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  John Phillips
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-31-2018, 03:54 PM - Forum: Opinions - No Replies

Opinion
And the winner of the Fake News Award is …


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[size=x-small]AP Photo/David Zalubowski

In this Jan. 3, 1997, file photo, a police officer sits in her cruiser outside the home in which 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered in Boulder, Colorado on Dec. 26, 1996.
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By John Phillips | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: January 10, 2018 at 8:30 pm | UPDATED: January 11, 2018 at 12:28 pm
[size=medium]Now that the page has (hopefully) turned on fire season, Southern California will quickly be consumed with our next season — Awards season!
First it was the Golden Globes, later tonight it will be the Critics Choice Awards and then in March it’s the granddaddy of them all, the 90th Annual Academy Awards celebration.
At these ceremonies, Hollywood will shower itself with statues and praise — as they wear black to protest their own industry’s various embarrassing sexual harassment scandals.
Who says slacktivism can’t be slimming?
It’s really a shame that my colleague at KABC-AM 790, Doug McIntyre, wasn’t nominated for his documentary, “Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon.”
I mean, seriously, how great would the reaction be on the faces of the red carpet fashionistas when they ask him who he is wearing, and McIntyre responds with, “Kirkland?”

And we can’t forget President Trump’s highly anticipated Fake News Awards. On January 7th, the President promoted the event by tweeting, “The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!”

Now, I don’t have a crystal ball to predict who will be taking home the gold at the Fake News Awards, but I do have a network to nominate: CBS.
CBS deserves thoughtful consideration by the academy at the Fake News Awards for their shameful series The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey, where the network concluded, to millions of viewers, that JonBenet’s brother Burke Ramsey killed his sister.

Ramsey is currently, and understandably, suing the Tiffany Network for $750 million, alleging that he was defamed and his reputation was ruined as a result of the spurious broadcast.
In the special, a panel of law enforcement specialists came to the conclusion that after reviewing evidence from the case that Burke, then 9 years old, killed 6-year-old JonBenet by accident in 1996. The investigators also believed the children’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, faked their daughter’s kidnapping to cover for their son.
True crime journalist Dawna Kaufmann has written extensively about the case and told the Register, “CBS and the participants of that program blundered badly and now must pay for their irresponsible error.
“Authorities cleared Burke who, if he had guilty knowledge, would have been isolated by his parents. Instead they sent him to a friend’s home, then right back to school.”
On Twitter, L. Lin Wood, the attorney for Burke Ramsey, adopted a very similar tone after a Michigan judge denied the network’s motion to dismiss Ramsey’s lawsuit. Wood tweeted, “Fake investigators. Fake investigation. Fake ‘documentary.’ Fake result and false accusations. And now a fake @CBSNews response to its huge loss today in Burke Ramsey defamation case. For those in the know, this is a very big win for Burke.”
What is really shameful about the CBS broadcast is that the network either knew, or should have known, that they were passing along reckless and unverified information that had very real consequences.
If you’re accusing someone of being a killer, you’d better be right.
CBS wasn’t.
For whatever reason, Americans are fascinated with true crime. It’s the reason that documentaries and scripted dramas are currently being produced about O.J. Simpson, the Menendez Brothers, Tonya Harding and yes, JonBenet Ramsey.
The problem for filmmakers is that while the public thirst for new content on these iconic crimes is there, the facts really haven’t changed much since the trials. That means to find a new and exciting angle, networks are forced to play the “what if” game.
“Even though there’s no evidence that supports the theory that Burke Ramsey was the killer, what if he did it?”
That is, by definition, fake news. And soon a court will decide if it’s defamatory, too.
[i]John Phillips is a CNN political commentator and can be heard weekdays at 3 p.m. on “The Drive Home with Jillian Barberie and John Phillips” on KABC/AM 790.[/i]

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  Lin Wood says CBS is going down!
Posted by: BIZ - 01-10-2018, 05:59 AM - Forum: Burke sues CBS for 750 million - Replies (2)

http://www.westword.com/news/jonbenet-ramseys-brother-burke-his-750-million-cbs-lawsuit-lives-on-9863717

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  Case to go forward - January 2018 news
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-06-2018, 03:26 PM - Forum: Burke sues CBS for 750 million - Replies (1)

Judge refuses to dismiss $750million suit filed by JonBenet Ramsey's brother against CBS for docu-series 'alleging that he killed his six-year-old sister'
• The Boulder Daily Camera reports a circuit court judge in Michigan on Friday denied a motion by CBS and other defendants who asked that he toss the case
• Michigan 3rd Circuit Court District Judge David Groner also denied a defense motion for $150million by Burke Ramsey, against pathologist, Werner Spitz
• Burke Ramsey, now 30, sued CBS in December 2016, saying his reputation was ruined after a two-part docu-series that concluded he killed his 6-year-old sister
• Included in the $750million lawsuit were CBS Corporation, Los Angeles-based Critical Content and seven additional experts who were cited in the piece
• John Ramsey, JonBenet's father, also filed a defamation lawsuit in October against CBS and the other defendants listed by his son

A judge declined to dismiss a $750 million defamation lawsuit filed against CBS by JonBenet Ramsey's brother.
The Boulder Daily Camera reports a circuit court judge in Michigan on Friday denied a motion by CBS and other defendants who asked that he toss the case.
Michigan 3rd Circuit Court District Judge David Groner also denied a defense motion for $150million by Burke Ramsey, now 30, against pathologist, Werner Spitz, who was included in the documentary.

