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JonBenet Ramsey case: Reporters sue to release indictment
By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com
A Colorado reporter and a press advocacy group are suing the Boulder County district attorney to force the release of the secret 1999 grand jury indictment of JonBenét Ramsey’s parents, who were never prosecuted in the death of their daughter.
Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan, together with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, filed a lawsuit against Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett Wednesday.
The newspaper said two members of the grand jury confirmed they had voted two 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.”
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