Media World: House arrest over, Larry Mendte takes a look at the media


For the past year or so, Larry Mendte, an award-winning broadcast journalist, has been caught in a scandal that seems like it was ripped from the pages of a bad melodrama. Now, it's finally coming to an end.

Earlier this week, Mendte ended the sentence of house arrest he received after pleading guilty to illegally accessing the email account of his former co-anchor at Philadelphia's CBS3, Alycia Lane. Mendte is rumored to have leaked unflattering gossip about Lane, a controversial anchor in her own right who was fired after an undercover New York police officer said she uttered homophobic slurs after punching her in the face. (Charges were pressed by the cop, but later dropped.) Lane has filed suit against Mendte and CBS3. During his sentencing, he apologized to Lane. The veteran journalist is still on probation for the next two-and-a-half years.