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    NM - Mary Han, 44, Albuquerque, 18 Nov 2010

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read..._viewed&page=1

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mary Han was a successful civil rights attorney who for decades battled over the rights of abused women, accused prostitutes and the homeless. In the close-knit Albuquerque legal community, she was known as a spitfire whose fervor was often directed at one entity in particular: The city's troubled police department.

    Now, more than two years after Han was found dead in her garage in what authorities deemed a suicide, the department is under scrutiny amid questions over whether officers mishandled the investigation into the death of their former adversary.

    The state attorney general's office is looking into the matter. It has also asked federal officials, who last year launched a civil rights probe into the department's high number of police shootings, to look at the case...............

    Han's law partner, Paul Kennedy, discovered her body the next morning in the garage of her home after she failed to come to work or contact her assistant.

    She was sitting in the driver's seat of her BMW, reading glasses on, feet propped up on the dash with the driver's door and the windows open, according to police reports. Found in the car were a pair of brown slippers, a robe with a bottle of Ambien in the pocket and a glass with clear liquid. The door between the garage and the house was open.............

    Much more at link....intriguing case....wonder what actually happened, suicide or murder....


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    How awful. It sounds like suicide or maybe even an accident while drinking, but then again, could have been set up by someone who had seen suicides. I wonder what her blood alcohol was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txsvicki View Post
    How awful. It sounds like suicide or maybe even an accident while drinking, but then again, could have been set up by someone who had seen suicides. I wonder what her blood alcohol was.
    I read over this article again and nothing was said about BAL or what the 'clear liquid' found was.....part of the problem in the investigation was so many people tramping through the scene:

    Juliano, a former field investigator for the city's medical examiner's office, said he found nothing to indicate foul play. But he also doesn't believe Han fit the profile for suicide.

    "There was nothing to indicate she was depressed. Her financial situation was fine. She was looking forward to holidays with the family."

    Still, he said, the myriad unanswered questions could have been eliminated if police had properly locked down and fully investigated the scene.

    Said Juliano: "If things are not done right in the beginning, it creates a lot of conspiracy theories."
    I'll try to find some more local information and articles...


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    Whoa...
    Why did 24 cops need to be there??? And the only tox mentioned was an incredibly high CO level; but her car door, windows, & the door from the house to the garage were all open. No mention of alcohol, Ambien, or other substances in her blood.
    Plus 28 police shootings that have left 18 people dead in the past 3 yrs. Something's not right here, IMO.
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    http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/...eath-case.html

    Just one story I found interesting regarding cops using their cellphones to take photos at the death scene. As a former EMT, this makes me angry...and sad. Intolerable, IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GarAndTeed View Post
    http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/...eath-case.html

    Just one story I found interesting regarding cops using their cellphones to take photos at the death scene. As a former EMT, this makes me angry...and sad. Intolerable, IMHO.
    Agree, and then it shows several of those phones disappeared later...

    Here is another article from 2011 with some more information but still nothing about BAL....wonder what the autopsy showed? When $100K worth of jewelry is missing something is wrong also...

    http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/f...ey's-death

    Han was found dead inside her BMW in her closed garage. News 13 got copies of the police reports from that day.

    Han was in the driver's seat with her feet up on the dash. Police said a tumbler with vodka was in the center console, and sleeping pills in the passenger seat.

    Both cops, and Han's law partner Paul Kennedy, who found her body, said the house and garage were full of carbon monoxide. But, the first officer on scene made it clear things weren't right.

    He noted all of Han's car windows were down, her car was cool to the touch, and the battery was dead. A BMW expert told officers the car would have to be out of gas for it to turn off, but when officers jumped it, it still had half a tank.

    Han's sister then alerted police that Han's wallet was out of her purse and her jewelry was missing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GarAndTeed View Post
    http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/...eath-case.html

    Just one story I found interesting regarding cops using their cellphones to take photos at the death scene. As a former EMT, this makes me angry...and sad. Intolerable, IMHO.
    And they declared it an "accidental suicide"?
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    911 call

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    http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/r...ints-to-murder

    From Sept. 2012, some LE thought it was a staged murder according to this.
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    http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2011/...ans-death.html

    The windows of her car were rolled down. Her car keys were in the ignition in the “on” position. The car was off, cold, the battery dead, the gas tank still half-full.
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    Despite that, Reichard makes an odd case for suicide by telling the investigator that Han had a lot of “personal issues,” including being dumped in a relationship and having sexual relationships with female police officers.

    http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/...ans-death.html

    This ME is ridiculous, imo.
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    Watch "Private Investigator Seeks Answers in Lawyer's Death" Video at ABQJournal

    recorded conversation between ME and private investigator.
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    "Crack up the music and dance!"

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    "Crack up the music and dance!"

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    Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread.
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