The attorney for one of the boys linked to the Penn State scandal wants Sandusky to spend the rest of his life in jail.
Anderson Cooper gives kudos to a woman who used Craigslist to track down the suspected thief who stole her bike.
Anderson Cooper talks with legal experts about Sandusky's lawyer's strategy, and the public perception of the crimes.
Jerry Sandusky's lawyer says he's worried about his client's well-being in the wake of the molestation charges he faces
Reporter's Note: President Obama, once upon a time, asked for advice from the public. He has not rescinded the request, so I’ve been writing a letter every single day to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
Do you hear that? No, of course you don’t, because that is the sound of a phone not ringing. That is the thunderous clang of the so called “super committee” not reaching a deal on the budget, not solving those thorny issues about taxes and entitlements, and not heading off another colossal Congressional train wreck.
Neither you, nor I, nor anyone else who has breathed the rarified air of this ridiculous place called D.C. should be surprised. This was, from the very start, as predictable as smashed plates at a Greek wedding. You know why?
People like to say it is because the political system is broken, and that no iteration of it…big, small, left, right, or middle…is capable of writing a deal that other parties can be induced to sign. But I am beginning to think it is more than that.
First, I think that both parties would rather run the whole country off the rails than give up their fight for the engineers’ caps. Oh sure, each party is full of fine Americans, who care deeply about their country; of that, I have no doubt. But the political parties as a whole are complex, living, breathing organisms which drive their own members relentlessly to win and hold power at all costs. That makes compromise a dirty word. That makes every piece of legislation a battleground; and never a setting for peace talks.
Second, if you define the media as…well, everything on TV, radio, the Internet, and in print…then we are part of the problem. Far too many of my brethren spend endless hours moaning about the failures of our government and how hopeless it is for anyone to try to change anything; but then, the moment there is talk a deal, we start poking the principals toward each other, reminding them of every perceived insult, and chanting “fight, fight fight.” Too often, we don’t inform, we alarm, because we think there are more viewers, more readers, and more money in sensationalism.
And third, I hate to say it: Far too many of us in this country have become cowards. Voters talk about shared sacrifice to make things better, but then immediately demand exemptions for this group, that group, every group. Politicians know what needs to be done, but then tilt in favor of what will get them re-elected, even if it means pandering to a base that has only its narrow interests at heart. And we’re lazy. We, as a people, spend less time trying to understand these serious issues than we do tracking the Kardashians’ affairs. We are acting like a pop culture nation and we’re being rewarded with a pop culture government.
So while we might yet get some kind of deal out of super committee, I’ll not be holding my breath. Neither the committee, the Congress, the White House, nor I fear, the rest of us, have the backbone to get the job done. So we’ll once again shove aside the hard work, and let the future pay the terrible price.
Editor's note: Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, AC360 hears from Jerry Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, who says his client is innocent.
State College, Pennsylvania (CNN) - The head of a charity for young people founded by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has resigned amid accusations that Sandusky sexually abused young boys involved with the organization.
Jack Raykovitz, who served as CEO of the Second Mile for 28 years, resigned Sunday, the group's board of directors said in a statement Monday. Both Raykovitz "and the board believe this is in the best interests of the organization."
David Woodle, the board's vice chairman, will take over day-to-day operations, the statement said.
Saying that the "safety and well-being of the children" is central to its mission, the board announced it will conduct an internal investigation and make "recommendations regarding the organization's future operations. We hope to have those findings by the end of December."
The organization also vowed to cooperate fully with the state attorney general's investigation.
Editor's note: Watch AC360° at 8 p.m. ET for the surprising changes in the GOP presidential race.
Washington (CNN) – It's the biggest headline in a national poll full of headlines: Newt Gingrich has surged and is now basically tied with Mitt Romney in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
According to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday, 24% of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say Romney is their most likely choice for their party's presidential nominee with Gingrich at 22%. Romney's 2-point advantage is well within the survey's sampling error.
While the level of support has pretty much stayed the same for Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who's making his second bid for the White House, the former House speaker has seen his support jump 14 points since October.
"It's better than when I was at four [percent]," Gingrich said Monday on the campaign trail in Iowa.
But he cautions that anything could happen, saying that "this is the most volatile race of my lifetime."
Editor's note: Jeffrey W. Pollard is past president of the American Board of Counseling Psychology as well as the American Academy of Counseling Psychology. He has 33 years of higher education counseling service, including 29 as a campus counseling center director. He is the executive director of counseling and psychological services at George Mason University, where he is also a professor of psychology.
(CNN) - Victims of child sexual abuse woke up Thursday morning to television broadcasts of angry and violent Penn State students rioting because football coach Joe Paterno had been fired – effectively immediately.
Many of those abused were traumatized and victimized again, as they saw some people put the love of football above high and strict standards for protecting children.
The students' actions, past and future, will inhibit victims of child sexual abuse from coming forward to report their perpetrators. The fear, shame, contempt and loathing that many child sexual abuse victims face from perpetrators' defense attorneys and others, including skeptical or dismissive family members, are on display
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Congratulations to the winner!
"Mr. Speaker, that's the designated ego zone."
"Hey Newt, I'll be standing over there next year rooting you on to win the nomination!"