February 29, 2016
(Palm Beach County Assistant Public Defender Elizabeth Ramsey is battling against a contempt of court charge and professional misconduct claims, filed by Circuit Judge Jack Schramm Cox. (Jim Rassol / Sun Sentinel))
She’s facing a jail sentence. She’s facing the loss of her law license. And she’s facing prosecutors who want her clients put to death.
But Palm Beach County Assistant Public Defender Elizabeth Ramsey fights on, determined to win on all three fronts.
“I cannot imagine the pressure she’s under,” said Donnie Murrell, a longtime local criminal defense attorney who is representing Ramsey. “I admire her courage and her ability to focus.”
Ramsey, 51, said her immediate attention is on a March 7 trial start date for convicted sex offender Rodney Clark. Prosecutors have been seeking the death penalty since Clark’s 2013 cold-case arrest in the 1987 murder of a 27-year-old Lake Worth woman.
Ramsey referred questions on her legal battles to privately retained attorneys. One is defending her against a misdemeanor criminal contempt charge, while the other is helping her in an extremely rare civil court case concerning professional misconduct allegations.