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2/5/1997

Ramsey warrants remai

by Pam Regensberg
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER -- The public won't know for at least 15 more days what the Boulder police took from the Ramsey family home.

A Boulder County judge -- without a hearing -- on Tuesday sealed the search warrants, extending a seal ordered on Jan. 7. The district attorney's office, however, asked the court to close them for another 30 days, saying that disclosure of the records would ``do substantial injury to the public interest.''

The DA's office originally asked for the documents to be sealed for 120 days. Boulder County Judge Diane McDonald set an expiration date of Feb. 20.

``If it is still going on in 15 days, we'll go back,'' Assistant District Attorney Bill Wise said about the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation. ``I think that the judge is aware of the law. These are public documents.''

The public documents can be closed to the public only if the authorities show a compelling reason why they should not be disclosed.

In the motion filed Tuesday, the DA's office argued that the warrants contain ``specific information about the homicide and the records of the investigation into the death of JonBenet Ramsey ... disclosure of this information during the investigation could jeopardize the ability of the law enforcement authorities to collect and interpret information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the killer.''

The motion stated that release of any information surround the investigation could compromise the validity of witness statements. The hearing was not publicized.

Police confiscated evidence from the Ramseys ' 15-room Tudor home at 755 15th St. and from their 1995 Jaguar and 1996 Jeep Cherokee.

Meanwhile, police have not made any arrests in the Dec. 26 slaying of the 6-year-old beauty queen. Her parents, John and Patricia ``Patsy'' Ramsey , have refused to be interviewed by police. The city maintains the interview is a ``matter of scheduling.''