulder home of John and Patsy Ramsey on Thursday and pledged to resell it at a later date, donating profits to the JonBenet Ramsey Childrens Foundation.
In a statement released Thursday morning, local attorney Michael Bynum said the house sold for $650,000 to an investor group named after the Ramsey homes address, 755 15th St., L.L.C.
The group, according to Bynums statement, is "composed of individuals assisting the Ramsey family."
Bynum, who in the mid-70s served as a Boulder County deputy district attorney, declined to elaborate on his brief press release. A friend of the Ramseys, Bynum took "Primetime Live" co-host Diane Sawyer on a tour of the house last summer.
Colorado Secretary of State records show 755 15th St. was incorporated Jan. 21 and lists Boulder resident Anne Bork as its registered agent. When asked Thursday about the purchase of the Ramsey home, Bork said, "I dont have any comment on that."
Bynums statement says the group will hold the home "for an as yet undetermined period of time" before offering it for resale. Any profits will go to the JonBenet Ramsey Childrens Foundation, a group set up by the slain 6-year-old's parents.
JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered Dec. 26, 1996, in the basement of the 15th Street home. Over the past year, the children's foundation has purchased several advertisements in the Daily Camera touting a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of JonBenet's killer.
John and Patsy Ramsey, along with their 11-year-old son Burke, haven't lived in the home since JonBenet was found murdered. In July, the couple purchased a home reportedly worth $750,000 in an Atlanta suburb.
The Ramseys bought their 6,800-square-foot Boulder home in 1991 for $500,000. The four-bedroom, 61/2-bathroom Tudor-style home has been renovated since then. Prior to JonBenet's death, the family reportedly turned down a $2 million offer for their house.
According to Bynum's statement, the Ramsey family already had sold the home to a "relocation service" retained by John Ramsey's employer. Whether the employer in question is Access Graphics - the company Ramsey founded - or its former corporate owner, Lockheed Martin, is unknown.
The broker who handled Thursday's sale to the investor group, Joel Ripmaster of Colorado Landmark Realtors, said the relocation service, which he wouldn't name, hired him "late last year" to list the property.
Ripmaster said he couldn't comment on how much the relocation service paid the Ramseys for the house, or when it was originally sold.

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  State to pay for GJ
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-23-2019, 03:41 PM - Forum: Grand Jury Indictments - No Replies

State to cover all grand jury costs

[b]By Matt Sebastian
Camera Staff Writer[/b]




Gov. Roy Romer's promise this week to assign special deputy district attorneys to the JonBenét Ramsey case isn't the only "free" help Boulder prosecutors will receive in their quest to solve the nearly 20-month-old slaying.
The bill for the grand jury — perhaps the most powerful tool at investigators' disposal — won't be footed by the Boulder County District Attorney's Office.
"It all comes out of the state of Colorado's budget," said Bob Bernard, 20th Judicial District court administrator, "all the expenses for jury fees, expert witness fees, regular witness fees, travel lodging and whatever other miscellaneous fees may come up."
District Attorney Alex Hunter and his staff spent Thursday continuing their preparations for the grand jury investigation into the Dec. 26, 1996, slaying of 6-year-old JonBenét.
As for determining who will be joining Hunter's staff as special assistants, those "consultations and conversations are under way," spokeswoman Suzanne Laurion said.
In keeping with Colorado law, the DA's office also remains quiet on the issue of where and when the grand jury will meet.
But Bernard disclosed that the secret proceedings may be held right down the hall from the district attorney's offices.
"They want to use the Justice Center for a host of obvious reasons," Bernard said. "But we've not made any decision on that."
In the past, Bernard has said the Boulder County Justice Center, at 6th and Canyon, would be unavailable during the day because of heavy court dockets. Grand juries, though, often meet at night or on weekends to accommodate jurors.
Romer announced Wednesday that Hunter will take the highly publicized Ramsey murder case to the county's standing grand jury.
Reacting to a Boulder police detective's allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, the governor also had been pondering — and decided against — the appointment of a special prosecutor.
Police have no suspects and have made no arrests in the beating and strangulation death of JonBenét. Her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, remain under suspicion, although they maintain their innocence.
The grand jury's power lies in its ability to subpoena witnesses and compel testimony. Nine of 12 grand jurors can vote for an indictment — or a "true bill" — based on probable cause.
But some experts still don't think the case will be solved by a grand jury investigation.
University of Denver law Professor Frank Jamison postulated, "The grand jury will come back with no true bill and the police can mark the case solved because they know who did it and the DA's office can mark the case as solved because the grand jury failed to indict."
Former FBI profiler Gregg McCrary said that an investigation into the murder isn't enough — the investigation itself must be investigated.
"I think it would be helpful to do that in this case because there are so many facets to this that the truth just needs to be ferreted out," McCrary said.
Funds to pay for what could be a long, slow grand jury inquest will come out of the state's judicial division, which has a 1998 budget of $17.5 million, Bernard said.
But, Bernard said, "whatever the DA gives us bills for, we've got to pay." And if the 20th district's chunk of that $17.5 million isn't enough, he said, "we'll have to transfer money form other portions of the budget."
The 12 grand jurors themselves will be paid $50 a day, after the third day they meet.
The special assistants Romer authorized Wednesday also won't be paid for by Boulder County. They will be loaned from another district attorney's office, likely one of the four metro-area offices already involved in the Ramsey investigation in advisory roles.
According to Boulder County budget figures, Hunter's office had spent $252,610 in 1997 and 1998 on the Ramsey investigation, as of mid-July.


