Family of dead woman ridiculed by Nancy Grace hires Lake Elmo attorney

Lawyer Michael Padden has been hired by the survivors of Toni Medrano, the Cottage Grove mother who killed herself after being ridiculed on a television show, the Pioneer Press reports. Padden said Monday that he plans to contact the CNN network to negotiate a settlement. Failing that, he said, he is considering a lawsuit.

The family of the Cottage Grove woman who committed suicide by setting herself on fire has hired a Lake Elmo lawyer to pursue legal action against CNN, which broadcasts a show with legal commentator Nancy Grace, the Pioneer Press reports. Grace in a June 11 show was highly critical of Toni Medrano.

Huffington Post has a quick summary of the story, including a clip of Nancy Grace on the June 11 show:

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