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Friday, June 29, 2007

"To Catch A Predator" doesn't

Dateline NBC's "To Catch A Predator" is really good TV, but some Texas authorities say it's not very good law-enforcement. The TV show worked with a group called Perverted Justice to catch Internet predators through online stings. Perverted Justice did a couple of project here with KCTV.

The local DA in Texas is declining to pursue any charges because the chat logs can't be guaranteed as authentic and complete, The AP reports. And one of the accused men committed suicide when police and a camera crew showed up at his house. (The city manager lost his job because he OK'd the project without telling the mayor or the city council.)

Oddly, the story doesn't quote Perverted Justice at all, but I know in past cases, they've always defended their work. The NBC reporter is quoted, saying this is the first place they've had any problem with a DA.

Hat Tip: Thanks to The_Golfer

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