Mary Lacy sought to clear the Ramseys as did Alex Hunter. Both sought to appease the high powered, talented private attorneys. This is not something unusual.
As new grads emerge from law school and pass the bar, they often start with the hollywood sensationalized title of "prosecutor", "assistant district attorney", and "assistant attorney general."
Within a few years, the talented attorneys are recognized after a few court cases and offered positions in private firms where their income increases exponentially.
Those remaining behind in "state service" then fear going up against their more talented counterparts of the private sector. This will lead some state attorneys to:
*make quick plea deals
*prosecute minor cases in which the defendant will either have a court appointed attorney, or no attorney.
Thus, they pad their "win - loss" record as such. We recently saw in Maine a case where a man faced five years in prison for beating his dog unconscious but when the accused retained his own attorney, the prosecutor knocked it down to a civil offense, with a small fine only. The accused went from facing 5 years in prison, to a $50 fine. Instead, he insisted on a trial. He was found "innocent" (not "not guilty") by a judge. Hence, the reason to knock the charge way, way down by the state attorney. This is why people cry "no justice for the poor", as state attorneys are often seen vigorously prosecuting cases when the defendant cannot afford a private attorney.
There are still, however, dedicated professionals who are tough prosecutors and who take their jobs seriously, but these are in the minority. Recently in discussions with Baby Ayla's family, I predicted to the family that they would hear "I have 25 years experience in prosecution. This case is not prosecutable" and it translates to: "I have been overlooked by the private sector for 20 years..."
Instead, Baby Ayla's family was told, "I have 35 years experience..."
I missed by 10 years.
Mary Lacy held an ostentatious self-congratulatory televised celebration of this case when John Mark Carr was arrested to be "brought to justice."
A single phone call to his family would have revealed that he was not in Colorado when Jonbenet was murdered. Thus, the "talent" of Mary Lacy.
The grand jury in Colorado indicted John and Patsy Ramsey in the death of their child, via child abuse, just as the language, as seen through Statement Analysis has shown consistently since the case broke (see www.lsiscan.com as well as the analysis of the family interviews).
John and Patsy Ramsey were deceptive about what happened to their daughter. This means that they had a reason to be deceptive.
John Ramsey used language consistent with child sexual abuse.
This then, is no surprise when seeing the photos of the sexualized child. It is also consistent with the chronic bed wetting and chronic urinary tract infections, as well as what we learned in the autopsy.
State attorneys may be clever politicians, like Alex Hunter, but they are not always talented attorneys. Alex Hunter was quick to be socially accepted by the Ramsey team attorneys, which meant he had to become an antagonist or enemy of law enforcement; the very people he was to represent.
This was not a difficult case to solve. There was no intruder, no "foreign faction" and no kidnapping.
This was likely a sexually abused little girl, dressed up like a Las Vegas showgirl, who might have attempted to speak out against the abuse.
It is not uncommon for mothers to cover for their husbands' transgressions, especially as she may have been abused herself, or as she looks at the horrific consequences and fall out from speaking up. Threats by lawyers, loss of income, loss of social status (something important to the Ramseys), and so on. For whatever reason, the abuser is permitted to abuse, and the abdicator makes excuses as to why she failed to protect. The abused child is sentenced to a life time of pain, as will be every one who loves her. What is often minimized as "oh, they're just being silly" is the ultimate betrayal of a child's trust and is violence to the very Image of the Creator that she bears.
From the AP:
A Colorado grand jury in 1999 voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey on two counts each of child abuse resulting in the death of their 6-year-old daughter, JonBenet, according to grand jury documents released Friday, but did not directly accuse the couple of killing her.
The grand jury also voted to charge that the couple helped whoever killed their daughter but did not name any suspect for the slaying.
The prosecutor in the case refused to sign the grand jury indictment or prosecute the couple, saying prosecutors did not have sufficient evidence to file charges.
The four pages of documents were released Friday by a Colorado judge in response to a lawsuit by Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
The Ramseys consistently maintained their innocence in the death of JonBenet, whose body was found in the basement of their Boulder, Colo., home in 1996.
No suspect has ever been tried in the case. Patsy Ramsey died in 2006. John Ramsey remarried in 2011.
Only two counts — a total of four pages — from the grand jury documents were released. The documents named John and Patsy Ramsey separately, but the wording was identical.
Only pages that had been signed by the grand jury foreman and were considered official action of the jury were released. The numbering of the charges implies that there were other charges the jurors considered but rejected.
John Ramsey: Read the indictment
Patsy Ramsey: Read the indictment
Count four said the Ramseys "did unlawfully, knowingly, recklessly and feloniously permit a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation which posed a threat of injury to the child's life or health, which resulted in the death of JonBenét Ramsey, a child under the age of sixteen."
Count seven of the indictment said the Ramseys did "unlawfully, knowingly and feloniously render assistance to a person, with intent to hinder, delay and prevent the discovery, detention, apprehension, prosecution, conviction and punishment of such person for the commission of a crime, knowing the person being assisted has committed and was suspected of the crime of murder in the first degree and child abuse resulting in death."
The documents did not name any individual as being suspected of the first-degree murder mentioned in the counts.
The body of JonBenet, who was strangled and bludgeoned to death, was discovered in the basement several hours after the Ramseys had called police to report her missing. A ransom note was recovered.
Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter, who had convened the grand jury in 1999, refused to sign the indictment after months of presenting evidence in the case.
"I and my prosecutorial team believe we do not have sufficient evidence to warrant the filing of charges against anyone who has been investigated at this time," Hunter said at the time.
In addition to maintaining their innocence, the Ramseys offered a $100,000 reward for the killer and mounted a newspaper campaign seeking evidence.
In 2008, then-District Attorney Mary Lacy said DNA evidence suggested the killer was a stranger, not a family member. "Justice dictates that the Ramseys be treated only as victims of this very serious crime," she said.
Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said the case remains open, but it's not an active investigation. He predicted the indictment's release wouldn't change anything.
"Given the publicity that's been out there, many people have formed their opinions one way or another," he said.
Contributing: Associated Press