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June 29th, 2009
09:43 PM ET

Live blog from the anchor desk 6/29/09

Tonight we’re following all the new developments in the Michael Jackson story.

A second autopsy was performed today at the Jackson family’s request. They are waiting for the results before finalizing funeral arrangements. While the pop star’s funeral is on hold, a host of legal issues and battles are already emerging.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
June 29th, 2009
07:16 PM ET

In Iran, what now?

Editor’s Note: Saying it had completed an investigation into alleged voter irregularities, Iran's election authority on Monday stood by its findings that gave hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an overwhelming victory and sparked more than two weeks of chaos in the streets.

There was "no tangible irregularity," Guardian Council spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei told government-run Press TV after reporting that a recount of some 10 percent of the votes found no significant differences. "After this, the file will be closed and from today on in the presidential election, the file has been closed."

Meanwhile, today Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  called the death of Neda Agha-Soltan "suspicious" and urged the country's authorities to identify those responsible for it, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday. What now? We spoke with CNN's Reza Sayah, at CNN's Iran Desk in Atlanta.

Reza Sayah | BIO
CNN International Correspondent

1. Iran's electoral oversight group, the Guardian Council, announced today that it confirmed the election results. What now? Does opposition leader Moussavi have any recourse?

Sayah: Moussavi doesn't have any legal recourse. People will be interested to see what he does. The best he can hope for at this point is behind the scenes, lining up religious senior clerics to establish coalitions. Bottom line, the military is behind Ahmadinejad. He really doesn’t have any more options.

2.  Security forces reportedly flooded the streets after that announcement on the election results came out. Is there a sense that the heavy-handed tactics are really working for the Iranian government?

Sayah: Security forces were out in full force today, everywhere. They've been the key to this. Whenever you have a conflict like this, security forces really play the key and they’re malleable. If they see more favorable interests in the powers that be, they'll side with them, in this case Ahmadinejad. If the military sees a better play with opposition, they'll head to them.

For most Iranians, in the short run, this aggressive crackdown has snuffed out these protests. In the long run, will it demoralize them, or will this crackdown further radicalize the opposition for the long run? Time till tell.

3. A woman killed in a protest a week and a half ago named Neda has very much become the face of this struggle. Today President Ahmadinejad called her death “suspicious” and requested an investigation. Will that quell any of the uproar over her death?

Sayah: Probably not. They won't be satisfied with his explanation. Government officials have offered 3 different sets of explanation for her death at this point: the CIA, protestors themselves and banned terrorist groups. People are convinced that it was members of the Basij. President Ahmadinjad had this to say in regards to Neda: "The massive propaganda of the foreign media, as well as other evidence, proves the interference of the enemies of the Iranian nation who want to take political advantage and darken the pure face of the Islamic Republic.

June 29th, 2009
07:06 PM ET
June 29th, 2009
06:40 PM ET

Sotomayor reversal not a first

Lucas A. Powe Jr.
Special to CNN

Monday, in the much anticipated New Haven, Connecticut, firefighters' case, the Supreme Court reversed an opinion joined by Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

The reversal was expected and is not the first time an appointee has been reversed by the court he was about to join.

Indeed, two of Chief Justice Warren Burger's opinions for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals were reversed in 1969, the year he joined the court. One was Watts v. United States, in which the defendant had been convicted for threatening the life of the president.

Keep reading...

June 29th, 2009
06:05 PM ET

Jackson's death raises questions about drug interactions

Some drugs have serious side effects in combination with other medications. Check with your doctor.

Some drugs have serious side effects in combination with other medications. Check with your doctor.

Elizabeth Landau
CNN

As friends of pop star Michael Jackson discuss the role prescription drugs may have played in his Thursday death, the serious health problems that can be triggered by drug interactions are again in the spotlight.

Dr. Deepak Chopra, who knew Jackson for more than 20 years, on Friday told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he blamed Jackson's death on drug abuse, though he offered no direct evidence. "When you have enough drugs in your system, your heart goes into an arrhythmia and your respiration stops," he said. "I think the drugs killed him."

Authorities said Friday the cause of Jackson's death will not be determined officially for weeks. The results of toxicology tests are expected in six to eight weeks, said Ed Winter, assistant chief coroner for Los Angeles County.

