PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- A judge on Friday let stand a $25 million jury verdict that found ''The Jenny Jones Show'' negligent in the slaying of a guest killed after he revealed a gay crush on another guest.
Circuit Judge Gene Schnelz rejected an attempt by attorneys for Warner Bros. and Telepictures, the show's distributors, to throw out the verdict, reduce the award or grant a new trial.
An Oakland County jury last May held the show and its corporate owner, Warner Bros., liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure, who had revealed his attraction to Jonathan Schmitz during a 1995 taping of the program. Amedure was shot dead three days later.
''Whether they like it or not, each side received a trial of its own making and neither has any cause to complain,'' Schnelz ruled.
Attorneys Ven Johnson and Geoffrey Fieger represented the Amedure family in its wrongful death lawsuit against the show. The Amedures sued the talk show in 1995, contending that Schmitz was ambushed and tricked into believing his secret admirer was a woman.
Attorney James Feeney, who represented Warner Bros., said he was disappointed but not surprised by the ruling, which will be appealed.
''I continue to remain very optimistic,'' Feeney said.
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