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Old July 19th 03, 01:06 AM
Holier Than Thou
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Attorney Calls Woman's Alleged Behavior 'Appalling'

POSTED: 2:32 p.m. EDT July 18, 2003
UPDATED: 2:44 p.m. EDT July 18, 2003

According to documents released by the U.S. Justice Department, a dog
trainer from Midland, Mich., may be responsible for planting evidence
in at least three investigations, Local 4 reported.

Attorney Angered Over Dog Trainer's Alleged Behavior

Sandra Anderson, of Midland, and her dog Eagle have become famous for
their ability to find human remains. But Anderson is now part of a
federal probe accusing her of planting evidence at crime scenes.

The FBI began investigating Anderson in 2002 when she and Eagle went
to Oscoda to look for the body of missing women. Police in the town
apparently accused her of pulling some bones out of her boot and
planting them in a stream.

Anderson and her dog also helped convict a Plymouth man three years
ago for murdering his wife based in part by evidence they found at the
man's home, Local 4 reported.

The man was accused of dismembering his wife's body and leaving parts
in Dearborn and Ohio, Local 4 reported.

In Dec. 1999 Anderson's dog found blood in the basement of the
convicted murderer. But according to the federal document, a DNA test
revealed Anderson's blood was on a hacksaw blade in the basement of
the man's home.

The hacksaw blade was reportedly never admitted into evidence in the
case, but Eagle found several other areas with blood that were used as
evidence toward convicting the man.

The man's attorney, Michael Schwartz, was upset when hearing of the
federal investigation into Anderson.

"I'm appalled. You can't take the system of justice and pervert it for
any reason.," Schwartz said.

Anderson apparently testified at the man's murder trial.

"She seemed to be, I thought, in my cross examination, that she was a
little bit too overconfident in her own abilities and that of the
dog," Schwartz said.

In her response to the allegations, Anderson told Local 4, "It's
absolutely ridiculous. Eagle did an incredible job and I absolutely
did not plant evidence. Anything we touch has DNA."

Schwartz is expected to ask for a new trial for his client next week,
Local 4 reported.

"Her credibility clearly would be shot if the jury knew that she
planted evidence there that was false," Schwartz said.

But according to authorities, getting a new trial may be difficult
after police found more blood in the man's basement under a coat of
paint. DNA tests reportedly linked that blood to the murder victim.

Anderson says she and her dog Eagle are still being used to assist in
investigations. She and Eagle were used to identify victims of the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. They were also used in the Chandra Levy case
and in helping to identify political victims in Panama.

The justice department believes Anderson has planted evidence in at
least three cases.

There was no word on if she will face charges any time soon for the

BethF, Anchorage, AK

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