Granjus slam DA's office over controversial emails

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Katie and Chris Granju say they were furious after reading controversial emails written by a Knox County Assistant District Attorney investigating the death of their 18-year-old son, Henry.

Volunteer TV obtained excerpts of the emails, and agreed to withhold the author's identity after Ms. Granju expressed fear of retaliation.

In one email, the assitant prosecutor says, "maybe he didn't care if he died. I think this kid had serious mental health issues apart from his drug addiction."

"I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't believe it," said Ms. Granju.

In another email it is written, "I will try to do what I can to help these people, but they are really traveling down the wrong road. I can't imagine their son would want them to go through this futile process."

And in what Ms. Granju calls the most shocking of all emails, "tell Ms. Katie to shut up ...She blogged a not-so-veiled threat after our meeting. Someone should tell her to focus on the remaining children she still has at home - I imagine they are pretty weary of Henry's issues at this point."

A spokesman issued a statement on behalf of Knox DA Randy Nichols, who's traveling in Nashville, saying, "these emails were in no way referring to the need to investigate the case. They were referring to misleading information getting out that we felt could interfere with the investigation. There was nothing improper about what she said in the context of one lawyer to another lawyer."

Said Mr. Granju, "I don't believe that someone who showed the prejudice that was exhibited in those emails is able to work on a case like that without prejudice."

Ms. Granju says she held onto the emails for eight months hoping for justice for her son.

Gill says the investigation into Henry's death remains open.

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  • by david Location: Oxford, AL on Oct 7, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    To James: Sir, as a retired Special Agent, you are far off base that I can't believe you even bothered to open your mouth, or computer to comment on this issue, and especially to defend the inappropriate comments of an ADA. These comments/emails should NEVER have been uttered/written. I would love to know who you work/worked for. You have in terms you will understand; engaged your mouth before engaging your brain.
  • by Holly Location: Rochester, NY on Mar 11, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    In reading about Henry through his Mom's blog and the ensuing media coverage, my heart goes out to all the people of your city because you have, at the least, an uncaring, and possibly incompetent, district attorney's office led by an individual who thinks one addicted, over-dosed kid is expendable. I hope this family finds justice. I hope your city finds justice. Nice kids from decent families die every day. Henry's mom is a gifted writer and can carry this message far and wide. I am grateful to her for this. Imagine all of the adolescents whose moms and dads are not writers. They grieve in silence. Bottom line: The criminals are those who provide drugs to our children. They rely and depend on creating addiction. Those who don't make the connection? Wake up.
  • by angelus on Mar 10, 2011 at 12:01 AM
    What you don't get, James, is that these were inappropriate opinions to voice. Why? This implies the man apparently does not want to do the job he is paid for. Apparently you must feel the police are better off pulling over soccer moms for going 5 miles over the speed limit and collecting paychecks than getting dangerous criminals off the street. The kid was beaten which implies that the person is violent and dangerous to ALL citizens--not just drug addicts. Maybe you will care when your son or daughter is beaten to death by violent people like this. Perhaps it will matter when drugs and drug dealers make their way into your "safe" neighborhood. Inaction in situations like this exacerbate the problem of drugs and violence, sir. How about you "wake up."
  • by James on Mar 6, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    The problem you all are not getting is that all of the emails he typed were not discussing how to handle the case, but giving their own opinions. None of you have ever been in law enforcement nor have you ever been associated with the legal system. Much of what goes on, regardless of whether you like it or not, is about opinions, thoughts, and assumptions. The ADA was well within their rights to discuss these things, as they are discussing state of mind for the kid, state of mind for the parents, and the intentions of the parents to bully themselves into the case. If you folks who want to crucify the ADA and the DA department here, then you need to wake up out of your perfect politically correct pipe dream and realize that in order to do their jobs, they have to discuss and consider things that make your perfect little stomachs turn over on themselves.
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      by david on Oct 7, 2011 at 07:20 AM in reply to James
      James, while I have already posted one comment relative to yours, let me say one more thing. You need to retire, as you have become jaded in your views, and lost focus with what is most important. That is investigating this CRIME!! And for you to suggest that these parents bullied their way into the case is garbage. Were it my child, I would leave no stone or investigator or ADA/DA unturned to find the truth. The latter seems to have escaped you well seasoned investigative eye.
  • by Leigh Location: Melbourne on Mar 6, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    Appalled by the nonsense of the last comment. Wouldn't be surprised if it was in fact someone from the KCSO, going by their past behaviour. I hope the people responsible for the brutal assualt are bought to justice, and that the citizens of Knox County can be confident that such abuses will not be flagrantly ignored.
  • by Glenda Location: Morristown on Mar 6, 2011 at 01:42 AM
    I fail to see the controversy.
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      by david on Oct 7, 2011 at 07:21 AM in reply to Glenda
      Which suggests that you are unable to read, and lack ALL the background surrounding this case.
  • by PapayaMom Location: Military Overseas on Mar 6, 2011 at 01:02 AM
    @Deiter Henry’s path in addiction and drug use was certainly improved by involved parents who sent him to two treatment centers and gave him ongoing care and support including “tough love.” So why are you blaming parents for an addiction that has been scientifically linked not only to parental involvement (which is obviously not an issue in Henry’s case) but also genetic and environmental factors in a person’s development? Henry reacted to a parent’s divorce and a slew of other non-controllable factors including the greatest risk for trying drugs (being an adolescent) by developing an addiction, which his parents worked hard to help break him out of. How is it the lifestyle of two parents in this situation, two solid family homes that supported Henry and attempted to give him all the tools in the world and NEVER gave him beer or drugs, in any way the cause of this boy being beaten by adult strangers who are actively harming your community? In addiction – Henry did not die ONLY of
  • by Timbo Location: Blaine on Mar 6, 2011 at 12:14 AM
    I remember this case vaguely but I think that the question here is "How did the attourney's emails get intercepted into the hands of Katie Granju anyway?" Those emails should've been private conversations between two lawyers and merely opinions of them at best! I feel for Ms. Granju because she lost a dear child in questionable circumstances, but I don't think that she needs to be spreading accusations about two attourneys that are supposedly at least trying to get to the bottom of this matter.
  • by Deiter Location: Knoxville on Mar 5, 2011 at 10:46 PM
    "tell Ms. Katie to shut up ...She blogged a not-so-veiled threat after our meeting." Wondering about the ...? What has been taken out? I remember Katie blogging all the threats towards Law Enforcement, telling all her blog readers to contact law enforcement and demand that they react and release information about the case. And then when they did, she went ballistic. Very strange case. One wonders just how much Granju's close ties with the media are influencing the coverage. Seems that when someone overdoses, the murderer would be the one who TOOK the pills, isn't that correct? They murdered themselves? Also, why is Granju aghast that someone said Henry had mental health issues? Granju has long posted personal details about Henry's mental health illnesses on her blog. And could someone please address the lifestyle in the home that taught this young man chemicals (beer, drugs) are the way to handle things?
  • by Al Location: Knoxville on Mar 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    Would you be “traveling down the wrong road” if you were seeking justice for the rape of a child? Should we just “focus” on our other daughter’s successful and prudent life when one is raped? Think about the other incidences that you may be put in where this inaction will greatly harm your family – there are many of them, even if you do not have daughters. I promise that your anger will grow as you consider these incidences.
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