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KNOE Not Liable For Suicide In Louisiana Sexual Assault Case, Court Rules

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that KNOE, the CBS-affiliate in Monroe, is not liable for a suicide that occurred while the station was reporting on a sexual assault in Ruston, LA.

In 2007, Gina Koons, a student at Lousiana Center for the Blind, reported that she had been sexually assaulted on campus. She reported the incident to police and contacted KNOE, who assigned Mike McDaniel to report on the story. (McDaniel has since joined WLBT in Jackson.) In his report, which aired on the station’s 10 p.m. newscast, McDaniel identified Samuel Johnston Jr. as the alleged attacker.

Johnston killed himself after the story aired. In March 2008, Johnston’s surviving family — his wife and two daughters — sued the station for defamation and false light invasion of privacy. Read more

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Overcoming Court Injunction, WDAM Airs Controversial Video of Inmate Abuse

WDAM is now airing controversial surveillance video that shows inmate abuse at a juvenile detention center after winning its case in the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Earlier this week, the court threw out an injunction, filed by the Forrest County Youth Court, that had barred the Hattiesburg NBC-affiliate from airing video showing abuse at the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center.

WDAM aired the graphic surveillance video on Thursday evening, with reporter Mike McDaniel, who has has been working on the story for several weeks, finally able to broadcast his full investigation. Video inside… Read more