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Man Indicted on Bribery Charges

August 21, 1999

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) _ A retired lawyer was indicted Friday on bribery charges, with prosecutors claiming he tried to buy a copy of the JonBenet Ramsey ransom note for $30,000 on behalf of a national tabloid.

Tom Miller allegedly offered the money to a former Denver police officer who possessed a copy of the ransom note, according to indictment papers. The tabloid was not identified.

Miller did not have anything to do with the note, and only introduced two people, said his attorney, Charles Leidner.

Patsy Ramsey reported finding the 2 1/2-page ransom note on the back stairs of the family’s Boulder house the morning of Dec. 26, 1996, about seven hours before her 6-year-old daughter, JonBenet, was found in the basement, beaten, bound and strangled.

No arrests have been made her death.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Dennis Hall said Miller’s indictment stemmed from an investigation of information brokers also facing charges in the case. If convicted, Miller faces up to three years in prison and fines up to $100,000.

A private detective and his wife are accused of supplying confidential information about the Ramsey murder investigation to tabloid newspapers. James Joseph Rapp, 39, and his wife, Regana Rapp, 29, were indicted on racketeering charges in June.

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