Rape Suspects Cite 'Springer'

Two Florida teenagers charged with repeatedly raping their 8-year-old half-sister said they committed the act after watching a program about incest on the “Jerry Springer” TV show, police said Thursday. The 15- and 13-year-old brothers, of Hollywood FL, showed no emotion or regret during interrogation as the older boy told detectives that they sexually abused their half-sister at least 10 times over a period of years, police said. A publicist for the show said Springer was aware of the case but was not immediately available for comment. The program has come under fire over the past year for overstepping what is considered to be the line of decency and for staging audience fights (which were toned down, but only temporarily, as the ratings slipped as a result.).

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