Next on Jenny: Appeal

Can a talk show drive someone to murder? A jury says yes--and journalists could be the victims

It was what is known in the talk-show business as an ambush. The Jenny Jones Show brought Jonathan Schmitz on the air in 1995 to be surprised by a "secret crush." When the crush turned out to be a man, Scott Amedure, an unstable Schmitz three days later shot his onetime friend to death. Amedure's family sued the show, and last week it was Jenny Jones that got ambushed--by a $25 million jury verdict.

It's a stretch to blame a talk show for a murder committed later by a guest. But the Amedures argued it was the show's recklessness that set...

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