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The Boulder Daily Camera reports a circuit court judge in Michigan on Friday denied a motion by CBS and others who asked that he toss the $750m case brought by Burke Ramsey, now 30

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He sued CBS in December 2016, saying his reputation was ruined after a two-part docu-series that concluded he killed his 6-year-old sister, JonBenet Ramsey
Burke Ramsey sued CBS in December 2016, saying his reputation was ruined after a two-part docu-series that concluded he killed his 6-year-old sister more than two decades ago.
The beauty pageant star was found dead in the basement of her family's home in Boulder the day after Christmas in 1996. A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother in 2008 based on DNA evidence.
According to Burke Ramsey's suit, 'The gist of 'The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey' is that JonBenet's brother, Burke Ramsey, killed his six-year-old sister.' It went on to state, 'The gist of 'The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey' is false and defamatory per se. Burke Ramsey did not kill his sister and had no involvement in her brutal murder.'

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The beauty pageant star was found dead in the basement of her family's home in Boulder the day after Christmas in 1996. A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother in 2008 based on DNA evidence
Included in the lawsuit were CBS Corporation, Los Angeles-based Critical Content and seven additional experts who were cited in the piece.
The defendants argued that the statement of Burke killing his sister 'was never made in the series.'
They also added a disclaimer that appears in both the end and beginning of the series that added: 'The opinions and conclusions of the investigators who appear on this program about how it may have occurred represent just some of a number of possible scenarios.'

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John Ramsey, JonBenet's father, also filed a defamation lawsuit in October against CBS and the other defendants listed by his son
Groner explained, in Friday's ruling, that 'the statements at issue and the docu-series as a whole could reasonably be understood as stating actual facts' about the plaintiff.
He added: 'This Court does not find that the 'disclaimer' at the beginning and end of the program negate the docu-series potentially defamatory meaning.'
'This very preliminary procedural ruling was issued prior to any evidence being presented. It is based solely on the plaintiff's complaint. Should the case move forward, we look forward to defending it on its merits,' CBS said in a statement.
John Ramsey, JonBenet's father, also filed a defamation lawsuit in October against CBS and the other defendants listed by his son.
CBS has also motioned to have that dismissed.

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  Burke lawsuit
Posted by: Kaligirlsam - 12-25-2017, 06:38 PM - Forum: Burke sues Werner Spitz for $150,000,000.00 - Replies (4)

01/22/2018 Case Evaluation - General Civil
03/05/2018 Settlement Conference (9:00 AM) (Judicial Officer Groner, David A.)
16-017577-CZ Ramsey, Burke v CBS Corporation , et al.

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  partial
Posted by: jameson245 - 10-22-2017, 04:58 PM - Forum: Clues in the Case - May 2001 - No Replies

