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December 7th, 2009
06:41 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Amanda Knox’s Fight for Freedom

Amanda Knox looks on during a session of her trial last week at the courthouse in Perugia, Italy.

Amanda Knox looks on during a session of her trial last week at the courthouse in Perugia, Italy.

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

U.S. Senator Mary Cantwell is urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to help American college student Amanda Knox, who was convicted of murdering her study abroad roommate in Italy and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Senator Cantwell, who represents Knox’s home state, has issued a statement saying she has profound concerns that Knox has been failed by the Italian justice system. She wants Secretary Clinton to intervene and ensure that Knox gets a fair appeals trial. Tonight, Anderson talks to the senator about why she thinks U.S. officials need to step in. We’ll also hear from Former Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin. Even if Secretary Clinton decides she wants to intervene, can she? How m uch leverage does she have?

Also tonight: science, skepticism and allegations of conspiracy. World leaders have gathered in Copenhagen for the United Nations climate summit but leaked emails from an internationally-renowned climate research unit are threatening to overshadow the talks. Climate change skeptics say the emails are proof that scientists have manipulated data and public perception of global warming. We’ll explain the controversy. You can decide if you think it’s a conspiracy or much ado about nothing.

In the health care battle, abortion is back in the spotlight. Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson has introduced an amendment to the Senate bill, similar to one in the House bill that would bar any private insurance company that receives taxpayer money from offering coverage for abortions. Tonight we’ll take you past the politics and inside a Planned Parenthood clinic. Anderson will show you what he found when he went up close on the story.

Join us for all this and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then!


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