Friday, October 20, 2006

Patent attorney Edington's daughter not molested

Further to an earlier post on Fairfield, CT patent attorney Jonathon Edington, AP reports that Edington's 2-year-old daughter was NOT molested by a neighbor (Barry James) whom the girl's father is accused of stabbing to death in rage.

Capt. Gary MacNamara: "We're confident this 2-year-old was not molested. We are confident in our investigation that Mr. Edington did in fact kill Mr. James. "


Aspects of the Edington case were present in the Law & Order episode entitled "Public Service Homicide" which aired on October 20, 2006. The analog of the victim Barry James in the Edington case was one Carl Mullaly, who was stabbed to death.

Unlike in the Edington case, the victim on Law and Order had been exposed on a tv show "Hard Focus," which bore similarity to certain recent episodes of NBC's Dateline. In Law & Order, there was a neighbor (Evan Fleming) who had a daughter. The character Fleming was a doctor, rather than a patent lawyer. On Law & Order, the neighbor doctor was not the murderer. On Law & Order, there was also an organization ScumWatch.

Curiously, the police on Law & Order conveyed lines not supportive of "Hard Focus": "train wreck tv" and "problem with your show inciting violence."

As the episode of Law & Order progressed, it became apparent that "Hard Focus" had significant involvement in the murder. It turned out that the true murderer (Hannah Welch) had significant involvement with the producer of Hard Focus, Elle (L.A.?) Harper. Harper was working on a different show "Confront and Heal," and had identified Welch as one who had been raped by Mullaly.

McCoy noted: The distinction between news and entertainment is not so clear. Planting pseudonews on the news without disclaimer is not proper [IPBiz: reminds one of the July 28 "news of the week" in Science; see 88 JPTOS 743]. An event where one of the participants is trained, paid, and armed by the producer is not journalism. It's not entertainment; it's murder.

Harper was convicted of second degree murder.

There was even an IP angle in the show. The lawyer for Hard Focus initially objected to turning over tapes to the prosecutor on the basis that they contained trade secrets.

Law & Order also mentioned Krav Mega.


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