August 14, 1998

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  715 15th St.
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-22-2019, 03:56 PM - Forum: Boulder crimes - No Replies

In November 1972, kidnapper Peter Roy Fisher lured two 11-year-old girls into his van as they walked home from a birthday party. He handcuffed the girls together, sexually assaulted them, shot them, then left them for dead after pushing them over a cliff near Gold Hill. One girl miraculously survived the attack. The second girl, Jessica Schaffner, was killed; she lived at 715 15th St., just a few doors down from the Ramseys' home. Fisher is still serving time for the crime.

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  BORG - evidence of bias
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-22-2019, 02:27 PM - Forum: BORG theories and BORG people of note - No Replies

Boulder police, in the first days of the JonBenét Ramsey murder investigation, sought to arrest the 6-year-old's mother on the assumption she would "crack" under the pressure, a new book on the unsolved slaying reveals.
"All the detectives agreed that one major mistake had been made in the first week . . . Patsy (Ramsey) had not been arrested," author Lawrence Schiller wrote.
"The detectives were sure that if only Hunter had agreed to jail Patsy — even for a short time — she would have caved in."
Schiller's "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder" will be released Thursday, although portions of the book have been excerpted and leaked to the media.   Feb 17, 1999 news story

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  intruder evidence in news stories
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-22-2019, 02:13 PM - Forum: odds and ends - Replies (1)

Police also have long sought the match to a still-unidentified palm print found somewhere in the house. More significant yet is the imprint of a Hi-Tec boot found in the same room where JonBenét's body was found.
And despite the Ramseys' initial report to police that all their doors and windows had been locked Christmas night, subsequent investigation revealed one unlocked door and a half-dozen unlatched windows.
For these reasons and because of his own faith in his neighbors, Joe Barnhill is firm in his opinion of the Ramseys.
"I've never thought the parents did it and I still can't believe they did," Barnhill said.
 12/26/1998 news story in BDR

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  in the news
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-22-2019, 12:12 PM - Forum: The House at 755 15th Street, Boulder, CO - No Replies

Officials tour Ramsey home
In preparation for today's presentation on the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation, Boulder police, prosecutors and criminal experts Sunday toured the former 15th Street home of John and Patsy Ramsey.
Six-year-old JonBenet was found murdered in the basement of the 755 15th St. home Dec. 26, 1996. Her parents have remained under an umbrella of suspicion and police plan to make a presentation today of the evidence gathered so far to the Boulder County District Attorney's Office.
Those touring the home Sunday included criminologist Henry Lee, former O.J. Simpson defense attorney Barry Scheck, Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter and Boulder police.
The intent of the tour was to provide officials with a good frame of reference of the home for the presentation, said Hunter spokeswoman Suzzanne Laurion.
The tour was approved by the new owners of the home, Laurion said.
The home is now owned by a group of individuals assisting the Ramseys.
-- Camera staff
June 1, 1998

