CBS’s The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey was explicitly presented as the network’s attempt to use modern investigation techniques and technology to—once and for all—solve one of the most infamous and mysterious murders in recent history. It didn’t exactly do that, but it did present a theory that specifically pinned the murder on JonBenét’s brother Burke Ramsey, who was nine at the time of her death. The Ramsey family has denied any involvement in the murder for years, but the Burke theory is basically the perfect TV-friendly twist for what CBS was doing.
Naturally, though, Burke Ramsey himself isn’t especially happy about this. As reported by Reuters (via Jezebel), the Ramsey family’s attorney, L. Lin Wood, has announced that he’ll be suing CBS for libel, explaining that The Case Of presented “lies, misrepresentations, distortions, and omissions” as well as “false and unprofessional attacks” that were “disgusting and revolting.” CBS isn’t backing down, though, and has released a statement of its own saying that it “stands by the broadcast and will do so in court.”