PHOENIX — An Arizona judge has thrown out a lawsuit against Fox News
Network for airing live footage of a carjacking suspect in a police chase
committing suicide and not using a time delay that would have prevented the
death from being broadcast on national television.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Rea dismissed the case on Jan. 30.
The lawsuit alleged the children of 33-year-old suspect JoDon Romero suffered
emotional distress from having seen video of their father fatally shooting
himself in September 2012 at the end of an 80-mile car chase.
David Bodney, a lawyer representing Fox News, says the judge found the
network’s coverage was protected by the First Amendment and that those pushing
the lawsuit didn’t satisfy the essential elements of claiming intentional
infliction of emotional distress.