Fox News Cleared in Showing Suicide Live on the Air

The lawsuit never had a chance and nor should it.

Remember when Fox News showed the guy that killed himself after being involved in a high speed chase with cops?

Well, the guy's widow sued Fox News and .....she lost. 

JoDon Romero stole a car at gunpoint in Phoenix and led police on an 80-mile chase, sometimes firing his gun at the pursuing officers.

Fox News picked up the live broadcast from its local affiliate and aired the chase on an episode of Studio B with Shepard Smith.

The Fox News delay did not work right and viewers saw Romero shoot himself on TV. 

Romero's three children were in school at the time. The two older boys heard about a suicide video and looked it up on YouTube, only to see their own father kill himself. Their mother, Angela Rodriguez, sued Fox in 2013 for intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. She claimed that her children were severely traumatized by the video.

A Maricopa County judge dismissed the lawsuit on First Amendment grounds, however, and a panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed for Fox last week.

"The Fox broadcast clearly addressed a matter of public concern," Judge Diane Johnsen wrote for the court on Aug. 4.

Though Rodriguez conceded that the chase was newsworthy, she argued that the suicide was a private matter not covered by the First Amendment.

The court disagreed and Rodriguez gets nothing. 

It was really nothing more than a frivolous lawsuit from the beginning.  

H/T Courthouse News