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Space Gravy
06-26-2008, 09:52 AM
Settlement in NY lawsuit over NBC's 'Predator'

NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC Universal has settled a $105 million lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed a televised sex sting by "Dateline NBC: To Catch A Predator" drove her brother to kill himself.

"The matter has been amicably resolved to the satisfaction of both parties," said a statement released by both sides. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Patricia Conradt's lawsuit had claimed her brother, a suburban Dallas prosecutor, fatally shot himself after he was accused of engaging in a sexually explicit online chat with an adult posing as a 13-year-old boy.

The lawsuit claimed NBC "steamrolled" authorities to arrest Louis William Conradt Jr. after telling police he failed to show up at a sting operation 35 miles away.

NBC was working with the activist group Perverted Justice on the sting, in which people impersonating children established online chats with men and tried to lure them to a house, where they were met by TV cameras and police.

In February, a federal judge issued a scathing ruling in the case, saying a jury might conclude the network "crossed the line from responsible journalism to irresponsible and reckless intrusion into law enforcement."

Link (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SEX_PREDATOR_STING?SITE=AP)

Gingersnap
06-26-2008, 09:54 AM
I absolutely adored that show. :)

Odysseus
06-26-2008, 10:38 AM
Settlement in NY lawsuit over NBC's 'Predator'
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC Universal has settled a $105 million lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed a televised sex sting by "Dateline NBC: To Catch A Predator" drove her brother to kill himself.
"The matter has been amicably resolved to the satisfaction of both parties," said a statement released by both sides. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Patricia Conradt's lawsuit had claimed her brother, a suburban Dallas prosecutor, fatally shot himself after he was accused of engaging in a sexually explicit online chat with an adult posing as a 13-year-old boy.
The lawsuit claimed NBC "steamrolled" authorities to arrest Louis William Conradt Jr. after telling police he failed to show up at a sting operation 35 miles away.
NBC was working with the activist group Perverted Justice on the sting, in which people impersonating children established online chats with men and tried to lure them to a house, where they were met by TV cameras and police.
In February, a federal judge issued a scathing ruling in the case, saying a jury might conclude the network "crossed the line from responsible journalism to irresponsible and reckless intrusion into law enforcement."
Link (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SEX_PREDATOR_STING?SITE=AP)

Talk about a tough call. If the prosecutor really was chatting up what he thought were 13-year-olds, then NBC did the right thing by reporting it, but this is the same network and show that has faked previous news stories, so their credibility is nil. I would hope that the evidence in the case justified the decision, but you can never tell nowadays.

noonwitch
06-26-2008, 12:27 PM
Sex offenders frequently attempt suicide when they are caught in the act. I don't see how this is NBC's liability.

He should have thought about the embarrassment before he decided to troll for underage sex partners.

Odysseus
06-26-2008, 08:36 PM
Sex offenders frequently attempt suicide when they are caught in the act. I don't see how this is NBC's liability.
He should have thought about the embarrassment before he decided to troll for underage sex partners.

Assuming that NBC was telling the truth. Remember that Dateline has faked news before. That's what makes this case tough to call. The accusation is truly repellent, but the accuser's credibility is lacking, and the way that the courts are today, the decision is no guide to the merits of either side's case. Consequently, I don't know enough of the facts to take a side here.