Ramseys Settle Suit Vs. Globe


BOULDER, Colo. — (AP) John and Patsy Ramsey have reached a settlement with the Globe tabloid magazine over allegedly damaging headlines and stories about the couple’s teen-age son.

The Daily Camera of Boulder reported the lawsuit Thursday, which was settled for an undisclosed amount.
The Ramseys filed a $35 million lawsuit in Atlanta last May against Globe International Inc., saying the November 1998 headlines and stories subjected Burke Ramsey, 14, to public hatred, contempt, and ridicule and permanently damaged his reputation.

Court clerks said the amount and terms of the settlement were sealed under a confidentiality agreement.
Lin Wood, a Ramsey lawyer, said Wednesday that he could not comment other than to say, “The parties are pleased with the resolution.”

Globe publisher Tony Frost declined comment.

Wood said he plans other lawsuits on behalf of the Ramseys. He said Wednesday that he would file suit against author and former Boulder Police Detective Steve Thomas by the end of the month. The Ramseys accuse him of making libelous accusations in his book about the investigation and during his media tour promoting the book.

The Ramseys’ daughter, JonBenet, 6, was found beaten and strangled in her family’s home Dec. 26, 1996. Her parents and brother were home the night she was killed.
The parents remain under Boulder police suspicion. The couple deny killing their daughter, saying an unidentified intruder is responsible for the death.

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