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  Governor Roy Romer
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-21-2019, 07:31 PM - Forum: Names to remember - Replies (4)

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Romer rejects friends' request to replace Hunter
Whites write letter attacking D.A.'s actions in Ramsey case
Friday, January 16, 1998
Correction: Clarification published 1/17/98 follows: When Boulder Police Detective Linda Arndt arrived at the Ramsey home about 8 a.m. Dec. 26, 1996, several Ramsey family friends were at the scene. However, search warrants do not indicate that anyone but the Ramseys were home when police first arrived at 5:52 a.m. That point was incorrect in a story Friday.
The family friend who was with John Ramsey when he discovered the bludgeoned body of his 6-year-old daughter JonBenet is publicly calling on Gov. Roy Romer to remove Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter from the murder investigation.
Romer rejected the request.
In a 2,000-word letter in today's Daily Camera, oil magnate Fleet White Jr. and his wife, Priscilla, write that Hunter's actions over the past year have "created the strong appearance of impropriety, professional incompetence and a lack of objectivity."
After reading the Whites' letter, which also accuses the district attorney of sharing evidence with attorneys not involved in the police investigation, Hunter said he understood the couple's frustration.
"We have known for some time of Mr. and Mrs. White's concerns," Hunter said. "Unfortunately, because of Mr. and Mrs. White's status as witnesses in the case, we are unable to share with them information and insights that might provide them with the reassurance they seek."
In December, the Whites met with Romer to ask the governor to remove Hunter and appoint an independent prosecutor to the case. In a letter to the couple earlier this week, Romer said he wouldn't pull Hunter.
In a statement released Thursday, Romer said he investigated the Whites' request: "Among the advice I received was from the Boulder police chief, who said that this action was not needed and would not be helpful, because the investigation was proceeding and had not yet been turned over to the district attorney."
"This advice, other information and the fact that the case has not yet been referred to the district attorney have led me to the firm conclusion that it is not proper to intervene at this time."
The Whites also visited Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton last week, but were informed that Norton has no jurisdiction over the matter, Chief Deputy Attorney General Marti Allbright said Thursday. The attorney general announced in June she wouldn't prosecute the Ramsey case, as suggested by some.
In Colorado, the governor has statutory authority to appoint a special prosecutor to a case if a district attorney has refused to file charges. Romer has done this only once.
In the Ramsey case, though, "We have not seen any kind of refusal from the Boulder DA's office," Norton said Thursday. "They've not said, 'We're not going to prosecute.' They've essentially said it's still under investigation."
The Whites, close friends of the Ramseys, had invited the family to a Christmas dinner at their home the night of Dec. 25, 1996. The next morning, when Patsy Ramsey found a ransom note and discovered her 6-year-old daughter was missing, the Ramseys summoned their friends.
When police arrived at 5:52 a.m. Dec. 26, the Whites, along with friends John and Barbara Fernie and the Rev. Rol Hoverstock, were already at the Ramseys' 15th Street home.
At 1:05 p.m., after waiting hours to be contacted by kidnappers, Boulder Detective Linda Arndt asked John Ramsey to search the 15-room Tudor home.
"John Ramsey immediately went to the basement of the house, followed by Fleet White and John Fernie," Arndt reported. "Within a few minutes, Fleet came running upstairs, grabbed the telephone in the back office located on the first floor, and yelled for someone to call for an ambulance."
Since that time, the Whites have said little to the press. In April, Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby announced they had been ruled out as suspects in the murder, but were considered key witnesses.
When contacted Thursday, Fleet White said he had nothing to add to his letter.
Ramsey family spokespersons and attorneys did not return calls Thursday.
While Hunter once identified the Ramseys as the focus of the investigation, his office also has been eager to pursue other leads in the case. The police department has concentrated more on JonBenet's parents. In early December, Cmdr. Mark Beckner, who took over the reins of the investigation in October, said JonBenet's parents remained "under an umbrella of suspicion."
In their letter, the Whites express confidence in the police department's handling of the investigation, taking issue only with the district attorney's office.
Among the Whites' complaints against Hunter are "various relationships between the Boulder County District Attorney and members of the Boulder and Denver legal communities that may have impaired the objectivity" of the district attorney.
The couple also cites Hunter's reputation for not aggressively pursuing homicide cases as a factor in their decision to ask Romer to intervene.
Koby said Thursday that rumors of an irreparable rift between his department and the prosecutor's office, which the Whites bring up in their letter, are not accurate.
"The Boulder District Attorney has not done anything but try and be supportive of the investigation," Koby said. "Whether people agree with that is another issue."
Removing Hunter from the case, Koby said, would be "very much inappropriate" because, as Romer points out, the district attorney has not refused to prosecute anybody.
University of Colorado law professor Christopher Mueller said the Whites' letter puts Hunter in a difficult position. While the district attorney would no doubt like to defend his actions, Mueller said, he must be careful not to alienate the Whites, who likely would be witnesses in any eventual prosecution.
"It seems to be if he were to get at loggerheads with the Whites by criticizing them it would make his future task more difficult than it already is," Mueller said. "So making no comment is a prudent thing for Alex Hunter to do."
Although it appears clear the governor can't, at this time, remove Hunter from the Ramsey case, opinion over whether that's a prudent move is split.
Lee Hill, a former Boulder City Council candidate and San Diego prosecutor, said he supports the appointment of a special prosecutor solely on the appearance of impropriety. Some of Hunter's prosecutors have or have had social or legal relationships with attorneys close to the Ramseys.
But Dan Vigil, a CU professor of legal ethics, disagreed.
"It would be unethical for (Hunter) to file a case if he doesn't have probable cause," Vigil said.
Furthermore, the relationship between Hunter and other attorneys brought up in the Whites' letter is inconsequential because "in a legal community this size, people are going to interact," Vigil said.

