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Ramsey Lawyer Holds News Conference

Aired August 28, 2000 - 5:37 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

BERNARD SHAW, CNN ANCHOR: Returning now to Atlanta, where Lin Wood is the lawyer for John and Patsy Ramsey, they have been meeting with the Boulder, Colorado police. The lawyer now talking to reporters outside his law office in Atlanta.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

LIN WOOD, ATTORNEY FOR RAMSEYS: ... the request that Chief Beckner made. Mr. Cane's (ph) position is that that was obstructionism, that I was afraid to let John and Patsy answer questions because I thought those answers might harm them and that obviously, unless he was given free rein to ask any question he wanted to, he didn't want to participate in the interviews.

QUESTION: But it was about the security arrangement?

WOOD: Yes, it was about -- in part -- in large part it was about matters that had nothing to do with legitimate areas concerning the investigation of JonBenet Ramsey's murder.

QUESTION: ... looking seriously at other suspects?

WOOD: Michael Cane is not.

QUESTION: Are the others?

WOOD: Again, I came out and I complimented Chief Beckner, that is the first time I have had a chance to meet him face to face. I think Chief Beckner is, from what I have seen in my discussions with him, an individual who I think is interested in trying to be objective and fair and cover all of the areas that the evidence will lead him to cover. I feel like he's someone that we can deal with, I would be comfortable in dealing with him. Again, I'm going to give Mr. Cane another try tomorrow, but I don't have a lot of hope. But maybe tomorrow is new day, maybe we're a little bit tired late in the afternoon.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

WOOD: I'm going to let Patsy and John probably answer a few questions tomorrow. I don't want them to be put in the position of answering questions today since we still have the interviews remaining to be finished. But you'll have a chance, hopefully, they will be able to talk to you tomorrow. QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

WOOD: Patsy Ramsey answered every question that was fair, truthfully and, you know, at one point I asked Michael Cane when he was up and threatening to leave, I said, you know, why don't you stay if you got a hundred questions? Maybe 10 of them I won't let her answer because I don't think it's within the request of Chief Beckner, but you'll at least get 90 of the questions answered. And, you know, he was going to walk out. I don't think they came here to get information, Michael Cane did not.

QUESTION: Did you break off the interview?

WOOD: No, I've been -- it got to be 5:00 and six of them are working on Colorado time, so it's 3:00 to them, it's 5:00 to me. I am tired, my clients are tired. It was a long back and forth in the afternoon and maybe we'll come back tomorrow a little more fresh and more rested, and we'll get off to a better start than we ended today.

OK, thank you and we'll talk to you tomorrow.

SHAW: Lin Wood, the attorney for John and Patsy Ramsey. One part of this couple has been answering questions put forth by the Boulder, Colorado police, among them police chief Mark Beckner. We heard Lin Wood say -- quote -- "he is someone we can deal with." The Ramsey's daughter, JonBenet was found murdered the day after Christmas in 1996. The Ramseys deny any involvement and they say they would like to find who killed their daughter.

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