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1/12/2004

Supreme Court rejects appeal of former JonBenet Ramsey family housekeeper

By Gina Holland
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The former housekeeper for JonBenet Ramsey’s family lost a Supreme Court case Monday over plans to tell about her grand jury testimony in a book.

Justices, without comment, refused to consider Linda Hoffmann-Pugh’s free-speech challenge of Colorado grand jury secrecy rules.

Hoffmann-Pugh worked for John and Patsy Ramsey when their 6-year-old daughter was found strangled and beaten in the basement of their Boulder, Colo., home on Dec. 26, 1996.

She testified before a grand jury that ended its term in 1999 without issuing an indictment, but is prohibited from disclosing details of the testimony.

She has written a book, “The Death of an Innocent.” But her attorney told the court that the secrecy rules have interfered with the publishing of it.

Colorado lawyers told justices in a filing that the former housekeeper can still publish a book about her experiences, she just can’t reveal what she told the grand jury.

The case is Hoffmann-Pugh v Keenan, 03-661.