Judge allows airing of Lifetime movie about former UR student

Posted at: 03/21/2013 3:11 PM
Updated at: 03/21/2013 6:05 PM

A state appellate judge on Thursday lifted a lower court's ruling that prohibited Lifetime Network from airing a television movie about a former University of Rochester student Christopher Porco.

On Tuesday, a state judge had temporarily banned the network from airing, "Romeo Killer: The Christopher Porco Story." But on Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. Garry, who presides for the Appellate Division's Third Department in Albany, lifted the ban and ruled Porco's claims to be invalid.

Porco, a former University of Rochester student, is serving 46 years to life in prison for killing his father with an ax and brutally attacking his mother.

He claimed Lifetime needed permission to use his name because he says the movie represents a fictionalized account of the crimes.

Thursday's decision clears the way for Saturday's broadcast of Lifetime's movie "Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story."