JonBenet Ramsey: Reporters file lawsuit to release indictment
A Colorado reporter and a press advocacy group both sued the Boulder County District Attorney on Sept. 18 in an attempt to release the indictment voted on but never prosecuted by the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury in 1999, The Daily Camera reports.
The reporter, Charlie Brennan was one of the Daily Camera's own. The lawsuit is a response to the reveal that the grand jury voted to indict the 6-year-old's parents on charges of child abuse that would result in death, but that the District Attorney at the time, Alex Hunter, refused to prosecute the Ramseys or sign the document. The current DA being sued is Stan Garnett.
"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 writes in the complaint, via the Camera. "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."
Garnett previously rejected two requests by the Camera and Brennan for the indictment, and Deputy District Attorney Karen Lorenz also denied the request. Brennan filed the suit independent of his employer.