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LA Jury Rules on Reality Show

August 2, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A jury on Wednesday said a reality television show did not invade a couple’s privacy when it recorded a police call notifying them of their son’s death.

The Superior Court panel voted 8-4 that while a soundman did ``record or eavesdrop″ on the 1996 call during filming of the now-defunct show ``LAPD: Life on the Beat,″ he did not do it intentionally.

Larry Watts, a lawyer for Robert and Marietta Marich, said he was ``heartsick″ for his clients. He said they were ``trampled by an indifferent corporation″ that deals in ``voyeurism and basic sleaze.″

``LAPD: Life on the Beat,″ was produced by QRZ Media and distributed by MGM Worldwide Television. The suit named QRZ and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc.

QRZ was also named in the suit, but the company filed for bankruptcy the week before trial and the claim against it was delayed.

``The whole thing is really a sad set of circumstances. Their son died of a drug overdose,″ said Mark Helm, the attorney for MGM. ``We feel bad for the tragedy that the Marichs went through but we have said all along that QRZ did not intend to violate anyone’s privacy ... We’re happy that the jury agreed.″

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