JonBenet Ramsey: Boulder Reporter Sues DA

    September 20, 2013
    Lacy Langley
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The Daily Camera reports that reporter Charlie Brennan and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a lawsuit against Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett Wednesday. They are suing the Boulder County district attorney for the release of the secret 1999 grand jury indictment of JonBenet Ramsey’s parents, who were never prosecuted in the death of their daughter. Garnett has already refused to release the indictment twice.

The Daily Camera said that two members of the grand jury confirmed they had voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death, but that then-D.A. Alex Hunter had refused to sign the document.

“The plaintiffs believe… that the indictment is a criminal justice record that reflects official action by the grand jury, and accordingly that it is subject to mandatory disclosure upon request,” attorney Thomas B. Kelley wrote in the filing. “Alternatively, they argue the indictment should be disclosed to the public because such disclosure would serve the public interest in government transparency and not be contrary to the public interest nor cause undue adverse effect upon the privacy of the individual.”

Tru TV reports that JonBenet Ramsey was found dead on December 26, 1996 in the basement of the Ramsey home after her mother, Patsy Ramsey, now deceased, called 911 to report her missing and told dispatch that they had found a ransom note. It was while the police were waiting for the call that they made several critical mistakes. They did not conduct a proper search of the house. The home was not sealed off and friends walked in and out at their leisure. No moves were made to protect any forensic evidence.

The big picture of just how many mistakes Boulder police made became clear later that afternoon when a detective asked Fleet White, a friend of the Ramseys, to take John and search the house for “anything unusual.” They started in the basement. Later, during the documentary Who Killed JonBenet?, made by Channel Four in London, John Ramsey describes what they found:

“As I was walking through the basement, I opened the door to a room and knew immediately that I’d found her because there was a white blanket — her eyes were closed, I feared the worse but yet — I’d found her.”

The case went to Grand Jury in 1998, but in 1999, District Attorney Hunger announced that the investigation would be closed due to lack of evidence.
However, In 2008, the Boulder District Attorney’s office announced that a DNA specimen taken from an unknown male’s blood left on JonBenet’s underwear had exonerated both John and Patsy Ramsey, as well as their now-adult son, Burke. Boulder police officially reopened the case in 2009.

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  • richard

    I think the reported is a noisy bastard.

  • Reality

    District Attorneys are some of the most corrupt people in this country. We have over 2 million prisoners in this country and the vast majority are there on plea deals. Most of those plea deals are coerced by corrupt DAs. The worst are small town DAs. In small town America, people are arrested so that counties can receive money from fines, fees, and various forms of restitution.

    Guilt or innocence does not matter in a courtroom. Heck, most DAs don’t even investigate the crimes they are prosecuting. The may investigate the big crimes but the small ones, they never even look at. They just force plea deals.

    It is sad to say that there are many guilty people walking free and many innocent people stuck in the hell that is prison. However, I assure you that the most dishonest people are those found in the courtrooms of America. They just never get caught because at the end of the day, no one investigates them. They simply police themselves.


    I think the police, D.A., reporters all did a completely botched job on this little girl…..she would have been 23 years old today, quite possibly with (at the very least) a fiance, maybe even a beautiful little girl or boy…..this perfect little girl had absolutely no justice and to this day, it seems that nobody even cares……certainly not John Ramsey, remarried, more children…..why should he care about his little beauty queen daughter, killed so senselessly a “lifetime” ago?? He was a piece of trash then and a piece of trash now……John, I hope the Lord judges you as kindly as you judged the person who claimed your beautiful daughter so many years ago!

  • Doctrine

    I think it’s a sad shame that uneducated people in the public who don’t understand DNA, continue to blame the Ramsey’s for what clearly was a predator who entered their home. John Ramsey, and the Ramsey family are wonderful, kind, and generous people. Hopefully this new attention to the case will encourage the real killer, who is married and who is a parent, and who appears to be a productive citizen of Boulder, will communicate. He might feel a need to send a letter. However the latest flooding there is probably keeping him busy in his need for drama. Pedophile drama queen.

    • @Doctrine

      Everyone thinks that DNA is foolproof but the reality is that over 20% of DNA cases inaccurate. In Europe, DNA cases have come under much scrutiny recently. (Scientists in Europe actually replicated a person’s DNA even though they did not have a sample of that persons DNA. So essentially they created a person’s DNA signature from scratch.) This isn’t widely talked about in the US because many criminal investigations in this nation hinge on DNA results and the US does not want to disturb that trend. Time magazine did an article on this about 2 years ago.

      Juries in general are highly uneducated though. The NCIS effect has taken hold in this nation. Essentially, everyone watches NCIS (or related shows) and thinks that it is accurate, then they take that knowledge into the courtroom and wrongly convict people.

      It is sad — but ever day in this nation, innocent people are convicted or forced to plead guilty because of faulty evidence or coercion. Conversely, many guilty people are set free. Add into the mix that incarceration is big business in the US —- well then you have a totally dysfunctional justice system.

      The really ironic thing is that in general prison does not make society safer at all. It makes it actually more dangerous in the long run. Prison should only be for the worst of the worst cases. All other should be dealt with differently.

      Sorry to be so long winded. I am just in the process of writing a book about this very topic. The evidence is quite interesting.