Friday, August 01, 2008

Lawsuit against Nancy Grace, CNN moves ahead

The Suicide: Dead Florida Mom Grew Up In Lockport

Two weeks after telling police that her son was snatched from his crib, Melinda Duckett found herself reeling in an interview with TV's famously prosecutorial Nancy Grace. Before it was over, Ms. Grace was pounding her desk and loudly demanding to know: "Where were you? Why aren't you telling us where you were that day?"
A day after the taping, Duckett shot herself to death, deepening the mystery of what happened to the boy. Duckett happens to be a western New York native. Melinda Eubank was her name when she attended Lockport High.
Yesterday we looked at possible legal implications of the battle between Singaporean Blog queens Wendy Cheng (XiaXue) and Dawn Yang / Yeo --- today we flip from bloggers and citizen journalists to mainstream media and broadcast journalists: CNN's Nancy Grace is looking down both barrels of a lawsuit that could change the way missing-persons cases are covered in the media. A federal judge did not dismiss the lawsuit against Grace that accuses her of driving a woman to suicide, allowing the case to move forward. Melinda Duckett appeared on Grace's show after her toddler son Trenton vanished in August of 2006. Grace had no mercy on the 21-year old Duckett, who killed herself before CNN broadcast the interview. Duckett's ex, Joshua, was recently arrested on minor drug and driving charges.

Back Pages: Missing Toddler's Granny Says Daughter "Has Done Something", Inventory of the search warrant that was served on Melinda Duckett's apartment, ...:::NSFW:::... Melinda Duckett’s Home Business

BTW: I've taken a lot of flack over the 2006 home business article, but, hey: the truth is the truth.

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