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    Settlement in $105M lawsuit over NBC's 'To Catch a Predator'


    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Thursday, June 26th 2008, 8:37 AM
    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."

    U.S. District Judge Denny Chin said the lawsuit contained sufficient facts to make it plausible that the suicide was foreseeable, that police had a duty to protect Conradt from killing himself and that the officers and NBC acted with deliberate indifference.

    New episodes of "To Catch A Predator" ended in December, with the future of the series uncertain.
    "Right now we are working on other investigative stories focusing on national security and the economy," NBC spokeswoman Jenny Tartikoff said Wednesday in an e-mail. "If we do more, we want to make sure we are complementing past investigations not just repeating them."

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    I hope they don't cancel it, now I'll never see them catch BC preying on Danny.

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    So-called "journalism" in this country is despicable.

    A guy allegedly had a coversation online, the party making said allegations has a great financial interest in sensationalizing the situation for ratings. They therefore decide to show up at his house because they can't bait him in to showing up at their stake out.

    I'd be extremely interested to know which side prompted this online conversation, and if NBC specifically targeted this guy, trying to get some kind of figurehead.
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    Isn't this awful close to entrapment?

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    Its the same amount of entrapment as prostitute stings and fake drug dealers

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    If I was the judge I believe I would say, "Oh well one less crazy on the street."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaMayor View Post
    Isn't this awful close to entrapment?
    Well, on the other hand, his actions/suicide does come off as an admission of guilt. If I had not comitted a crime, I damn sure wouldn't kill myself.

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    He could have at least done a murder/suicide.


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    The guy was a peder-ass that couldn't handle the world knowing he was a peder-ass, and now his family wants to sue.


    You have got to be kidding me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOMS View Post
    He could have at least done a murder/suicide.
    Murder who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    I hope they don't cancel it, now I'll never see them catch BC preying on Danny.
    I'd love to see BC's response to this.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOMS View Post
    He could have at least done a murder/suicide.
    LOL, he should have taken a few other scum bags with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    Murder who?
    The people at NBC. They're media, so it'd be okay.


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    He chatted with an Adult posing as a 13 year-old.... That's such a gray area I mean the person on the other end was actually an adult so what crime did he commit? It's a really tough predicament, I mean I would love to see all the pervs who prey on children on line and physically burned alive but a conversation with an adult pretending to be a kid is hard to call.....I think the show should stick to busting guys who actually meet up with the posing 13 year old and just let law enforcement handle the guys who chat but never show up.........
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    but oh they have yet to be experienced and that makes aging so very worth it...ML circa2012

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