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  March 12, 1998 - BPD requests grand jury
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 05:05 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

March 12, 1998 - Ramsey Update #65
March 12, 1998
Jennifer Bray, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Police ask District Attorney to convene
a grand jury in Ramsey investigation
(Ramsey Update #65)

Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby and Commander Mark Beckner today requested and recommended that the Boulder District Attorney convene a grand jury investigation into the homicide of JonBenet Ramsey. While there is still some investigation left to be done, both Chief Koby and Commander Beckner believe the investigation has progressed to the point at which the authority of a grand jury is necessary in order to have a complete investigation. A grand jury can be utilized to obtain sworn testimony, to obtain items of evidentiary value not otherwise available through routine investigative methods, and to review the case for purposes of seeking an indictment against the person or persons responsible for the death of JonBenet.
Commander Beckner has worked closely with the District Attorney’s Office in recent weeks in preparation of the recommendation for a grand jury. According to Beckner, “We only make this request/recommendation after 14 grueling months of investigation, much consideration and thought, and after consultation with attorneys familiar with, and experienced in the use, of grand juries. We believe the investigation has reached the point at which a grand jury will be very helpful in completing the investigation, thus, our recommendation to the District Attorney.”
As the investigation progressed in recent weeks, the direction the investigation should take became very clear. As stated at a Dec. 5, 1997 news conference, the police were working toward one of three options:
  • Seek an arrest warrant and prosecution
  • Ask for a grand jury investigation, or
  • Inactivate the case until such time that additional information becomes available
Out of a task list that has now grown to 90 tasks, 64 tasks have been completed or worked on as thoroughly as possible. “The longer we worked on the case, the clearer it became that inactivating the case would not be appropriate,” said Beckner. “The appropriate step at this time is to ask for a grand jury to assist us in gathering additional admissible evidence.”
The next step will be for the police to assist the District Attorney’s Office in the review of case files and evidence. Given the volume of information gathered to date, it is expected that it will take some time for the District Attorney’s Office to complete it’s review of the case files prior to any decision being made. “We have worked well with the DA’s Office in the last five months and I expect to work even closer with them in the months to follow,” added Beckner.

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  Feb. 19, 1998 - Beckner denies BPD is leaking
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 05:03 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Feb. 19, 1998 - Ramsey Update #64
Feb. 19, 1998
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Statement from Commander Mark Beckner
(Ramsey Update #64)

While I see little value in perpetuating the verbal volley that seems to be rampant in the Ramsey case, I feel I must respond to comments Mr. Jim Jenkins sent to the media today. My investigators and I are committed to finding the murderer of JonBenet Ramsey. We continue to conduct our investigation with integrity and professionalism in the face of many obstacles. As stated in my December 5 news conference, there are three key interview that need to be conducted with John Ramsey, Patsy Ramsey, and Burke Ramsey. Our request for interviews with John and Patsy were declined. Negotiations with Burke Ramsey were progressing until Saturday, February 15th, at which time Mr. Jenkins informed me he believed someone in the Boulder Police Department provided information to the media in reference to our discussions.
There is absolutely no advantage to me or to the Boulder Police Department to disclose any information regarding the discussion with Mr. Jenkins. In fact, just the opposite. Our need is to interview witnesses in this case. After looking into Mr. Jenkin’s assertion, I am confident that the information did not come from the Boulder Police Department. I have since discovered that there are other sources where the information could have come from. It is unfortunate that unfair accusations continue to be made in this case.
The focus of this investigation should be on finding the murderer of JonBenet. That is where it will remain for me and my investigators. The fact remains, it is in the best interest of this investigation that Burke be interviewed, and we are ready to interview him.
Given the refusal, for whatever reason, of some people to cooperate in this investigation, we will attempt other investigative avenues to obtain the information necessary to complete this investigation.
NOTE: The Police Department will have no additional comment.

