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April 12th, 2012
10:29 PM ET

Prosecution builds case against Zimmerman

An affidavit in the case against George Zimmerman says that the neighborhood watch volunteer "profiled" Trayvon Martin.

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April 12th, 2012
10:26 PM ET

RidicuList: Boo 'the world's cutest dog' is alive

The reports of the death of the world's cutest dog were greatly exaggerated. Boo the Dog sets the record straight, on The RidicuList.

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April 12th, 2012
10:24 PM ET

Bay Buchanan: Response to Hilary Rosen 'despicable'

A wave of controversy after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen said on Wednesday’s 360 that Mitt Romney's wife "never worked a day in her life." Rosen is back to clarify what she meant, and Romney adviser Bay Buchanan also weighs in saying the Democrats wronged Rosen.

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April 12th, 2012
10:22 PM ET

Trayvon Martin's brother: Starting to get justice

Anderson Cooper asked Trayvon Martin's mother and brother, Sybrina Fulton and Jahvaris, to describe what it was like to see George Zimmerman in custody. "It actually helps a little to see that the person who shot and killed Trayvon will be held accountable for what he has done," said his soft-spoken mother. "I'm relieved that it's happened. We, finally, are starting to get some justice for my brother. So I'm happy about that," said Jahvaris.

The family was accompanied by their lawyer, Benjamin Crump. He talked about the legal battle they're facing in the weeks and months ahead, "This the first base, really, in the true sense of the word...we're preparing ourselves for the long journey. It took us so long to just get to this point."

On the issue of Zimmerman getting released on Bond, Crump questioned whether he could be a flight risk. "We already saw a lot of erratic behavior on his part," he said.

Fulton was asked to clarify a comment she made earlier on another program calling the fatal shooting accidental. "It was taken out of context," she said. "The actual encounter was an accident...I think it was deliberate. He got out of that vehicle with the intent to shoot and kill my son, and that's what I believe, that's what I've said from the start, that he chased my son down like an animal and he killed him."

Jahvaris told Anderson what he would like people to know about his brother, "I would like them to remember that he wasn't this violent, confrontational person that George Zimmerman is making him out to be." "He was just a regular kid," he said.

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April 12th, 2012
10:21 PM ET

Trayvon Martin's mom: No hate for Zimmerman

Trayvon Martin's mother tells CNN's Anderson Cooper she doesn't hate George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot her son.

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April 12th, 2012
10:20 PM ET

Cops kill unarmed Vietnam War Veteran

The call for help was not unusual. A 68-year-old veteran with a heart condition had tripped a medical alert device he keeps around his neck in the early hours of a winter morning. The company that services the device informed a 911 operator the device had been triggered and asked for an ambulance to go to the address.

But police arrived at Kenneth Chamberlain's apartment first. And hours later Chamberlain was dead, not from his heart condition, but from two bullets fired by White Plains, NY police officer Anthony Carelli.

Now Kenneth Chamberlain’s family has joined civil rights activists alleging this case raises similar questions to that of Trayvon Martin who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer: Do police or civilians trying to enforce the law shoot first and ask questions later when they are dealing with African Americans?

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April 12th, 2012
10:18 PM ET

Can Zimmerman's lawyer get him bond?

Legal analysts examine the affidavit in the George Zimmerman case and discuss the possibility of a release on bond.

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April 12th, 2012
08:08 PM ET

Letters to the President #1179: 'The women's war'

Reporter's Note: The women’s vote, as always, is becoming a big issue in this presidential race.

Dear Mr. President,

Isn’t that how it always goes? Just when you get a big lead, when you’re piling up the points, when you’re pulling away from the pack, along comes something to mess it all up. Of course I’m talking about those comments by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen who unfortunately slapped an untoward comment on the campaign table like a big stinky carp. To wit, she suggested that Mitt Romney should not be listening to his wife about how women are dealing with the economy because she “actually never worked a day in her life.”

The words were hardly out of her mouth before Republicans (and others) were howling about how she was insulting stay at home moms. Rosen denied that, of course; apologized, and clarified her comments. Still, like many words uttered in D.C., it is fair to say that a lot of context was lost in the nuclear blast of outrage that followed. And that obviously had you and all your Democratic pals scrambling to put distance between yourselves and Ms. Rosen (“Hilary who? No. No. Can’t say I’ve ever heard of her.”) and to reassert your commitment to the rights and well-being of women.

