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Jordan Ranum, Valley City, Letter: Thanks for the work on Gibbs conviction

I want to acknowledge and thank the members of law enforcement whose work led to the arrest, convictions, and imprisonment of Moe Gibbs. I especially want to thank those who investigated the murder of Mindy Morgenstern. From the very start of the...

I want to acknowledge and thank the members of law enforcement whose work led to the arrest, convictions, and imprisonment of Moe Gibbs. I especially want to thank those who investigated the murder of Mindy Morgenstern. From the very start of the case, they treated me with respect and kindness, and even after a verdict was out of their hands were right there to stand by their work and to see the job was finished. The job they did was misrepresented in court by defense attorneys who showed no more integrity or honesty than common criminals.

To the members of North Dakota's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, thank you for a job well done, and done right. To Tom, Cal, Lonnie, John, Dale, Arnie and Mark, and to those I didn't personally meet, I hold you all in the highest regard. From beginning to end, your confidence was reassuring in the worst of times. I am very proud to know you and to have your support.

To the Valley City Police Department I say thank-you as well. Your work was not unnoticed. And to Chief Dean Ross and Sheriff Gene Bjerke, thank you for your constant presence through two trials and many, many hearings.

Finally, to County Prosecutor Brad Cruff, Lee Grossman and Jon Byers from the attorney general's office, thank you very much. You three did an outstanding job throughout this year despite hurdles unseen by the general public or jurors. You showed class both inside the courtroom and out, which is something your counterparts could not misrepresent or hope to replicate.

I thanked all of you personally but I felt that the public you serve should be aware of your hard work. It is a debt that I, and all who loved Mindy, can never repay.

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Jordan Ranum, Valley City, Letter: Thanks for the work on Gibbs conviction 20071230

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