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  whites v Hunter
Posted by: jameson245 - 04-21-2019, 07:28 PM - Forum: Fleet and Priscilla White - Replies (1)

1/16/1998 news article

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Romer rejects friends' request to replace Hunter
Whites write letter attacking D.A.'s actions in Ramsey case
Friday, January 16, 1998
Correction: Clarification published 1/17/98 follows: When Boulder Police Detective Linda Arndt arrived at the Ramsey home about 8 a.m. Dec. 26, 1996, several Ramsey family friends were at the scene. However, search warrants do not indicate that anyone but the Ramseys were home when police first arrived at 5:52 a.m. That point was incorrect in a story Friday.
The family friend who was with John Ramsey when he discovered the bludgeoned body of his 6-year-old daughter JonBenet is publicly calling on Gov. Roy Romer to remove Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter from the murder investigation.
Romer rejected the request.
In a 2,000-word letter in today's Daily Camera, oil magnate Fleet White Jr. and his wife, Priscilla, write that Hunter's actions over the past year have "created the strong appearance of impropriety, professional incompetence and a lack of objectivity."
After reading the Whites' letter, which also accuses the district attorney of sharing evidence with attorneys not involved in the police investigation, Hunter said he understood the couple's frustration.
"We have known for some time of Mr. and Mrs. White's concerns," Hunter said. "Unfortunately, because of Mr. and Mrs. White's status as witnesses in the case, we are unable to share with them information and insights that might provide them with the reassurance they seek."
In December, the Whites met with Romer to ask the governor to remove Hunter and appoint an independent prosecutor to the case. In a letter to the couple earlier this week, Romer said he wouldn't pull Hunter.
In a statement released Thursday, Romer said he investigated the Whites' request: "Among the advice I received was from the Boulder police chief, who said that this action was not needed and would not be helpful, because the investigation was proceeding and had not yet been turned over to the district attorney."
"This advice, other information and the fact that the case has not yet been referred to the district attorney have led me to the firm conclusion that it is not proper to intervene at this time."
The Whites also visited Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton last week, but were informed that Norton has no jurisdiction over the matter, Chief Deputy Attorney General Marti Allbright said Thursday. The attorney general announced in June she wouldn't prosecute the Ramsey case, as suggested by some.
In Colorado, the governor has statutory authority to appoint a special prosecutor to a case if a district attorney has refused to file charges. Romer has done this only once.
In the Ramsey case, though, "We have not seen any kind of refusal from the Boulder DA's office," Norton said Thursday. "They've not said, 'We're not going to prosecute.' They've essentially said it's still under investigation."
The Whites, close friends of the Ramseys, had invited the family to a Christmas dinner at their home the night of Dec. 25, 1996. The next morning, when Patsy Ramsey found a ransom note and discovered her 6-year-old daughter was missing, the Ramseys summoned their friends.
When police arrived at 5:52 a.m. Dec. 26, the Whites, along with friends John and Barbara Fernie and the Rev. Rol Hoverstock, were already at the Ramseys' 15th Street home.
