Acquittal in Ramsey Note Case

Reuters

A jury Thursday acquitted a lawyer of bribery charges for his alleged role in trying to help a reporter acquire a ransom note in the 1996 murder of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.

Thomas Miller, 50, slumped forward in his chair after the jury issued its verdict following less than two hours of deliberation.

Miller, who no longer practices law, called the criminal case against him a "witch hunt" and described himself as a "political prisoner."

Jefferson County prosecutors had charged Miller with "commercial bribery," a felony carrying a prison term of 12 to 18 months, for helping set up a meeting April 1, 1997, between a document expert and the tabloid reporter, Craig Lewis of the Globe, who offered him $30,000 for a copy of the note.

No arrests have been made in the murder, although police have said JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, remain "under an umbrella of suspicion."

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