"Hunter's Letter to Lin Wood"
Posted by jams on Sep-12-00 at 08:19 PM (EST)

Dear Mr. Wood,

I am writing to you in order to clarify the position of the DA's office of the 20th Judicial District with regard to the propriety of the release of the video and audio tape of the interviews conducted with John and Patsy Ramsey by the Bouldere Police department and representatives of my staff on August 27, 2000 and August 28th, 2000.

Apparently, based on discussions you had with Michael Kane on the Larry King how on August 29th, 2000, you are under the impression that the Office of the District Attorney supports your plan to release the video taped interviews condusted with your clients, the Ramseys, in Atlanta on the 27th and 28th. I am writing to inform you that th Boulder DA's office is strongly opposed to the release of any portion of the interviews with the Ramseys.

I have reached this position based on my concern that a release of any of the information contained within those interviews could seriously jeopardize the ongoing investigation into the murder of Jonbenet Ramsey, as well as jeopardize our ability to file charges against the killer and to successfully prosecute the murderer of JonBenet Ramsey. I am of the opinion that anyone who has a concern about the successful prosecution of JonBenet Ramsey would realize that to release details of the investigation to the killer would enable them to prepare a defense which may not be rebuttable by the prosecution.

Our concern in this case has been, and always will be, in capturing the killer of JonBenet Ramsey. I believe that anyone who shares this feeling will realize that the release of substantive information from those interviews can only do harm to the ongoing investigation. If you would like to discuss the matter further, please feel free to contact me at 303-441-3700.

In addition, I's enclosing a press statement issued today concerning the release of grand jury transcripts or the discussion of what the grand jury did or didn't do in the recent JonBenet Grand Jury investigation.

Yours truly,

Alexander M. Hunter
District Attorney