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2/20/1997

Warrant ruling on hol

by Pam Regensberg
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER -- A ruling on a motion to extend a seal on search warrants in the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation has been delayed to give the media more time to argue against keeping the documents sealed.

Boulder County Judge Diane MacDonald was expected to issue a written ruling by late Wednesday on District Attorney Alex Hunter's motion to seal the documents until someone is arrested and charged with the Christmastime slaying of the 6-year-old beauty queen.

Attorneys for the two metro-area newspapers filed a motion to Wednesday for more time to respond to the district attorney's motion to extend the seal.

MacDonald gave the media until late Friday afternoon to submit arguments. She's expected to rule either in writing or at a hearing on the release of the documents.

The warrants comtain information that authorities say could damage their investigation if released to the public. In arguing to keep the records closed, the DA's office said ``the owners of the property subject to these searches have not been eliminated from suspicion.''

Boulder police were in the Ramseys ' 15-room Boulder home for nearly two weeks where they gathered several boxes and bags of evidence. The contents of that evidence has been kept secret.