Judge: JonBenet indictment should be public

DA ordered to explalin why it should remain secret

BOULDER, Colo. - A secret indictment in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey should be made public. That's the ruling Thursday in a challenge to the secrecy of a 1999 indictment that never resulted in a prosecution in the 6-year-old's death.

Weld County Judge Robert Lowenbach ruled Thursday that releasing the indictment wouldn't violate grand-jury secrecy rules.  The release had been challenged by the Boulder County District Attorney's Office.

The judge ordered District Attorney Stan Garnett to show why the document should be kept secret.

The ruling was in response to a lawsuit from a reporter from The Camera newspaper and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (http://bit.ly/1as38a4).   They want to make public the un-prosecuted indictment of John and Patsy Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death.

The Daily Camera is not a party to the suit seeking the release of the grand jury indictment.

A grand jury voted in 1999 to indict the slain girl's parents in their daughter's 1996 death. However, the district attorney at the time refused to sign the document and prosecute the Ramseys.