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  Sept. 26, 1997 - more on dream team, no conflict of interest
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:53 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Sept. 26, 1997 - Ramsey Update #55
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Jennifer Bray, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

No Ethical Problem or Conflict of Interest Issues
Involving Outside Attorneys
Police Chief Koby Clears Up
Misstatements in News Coverage
(Ramsey Update #55)
Because of blatant misstatements contained in recent news media coverage, Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby feels compelled to clear up what appears to be much confusion regarding the three outside attorneys asked by the Boulder Police to serve as counsel to them regarding their work on the Ramsey case.
As stated in the Boulder Police Department’s news release (Attached) on August 1, 1997, these three individuals (Richard N. Baer, of Sherman & Howard, L.L.C.; Daniel S. Hoffman, of McKenna & Cunio; and Robert N. Miller of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, L.L.P.) Were approached by the Boulder Police Department. According to Chief Koby, “These three attorneys were asked by our Department if they would be interested in counseling members of our team. As a result, all three have worked diligently with us over the past several months.”
After being invited to participate, a meeting to discuss their assistance was held at the Police Department. In attendance at that meeting was Chief Koby, Commander Eller and the entire Police team investigating the JonBenet Ramsey murder.
At that meeting, Mr. Miller and Mr. Hoffman opened by making a full disclosure to everyone present about their relationships with the law firm of Haddon, Morgan & Foreman . Not a single member of the Police team believed that relationship presented any ethical problems or conflicts of interest. “Indeed, the investigating team was pleased and excited about having the assistance of three such highly qualified and experienced lawyers. There were no surprises.” said Koby.
As the Boulder City Attorney was later drafting a formal letter for the arrangement, the relationship between the attorneys and the Haddon law firm was once again fully disclosed. He did not believe there was any conflict of interest.
According to Koby, “During the last two months, these three extremely competent lawyers have provided a great deal of time and valuable advice and counsel to the Ramsey investigation team -and on a voluntary, pro bono basis.”
“Instead of criticism, these three talented professionals deserve praise for their commitment to the community and their civic contribution.”
-- CITY --

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  Sept 4, 1997 - BPD will not investigate leaks
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:51 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Sept. 04, 1997 - Ramsey Update #54
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 4, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Statement from the Boulder Police:
(Ramsey Update #54)
The Boulder Police Department is responding to questions raised concerning possible leaks in the Ramsey investigation. At this time there is no evidence that this has occurred within the police department, and to initiate an internal inquiry would be extremely disruptive to our criminal investigation.
We have put numerous security controls in place and continuously scrutinize these controls. Our number one priority continues to be the successful completion of this investigation for prosecution.
The Boulder police have not responded to speculation about this case and do not intend to do so now. There will be no additional official response on this issue.
-CITY-

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  August 19, 1997 - expenses to date
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:50 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Aug. 19, 1997 - Ramsey Update #53
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Investigation Expenses
(Ramsey Release #53)
1996 expenditures related to Ramsey Homicide Investigation:
Item
Cost
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:
Item
Cost
Overtime Expense through 7-27-97 P.P. #15 2,855.25 hours
$ 98,734.77
Travel Expenses through 8-15-97
$ 25,494.80
Investigative Expense through 8-15-97
$ 17,406.60
Total Expenditures for 1997
$ 141,636.80
 
Total expenditures related to Ramsey Homicide
for 1996 & 1997:

