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    New Grand Jury?

    Jury cloaked in secrecy

    Panel has been meeting in Boulder, but target a mystery

    By Charlie Brennan, Rocky Mountain News
    June 3, 2004

    Grand juries typically operate behind closed doors, but one that has met several times over the past four months in Boulder County is particularly shrouded by secrecy.

    The criminal matter being investigated is unknown even to Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner and Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, the county's two top law officers.

    The use of grand juries in Boulder County is particularly unusual. One has not met on a criminal investigation in Boulder since the grand jury hearing the JonBenet Ramsey murder case disbanded in October 1999 after serving 13 months without returning an indictment.

    JonBenet, 6, was found slain in her home on Dec. 26, 1996. The case remains unsolved.

    "Usually, grand juries are never used" in Boulder County, said Pat Wittreich, county jury commissioner. But she confirmed a grand jury of 12 men and women, plus four alternates, was empaneled Feb. 9.

    Citing grand jury secrecy rules, Wittreich would not identify the case Wednesday or reveal how many times the panel has met.

    Wittreich said the prosecutor leading the grand jury is Chief Trial Deputy Bryan Quiram. Quiram was not involved in the Ramsey grand jury.

    "I can't confirm or deny" that a grand jury is meeting, said Boulder District Attorney Mary Keenan.

    "I can't tell you anything about it. It's an area we have to be very careful about," she said.

    Bill Wise, assistant Boulder district attorney for 28 years until retiring in January 2001, said, "I can't recall the last time that a grand jury met on a criminal matter (in Boulder), other than Ramsey."

    Colorado judicial districts typically have a grand jury sworn in and available for potential service at all times, but they are ordinarily convened on an as-needed basis.

    The largest ongoing crime story in Boulder County in recent months has been the allegation that, since 1997, nine women were sexually assaulted by University of Colorado football players or recruits.

    Although Attorney General Ken Salazar announced May 11 that his special prosecutor's investigation into the CU scandal would produce no sexual assault charges, it was disclosed May 20 that a state grand jury would investigate other potential wrongdoing stemming from that probe.

    That grand jury is meeting in Denver. It is scheduled to reconvene on June 11.

    Another high-profile case from Boulder that remains unsolved is the Dec. 21, 1997, slaying of 23-year-old CU student Susannah Chase.

    Boulder police announced in January of this year that new DNA technology that can point to a suspect's ethnicity told them that Chase's killer was likely a Hispanic or American Indian.

    Police Chief Beckner said Wednesday he did not know what matter was before the grand jury. He said even if it did involve the Ramsey case, he would not necessarily know about it.

    Beckner's department has not had control of the Ramsey case since December 2002. He agreed to Keenan's office taking charge at that time because JonBenet's parents had said publicly they had lost faith in the Boulder department's competence and objectivity, and would not cooperate any further as long as it remained under Beckner's control.

    Three more key developments in the Ramsey case came in quick succession the following spring:

    • On March 31, 2003, in Atlanta, U.S. District Judge Julie Carnes dismissed a civil case brought against the Ramseys by Boulder journalist Chris Wolf, who claimed they had libeled him for stating in their book The Death of Innocence that Wolf was a suspect in their daughter's death.

    Based on the evidence she reviewed - which was limited to those documents and exhibits submitted by attorneys in the libel case, and not the entire 40,000-plus pages of the criminal investigative file - Carnes ruled, "There is virtually no evidence to support (the theory) that they murdered their child, but abundant evidence to support their belief that an intruder entered their home . . . and killed their daughter."

    • One week later, April 7, 2003, Keenan issued a statement supporting Carnes' decision.

    "I agree with the court's conclusion that 'the weight of the evidence is more consistent with a theory that an intruder murdered JonBenet than it is with a theory that Mrs. Ramsey did so,' " Keenan said at that time.

    ". . . Since Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey have not even been charged, much less convicted, they must be presumed innocent and must be treated accordingly."

    • Then, in June 2003, Keenan announced the hiring of Tom Bennett, who had retired as a detective from the Arvada Police Department two years earlier, to work exclusively on the Ramsey case 20 to 30 hours a week.

    At that time, Keenan said that Bennett and other personnel in her office were collectively devoting 70 to 100 hours per week on solving JonBenet's murder.

    John and Patsy Ramsey, with their now 17-year-old son Burke, left Colorado in 1997 and now live in Charlevoix, Mich.


    http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/lo...934486,00.html


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    Wouldn't that be something...

    If this really was for the Ramsey case.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed.


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    I thought for a long time that JBR's murder would never be resolved(at least in my lifetime) BUT I am starting to have hope that due to JR's running for office in MI(what an ego he has to think he can pull that off! sheesh! Its astounding!!)it will bring much needed ,new attention to the case and pressure on Boulder to at least TRY to resolve this ..............so here's hoping!!!!!!!!


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    what John Ramsey is doing...