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  Jan. 16, 1998 - Ramseys refuse new interviews
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 05:02 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jan. 16, 1998 - Ramsey Update #63
Jan. 16, 1998
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey attorneys decline request for interviews
(Ramsey Update #63)

The Boulder Police Department has received written communication through John and Patsy Ramsey’s counsel that John and Patsy will not submit to a second interview with investigators under the reasonable conditions set by investigators. The Boulder Police Department’s position in requesting the second interviews has been clear and straightforward. There are questions the police have that are related to clarifications of previous statements and questions related to information that was not available during the first interviews.
According to the latest communication from the Ramseys’ counsel, if the Police Department wants further assistance in solving this crime from John and Patsy Ramsey, the police will have to show “good faith” by first allowing the Ramseys to review the evidence in this case. This is unacceptable to police investigators. To allow such disclosure could severely hamper the effectiveness of the investigation, and damage the reliability of information provided by witnesses or potential suspects. To do so would also be contrary to accepted investigative protocols and something the police have not done for any other witness or suspect in this case. The Ramseys’ counsel again offered to have John and Patsy Ramsey only answer written questions. This is also unacceptable to police investigators and well beyond reasonable investigative processes.
According to Commander Mark Beckner, “I am disappointed in the position they have taken. I expected the Ramseys to agree to another interview because I believed their public and private statements about their desire to do whatever was necessary to help resolve this case. While this development will certainly hinder our investigation, we continue to make progress and will not give up in our efforts to find JonBenet’s killer.” Furthermore, Beckner stated, “It is even more important now for anyone who has relevant information in this case to come forward and help us resolve this.”
The police are still waiting to receive clothing requested from the Ramseys in Nov., 1997, and for a final decision on whether they will be allowed to interview Burke Ramsey.
The investigative task list, described by Beckner at his Dec. 5 news conference, continues to be a working list that is evaluated and updated as needed. It now consists of 78 items. Of those 78 items, 38 have been completed and another 9 tasks are near completion. An additional 5 task list items will be completed once the results of analysis is received from outside agencies assisting in the investigation. Of the remaining 26 items, some are ongoing and long term tasks that the team continues to work on. These would include tasks such as reinterviewing significant witnesses and following up new information as it is developed.
Recent media reports that a flashlight had been lost and recently found are incorrect. The flashlight recovered from the Ramsey home was taken to CBI in March, 1997 for forensic analysis. After the completed analysis, it was returned to the custody of the Police Department in Oct., 1997 and has never been missing.
Year end expenditures for Ramsey Investigation
The Boulder Police Department expenditures to date for the Ramsey investigation total $219,555. In 1996 overtime, travel and investigative expenses totaled $21,377 and through the end of 1997 the overtime, travel and investigative expenses totaled $197,634. These expenditures do not include on-duty costs of investigations.
Boulder Police have no additional comments at this time.

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  Where do I get this book?
Posted by: Moop - 01-30-2017, 05:02 PM - Forum: From Christmas to August - Replies (2)

I can't find it for sale online?

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  Dec. 8, 1997 - - Larry Mason settles, will not sue
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 05:00 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Dec. 08, 1997 - Notice of Claim
December 8, 1997
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

City of Boulder and Larry Mason Settle “Notice of Claim”

