ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 28, 1996
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Los Angeles: Judy Muller) The legal crossing of criminal realities and movie fiction examined; details given of the case in which Sara Edmondson admitted shooting a convenience store clerk in Louisiana and implicated her boyfriend Ben Dares in a murder in Mississippi after watching the film "Natural Born Killers". [Paralyzed clerk Patsy BYERS - blames film director Oliver Stone.] [STONE - responds and defends the movie.] [Louisiana attorney Joe SIMPSON - cites the negligence law in Louisiana.] Suggestion from novelist John Grisham, writing in "The Oxford American", that the film makers are liable on grounds of a "defective product" quoted. [STONE, First Amendment lawyer Floyd ABRAMS - criticize Grisham's analysis.]
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