Letter to Colorado Governor Elect Bill Owens

From New York Attorney Darnay Hoffman

November 23, 1998

Dear Governor-Elect Owens:

The time has come for you to consider making the removal of Alex Hunter as prosecutor of the JonBenét Ramsey case your first official act as the Governor of Colorado.

On August 6, 1998 Boulder detective Steve Thomas resigned from the JonBenét Ramsey case after spending nearly two years as one of its most important investigators.

Detective Thomas' letter is a damning indictment of the District Attorney's role in the case. If you haven't read this letter already, I am enclosing a copy of it for you.

Among other things, Det. Thomas has charged that "The significant opinions of national experts were casually dismissed or ignored by the district attorney's office, even experienced FBI were waved aside."

Detective Thomas then goes on to state that "There is evidence that was critical to the investigation, that to this day has never been collected...Not to mention evidence which still sits today, untested in the laboratory..."

And most disturbing of all, Det. Thomas offers the opinion that "I believe the district attorney's office is thoroughly COMPROMISED.'

What is going on here?

Detective Steve Thomas is not the only person complaining about Alex Hunter's handling of the JonBenét Ramsey case. Boulder residents Fleet and Priscilla White, former Ramsey friend and photographer Judith Phillips, and Bill McReynolds have all called for the appointment of a special prosecutor. Denver Post columnist Chuck Green and and radio talk-show host Peter Boyles have been highly critical of Alex Hunter's performance as well.

It has been almost two years since the death of JonBenét Ramsey.

Isn't it time for the chief law enforcement officer of Colorado, namely the governor-elect, to begin the process of restoring integrity to the criminal justice system -- a system that has been corrupted by a weak and ineffectual district attorney and a governor whose lack of character in betraying his wife and family is matched only by his political cynicism in allowing his state to become the judicial laughing stock of America.

Enough is enough.

Very truly yours,

Darnay Hoffman, Esq.