2002Oct 01
[*]CorrespondentDavid Kohn

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One hundred miles away from where JonBenet Ramsey was murdered, in a modest home in Colorado Springs, 67-year-old Lou Smit works every day, alone, trying to find her killer. He keeps a picture of her in his wallet.
Smit interrogated John Ramsey in 1998. He is a veteran detective who was hired by the Boulder District attorney to work on the Ramsey Murder case. At first, he thought it was the Ramseys who had killed their daughter.
But as Smit followed the evidence and questioned the Ramseys, he became convinced that the Boulder police were focusing on the wrong suspects.
"John Ramsey came through very, very sincere. When I left that I interview, there was no doubt in my mind that he had nothing to do with the death of his daughter," says Smit, who quit the investigation in disgust to work on his own to find the killer.
Says Smit: "They hired me as a detective to look at this case. They may not like what I say but I'm gonna say it. I don't think the Ramseys did it. And I think they ought to start looking for people that did."
Smit says the answer is in the evidence: the autopsy report; the intricate garrotte used as a murder weapon; the strange marks on her back; a mysterious footprint; and, most important, the information found in the DNA report. "The person who did this was very brutal and very vicious," says Smit.
What convinced Smit that someone other than the Ramseys killed their daughter? First and foremost, it was the brutality of the crime. Nearly all of the medical experts who have seen the autopsy report agree that this was not an accidental death. JonBenet Ramsey was deliberately and cruelly murdered.
JonBenet was strangled, not once, says Smit, but twice, with an intricately-made device known as a garrote, which had to have been made by the killer during the murder. Why? Because the garrote had hair intertwined with it – JonBenet's hair.
"It's a device, says Smit, that was not left there for show. Whoever killed JonBenet used the garrote to strangle her.
Smit believes that JonBenet was fighting for her life. There were marks that look a lot like scratches on her neck. "JonBenet was trying to take that off of her neck," says Smit. "She did have her own DNA under her fingernails. She was struggling with that garrote. Whoever was there with her knew that she was struggling. This is a very vicious strangulation."
At some point, the child was then hit over the head with such force it crushed her skull. But her nightmare wasn't over. Shortly before she died, investigators believe she was sexually assaulted with a piece of the paintbrush that was used to make the garrote.
The evidence, says Smit, imply does not support the popular theory that the Ramseys struck their daughter and then tried to cover it up.
"There is no motive for a parent to do this," he says. "It's not a mother waking up in the middle of the night saying, 'Oops, I think I hurt my child. Oops, I gotta bring her downstairs and fashion one of these things. Then I'm gonna put it around her neck and I'm gonna tighten it a couple times while she's struggling. And then I'm going to bury that thing so deeply in her neck that you can hardly see it.' And JonBenet at that time is struggling with the garrote. Now if you want to believe that, go ahead. I'm not gonna stop anybody. If you want to believe her mom did that, go ahead. I can't say this on the air but that's bull___."
But what about fibers from Patsy Ramsey's jacket that police say were in the paint tray and on the sticky side of duct tape covering JonBenet's mouth?
It's incriminating, Smit says, but not the whole story: "You just can't rely on fiber evidence because fibers could come off the jacket or something similar to the jacket, another item of clothing. Don't have to be that particular jacket. Fibers are fibers."
What's more, says Smit, there were also dozens of fibers that didn't come from the Ramseys, and Smit is unaware of a single case in which a parent used a garrote like this to kill a child.
"This is one of the best clues left behind by the killer. This shows what's going on in his mind. This is a sexual device. It's a strangulation device. He's a sexual sadist. I'm looking for a pedophile that's a sexual sadist. That's what Lou Smit's looking for," he says.
Smit is not the only one. Colorado private detective Ollie Gray and his partner John Sangustin were hired by the Ramseys two years ago. Even when the Ramseys ran out of money, Ollie and John stayed on the job.
They became convinced of the Ramseys' innocence after seeing a lab report. Days after JonBenet was murdered, her parents' were asked to give DNA samples to the Boulder police. Their DNA was compared to foreign DNA found under their daughter's fingernails and in her panties, which may have been left by the killer.
"This analysis eliminates the Ramseys," says Gray. "(The DNA) does not match John or Patsy Ramsey. According to the laboratories."
If not the Ramseys, then who killed JonBenet? Smit believes that an intruder could have come through an open window in the basement.
In crime scene photos taken the morning of the murder, Smit believes he sees a scuff mark on a wall by an open window, left by someone climbing in.
Then there is the partial footprint, left by someone wearing Hi-Tec shoes, on the floor of the room where JonBenet's body was found.
"This is a very fresh print," says Smit. "It shows somebody was in that room with JonBenet. The logo on the bottom of the shoe, it says Hi-Tec. And it's quite distinctive."
This past August, the Rocky Mountain News reported that investigators believe the Hi Tec footprint was left, not by an intruder but by the Ramsey's own son, Burke.
Smit is not buying into any of it: "All of the shoes in that house were checked by the Boulder Police Department. None of those shoes match any of the prints there."
But why would an intruder who intended to kill JonBenet leave the bizarre two and a half page ransom note, written with paper and a pen belonging to Patsy? Boulder Police have always believed that Patsy used it to make the killing look like a kidnapping.
If someone was targeting JonBenet, wouldn't he bring the paper and the pencil to write the ransom note?
"Well if you want to look at it from a sophisticated criminal's mind, they probably wouldn't bring it in. Why would you bring in something that could be traced back to your house?" asks Smit.
But no expert could eliminate Patsy Ramsey as the writer of the ransom note. No problem, says Smit: "You're always going to have similarities in handwriting."
"Do you think Patsy could calmly write that ransom note after brutally murdering her daughter?" asks Smit. "I don't think so. To sit down and write a note like that with all of those details in there… after you brutally killed your daughter and you'd never done that before? Come on, give me a break."
Smit refuses to accept any money from the Ramseys. But his reputation has been tarnished by his unwavering support for them. A devout Christian, Smit was criticized for praying with the family when he still worked on the investigation.
Smit says he is only interested in finding the truth, wherever it takes him. "If the Ramseys did this and I found out I'd be the first one standing at line at the Boulder Police Department," he says.