The following is the content of the conclusion of the agreement between the City of Boulder and Boulder Police Sgt. Larry Mason regarding Mason’s notice of claim against Boulder Police Commander John Eller. The agreement was signed on Dec. 2, 1997. The City of Boulder today received the signed copies back and is releasing the information.
Larry and Cecilia Mason have received $10,000 and in return for that sum they have agreed they will not sue John Eller or the City of Boulder over the subject of their claim. Further, payment of the $10,000 does not constitute any admission of liability by the City of Boulder or any of its employees.
That we, Larry Mason and Cecilia Mason, for the sole consideration of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) to us in hand paid, receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, for ourselves and for our heirs, personal representatives, executors, administrators, attorneys, successors, and assigns, do hereby remise, release, and forever discharge the CITY OF BOULDER, COLORADO and its officers, employees, including without limitation John Eller, and agents (hereinafter collectively "the City") of and from any and all liability for any and all claims, demands, damages, costs, liabilities, losses of services, losses, expenses, compensations, reimbursements, actions, rights, attorney’s fees, and causes of action of whatsoever kind and nature resulting from or in any way arising or growing out of, and by reason of, any and all known and unknown, foreseen and unforeseen, damages, expenses, costs, losses, liabilities, claims, damage to property, bodily, personal, and psychological injuries, and the consequences thereof, including without limitation any defamation and loss of consortium, which we may now or hereafter have, resulting from or which may or will result from or arise out of, directly or indirectly, the injuries, losses, or damages sustained by us as a result of John Eller, as Larry Mason’s supervisor, causing a departmental investigation to be conducted concerning the conduct of Larry Mason in Mason’s capacity as a police detective sergeant on or about January 5, 1997, in the City of Boulder, County of Boulder, State of Colorado, and any and all matters relating thereto, and any and all consequences thereof, for which we have claimed or could have claimed against the City. We are legally competent to execute this General Release and accept full responsibility therefor and assume the risk of any mistake of fact and law as to any damages, losses, or injuries, whether disclosed or undisclosed, sustained as a result of the abovementioned incident and all matters incident and related thereto.
We declare and represent that no other person, firm, or corporation has received any assignment, subrogation, or other right of substitution to the claim or claims made or which could have been asserted in this claim. In the event that the persons or parties released herein are subjected to further claims by any person, firm, or corporation, under any actual or purported lien or right of substitution, assignment, or subrogation, we, jointly and severally, will hold the person or parties released harmless from any such claims and demands.
We understand and agree that the acceptance of the abovementioned sum is in full accord and satisfaction of a disputed claim and that payment of the this sum is not to be construed in any way as an admission of liability on the part of the persons or parties released, but, on the contrary, the persons and parties released specifically deny any liability on account of the incident. We understand and agree that all agreements and understandings between the parties are embodied and expressed in this General Release, and that its terms are contractual and not mere recitals.
We have carefully read this General Release and know what it means and have signed it as my own free and voluntary act after my attorney explained it to me. We have been advised of our rights to consult additional professionals of our choice including doctors and lawyers, regarding any and all known and unknown, foreseen and unforeseen, damages, losses, injuries, costs, losses of services, expenses, liabilities, claims, and the consequences thereof, of whatsoever kind and nature, we may have or will incur, whether suspected or unsuspected. We understand and agree that our signatures on this General Release shall be forever binding, and no recision, modification, or release of the undersigned from the terms of this General Release will be made for any mistakes.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 2nd day of December, 1997.
Cecilia Mason
Larry Mason
Marc Colin, Attorney for the Masons

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  Dec 5, 1997 2 of 2 - expense report to date
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:59 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Dec. 05, 1997 - Ramsey Update #62
December 5, 1997
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
Jennifer Bray, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Report of Expenses Related to Ramsey Investigation
(Ramsey Update #62)
1996 expenditures related to Ramsey Homicide Investigation:
Overtime Expenses (604.75 Hrs.)
$ 20,340.80
Travel Expenses
$ 248.38
Investigative Expense
$ 788.55
Total Expenditures for 1966
$ 21,377.73

1997 Expenditures related to Ramsey Homicide Investigation:
Overtime Expense (through 11/16/97) 3,757 hours
$ 131,260.95
Travel Expenses (through 10/31/97)
$ 33,060.55
Investigative Expenses (through 12/3/97)
$ 19,222.06
Total Expenditures for 1997
$ 183,543.56
Total expenditures related to Ramsey homicide
for 1996 and 1997:

$ 204,921.29*
(*Does not include on-duty costs of investigation or overtime for management exempt employees, such as chief, commander and legal advisor)

Note: All 62 news releases issued by the Boulder Police Department can be accessed on the City’s Home Page listed above.