Still, it was not a good day for your team on the gender front. You have a commanding lead in the polls over Mitt Romney when it comes to women. (Or at least you did as of a few days ago. Who knows now?) You seemed to be pressing all the right buttons in suggesting that Republicans really didn’t understand women’s issues or, frankly, take them very seriously. And now…

I certainly would not say that you’ve lost the women’s vote. I suspect you would still be ahead in a poll if it were taken at this moment. But Ms. Rosen, I think, opened up one of those nagging little sore points….a small doubt that some women have about your party. In a phrase: Her comments can be seen as suggesting that Democrats look down on women who choose their families ahead of their careers; who opt for more traditional roles for their lives. So just as many of women wonder if the Republicans really respect them, I think some women also wonder if Democrats have a problem with certain types of women; women who, for example, want to follow more traditional, conservative paths…who want to stay home and raise kids, who oppose abortion rights, who want to limit the size of government, or who don’t like the idea of gay marriage.

I’m not saying that perception is correct, because certainly it is far too broad to apply to your whole party, just as it is far too broad of a generalization to suggest that all Republicans do not respect women or stand up for their rights.

Sadly, I suspect there are people in both parties who see women fundamentally as opinions to be manipulated and votes to be divided, and they don’t have much use for women who won’t fall in line as they wish. That’s the tragedy of it. Because true equality should mean women are free to make up their minds precisely the same way men do; choosing to stay at home or go to work, get married or stay single, be conservative, liberal, or somewhere in between as they see fit. And they shouldn’t have to suffer cheap shots from anyone just because they do that.

Regards,
Tom

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Charles Manson, John Edwards, Mike Wallace, Dyngus Day
April 12th, 2012
06:35 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Charles Manson, John Edwards, Mike Wallace, Dyngus Day

 What everyone’s talking about:

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who says he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense, was charged with second degree murder, a special prosecutor announced on Wednesday. He was taken to the Seminole County Jail hours later. Two lawyers who had been giving legal advice to George Zimmerman told reporters on Tuesday that they lost contact with their client and no longer represented him. Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig spoke exclusively with Anderson about why they withdrew their counsel and defended their comment that their former client is “probably suffering from post-traumatic stress.” But our legal panel took exception with the lawyers’ statements. Attorney Mark Geragos, who compared the lawyers’ statements to a SNL skit, said Zimmerman’s lawyers are the “height of absurdity.” Now Zimmerman has a new lawyer who was described by our legal analyst as “very smart.”

Notorious killer, Charles Manson, 77, was denied parole on Wednesday in a hearing at a prison in Corcoran, CA where he is serving a life sentence. Manson did not show up to his parole hearing and the next one is scheduled for 15 years from now. CNN’s Miguel Marquez spoke to one man who believes he may be Manson’s son. "It's more than just possible, but probable," Matthew Roberts, 44, told Marquez. Contaminated DNA tests have failed to confirm if Manson is his father.

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Tonight on AC360: Unarmed black vet shot by police
Soledad O’Brien interviews the son of Kenneth Chamberlain who was shot dead by police bullets. Photo credit: Travis Williamson
April 12th, 2012
05:10 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Unarmed black vet shot by police

Editor's note: Don't miss Soledad O'Brien's report on the death of Kenneth Chamberlain at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on AC360°.

The call for help was not unusual. A 68-year-old veteran with a heart condition had tripped a medical alert device he keeps around his neck in the early hours of a winter morning. The company that services the device informed a 911 operator the device had been triggered and asked for an ambulance to go to the address.

But police arrived at Kenneth Chamberlain's apartment first. And hours later Chamberlain was dead, not from his heart condition, but from two bullets fired by White Plains, NY police officer Anthony Carelli.

Now Kenneth Chamberlain’s family has joined civil rights activists alleging this case raises similar questions to that of Trayvon Martin who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer: Do police or civilians trying to enforce the law shoot first and ask questions later when they are dealing with African Americans?

Officer Carelli, is white ,and Kenneth Chamberlain is black. Chamberlain lived in a public housing complex in a rundown section of White Plains, New York where law enforcement sources said only that he was "known to them," from previous calls to police but won’t say what they were for. Chamberlain was never arrested by police, who note there was a black police officer on the scene the night he was shot and say that Chamberlain came at them with knives in hand. Shots were fired only after police tried to subdue him with a taser and bean-bag rounds.

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