Lifetime will be able to broadcast Romeo Killer: The Christopher Porco Story on Saturday as scheduled, a judge ruled today. NY Supreme Court Associate Justice Elizabeth Garry stayed all injunctive relief in a two-page order (read it here). The network had its emergency appeal granted after filling it Wednesday in the New York State Appellate Division, Third Department. The victory overturns the jailhouse injunction that another NY Supreme Court Judge, Robert Muller, granted Porco on Tuesday to prevent the depiction of his case airing this weekend. Porco claimed the TV movie was a violation of his rights to his image and name. Porco is currently serving 46 years to life in prison for killing his father and trying to kill his mother. Lifetime now intends to show a documentary Beyond The Headlines: The Real Romeo Killer after the movie Saturday.
One day after a judge stopped Lifetime from broadcasting its scheduled movie about murderer Christopher Porco, the network has filed an emergency appeal. “The March 19 injunction was improperly entered and should immediately be vacated or stayed,” Lifetime’s lawyers said in the motion (read it here) filed today in New York state Appellate’s Division. Romeo Killer: The Christopher Porco Story was set to air this Saturday night. On Tuesday, NY Supreme Court Judge Robert Muller granted a jailhouse injunction request by Porco, who is serving 46 years to life in prison for killing his father and trying to kill his mother. The Albany Times Union first reported the appeal. The injunction not only pulls the plug on airing the film but also stops the Lifetime from promoting it — meaning the network must pull ads and TV spots immediately. “A preliminary injunction will have a devastating financial and reputational impact on Lifetime, with millions of dollars in investment, lost revenues, and untold harm to its brand,” Lifetime states in its motion, adding, “Lifetime has spent over two million dollars acquiring the United States and International rights to the movie, and nearly one million dollars promoting the premiere of the movie on March 23, 2013.”