Ramsey Family Lawyer Will Sue CBS Over the Bold Conclusions Featured in Their JonBenét Special

Patsy and John Ramsey. Image via AP.
Patsy and John Ramsey. Image via AP.

CBS’s The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey was remarkable in that its team of investigators outright stated that they believed the six-year-old died at the hands of her then-nine-year-old brother Burke. Though a screen at the end of the series emphasized that the crime is yet unsolved and its investigators were simply opining, it seemed likely that a lawsuit would land eventually. Not two days later, here we are.

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L. Lin Wood, the Ramseys’ Atlanta-based lawyer, told Reuters that he will be filing a suit on Burke’s behalf, and that CBS’s “lies, misrepresentations, distortions and omissions” were “false and unprofessional attacks” that were “disgusting and revolting.” Burke Ramsey, who is now 29, has been the subject of but one of the many theories surrounding JonBenét’s death, but none of those theories has ever been proven in court, and Burke has categorically denied his involvement, most recently on a broadcast with Dr. Phil. CBS’s conclusion came from trained criminal profilers who recreated the scene of the crime in a warehouse in the interest of trying to solve the case, but they had no official or legal involvement in it.

According to Reuters, CBS responded to the presumably forthcoming suit in a statement: “CBS stands by the broadcast and will do so in court.”

DISCUSSION

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They should sue for defamation. The fact is, none of the theories have been proven in court and if they ever get a chance to actually try- the jury pool is forever tainted.

Just because you put a title card at the end saying these are just theories, it doesn’t magically erase the hours the show spent pointing at him.

I’m on team no one but finding unknown dna in the victim’s underwear is usually a sign that the family didn’t do it. It doesn’t matter how small the amount of dna is as long as they can get a full profile. Heck, even if the family didn’t match a partial profile, that should be enough to look elsewhere.