7/8/2014 5:06:00 PM Letter to the Editor from Dodge County Sheriff Jim Jensen in response to "Graddy family struggles with autopsy results delivery via news media" story
Response to an article in the July 2nd copy of the Star Herald newspaper "Graddy family struggles with autopsy results delivery via news media"
On the morning of Thursday June 26, I received a phone call from Noah Graddy's mother, "upset" that she had not been told the cause of his death. I was under the assumption that she had known and felt bad and apologized to her.
After reading the article in the July 2nd copy of the Star Herald, I discovered that the family had indeed had the death certificate "for awhile, but they have been waiting for the official autopsy results." The information that I released to the media is a shortened version of what was on the death certificate (the information that the family already had). This is public information that the media is entitled to, and the same information that the family already had in their possession.
I would also like to clarify one more thing. In the article, Dodge County assistant county attorney Gary ReMine stated "there was no plan in place for the sheriff to release the results to the media." This statement is false.
At the end of the meeting to go over the autopsy results, I brought the question up to the group members as to what I should release to the media. I explained to them that the media had been calling on a daily basis to ask for the autopsy results. I stated that now that the autopsy results are out, the media is entitled to the cause of death. In response to this Dodge County assistant county attorney Gary ReMine said, "keep it simple".
After I left the meeting, I returned a phone call to KAAL (as they had called earlier in the day while I was in another meeting); KAAL then requested an interview with me. I didn't go right to the media following the meeting as the article previously stated.
The bottom line is the truth should not be twisted to make someone look bad for the benefit of others.
James J. Jensen
Dodge County Sheriff
Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Ok, enough Jensen, take responsibility for your actions! I know Gary Remine personally, you'd have to near run him over with a truck to get him to make a "false" statement. Just maybe, if you weren't so anxious to get in front of the camera you would have considered the Graddy family and talked to them first before drooling at the lens. You Jensen are a narcissist, hey folks, look at everything he says, it''s "I" to him. Unless of course he has to blame someone else for his shortcomings. I will talk to anyone about the real Jim Jensen, I resigned from the department because, in my opinion, he is a liar and a fraud. The current employees can't speak because they fear for their jobs. If you want the truth, ask someone other than Jensen.