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  De. 5, 1997 - Beckner press conference with task list
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:58 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Dec. 05, 1997 - Ramsey Update #61
December 5, 1997
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Jennifer Bray, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Commander Mark Beckner’s Statement to Media on December 5, 1997
(Ramsey Update #61)

Good morning. Here in support with me today are the investigators that make up our investigative team. They are: Case Supervisor, Sgt. Tom Wickman; Detective Tom Trujillo; Detective Steve Thomas; Detective Jane Harmer; Detective Ron Gosage; Detective Kim Stewart; Detective Carey Weinheimer; and Detective Michael Everett.
The purpose of today’s news conference is to provide an update on the investigation into the JonBenet Ramsey homicide and to put to rest some of the speculation that has occurred. As you know, the investigative team was restructured approximately 9 weeks ago and is now operating out of the police department under my direction. Two of my objectives are to keep the team focused and to move the case forward to a point at which a decision can be made. I am very pleased with the progress we have made in meeting those objectives.
During these past 9 weeks, we have taken the time necessary to review the information and evidence that has been gathered to date. A review of the case was necessary for two reasons. 1. To provide me the opportunity to become familiar with the facts of the case and 2. To have an understanding of what still needs to be accomplished and to know where to go from here. It became clear additional work is still ahead.
First, we have reviewed and updated a case management task list to identify and assign tasks that need to be completed as part of this investigation. That task list currently consists of 72 items. Of those 72 items, 28 have already been completed and about a dozen or so others are in the process of being completed. Of the remaining task list items, some are in process and others are yet to be started. It is important to understand that this is an evolving list which sometimes grows as additional information is uncovered. Investigation often leads to additional investigation. With the complexities involved in this case and the number of people that have been interviewed, it is easy to understand how time consuming an investigation of this nature can be.
Some examples of the tasks that have been recently completed include:
  1. The re-interviewing of some significant witnesses.
  2. Additional consultation with forensic experts.
  3. We have reviewed close to 200 video tapes that were taken from the Ramsey home.
  4. We have also completed a review of the computer files taken from the Ramsey home.
  5. We have completed a review of all trace evidence gathered in the case and have identified some additional testing that is needed. We are in the process of getting this testing completed. However, most of this work must be completed by outside agencies. When this occurs, it takes time to get results back, sometimes weeks or even months.
  6. We continue to review all information and tips that are received.
Some examples of tasks yet to be completed include the following:
  1. The re-interviewing of other identified significant witnesses and neighbors.
  2. The collection and analysis of additional evidentiary items.
  3. The completion of all forensic analysis.
  4. One of the most important tasks yet to do is the re-interviewing of some family members specifically Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey and their son, Burke Ramsey. We have made a formal request for these interviews and expect this to be completed in the near future.
We are confident that once all our identified tasks are completed, we will be in a position to make a decision in this case as to the next step. There are several options;
  • We could seek an arrest warrant and prosecution
  • We could ask for a grand jury investigation, or
  • We could inactivate the case until such time that additional information becomes available.
What direction we take will depend on the facts of the case as they are developed and on the level of cooperation we receive from witnesses. While I can not give you an estimate of how long it will be until we reach a decision point, I can tell you that we are going to be focused and aggressive in moving this investigation forward. Regardless of what has happened in the past, we are only looking forward with the goal of solving this case. Our investigative team is dedicated, committed, and positive in their approach. I have been very impressed with the work they have done and continue to do and greatly appreciate their dedication.
I would also like to take this time to say that since my assignment to this investigation, the relationship with the District Attorney’s office has been positive and professional. I have had regular contact and conversations with Pete Hofstrom. They continue to provide counsel and advice in this investigation that has been very helpful. I have been impressed with the commitment and dedication of the District Attorney’s office and appreciate the help they have provided. Let me also say that we have not yet submitted a case for prosecution, nor have we prepared an arrest warrant. The investigation is still ongoing and we are still making progress.
Boulder Police Investigators Assigned to Ramsey Case

Commander Mark Beckner, 41, is managing the Ramsey investigation. He has served with the Boulder Police Department 19.5 years.
(Ramsey investigators are listed in the order introduced by Commander Beckner)
Detective Sgt. Tom Wickman, 44, is the case supervisor. He has served with the Boulder Police Department for 19 years.
Det. Thomas Trujillo, 36, is the lead investigator and has served with the Boulder Police Department for 12 years.
Det. Steve Thomas, 35, has 12 years of law enforcement experience and has served with the Boulder Police Department for 7 years.
Det. Jane Harmer, 35, has served with the Boulder Police Department 11 years.
Det. Ron Gosage, 31, has 10 years of law enforcement experience and has served with the Boulder Police Department for 5 years.
Det. Kim Stewart, 37, has served with the Boulder Police Department 7.5 years.
Det. Carey Weinheimer, 33, has 11 years of law enforcement experience and has served with the Boulder Police Department for 7.5 years.
Det. Michael Everett, 33 has served with the Boulder Police Department for 10 years.
-- CITY --

