A new lawsuit in the ongoing quest to uncover the truth behind the murder of JonBenét Ramsey has emerged in Colorado. Boulder Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan, along with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, filed a lawsuit against the Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett. Brennan and the committee are demanding that the DA release an 1999 indictment that accused Ramsey’s parents of child abuse and murder.
According to the The Inquistr, the indictment was “secretly voted on by the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury in 1999 but never prosecuted.” Brennan believes the release of this indictment will aid him in his attempt to figure out the still-unsolved mystery in the murder of the 6-year-old child beauty pageant star.
Attorney Thomas B. Kelly stated government transparency and public interest as the reasons that the indictment should be released.
“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. 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,” Kelly stated.
Although the contents of the indictment are unclear, the as-of-now confidential information is unlikely to further the quest to bring justice to JonBenét Ramsey. The child was found strangled to death in her family home on Dec. 26, 1996, along with a ransom note requesting $118,000. The ransom note was the subject of debate, as it was never linked to a murderer, and there were no calls to the family from any kidnappers. Members of the Ramsey family, long considered suspects in the case, were officially absolved of that status in 2008. Brennan’s case hopes to uncover more information abut the family’s initial indictment.