Headlines

 

CNN – http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/28/media/burke-ramsey-defamation-lawsuit-cbs/

JonBenet Ramsey brother files lawsuit against CBS over murder miniseries

 

Rolling Stone – http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/jonbenet-ramseys-brother-sues-cbs-for-750-million-over-doc-w458220

JonBenet Ramsey’s Brother Sues CBS for $750 Million Over Doc

 

The Hollywood Reporter – http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/burke-ramsey-sues-cbs-750m-jonbenet-series-959659

JonBenet Ramsey’s Brother Sues CBS for $750M Over Series

 

The A.V. Club – http://www.avclub.com/article/jonbenet-ramseys-brother-suing-cbs-750-million-247791

JonBenét Ramsey’s brother is suing CBS for $750 million

 

The L.A. Times – http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-jonbenet-ramsey-brother-lawsuit-20161229-story.html

Brother of JonBenet Ramsey sues CBS for $750 million over TV series

 

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CNN – http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/28/media/burke-ramsey-defamation-lawsuit-cbs/

The brother of JonBenét Ramsey, the slain child beauty queen whose grisly murder captivated the nation 20 years ago, filed a defamation lawsuit on Wednesday against CBS and several others over a televised special about the mysterious death.

 

Rolling Stone – http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/jonbenet-ramseys-brother-sues-cbs-for-750-million-over-doc-w458220

Burke Ramsey, the older brother of JonBenét Ramsey, is suing CBS, the producers of The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey and the experts that appeared in the docu-series for $750 million. According to Reuters, the defamation lawsuit stems from the series’ theory that Ramsey may have killed his younger sister.

 

The Hollywood Reporter – http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/burke-ramsey-sues-cbs-750m-jonbenet-series-959659

The older brother of JonBenet Ramsey is suing CBS and others for $750 million, saying his reputation was ruined after a television series that concluded he killed his 6-year-old sister two decades ago.

 

The A.V. Club – http://www.avclub.com/article/jonbenet-ramseys-brother-suing-cbs-750-million-247791

Back in September, we reported that the Ramsey family was planning to sue CBS over the contents of its recent true crime docuseries The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey, which posited that the child beauty queen was murdered by her then-9-year-old brother Burke. Today, People reports that Burke Ramsey has gone forward with that claim, asking for $750 million in damages from the network, as well as the production company that produced the show.

 

The L.A. Times – http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-jonbenet-ramsey-brother-lawsuit-20161229-story.html

The older brother of JonBenet Ramsey is suing CBS and others for $750 million, saying his reputation was ruined after a television series that concluded he killed his 6-year-old sister two decades ago.

 

Context

 

CNN – http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/28/media/burke-ramsey-defamation-lawsuit-cbs/

Burke Ramsey, 29, is suing the network, a production company and a host of contributors behind “The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey,” a four-hour miniseries that aired over the course of two days in September. He says the program falsely accused him of murdering his sister, who was six years old when she was brutally killed inside her family’s Colorado home.

 

Rolling Stone – http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/jonbenet-ramseys-brother-sues-cbs-for-750-million-over-doc-w458220

The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey was one of two recent TV documentary specials that aired prior to the 20th anniversary of Ramsey’s mysterious murder in December of 1996. The six-year-old was found bludgeoned and strangled in the family’s Boulder, CO basement the day after Christmas. In 2008, Burke and his parents were exonerated by DNA evidence. No one has been charged with the murder and the case remains unsolved.

 

The Hollywood Reporter – http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/burke-ramsey-sues-cbs-750m-jonbenet-series-959659

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, Burke Ramsey claims that the network, its production company and the experts interviewed in the six-part series on the unsolved murder conspired to defame him for publicity and profit. The six-part television docuseries The Case of JonBenet Ramsey aired in September ahead of the 20th anniversary of JonBenet’s death

 

The beauty pageant star was found dead in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colo., the day after Christmas in 1996. A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother in 2008 based on DNA evidence. But the district attorney currently overseeing the case has said it was premature to exonerate the Ramseys and ordered additional tests using new DNA testing technology that authorities hope will further the investigation.

 

The A.V. Club – http://www.avclub.com/article/jonbenet-ramseys-brother-suing-cbs-750-million-247791

The claim is divided into $250 million in compensatory damages, and $500 million in punitive damages for allowing or encouraging a team of experts to call Ramsey a murderer on national network TV.

 

The L.A. Times – http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-jonbenet-ramsey-brother-lawsuit-20161229-story.html

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, Burke Ramsey claims that the network, its production company and the experts interviewed in the series on the unsolved murder conspired to defame him for publicity and profit. The series, called “The Case of JonBenet Ramsey,” aired in September ahead of the 20th anniversary of the girl’s death.

 

The beauty pageant star was found dead in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colo., the day after Christmas in 1996. A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother in 2008 based on DNA evidence. But the district attorney currently overseeing the case has said it was premature to exonerate the Ramseys and ordered additional tests using new DNA testing technology that authorities hope will further the investigation.

 

Direct Quotes

 

CNN – http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/28/media/burke-ramsey-defamation-lawsuit-cbs/

In a complaint filed in Michigan court on Wednesday, a lawyer for Burke Ramsey asserts that law enforcement has “repeatedly, publicly and unequivocally” cleared his client of any involvement in the death, and that “CBS perpetrated a fraud upon the public.”

 

“Since the time of the above accusations against Burke in 1998 and 1999, no member of the tabloid media or the mainstream media has ever again accused Burke of being involved in—or suspected of—JonBenét’s murder,” the complaint said. “That is, until CBS aired the Documentary.”

 

The complaint added: “While Defendants’ false accusations against Burke echo the accusations made against him by supermarket tabloids years ago, the key difference is that this time, the accusation was published by the most respected member of the American broadcast media, CBS.”

 

Rolling Stone – http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/jonbenet-ramseys-brother-sues-cbs-for-750-million-over-doc-w458220

According to Reuters, the lawsuit claims Ramsey has been “exposed to public hatred, contempt and ridicule” following the two-part, four-hour series that aired in September.

 

“Defendants’ accusation that Burke Ramsey killed his sister was based on a compilation of lies, half-truths, manufactured information, and the intentional omission and avoidance of truthful information about the murder of JonBenét Ramsey,” the lawsuit states.

 

The Hollywood Reporter – http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/burke-ramsey-sues-cbs-750m-jonbenet-series-959659

The new lawsuit says CBS and its featured experts set out to conduct a “sham reinvestigation” of the murder with the “preconceived story line” that Ramsey killed his sister and conspired with his parents to cover it up.

 

“The accusation that Burke Ramsey killed his sister was based on a compilation of lies, half-truths, manufactured information, and the intentional omission and avoidance of truthful information about the murder of JonBenét Ramsey,” says the lawsuit.

 

The A.V. Club – http://www.avclub.com/article/jonbenet-ramseys-brother-suing-cbs-750-million-247791

The series posited itself as a scientific effort to unravel the long-lingering mystery of Ramsey’s death. However, critics dinged the show as “hazy” and “subjective,” suggesting that the experts made too many leaps in their efforts to come to a definitive conclusion.

 

The L.A. Times – http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-jonbenet-ramsey-brother-lawsuit-20161229-story.html

The new lawsuit says CBS and its featured experts set out to conduct a “sham reinvestigation” of the murder with “the preconceived story line” that Ramsey killed his sister and conspired with his parents to cover it up.

“The accusation that Burke Ramsey killed his sister was based on a compilation of lies, half-truths, manufactured information, and the intentional omission and avoidance of truthful information about the murder of JonBenét Ramsey,” the lawsuit says.

 

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