NBC Legal Analyst: We Know More About Robin Williams’ Death than Mike Brown’s
While discussing the Marin County Sheriff’s Department’s detailed press conference on Robin Williams’ suicide, MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Bloom noted to host Ronan Farrow Wednesday that the American public knows considerably more about Williams’ death from two days ago than it does about the shooting death of Michael Brown.
“I think we’ve gone too far,” Bloom said. “This isn’t a crime story. This is a private family matter. Why do they need to know those details? You know, within twenty-four hours of Robin Williams’ death, we knew more about what happened than we’ve learned in four days since the very public shooting of Mike Brown. Something is off here.”
In contrast to Marin County officials, police in Ferguson have been tight-lipped about the shooting of Brown, down to withholding the name of the officer involved.
“As a journalist I generally want to know everything and I’m in favor of that,” Bloom continued. “But as an attorney here in California, I can tell you we have a civil cause of action called Public Revelation of Private Facts. If the family wanted to have a civil cause of action, they might consider that. I doubt they would.”
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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