    Is egniting this case again, only this time BIG players are getting involved that want to Bring Ramsey down. It’s like OJ trying to win an academy award, IT JUST AINT’ GOING TO HAPPEN. Ramsey has put himself up with the big wigs, the elite crowd. Something John and Patsy have always ASPIRED to be, but never will. Their excessive egos keep pushing them to where they aren’t wanted. The political crowd won’t stand for this. He is going to fall and fall hard, and hopefully the right people will make sure that justice is served for his little girl, he so publically has shown he doesn’t care for.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nedthan Johns
    I am keeping my fingers crossed.
    S.B.T.C F. Saved By The Crossed Fingers. You better have a lot of fingers.
    Get real, this GJ is about CYA and football, Boulder has priorities.


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    Well, Bro, I think you're right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BrotherMoon
    S.B.T.C F. Saved By The Crossed Fingers. You better have a lot of fingers.
    Get real, this GJ is about CYA and football, Boulder has priorities.
    I rarely follow the JBR case as intently as I did years ago. I have read the books, listened to Dan Kaplus and Mike Rosen on KOA and browse the forums to read on occasion. I didn't even know about JBR forums before the Laci Peterson Case. Living in Colorado, we get the Rocky Mountain News at work. Just finished reading it and thought I would slip over from the Laci forum to see if what I read was under speculation.

    I don't think that this jury is about football. Didn't Salazar say there would be no intictments or criminal charges brought against any players, recruits or students for sexual misconduct, rape, harrassment, etc?

    I finished the article and just did a Hmmmmm......


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    If it is for JonBenet and on the up and up, we would have heard about a fresh pile of dirt down in Georgia.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BarnGoddess

    I don't think that this jury is about football. Didn't Salazar say there would be no intictments or criminal charges brought against any players, recruits or students for sexual misconduct, rape, harrassment, etc?

    I finished the article and just did a Hmmmmm......
    The words Grand Jury, indictment and Boulder shouldn't be used in the same sentence. The GJ in the Ramsey case was used to test opinion and the political/leagal waters with respect to protecting the Boulder bureaucracy.

    Could you turn the horse trough 180 degrees?


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    Maybe a terrorist cell was found in Boulder and everything is being kept quiet. If there was a terror plot in Boulder I doubt Al Quaeda is responsible. Lee Hill , the Boulder Patriot Militia group and AIM are up to something sinsiter.


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    BrotherMoon

    I guess those crossed fingers didn't work, you are right...

    http://ws0101.promedia.net/webnews/w....RiYv_EAR.html

    The lawsuits are still pending and so is a grand jury investigation believed to be looking into whether university funds were used to hire call girls.


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    Denver vs Boulder

    Aren't there two seperate Grand Juries?

    "Although Attorney General Ken Salazar announced May 11 that his special prosecutor's investigation into the CU scandal would produce no sexual assault charges, it was disclosed May 20 that a state grand jury would investigate other potential wrongdoing stemming from that probe.

    That grand jury is meeting in Denver. It is scheduled to reconvene on June 11."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawna
    Maybe a terrorist cell was found in Boulder and everything is being kept quiet. If there was a terror plot in Boulder I doubt Al Quaeda is responsible. Lee Hill , the Boulder Patriot Militia group and AIM are up to something sinsiter.
    Al Qaida doesn't need to infiltrate Boulder, the leftist, de-constructionist, neo-beatnik, neo-hippie, resurgent earth mother Godess, counter culture is already well entrenched.

    What an oxymoron; Boulder Patriot.

    I like the new coinage though; sinsiter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nedthan Johns
    The lawsuits are still pending and so is a grand jury investigation believed to be looking into whether university funds were used to hire call girls.
    AUM takes on a new meaning in Boulder; Ahhhhhhh...mmmmmm!


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    The Grand Jury is not doing anything "Ramsey" thank goodness.
    http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/l...2937353,00.html

    Ramsey case not on the docket
    But Boulder DA sheds no more light on jury's business

    By Charlie Brennan, Rocky Mountain News
    June 4, 2004

    A grand jury meeting in Boulder County is not considering the JonBenet Ramsey case, the county's chief prosecutor said Thursday.

    Boulder District Attorney Mary Keenan made that declaration in the wake of a Rocky Mountain News report that a grand jury empaneled Feb. 9 in Boulder had met several times since that date on an undisclosed case.

    The use of grand juries is rare in Boulder. The last known time one was utilized was for the Ramsey case in 1998-99, before it disbanded after 13 months with no indictments issued.

    "There is no Boulder grand jury looking into the Ramsey case, or anything relating to the Ramsey case," Keenan said.

    The previous day, she had declined to discuss the grand jury's business at all, citing the secrecy rules that apply to grand juries in Colorado. On Thursday, she still refused to reveal what the grand jury is doing.

    News that a grand jury was meeting in Boulder prompted numerous calls to Lin Wood, the Atlanta attorney who has represented the Ramsey family for several years.

    Wood said John Ramsey remains upbeat about the prospect of progress in the ongoing investigation into the Christmas night 1996 murder of his 6-year-old daughter, for which Keenan's office now has lead responsibility.

    "He expressed optimism to me that progress was being made, but said nothing specific beyond that," Wood said.

    Boulder Chief District Judge Roxanne Bailin signed an order on Feb. 10 keeping the names of the current Boulder grand jurors secret; absent such an order, grand jurors' names are public record.

    *snip*

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    I am so glad to hear this news.
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