Thursday, August 17, 2006

Wow--JonBenet Murder Finally Solved?

I was in court or client meetings from 8:30 - 5:00 yesterday, so I totally missed this news until I got home, but I'm sure everyone else knows by now that a suspect has been arrested and charged with the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. Wow. It was interesting last night watching all the various media personalities and forensic and legal talking heads backtracking on their years-long demonization of the Ramseys. I saw Cyril Wecht, famous/infamous forensic pathologist, this morning still "extremely skeptical" about the man's guilt. I'm sure the fact that he wrote a book all but indicting the Ramseys for accidentally killing JonBenet in the midst of a twisted sex game has nothing to do with his skepticism. I was also struck by the quote from John Ramsey, where he refused to engage in media speculation about the man's guilt, but wanted to allow the justice system to run its course. How odd it must be for him to now watch the media declaring this new suspect's guilt when they did the same thing to him so many years ago. No one who brutally murders a young child the way JonBenet was brutalized should get away with it, and so, I truly hope that the prosecutors and police have finally gotten their man.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the cops say someone has information that only the killer knows, they mean they have information only the cops know.

It's easy to plant memories in disturbed people.

I won't believe any of this case unless the cops come out with physical evidence -- which I don't think will ever come.

8/17/2006 1:51 PM  
Blogger 123txpublicdefender123 said...

I agree that the man's confession alone is not even close to enough to convict him. Lots of people confess to crimes they didn't commit--especially high-profile ones. I think it's way too soon to close the book on this case. Unless there is corroboration of his being in Colorado when she was killed and/or physical evidence tying him to the scene, there is just not enough here to believe the guy did it. It seems like the authorities are being particularly tight-lipped however. They may very well have more evidence than what we know about--or they may not. We'll have to wait and see.

8/17/2006 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Roy said...

Marc Klaas said on KCAL9 Thursday evening that if he found himself arrested by the Thais for sex crimes, he would have copped to the Lindbergh kidnapping if it would get him out of Thailand and safely to the USA.

8/17/2006 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me that you're the one rushing to judgement here. His ex-wife says he was in Alabama at the time.

8/17/2006 7:37 PM  
Blogger 123txpublicdefender123 said...

I don't think I'm rushing to judgment, as I have said it is still a question as to whether this is the right guy. What part of this statement is a rush to judgment?:

I think it's way too soon to close the book on this case. Unless there is corroboration of his being in Colorado when she was killed and/or physical evidence tying him to the scene, there is just not enough here to believe the guy did it.

As for Marc Klaas, well, he needs to get his facts straight. The guy was not arrested on sex charges in Thailand. He was arrested on an immigration violation to be deported and was immediately handed over to US authorities, who did the questioning.

Anyway, yes, to be clear, I am still not at all sold on this case being solved. Without physical evidence, this guy's confession isn't enough. But, it was interesting to watch so many people, after the news first broke, talk so convincingly about this man's guilt, when so many of those same people had been talking so convincingly of the Ramseys guilt so many years ago.

8/18/2006 7:42 AM  

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