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