Lawyer Blasts Release Of Affidavit In Balloon Case

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A defense lawyer is criticizing the release of a Colorado mother's confession that she and her husband faked a runaway balloon incident involving their six-year-old son.

A published report says Denver attorney David Lane blasted Larimer County officials for releasing documents Friday in the investigation into whether Mayumi and Richard Heene staged a hoax.

He says the papers should have remained sealed until arrests were made.

He accuses the sheriff of trying to further his own agenda and make the process unfair to the Heenes." Lane spoke to The Coloradoan in Fort Collins.

Sheriff Jim Alderden and Larimer County District Attorney Larry Abrahamson said releasing such documents is common if there's not an order to seal a document.


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  • by P on Oct 26, 2009 at 02:32 AM
    They wanted a reality show, they got one!
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Oct 25, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    A lawyer criticizing the truth coming out. How about that. When a lawyer has clients who are clearly and obviously guilty, his job becomes to sell a perspective of the clients that a jury can sympathize with. For example that they were star-struck with the possibility of being on TV again. The mother said as much in her confession. Since the hoax was elaborately planned and the kids were asked to lie, sympathy will be hard to get now. A good lawman's motive is only to serve his community, and the law did just that when this hoax played out. The rescue mission seems to have left nothing to be desired. Now that we know it was a hoax and they got their 15 minutes of fame, they've gotta pay for taking rescue personnel away from real problems (or the possibility of such). I'm not saying jail, but there's gotta be some restitution. And a public apology is in order.
  • by Wilma on Oct 25, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    Well of course he is.........he wouldn't want the truth to come out before he tried to get his sleazy clients off the hook first! Makes his opportunity for money in his pocket highly unlikely.
  • by PUREBREAD on Oct 25, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    They were not ordered to be sealed so whats the big deal.She signed it they are guilty.Lawyers, they have to be some of the dumbest smart people or should I say dumbest dumb people in this country.
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