The lawyer for the families of murdered Ontario teenagers Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French won't be asking for any trims to an episode of Law & Order that is loosely based on the girls' killer, Paul Bernardo, and his wife, Karla Homolka.
The episode, titled Fools for Love,is scheduled to air on CTV stations on Feb. 22 and on NBC on Feb. 23.
Toronto lawyer Tim Danson was given a copy of the one-hour program last week by CTV and he reviewed it on the weekend. After speaking with his clients, Danson said the program is "extremely loosely connected" to the deaths of French, Mahaffy and Homolka's younger sister, Tammy. As a result, they won't be asking CTV to undertake any edits. The parents "were comforted by this fact," Danson said, as well as by the disclaimer at the episode's start saying that, although the program was "inspired in part by a real event," the story is fictional and does not depict "any actual person or event."
CTV officials contacted Danson last week to tell him that the network was planning to run the program, after having reviewed it themselves and finding nothing egregiously offensive. A tape was then given to Danson. "We just wanted to do the right thing by the families," said CTV spokewman Mike Cosentino, rather than airing the program without giving them any warning.