$ 163,014.53
(Does not include on-duty costs of investigation)
-CITY-

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  Aug. 1, 1997 - BPD gets dream team of their own
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:49 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Aug. 01, 1997 - Ramsey Update #52
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 1, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Police to Work with Legal Experts to
Prepare Ramsey Case
(Ramsey Update #52)
The Boulder Police Department is confirming that three prominent Colorado attorneys have been engaged to provide legal advice in connection with the Ramsey investigation. The attorneys Richard N. Baer, of Sherman & Howard, L.L.C., Dan Hoffman, of McKenna & Cunio, and Robert N. Miller, of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, L.L.P., were approached by detectives and asked to assist in this matter.
Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby, Commander John Eller, and the investigators assigned to the Ramsey homicide investigation met with Hoffman, Miller and Baer at the Boulder Police Department on Thursday, July 24, to discuss the possibility of such a partnership and the scope of services that might be provided. That afternoon, Koby and Eller met with District Attorney Alex Hunter and advised him of their intent to hire this group of attorneys. Hunter endorsed the action, and police confirmed their intention to accept the pro bono services of Miller, Baer and Hoffman.
According to Eller, “We have begun discussing the components of the case with our attorneys. They are committed to this case for the duration, and we are extremely pleased and grateful for their interest and assistance.” In response to early inquiries regarding the motivation for seeking out additional legal assistance on the case, Eller stated, “The investigators assigned to this case have diligently and quietly conducted their investigation into this homicide. They have from the beginning sought out the very best consultation available in a number of disciplines, seeking experts in forensics, law, medicine, psychology and numerous technological fields. The addition of these prominent and civic-minded attorneys to provide legal advice is in character with how we have approached our work in this case.
“Miller, Baer and Hoffman bring an incredible amount of experience in criminal law and complex civil litigation to this case,” added Eller.
-CITY-

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  July 3, 1997 - inspection of house finished
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:48 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

July 03, 1997 - Ramsey Update #51
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Police Conclude Work at Ramsey Home
(Ramsey Update #51)
Members of the Boulder Police Department and District Attorney investigators, accompanied by Colorado Bureau of Investigation personnel, are expected to conclude their work at the Ramsey home today (July 3).
According to Detective Commander John Eller Police, “We accomplished the work we intended to do which included taking measurements to build an architectural model, re-photographing some areas of the house from different angles and in different light, and role playing some scenarios. We are pleased with the results of our work in the Ramsey home.”
-CITY-
Note to Media: There will be no PIO responding to Ramsey questions until Monday, July 7. Have a good July 4th!

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  June 30, 1997 - investigators back in house
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:35 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

June 30, 1997 - Ramsey Update #50
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Boulder Police and DA Investigators
Re-Enter Ramsey Home
(Ramsey Update #50)
Members of the Boulder Police Department and District Attorney investigators, accompanied by Colorado Bureau of Investigation personnel, today went back into the Ramsey house. Earlier the Ramsey’s had consented to police re-entering the home without a search warrant.
The reason for going back into the home is to take measurements to build an architectural model. The model will be used for the case presentation to the DA for a filing decision at some point and ultimately for use in a court presentation. Investigators also are re-photographing some areas of the house from different angles and in different light and may role play some scenarios.
Investigators may be in the home for up to a week.
In other developments:
  • Boulder Police have received the report of the handwriting analysis from CBI. The results of the analysis remain part of the ongoing investigation.
     
  • A detective is assigned to the investigation of possible unauthorized access of confidential computer files at the Boulder County Department of Social Services and a number of interviews will be conducted in the near future. At this time, there doesn’t appear to be anything missing.
     
-CITY-
Note: Information on issues in the courts related to this case can be obtained on a recorded message at (303) 441-1620.

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  June 26, 1997 - possible computer tampering in war room
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:33 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

June 26, 1997 - Ramsey Update #49
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

CBI Concludes Investigation of Computers
(Ramsey Update #49)
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation today provided an oral report to Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby, Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter and Detective Commander John Eller on the findings of their investigation into possible computer tampering. CBI Agent in Charge Mark Wilson’s investigation has concluded the problem was equipment failure, not human intervention, and that no crime was committed.
CBI conducted interviews with all people who have access to information, took the computer apart for examination, and fingerprinted the inside and outside of the computer. A complete computer analysis by CBI’s computer crime division showed there was an intermittent short circuit in the battery back-up to the CMOS BIOS chip (this is the chip that supplies key memory functions such as time, date and password to the computer). The resulting loss of power made it appear as if there might have been improper access of the computer.
The power lapse was caused by a malfunction in the computer. CBI experts determined this was not an electrical power surge or a weather related phenomenon. In the course of the investigation all the computers were examined and all electrical connections were checked.
Both Chief Koby and Boulder District Attorney Hunter said, “We appreciate the great work of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in this instance. They were quick to respond and reach a resolution. This incident needed to be investigated and we’re relieved that the investigation hasn’t been compromised. We have an outstanding group of officers working together and they will continue to work together as the analysis of this case continues.”
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation was called in on June 13 and they began investigating and interviewing people on June 16. In the course of their investigation, they eliminated the possibility of burglary or any breach of security.
-CITY-

