A Florida judge is allowing a wrongful death suit against cable talker/prosecutor/inquisitor Nancy Grace to go forward
Grace and CNN are being sued by the family of Melinda Duckett, who appeared on Grace’s show in 2006 after her son Trenton disappeared. Grace, as her wont, questioned Duckett, 21, aggressively and wondered why she refused to take a lie detector test.
Those questions caused Duckett extreme mental distress, the lawsuit alleges. Duckett shot herself before the pre-taped interview was aired.
CNN and Grace went ahead and broadcast the interview on the air after the suicide, an act that Duckett’s family caused severe emotional distress.
Lawyers for Grace and CNN argued that allowing the suit to proceed would produce a “chilling effect” on newsgathering.