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  Dec 3, 1997 - - announcing press conference
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:57 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Dec. 03, 1997 - Ramsey Update #60
Dec. 3, 1997
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Briefing Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5
(Ramsey Update #60)

Boulder Police Commander Mark Beckner will provide a status report on the Ramsey investigation. Commander Beckner was placed in charge of the investigation in October. There are no arrests pending and police have not named any suspects.
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Boulder City Council Chambers,
Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway
(at Broadway and Canyon)
Please note the following logistical items:
  1. Satellite trucks must be in the parking area by 8 a.m., and parking is available on a first come, first served basis.
  2. Two pool cameras will be allowed in the Council Chambers. One camera will be a fixed shot on the podium and the second camera will provide cut-away shots of the audience. KCNC Channel 4 is coordinating pool camera production and satellite time. KCNC will transmit an identifier from 8:30 to 8:55 a.m., replacing it with programming a few minutes before the press conference. The following is satellite information:
    Satellite: SBS6
    Transponder: 12 Full -- Vertical Downlink 11995
    Audio: 6.2 ONLY
    Time: 10:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. MT) to conclusion
    Space Segment: Conus Communications
    Pool Cameras, Audio, and Switching: KMGH
    Transmission: KCNC/CBS

  3. Space in Council Chambers is limited to about 150 seats.
  4. Satellite trucks and other media vehicles may remain parked in the Municipal complex area for up to 2 hours following the news conference, after which time all parking regulations will be enforced.
Boulder Municipal Cable Channel 8 will carry the news conference live at 9 a.m. and will re-air the news conference at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5.

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  October 10, 1997 - 2 of 2 - Beckner takes over Ramsey investigation
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:56 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Oct. 10, 1997 - Ramsey Update #59
October 10, 1997
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
City Web site: www.bouldercolorado.gov
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Boulder Police Commander Mark Beckner
to manage Ramsey investigation
(Ramsey Update #59)

Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby today announced Commander Mark Beckner would be managing the Ramsey investigation on a full-time basis effective immediately. Beckner, 41, joined the Boulder Police Department in June, 1978 and was promoted to commander in May, 1994.
Following three years as an officer in the department, Beckner worked in property crimes in the detective division from 1981 to 1983. He was promoted to sergeant in 1983. From 1983 to 1986 he was a patrol sergeant and was involved in tactical field training. From Jan., 1987 to Jan., 1989, he was in charge of the tactical patrol team, handling undercover investigations, bank robberies, criminal trespass cases, drug crimes, and burglaries. From 1989 to 1991 he was in the patrol division and from Jan., 1991 to Oct., 1991 he was the traffic supervisor. From Oct., 1991 to 1994, Becker was the department’s internal affairs investigator. In May, 1994 he was promoted to commander and served as the watch 2 patrol commander until the present. From May, 1994 to Sept., 1997 he also served as the SWAT commander.
Beckner said, “I intend to spend the next couple of weeks reviewing the Ramsey case with our investigative team. This is a good team and we’re committed to moving the case forward as best we can.”

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  October 10, 1997 - press conference after Quantico
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:55 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Oct. 10, 1997 - Ramsey Update #58
October 10, 1997
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby’s
Remarks to Media on Oct. 10, 1997
(Ramsey Update #58)

