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Investigator Has Earned Good Reputation

After reading your story about Investigator Paul Ronson ("Police Erred in Big Pot Case," Street Talk, Oct. 11), I am reminded of an old saying that there are three things all the riches in the world can't buy: good health, good friends and a good reputation.

As a lawyer who has practiced criminal defense exclusively in the Richmond area in excess of 30 years, I can unequivocally state, in my opinion, that Investigator Paul Ronson enjoys all three.

Throughout my career, I have tried thousands of criminal cases. I have seen cases prepared by police officers I considered professional and many by officers that weren't so professional. Because the bulk of my cases have been narcotic cases, I have worked with Investigator Ronson on numerous occasions. His dedication and honesty have always impressed me. I have never known him to "fudge" in his trial preparation or testimony. If there is a weakness in his case, he will be the first to admit it. I am confident that he is one police officer who will not bend the truth or, worse yet, fabricate evidence to secure a conviction. He would rather lose a case than throw it.

I cannot speak to the case of Gregory Gagelonia as I am not familiar with it. But as we all know, every story has two sides. Possibly Style Weekly can revisit this story after the appeal process is complete to hear Investigator Ronson's side.

David E. Boone
Delray Beach, Fla.

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