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  Cyril Wecht
Posted by: jameson245 - 10-16-2017, 05:17 PM - Forum: John Ramsey sues CBS - Replies (1)

Geraldo

       (Excerpts from 02/26/97)

Dr. CYRIL WECHT (Pathologist): Do I believe it was accidental in the sense that it was not an intent, initially, to kill this girl? Yes, very much so. And with regard to the sexual business, too--chronic, acute--the fact of the matter is there is no evidence of a brutal sexual assault on this girl. It was a careful situation so as not to leave any injuries.

Ms. JERALYN MERRITT (Criminal Defense Attorney): The pediatrician of this child m--met this child many, many times over the last couple of years. He says there was no prior sexual abuse, no evidence of it. And he also says that he would have known it if there was. And he saw this child on a regular basis, and I think we have to give some credence to that because, with all due respect to Dr. Wecht, he hasn't spoken to the pediatrician as far as I know and he hasn't met the child.

(End of excerpts)

RIVERA: The debate on location in Boulder, Colorado, between Dr. Cyril Wecht, on the one hand, the noted forensic pathologist, and two of the local criminal defense attorneys, Jeralyn Merritt and Larry Pozner.

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  Spitz info in John v CBS lawsuit
Posted by: jameson245 - 10-14-2017, 02:26 PM - Forum: Burke sues Werner Spitz for $150,000,000.00 - No Replies

a. I believe the family [would not let me in the Ramsey home].  The police had to get permission from them.  They told the police “No dice.  He’s not coming to this house.”  They did not want me in the house.  Maybe, must just be, that I would figure something out that nobody else knows.  Spitz, Exhibit B, p. 32.



Based on what I know - - Spitz was not involved in the Ramsey investigation.  He wanted in and placed a call.  Ramsey lawyers had their own investigators working the case and declined to have Spitz get involved.  Spitz was insulted and angry and his involvement in the CBS show was, IMO, a way to "get back" at the people who didn't jump on his offer.

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  The Lawsuit
Posted by: jameson245 - 10-14-2017, 11:34 AM - Forum: John Ramsey sues CBS - Replies (15)

https://www.scribd.com/document/36139579...-CBS-et-al#

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  John Ramsey files lawsuit against CBS after series about JonBenet'
Posted by: Summer Dawn - 10-11-2017, 12:09 PM - Forum: What is in the news - staying up to date - No Replies

http://www.reporterherald.com/news/ci_31...source=rss



John Ramsey files lawsuit against CBS after series about JonBenet's murder
Complaint targets same production sued by his son, Burke Ramsey
By Mitchell Byars
Staff Writer
Posted:   10/10/2017 05:51:43 PM MDT


 
John Ramsey looks on as his wife, Patsy, holds an advertisement promising a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer of their 6-year-old daughter, JonBenet, during an interview in Boulder on May 1, 1997. (Camera file photo)

The father of JonBenet Ramsey has filed a lawsuit against CBS and the people involved with a two-part special about Ramsey's murder on the 20-year anniversary of her death.
Court records show that John Ramsey filed a lawsuit in the state of Michigan's 3rd Circuit Court against CBS Corporation and Critical Content LLC, which produced a "docu-series" called "The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey."
The suit also names Stanley Burke, Jim Clemente, James Fitzgerald, James Kolar, Henry Lee, Laura Richards and Werner Spitz, all of whom were featured on the program.

The production, which brought in experts "to try and solve the case once and for all," advanced the theory that JonBenet was killed by her brother, Burke, who was 9 at the time.

Burke Ramsey has filed his own defamation lawsuit against CBS, Critical Content, and Burke, Clemente, Fitzgerald, Kolar, Lee, Richards and Spitz. A ruling on a defense motion to dismiss that suit is pending.
A copy of John Ramsey's suit, which was filed on Sept. 14, was not immediately available. It is scheduled for a status conference on Dec. 15, according to court records.

JonBenet Ramsey was found dead Dec. 26, 1996, in the basement of her family's Boulder home, 755 15th St. — which is now 749 15th St. — several hours after Patsy Ramsey called 911 to say her daughter was missing and that a ransom note had been left behind.
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While her death was ruled a homicide, nobody was ever charged in the case, which has become one of the enduring murder mysteries in American history.
A Boulder County grand jury prepared a true bill that would indict JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, on counts of child abuse resulting in death and accessory to first-degree murder..
The Boulder District Attorney at the time, Alex Hunter, never signed the indictment, which was not made public until 2013.
Patsy Ramsey died in 2006.

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  Who kills their own child?
Posted by: jameson245 - 09-20-2017, 09:56 PM - Forum: How to solve this mystery - Replies (2)

Want a place to post information on cases where a child is killed by a parent.  Want to show that it doesn't happen with no motive or history of mental illness, substance abuse or SOMETHING.

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