“I am adding personnel to the investigation. We will have three additional investigators reassigned to the case: Carey Weinheimer, Kim Stewart, and Michael Everett. All of them were involved in the initial days of the case and I feel are needed to give us enough resources to get the work completed.
I have made the assessment that more resources are necessary after being briefed by the team upon their return from their meetings with the F.B.I. in Quantico. At those meetings we gained a confirmation of the quality of the work which has been done to date. We also had time to get really clear about the work that is still needed to complete this investigation.
I am also assigning Commander Mark Beckner, to work full time with Sergeant Tom Wickman, to manage the investigators. Commander Beckner will be assuming this responsibility from Commander John Eller who has had to split his time between this case and the ongoing day to day work in the Investigative Bureau. Commander Eller will be able to focus his full attention on all the other investigations that we are attempting to manage in his division. These include the ongoing investigation of the spring riots, other ongoing homicide investigations, the recent surge in drug related deaths, and many other criminal investigations that we are trying to manage with the staff available.
I am also relocating the investigative team back to the Public Safety Building for now and intend to manage the case in a more traditional police/prosecutor relationship. A more traditional relationship is one where the staff of the District Attorney are available to advise us, but are not involved in the day to day investigation of the case.
Our purpose continues to be staying focused on getting the work done in order that a determination can be made whether we have a case to present to the District Attorney for prosecution. Although this has been our focus from the beginning, I think it is obvious to everyone that we have been scrutinized on this case from day one by the media to a degree seldom, if ever, experienced in any other case. This had made a difficult investigation even more stressful for all of those involved and our agencies.
My restructuring of this investigation is being done to serve two specific purposes:
  1. I intend to see that we finish the work we have started in a professional way that this department and this community can be proud of.
  2. I intend to see that we do everything possible to bring this case to a successful prosecution.
General Issues:
What is the quality of the investigation?
In spite of all of the speculation about this issue, the work done on this case by the members of both the police department the District Attorney’s Office is of a very high caliber.
Were there mistakes made on the case in the early hours following the reporting of the case?
The officers and detectives who first went to the Ramsey residence responded to the report of a kidnapping, and did what was necessary to manage a kidnapping situation.
Those involved in this first day also were able to transition the focus once we understood that we were really dealing with a homicide. It is accurate to say that if we had it to do all over again we would do it differently. It is also accurate to say that we responded well to what we thought we were confronted with. Remember, this is a one of a kind case. There are few, if any, agencies that would have done it differently than we did in those first few hours.
We all know in this business that you have to deal with what is in front of you with an eye to what is possible outside your immediate situation. What was in front of us was a kidnapping. We pursued that until we understood we had something different.
Has the Boulder Police Department tried to present the Boulder District Attorney’s Office with a warrant for the arrest of anyone in this case?
No, we do not yet have a case that would warrant the pursuit of an arrest.
Is an arrest in this case going to be made?
We will know that when we get the work done. We have not finished the work.
What is the relationship between the District Attorney’s Office and the Boulder Police Department?
Our relationship is strained. In the Criminal Justice System there is often tension between the police and the prosecutors. This is to be expected. Remember, the Criminal Justice System by design is an adversarial system. People often disagree.
From the beginning of this investigation there have been disagreements between the investigators and the prosecutors. These disagreements have generally been in two areas. First has been in the approach to this investigation with respect to dealing with all of the possible suspects. One side of the investigation has favored a hard line on pursuing this matter. The other has been supportive of a less antagonistic approach.
Both of these approaches are legitimate. They both set a tone and are workable. Boulder County’s approach to most matters over the years has been to follow the second and it has worked quite well for this community. In this case there was and still is a difference of opinion about which is more appropriate.
The second major area of disagreement has been over the management of the media. Whereas both the District Attorney and I believe strongly in being open with the press, in this case we have had differing opinions on the proper course to follow. My position, as you know, has been to be very close with the information. The District Attorney has felt a need to be more communicative. Again, both approaches are viable. Our difference of opinion on this matter has added to the strain.
These differences are normal and usually manageable. However, in the pressure cooker environment that we have been working in the last nine months small things get exaggerated and create difficulties.
I know that you have more issues that you would like me to respond to and I will try to accommodate you. But before I do that let me reiterate one thing: There are many hardworking dedicated police officers, prosecutors, attorneys, lab people and others working on this case. All of us are doing our best, under difficult circumstances, to find the person or persons responsible for the death of JonBenet. We are dedicated to this case.
Thank you.”

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