Keep reading...


Filed under: 360° Radar • Health Care • Michael Jackson
June 29th, 2009
06:01 PM ET

Beat 360º 6/29/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

President Barack Obama looks at a map donated to the White House by the National Geographic Society in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

UPDATE: Check out our Beat 360° Winners!


Filed under: Beat 360° • President Barack Obama • T1
June 29th, 2009
05:49 PM ET

Mrs. Madoff – 'I ache over the stories'

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison today.

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison today.

Ruth Madoff, wife of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, issued a statement today after her husband was sentenced to 150 years in prison.

Ruth Madoff

I am breaking my silence now, because my reluctance to speak has been interpreted as indifference or lack of sympathy for the victims of my husband Bernie’s crime, which is exactly the opposite of the truth.

From the moment I learned from my husband that he had committed an enormous fraud, I have had two thoughts – first, that so many people who trusted him would be ruined financially and emotionally, and second, that my life with the man I have known for over 50 years was over. Many of my husband’s investors were my close friends and family. And in the days since December, I have read, with immense pain, the wrenching stories of people whose life savings have evaporated because of his crime.

My husband was the one we (and I include myself) respected and trusted with our lives and our livelihoods, often for many, many years, and who was respected in the securities industry as well. Then there is the other man who stunned us all with his confession and is responsible for this terrible situation in which so many now find themselves. Lives have been upended and futures have been taken away. All those touched by this fraud feel betrayed; disbelieving the nightmare they woke to. I am embarrassed and ashamed. Like everyone else, I feel betrayed and confused. The man who committed this horrible fraud is not the man whom I have known for all these years.

In the end, to say that I feel devastated for the many whom my husband has destroyed is truly inadequate. Nothing I can say seems sufficient regarding the daily suffering that all those innocent people are enduring because of my husband. But if it matters to them at all, please know that not a day goes by when I don’t ache over the stories that I have heard and read.


Filed under: 360° Radar
June 29th, 2009
05:42 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Jackson’s death, new questions

Cate Vojdik
AC360º Writer

Tonight we’re following all the new developments in the Michael Jackson story.

A second autopsy was performed today at the Jackson family’s request. They are waiting for the results before finalizing funeral arrangements. While the pop star’s funeral is on hold, a host of legal issues and battles are already emerging.

Today, Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, was granted temporary guardianship of his three children. The Jackson family also filed a petition asking that Katherine Jackson be named administrator of Michael Jackson’s estate and the children be named his sole beneficiaries. In court papers, Jackson’s parents said they believe the singer died without a valid will.

Are these filings the first salvo in what could be a huge custody case? Will Debbie Rowe, the mother of Jackson’s two oldest children, also try to make a claim for the children – and the money they may inherit?

FULL POST


Filed under: Michael Jackson • The Buzz
June 29th, 2009
05:19 PM ET

Documents: Katherine Jackson files for custody of late singer's children

From left: Prince Michael Jackson II, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson and Michael Joseph Jackson Jr.

From left: Prince Michael Jackson II, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson and Michael Joseph Jackson Jr.

Editor's Note: In Los Angeles Superior Court today, a judge approved Katherine Jackson's request for temporary custody of her son Michael's three children. Below are the court documents she filed earlier today in hopes of becoming their temporary guardian. For the latest on the fallout from the King of Pop's death, tune in to AC360° tonight 10p ET.

Katherine Jackson custody claim documents


Filed under: 360° Radar • Documents • Michael Jackson
June 29th, 2009
04:59 PM ET

Clinton's painful "arms control"

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joked about her broken elbow at a State Department briefing today.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joked about her broken elbow at a State Department briefing today.

Joe Von kanel
CNN Campbell Brown Writer

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joked about her broken elbow today, telling reporters, “I'm engaged in a different form of arms control, I think.”

Clinton fractured her right elbow when she fell at the State Department on June 17th. Her arm was in a sling today when she took questions during a brief news conference.

When a reporter asked if it’s still painful she answered, “It is. It is. Don't break your elbow. That's my last word of advice.”

“But you know,” she added, “every day gets a little bet better.”


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
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