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Justice, Boulder Style

The county will soon have its first new DA in 28 years. But in order for justice to be done, former cop Steve Thomas thinks the office needs a complete overhaul.

The attacks escalated. Hints surfaced that Thomas was mentally unstable; according to Jeff Shapiro, these rumors were coming from the DA's office.

And once Thomas had written his book -- which enjoyed a brief sojourn on the New York Times bestseller list -- he faced accusations that he had acted out of greed and betrayed the case. But Thomas has a response for this: Thanks to Hunter, he says, there were few secrets left in the investigation when he began to write. "The facts are the facts," he adds. "They in no way, shape or form change because, two years later, I write a book about my experience...

"Hunter comments that Thomas has made a million dollars and it's all blood money," Thomas says. "I'm not advocating anybody buy the book. Go to the library and check it out and tell me that this was not a story that should have been told. But Hunter is so hypocritical...This guy had the gall to go to an attorneys' conference in a beach resort in Alabama, and you know what the topic of his speech was? 'Managing the High-Profile Child Homicide.' On whose time and whose dime is he down in Alabama and up in Seattle giving speeches?

He aims to plea: Current Boulder DA Alex 
Hunter.Steve Thomas, former cop, wrote the book on 
the Ramsey investigation.Steve Thomas is building a 
future outside law enforcement.
John Johnston
He aims to plea: Current Boulder DA Alex Hunter.Steve Thomas, former cop, wrote the book on the Ramsey investigation.Steve Thomas is building a future outside law enforcement.
He aims to plea: Current Boulder DA Alex Hunter.
He aims to plea: Current Boulder DA Alex Hunter.

"If I'm not mistaken, in Boulder, Colorado, there is still an open homicide investigation, and presumably, he is still the district attorney till January."

Patsy Ramsey: I have faith that comes from only one source. God knows who killed JonBenét Ramsey. Steve Thomas does not know, Patsy Ramsey does not know, and John Ramsey does not know. God knows, and the truth is going to prevail.

-- Larry King Live

Trip DeMuth, who had run against colleague Mary Keenan in the Democratic primary and lost, resigned from the district attorney's office last month. He has taken a job with Crisman, Bynum and Johnson - whose principals include Mike Bynum, Boulder County deputy district attorney in the mid-'70s and current advisor to and close friend of John and Patsy Ramsey.

Alex Hunter has yet to reveal his plans for when he finally leaves the Boulder DA's office -- 28 years after he was first elected to oversee justice, Boulder style.

Thomas is making his living at construction. He thinks about JonBenét Ramsey every day. "Do I miss police work?" he asks. "I miss the hell out of police work. I didn't anticipate that at 38 years old, I'd be a carpenter.

"Do I miss police work in Boulder, Colorado? Not for a second."

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