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  June 17, 1997 - police back in house
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:32 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

June 17, 1997 - Ramsey Update #48
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Police Re-enter Ramsey's Boulder Home
(Ramsey Update #48)
Ramsey Home
Boulder Police today confirmed they intend to re-enter the home of John and Patricia Ramsey later this month. The primary purpose is to develop an architectural model of the home to assist in the investigation and presentation of the case. The Ramsey’s have consented to this re-entry by the Boulder Police and a search warrent will not be required.
Handwriting Sample
Boulder Police have not received the technicians report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation relating to their analysis of the fifth handwriting sample provided by Patricia Ramsey. Tests continue and the results will be sent to the Boulder Police Department upon completion.
-CITY-

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  June 12, 1997 computer hacked?
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:31 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

June 12, 1997 - Ramsey Update #47
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CITY OF BOULDER, COLORADO
June 12, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Boulder Police to ask for investigation of
possible theft of computer documents
Ramsey Update # 47
Boulder Police have asked for an investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation into a possible theft of computer documents from a police department computer located in the combined offices of the Boulder County District Attorney and the Boulder Police Department. This is the “war room” used by investigators assigned to the investigation of the JonBenet Ramsey murder.
The police department has confirmed that someone gained access to a computer containing Ramsey case information at approximately 1 a.m. on Saturday, June 7. The office was protected by electronic security and there were no signs of forced entry. Boulder police detectives discovered an anomaly in the computer on Monday morning, June 9 and immediately called for technical assistance. An assessment, conducted by in-house technicians from the police department and the city’s information technology services department, determined the likelihood that a theft of information had occurred.
Technicians from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were asked to begin an investigation and have made a preliminary examination of the computer equipment that was accessed. They are in the process of conducting further tests. It is not known at this time whether specific information has been removed or not.
Boulder police have hard-copies of the information contained on the computer, however there will be additional work required to verify the accuracy of all computerized reports. Electronic copies will need to be compared against hard copies for any evidence of tampering. According to Detective Commander John Eller, “We don’t believe anything has been lost, but we don’t know what, if anything, has been copied. Whether this will have an impact on this case depends on the outcome of the investigation.”
Additional steps have been taken since this discovery to upgrade the security on individual computers and Commander Eller has asked the investigators to work with the DA’s Office on trying to quickly improve security on the room.
Police moved into the “war room” on June 2. People assigned to this office from the Boulder Police department include one detective supervisor and four detectives. Two attorneys from the District Attorney’s Office, one investigator “on loan” from the Sheriff’s Office, and a third investigator from the DA’s office also are assigned to this room
-CITY-

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  May 22, 1997 arrest for theft of morgue log pages
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 04:25 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

   
May 22, 1997 - Ramsey Update #46
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Arrest made in theft of log pages
(Ramsey release #46)

Boulder Police today arrested James Michael Thompson (DOB: 9/23/63) on charges of theft under $100 and criminal mischief related to the theft of log pages from the morgue at Boulder Community Hospital.
Thompson, who resides at 25 16th Avenue, Room 512, Denver was formally charged by Boulder Police at 2:42 today. His bond has been set at $1,000.

Motion Filed to Continue Seal on Ramsey Search Warrants
The District Attorney’s Office, late this afternoon, filed a motion and supporting brief to continue in effect the order sealing warrants, affidavits, returns, inventories, and other documents submitted in connection with the warrants.
A copy of the motion can be obtained at the Centeral Records office, 1777 Broadway
-CITY-

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