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District attorney owes no apology getting Karr

The district attorney of Boulder, Colo., makes her office look a little like the Keystone Cops after having to drop charges against John Mark Karr in the JonBenet Ramsey murder.

But Mary Lacy isn't letting the trans-Pacific misfire throw her. The decision to bring Mr. Karr back from Thailand was hers. "I should be held accountable," she said.

Based on troubling but inconclusive evidence, she made the correct decision to bring him back to the U.S. Unfortunately, the key evidence, the DNA sample, didn't hold up. He fabricated his confession.

Why he orchestrated the whirlwind of events that brought him to Boulder to face charges is as yet unknown. But the district attorney was right to seize Mr. Karr quickly because she said she feared other little girls might be in danger from him.

Tragically, though, the attention again turns to the Ramsey family simply because there are no other suspects.

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