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Judge Dismisses Ramsey Lawsuit

January 21, 1998

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ An attorney’s bid to force prosecutors to file criminal charges in the JonBenet Ramsey slaying has been dismissed by a judge.

District Judge Roxanne Bailin threw out the lawsuit Tuesday, finding no evidence that District Attorney Alex Hunter was refusing to prosecute the case. She wrote that ``at a time when many detectives are still working full time on the investigation, it cannot be said that the district attorney has refused to prosecute.″

New York attorney Darnay Hoffman, who filed the suit, said he was disappointed, but noted that the judge did not prohibit him from filing again.

Hoffman’s suit accused Hunter of acting unreasonably in his refusal to file charges in the Dec. 26, 1996, slaying of the 6-year-old girl. He claimed that handwriting analysis indicated JonBenet’s mother, Patsy, wrote the ransom note discovered before the girl’s body was found in the family home.

Hunter said Hoffman lacked standing to invoke a state law that allows private citizens to question the action of prosecutors because Hoffman is not a Colorado resident.

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