What a Circus!

In the center ring, now and forever: JonBenét Ramsey.

And so he poured everything he had into his case. He lost his house and his car, but he won an acquittal from the jurors. "They did everything they could to destroy me," Miller says, "and you know what? I feel good." So good that he plans to write a book about not just the Ramseys, but "the deterioration of criminal justice into a system of 'bought justice.'"

"The main event is now long gone," says Lozow, "except our guy got put in the tent." Lozow has an excellent suggestion for what CU can do with the Globe's $100,000: Reimburse Miller what he had to pay to have his say before the jury.

"For those of us in the criminal-justice system," acknowledges one attorney, "this has not been our finest hour."

Or half-decade. And the clock's still ticking.

The day before the jury came back with its verdict, Judge Jane Tidball issued bench warrants for Steve Thomas, the former lead detective on the Ramsey case, and Fleet White, the former friend of John Ramsey who was there when JonBenét's body was found. Subpoenaed by the defense, both men had failed to show up for the trial.

Thomas, who resigned from the Boulder Police Department three years ago and wrote a book about the case, says he wasn't home on June 3 when the process server allegedly delivered his subpoena. (Talk-show host Peter Boyles, also a defense witness, says his subpoena was served improperly, too: "They served my son and marked on the paper that they served me personally, and they did not.") Thomas is now represented by Caplis, who on July 31 will ask the judge to drop the charges -- and cite the process server with contempt instead. "It's preposterous to suggest he would have ignored a subpoena," says Caplis, who points out that his client had no problem showing up for a May 3 hearing. "He simply was not subpoeaned."

There's no question that White was subpoenaed, though: He filed a letter with the court objecting to the subpoena. That's why he didn't show up for Miller's trial and why he was arrested when he later appeared at the courthouse to ask about that pesky warrant. "I have respect for this court," White explained. "I did not have so much respect for this case in which I'd been subpoenaed." He'll get to tell it to the judge on August 31.

And those are just two of the scheduled legal sideshows. Earlier this month, New York lawyer Darney Hoffman won a ruling from a federal judge stating that grand-jury witnesses could not be prohibited from speaking out about their testimony: His client, Linda Hoffman-Pugh, the former Ramsey housekeeper, was one of many witnesses who appeared before the grand jury that investigated JonBenét Ramsey's murder for thirteen months before failing to return an indictment. Hoffman-Pugh has sued the Ramseys for defamation; next week Hoffman will take their deposition. The Ramseys have several libel cases of their own, of course, including one against Thomas. And former Boulder detective Linda Arndt, who presided over the crime scene that gave birth to the Ramsey circus, just appealed a judge's decision that had thrown out her defamation case against the Boulder police.

Even Miller, the only person who's ever gone to trial in connection with the Ramsey case and the only one who's been declared not guilty by a jury, has one more date with a judge: Boulder recently issued him a summons for a barking dog.

The circus is in town.

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