Tabloid, Boulder officials reach agreement on photos
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BOULDER, Colorado (CNN) - The Globe tabloid newspaper has reached a settlement with Boulder County officials over photographs the paper ran from the JonBenet Ramsey murder case.
The publisher agreed not to run additional photos in exchange for getting to keep the rights to the photos that were published Monday. It will return the seven photos it published as well as two photos not yet published.
In return, Boulder officials will drop their request for a restraining order and dismiss the civil lawsuit filed against the paper.
Officials said they believed the photos were stolen, and that publishing them might jeopardize the investigation and the outcome of any court case in which they might be used.
According to its attorney, the Globe, in the agreement, denies all wrongdoing, all liability and any criminal activity whatsoever.
Tony Frost, editor of the 1.3-million circulation paper, defended his right to publish the photographs. They include images of the garrote used to strangle the girl, the cord that bound her and the Ramsey living room where her covered body was placed after she was found in the basement by her father.
Boulder officials sought a restraining order Monday to stop the Globe from publishing the photos again. The agreement was reached before a district court judge could rule on the request.
Meanwhile, the sheriff's department has given polygraph exams not only to employees in the office of coroner John Meyer, but also at the photo lab where they were developed.
On another matter, security officials at Lockheed Martin, parent company of the business John Ramsey ran, have determined there were no credible threats against John Ramsey, father of the slain girl, or his company, Access Graphics.
A ransom note found December 26 -- several hours before the discovery of the girl's body at the family home -- contained threats against Access Graphics.
Laurie Wagner, a senior vice president for Access Graphics, told CNN their investigation into those threats have not turned up anything that would lead them to believe anyone with the company is in danger.
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