Journo Sues to See JonBenet Indictment
Charlie Brennan had reported on secret indictment in January
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2013 9:58 AM CDT
John and Patsy Ramsey on Aug. 28, 2000. Patsy died in 2006, and John has since remarried.   (AP Photo/Gregory E. Smith)

(Newser) – JonBenet Ramsey's 1996 death remains in the spotlight. A Boulder Daily Camera exclusive published in January revealed the grand jury had in 1999 voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey (the charge: child abuse resulting in death), but then-DA Alex Hunter refused to sign the indictment. Now, Camera reporter Charlie Brennan is suing current DA Stan Garnett for the indictment's release, the paper reports. The move comes after Brennan, alongside the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, had two requests that it be made public denied.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday argues "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. Alternatively ... the indictment should be disclosed to the public because such disclosure would serve the public interest in government transparency." Garnett's response: "Protecting the integrity of the grand jury process is important to every district attorney. We will respond to the motion in a pleading in court." Click for more on the indictment.

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MichaelSH
Sep 21, 2013 2:26 AM CDT
The grand jury saw the proof that the mother wrote the ransom note.
K.C.
Sep 20, 2013 3:42 PM CDT
The taser information is interesting. I didn't know about that. Regardless of whether the Ramseys directly murdered their child, it has always seemed obvious to me they were greatly responsible for it. If it takes this much time and trouble even to get an indictment thereof, it certainly proves to me the debasement of our criminal justice system.
fractal
Sep 20, 2013 2:24 PM CDT
This child was being paraded around on the child pageant circuit, where pedophiles abound. They then opened their house to the general public on a christmas in Boulder homes tour. It was a perfect opportunity for anyone to scope out the property. Jon Benet was tasered into submission, a fact that a lot of people don't know because tasers were not often used back then---the marks were on her body. I just don't think it likely that her parents even owned a taser. The basement window was broken out, and there were signs of entry there. I think these parents were just naive when it came to home security and the need for it when you have a child that is beautiful and becoming famous in her niche. It would be interesting to see what "lie experts" have to say about their interviews, though.