A wrongful death lawsuit filed against CNN's Nancy Grace, claiming she pushed the mother of a missing toddler to suicide through aggressive questioning on her talk show, has been moved to federal court.
The case was moved from Circuit Court in the Lake County seat of Tavares, Florida, to US District Court in Ocala, according to a notice of removal filed on December 20th.
Lawyers for Grace and Atlanta based CNN asked that the case be transferred to federal court, a move allowed when opposing parties in a lawsuit reside or are headquartered in different states. The provision ensures a state court will not be biased in favor of a party from its own state.
The lawsuit stems from a contentious interview on September seventh in which Grace questioned Melinda Duckett about the reported disappearance of her 2 year old son. Duckett committed suicide at her grandparents' home the day after the interview.
Filed by relatives of Melinda Duckett, the lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive damages as well as a court order preventing the show on which Duckett appeared from being re-aired.
Duckett's son Trenton was last seen on August 27th and remains missing despite ongoing investigations.