At 1:05 p.m., after waiting hours to be contacted by kidnappers, Boulder Detective Linda Arndt asked John Ramsey to search the 15-room Tudor home.
"John Ramsey immediately went to the basement of the house, followed by Fleet White and John Fernie," Arndt reported. "Within a few minutes, Fleet came running upstairs, grabbed the telephone in the back office located on the first floor, and yelled for someone to call for an ambulance."
Since that time, the Whites have said little to the press. In April, Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby announced they had been ruled out as suspects in the murder, but were considered key witnesses.
When contacted Thursday, Fleet White said he had nothing to add to his letter.
Ramsey family spokespersons and attorneys did not return calls Thursday.
While Hunter once identified the Ramseys as the focus of the investigation, his office also has been eager to pursue other leads in the case. The police department has concentrated more on JonBenet's parents. In early December, Cmdr. Mark Beckner, who took over the reins of the investigation in October, said JonBenet's parents remained "under an umbrella of suspicion."
In their letter, the Whites express confidence in the police department's handling of the investigation, taking issue only with the district attorney's office.
Among the Whites' complaints against Hunter are "various relationships between the Boulder County District Attorney and members of the Boulder and Denver legal communities that may have impaired the objectivity" of the district attorney.
The couple also cites Hunter's reputation for not aggressively pursuing homicide cases as a factor in their decision to ask Romer to intervene.
Koby said Thursday that rumors of an irreparable rift between his department and the prosecutor's office, which the Whites bring up in their letter, are not accurate.
"The Boulder District Attorney has not done anything but try and be supportive of the investigation," Koby said. "Whether people agree with that is another issue."
Removing Hunter from the case, Koby said, would be "very much inappropriate" because, as Romer points out, the district attorney has not refused to prosecute anybody.
University of Colorado law professor Christopher Mueller said the Whites' letter puts Hunter in a difficult position. While the district attorney would no doubt like to defend his actions, Mueller said, he must be careful not to alienate the Whites, who likely would be witnesses in any eventual prosecution.
"It seems to be if he were to get at loggerheads with the Whites by criticizing them it would make his future task more difficult than it already is," Mueller said. "So making no comment is a prudent thing for Alex Hunter to do."
Although it appears clear the governor can't, at this time, remove Hunter from the Ramsey case, opinion over whether that's a prudent move is split.
Lee Hill, a former Boulder City Council candidate and San Diego prosecutor, said he supports the appointment of a special prosecutor solely on the appearance of impropriety. Some of Hunter's prosecutors have or have had social or legal relationships with attorneys close to the Ramseys.
But Dan Vigil, a CU professor of legal ethics, disagreed.
"It would be unethical for (Hunter) to file a case if he doesn't have probable cause," Vigil said.
Furthermore, the relationship between Hunter and other attorneys brought up in the Whites' letter is inconsequential because "in a legal community this size, people are going to interact," Vigil said.

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