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U-T Editor Claims His Letter in Support of Wade Sanders Was Altered

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FBI agents are looking into whether a letter written on behalf of Bill Clinton's former military adviser was doctored. This week, a federal judge sentenced Wade Sanders to 37 months in prison for possession of child porn. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has details.

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Above: A local war hero says this past week was more difficult then his tour of duty in Vietnam -- Wade Sanders was convicted of possessing child pornography. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma discusses the crime and sentencing with KPBS host Gloria Penner.

FBI agents are looking into whether a letter written on behalf of Bill Clinton's former military adviser was doctored. This week, a federal judge sentenced Wade Sanders to 37 months in prison for possession of child porn. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has details.

Union Tribune Editor Bernie Jones notified the judge this week that his letter in support of Sanders had been altered. He says he sent his original letter to Sanders.

"In my original letter, I had said to the judge I don't see any purpose being served by a long prison term. That was changed to any prison term. I did not address in my letter the sex offender status because I was uncomfortable doing so."

But the version submitted by Sanders to the judge has Jones advocating against Sanders being registered as a sex offender. Jones wouldn't comment on who he thinks altered the letter. Jones blamed himself for not reading the letter Sanders sent back to him more carefully before he signed it. So did Sanders defense attorney Knut Johnson.

"I would expect an editor of a major newspaper would know to read it and look through and make sure that he agreed with the changes before he signed it and faxed it to me."

Johnson believes Jones is trying to distance himself from his letter of support for Sanders because of criticism from colleagues. Jones denied that.

Amita Sharma, KPBS News.

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