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Boulder Cops Fool Reporters

Jeff Brady, NPR's reporter based in Denver, Colo., sent in his observations on John Mark Karr's arrival in Boulder:

At 3:32 p.m. on Thursday, the Boulder County District Attorney's office put out a press release warning reporters. It said anyone going to the Boulder Airport would have to obey all rules — park only in designated spots, don't park on the streets and don't block any roads.

A reporter could be excused, then, for assuming that John Mark Karr would be arriving at the Boulder airport at 5:00 p.m., just like the rumor mill was reporting. So, it was quite a surprise when the plane landed at the Broomfield Airport, 10 miles away, instead.

This just a few days after the Boulder County Sheriff's office put out a statement saying there was no need to try and get a shot of Karr in Colorado because "Karr will not be paraded or exposed to public view during his transfers to or from the county jail..."

Was this a deliberate effort to foil reporters hoping to get a "perp walk" shot for the front page or that evening's news? Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said it was important to have two places to land in case of bad weather. Quoted in the Rocky Mountain News, Pelle said, "You guys were everywhere, at both airports. We weren't worried about dodging you. We were just worried about getting him here safe."

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Larger media outlets with plenty of cash to burn had reporters at both locations. But the smaller outlets were left scrambling and a little perturbed. Apparently, despite Boulder County's best efforts, the perp walk made it on the front page of the Denver Post this morning.