2012-12-19 / Local & State

WTAE Seeks To Nix Suit For Airing Wrong Mug Shot

PITTSBURGH(AP) – Attorneys for Pittsburgh's ABC affiliate want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a woman who says her mug shot was wrongly aired on the TV news when her daughter – who has the same first and last name – was arrested for kidnapping.

The Pittsburgh Post- Gazette reports Hearst Stations Inc., which owns WTAE-TV, argues the lawsuit by 49-year-old Kathy Bass, of New Salem, was filed after the statute of limitations. Hearst also contends Bass – whose 24-year- old daughter was the subject of the August 2010 news story – has her own arrest history and that authorities passed out the wrong mug shot.

The plaintiff's attorney acknowledged his client was once convicted of disorderly conduct. The younger Bass received one to two years in prison after pleading to lesser charges in the case aired on WTAE.

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