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DA: Office not source

by B.J.Plasket
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER District Attorney Alex Hunter, who has been meeting extensively with his grand jury expert behind closed doors in recent days, has told the Daily Times-Call he doesn't think anyone in his office was responsible for leaking information that appeared in a book earlier this year.

Portions of Lawrence Schiller's "Perfect Murder , Perfect Town" contain verbatim internal memos from Hunter's office and a detailed description of the meeting last year in which police presented their case to prosecutors.

"Most of what's in there is inaccurate" he said when asked about Schiller's account of the June 1998 meeting that was held under tight security at the Coors Events Center.

Hunter's comments marked the only time he has publicly addressed the content of any Ramsey -related books. He had steadfastly refused comment since Schiller's book was published in February.

But, when asked on Aug. 5 how Schiller could have obtained the internal memos, Hunter said it "must have been a janitor or a burglary or something."

After initially refusing to comment further on Tuesday, Hunter through media liaison Suzanne Laurion later said it would be "inaccurate to report that anyone in the DA's office believes the custodial staff is responsible for this."

Hunter had earlier told the Times-Call he may someday look into the leaks, but added, "Don't take that to the bank."

Hunter said he checked with his employees and doesn't think any of them leaked the memos.

If so, it wasn't the first time Hunter's staff has come under scrutiny during the Ramsey investigation. In the early months of the probe, a computer glitch caused Boulder police to initiate a probe by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

The CBI, after questioning the DA's staff and even following one of them home, concluded the security of the "war room" computer had not been breached.

Hunter made the comments after an impromptu Aug. 5 news conference regarding additional funding for the investigation.

The grand jury, meanwhile has not met this week. Hunter, however met extensively with grand jury specialist Michael Kane over the weekend and spent a good deal of Monday in a closed-door meeting with Kane.

The grand jury, which last met on May 24, will cease to exist on Oct. 20, but Hunter has said that date may not spell the end of the nearly three-year-old investigation.