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Ramsey suspect’s legal counsel full of confusion

August 27, 2006

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— Confusion over John Mark Karr's legal representation continued Saturday as a Colorado attorney denied reports that she will help two California lawyers defend the suspect in the slaying of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.

Public defender Seth Temin has insisted his office is Karr's sole representative, but California attorneys Jamie Harmon and Patience Van Zandt have said Karr hired them.

The Rocky Mountain News reported Saturday that Colorado lawyer Rachel Cohen had agreed to help Harmon and Van Zandt with the case. In a statement posted on her Web site Saturday, however, Cohen said, "I have not represented (Karr) and will not be representing him."

"We are fortunate in Colorado to have what may well be the best public defender system in the United States," Cohen wrote.

Karr, 41, was arrested in Thailand earlier this month and accused of the Dec. 26, 1996, murder of 6-year-old JonBenet at her family's Boulder home. The case has vexed experts for a decade.

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