Off Limits

Take that! As the peripheral legal actions spinning off from the JonBenet Ramsey murder continue to expand at a rate roughly equivalent to that of the universe, add the plight of former Boulder Daily Camera reporter Allison Krupski to the list. Krupski's the heretofore-unknown 23-year-old journalist who left the Camera last December after working as its lead reporter on the Ramsey mystery and took her notes, files and records about the case with her--only to have the newspaper sue her for theft. A judge later ruled that Krupski wasn't a thief but ordered her to turn over photocopies of the documents, which she did. After that, the Camera backed down--sort of--asking the judge for permission to dismiss its suit "without prejudice." But since suits dismissed without prejudice can be refiled at any time, Krupski was having none of it. According to her attorney, William Meyer, "she's very concerned about the statements made about her and the impact that's had on her life, professionally and personally." In other words, Krupski didn't appreciate being called a thief--and asked the judge to force the Camera to keep suing her until she could have her day in court. The judge has since ruled in Krupski's favor, denying the Camera's motion to dismiss, and the reporter has amended her answer to the original complaint, asking for permission to assert a number of counterclaims against the newspaper, including defamation, abuse of process and outrageous conduct. The case is now set for trial in December, and discovery and depositions are already under way. Meanwhile, says Meyer, his client's looking for work--and he "has no information" on whether Krupski may try to leverage a book deal out of her JonBenet collection.

The pub's the thing: Now that the local media's standing ovation for the Denver Center Theatre Company, awarded the Special Tony Award for Regional Theatre this past Monday, has finally ended, perhaps it's time to go out to the lobby, gulp down some fresh air and put the thing in perspective. Yes, it's peachy that the DCTC won--and the local troupe, widely recognized for its high-quality productions and stand-out actors like Tony Church, is hardly undeserving. But before locals get too puffed up over the idea that "Broadway" has reached out and anointed Denver as the nation's best (to quote an especially giddy Denver Post headline), keep in mind that most of the American Theatre Critics Association members who vote operate far from the glitter of the Great White Way and likely have never seen a DCTC production--and that the ATCA has a convention scheduled in Denver for later this month. But, hey, all the world's a stage.

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