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October 23, 2006

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To the editor:

During a recent press conference (as reported in the Oct. 17 Journal-World), attorney general candidate Paul Morrison was accused of mishandling the David Harmon murder trial so he could spend more time on his campaign. Let's get the facts straight. I was in charge of that investigation and have been closely associated with the case for 24 years. Shortly after the homicide, we had a closing window of opportunity to make an arrest. Paul Morrison, who was relatively new with the Johnson County D.A.'s Office, supported the arrest, but was overridden by several senior prosecutors.

This homicide was brought to a successful conclusion because of two exceptional cold case detectives and the courage, talent and drive of Paul Morrison. Both suspects were convicted and are currently serving time. Would the officers and victim's relatives have preferred a longer prison term? Certainly. Let's not blame Paul Morrison for the mandated sentence length these criminals received. That's out of his control.

Paul Morrison is, and has been, an excellent public servant and I certainly support his decisions and handling of this murder case after 24 years. This is certainly a proper outcome in an extremely difficult prosecution.

Chief Jeffrey Hermann,

retired,

Ottawa

Comments

prioress 8 years, 3 months ago

Phill doesn't really "lie." He's not clever enough to know when he is and when he isn't. This is another example of a race that should be nonpartisan. The law shouldn't have much to do with which party is in control, despite what Dubbya says about the Bill of Rights and Torture.

imastinker 8 years, 3 months ago

I like Phil Kline, and will probably vote for him, but it's hard to have a problem with this letter. He says nothing about Morrison's AG race. He simply states the facts as he sees them, and says that he was an excellent public servant. I certianly hope so, since he's in the race for AG now. I hope both candidates are excellent public servants.

Terry Jacobsen 8 years, 3 months ago

Bet I can guess which political party you belong to.

xenophonschild 8 years, 3 months ago

Amen. Phill and pond scum are synonymous.

prioress 8 years, 3 months ago

Wanna talk about a liar. Is Morrison a Democrat or a Republican? Oh that's right, he was a republican, which means most of you posting here would have hated him last year, but since he is a democrat now, you love him. Now whose the liar?

Two words come to mind: Ronald and Reagan.

Terry Jacobsen 8 years, 3 months ago

Wanna talk about a liar. Is Morrison a Democrat or a Republican? Oh that's right, he was a republican, which means most of you posting here would have hated him last year, but since he is a democrat now, you love him. Now whose the liar?

Katara 8 years, 3 months ago

I still would have liked him better than Kline no matter what party he belonged to.

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