Skip to comments.Owens blasts Boulder County DA
Posted on 08/28/2006 10:59:22 PM PDT by beaversmom
Gov. Bill Owens ripped the Boulder County district attorney today, saying "Mary Lacy should be held accountable for the most extravagant and expensive DNA test in Colorado history."
Owens statement came shortly after news reports that suspect John Mark Karrs DNA didnt match that found on slain JonBenet Ramsey.
"Unfortunately, the hysterics surrounding John Mark Karr served only to distract Boulder officials from doing their job which should be solving the murder of JonBenet Ramsey," Owens said. "I find it incredible that Boulder authorities wasted thousands of taxpayer dollars to bring Karr to Colorado given such a lack of evidence."
Until now, Owens has been mostly silent on the news that Boulder County was tracking down leads on Karr.
Owens in 1999, his first year in office, was critical of JonBenets parents, John and Patsy Ramsey.
``If I could speak to John and Patsy Ramsey, I'd tell them to quit hiding behind their attorneys, quit hiding behind their PR firm, come back to Colorado and work with us to find the killers in this case, no matter where that trail may lead,'' Owens said at the time.
I'd like to hear how much this charade actually cost them.
As well as everyone should be.
The sewer rats in the media really went into the crapper this time, when they turned this freak into a rock star.
Of course this is also the county in which Ward Churchill is employed. Coincidence? I think not.
District Attorney Mary Lacy should be sent to jail for gross misappropriation of public funds. Willfully creating and financing a media circus based on no evidence should be against the law.
A wild-a$$ guess that a quick-booking first-class seat from Thailand must be in the $3,000 range??. And would figure on at least 2-3 guys seating with him and a few in the rear?
Just finished the profiler John Douglas' assessment of the case. I strongly believe it was her brother Burke whodunnit.
What the Boulder DA should've done was get someone from the Medical Examiner's office to fly to Thailand for a cheek swab and then fly it back here for the DNA comparison. Instead, the knuckleheads spent...how much more?
what a waste. wasn't it clear his story was garbage after he said he drove her home from school, and had 3 or 4 people placing him in another state at the time of the murders?
hopefully this IS used against her when the new DA elections come up
TO Has his own problems! ! !
The problem is that it becomes clear to Karr that he's under investigation when you do that and he might disappear.
If you read the five-page motion to quash (FoxNews.com has it linked), you can see that they were afraid he was a flight risk (he'd already fled the country and knew he was still wanted in California). He allegedly told the professor some things they *thought* were confidential (the part about trying to taste JBR's vaginal blood) and figured it was worth the risk.
I don't really fault the Boulder DA for making the arrest, costly as it was. We all want to see the murder solved and he's definitely a risk to children whether they be Thai, German, Honduran or American so locking him up is still a good deal.
What was wrong was the public spectacle made of the whole thing. The motion also says that Karr refused to be swabbed the first two times but then consented but the investigators claimed their kit wasn't ready. I think the smart thing would have been to swab him twice in Thailand (however long that took) and FedEx the results back to Boulder for testing. You do it twice to reduce the defense charge of contamination and to provide a paper trail to verify the swab is really his.
Certainly, it would have been cheaper to fly the swabs all the way back to the U.S. and not the suspect. I'm guessing Thailand's laws on holding a suspect are harsher than American laws so they could have used that to their advantage.
In retrospect, they should have done more checking first but they were probably afraid he'd bolt if they contacted family members (they'd never know the ex-wife hated him and the father thought he was dead) and swooped in on him while they had the chance.
I always felt the case against him was weak but, sometimes, you just have to roll the dice. He was practically offering himself up to them.
I dunno. You've got a guy claiming to have "been there," with enough weird evidence to make him a candidate for a DNA test. And if it does come back positive you'd want him to be close at hand, and not take the chance that something happens to him in Thailand.
I'd write it off to 'erring on the side of caution.'
I have always believed that as well.
The monies?? How much are your children worth?
Maybe because Bill Ownens (and entourage) was in Jordan when the news first broke & got left out of that news cycle? Maybe he's wishing he had gone to Thailand instead?
August 17, 2006 - Gov. Bill Owens today issued the following statement regarding developments in the JonBenet Ramsey case.
"The arrest of a suspect is a very important step. Hopefully it will lead to closure for all of those who are victims in this horrible tragedy. Like so many others who have been following this case for nearly a decade, I will be closely watching the legal process as it unfolds."
(Owens is in Jordan with Maj. Gen. Mason C. Whitney, Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard, participating in an official visit to strengthen the United States- Jordanian defense partnership. This is a reciprocal visit to that country after a trip made to Colorado by Jordanian officials earlier this year.)
Owens will spend Aug. 15-17 in Jordan. Going with him will be Maj. Gen. Mason Whitney, the adjutant general of the Colorado National Guard; Bob Lee, the governor's chief of staff; Brian Vogt, the director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade; and Drew Bolin, director of the Colorado Office of Energy Management and Conservation.
Then you have these kind of problems:
Any DNA samples taken from JonBenét Ramsey murder suspect John Mark Karr were taken without his consent and without a judge's order, Colorado attorneys for the 41-year-old schoolteacher claim.
Seth Temin, head of the Boulder Public Defender's Office, said in a motion filed late Friday that before any DNA testing is done by authorities, he wants a hearing in which he will seek to block testing of the biological samples.
...Authorities reportedly took DNA from Karr in Thailand after he was arrested. Experts believe that samples taken overseas could cause prosecutors various legal and technical problems if they attempt to introduce the samples at trial in Colorado.
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