CNN's Randi Kaye reports on the argument made by an expert witness for the defense in the Jodi Arias trial who says the trauma of killing Travis Alexander caused memory loss. Psychologist Richard Samuels told the court that Arias suffers from dissociative amnesia, which supports her claims that she can't recall stabbing her ex-boyfriend almost 30 times after she shot him.
Attorney and children's rights advocate Areva Martin and CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin discuss the Steubenville rape case and the teens arrested for threatening the victim on Twitter.
The two high school football players who had pleaded innocent, Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, apologized in court Sunday after they were convicted by Judge Thomas Lipps. Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in a juvenile correctional facility, and Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year.
Toobin calls the punishment "modest" for the crime. "If they were adults, they could have gotten 20 years," he tells Anderson Cooper. "It's also important to point out, this was not a close case on the evidence. There were admissions through the social media, there were eyewitnesses to this rape, and there was of course the evidence that the victim was unconscious."
Jeffrey Toobin, Mark Geragos and David Swanson share their reactions to expert testimony given by a psychologist in the Jodi Arias trial who testified that Arias suffered dissociative amnesia.
Dr. Richard Samuels told the jurors that because of the trauma of killing Travis Alexander, Arias lost her memory. The theory supports her claims that she remembers shooting her ex-boyfriend in self-defense, but forgets stabbing him nearly 30 times.
The prosecutor tried to discredit Samuels by bringing up an ethics violation, saying the doctor treated Arias by buying her a self-help book, and by showing he used outdated information to conclude Arias had PTSD.
Sparks fly when Margaret Hoover, Gayle Trotter and Charles Blow discuss the GOP's future and how to broaden its appeal after a study commissioned by the Republican National Committee prescribed a major makeover for the party.
The report stated, "Unless changes are made, it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another presidential election in the near future." And a new CNN/ORC poll reveals 38 percent view the GOP in a favorable light while 54 percent of voters surveyed have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party. Reince Priebus, RNC chairman, plans to spend $10 million to reshape their message.
Hoover supports Priebus' initiative and "preaching tolerance" on issues like gay marriage and immigration reform. "There has got to be room for people that have different views on different issues, which means we're getting rid of this necessity to have absolute orthodoxy on every issue," she says.
Relatives of two men killed in the same rural Mississippi county say race shaped how the police investigated. Anderson Cooper talked with Ruby Burdette Ellis and Fred Butts about how the deaths of their loved ones were handled by law enforcement.
Ellis' son, Garrick Burdette, died more than three years ago, but as CNN's Drew Griffin discovered, the police never looked into who was driving the vehicle that most likely ended his life. The sheriff's department has yet to go on the record with a reason why they didn't investigate.
Ellis says it hurts that authorities only began investigating her son's death after a CNN reporter came to her town to question police. She now believes the case will get more attention.
CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on the emotional response to the guilty verdict in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape trial. Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, were convicted by Judge Thomas Lipps on Sunday. Mays received a minimum of two years in a juvenile correctional facility, and Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year.
For more on the story, watch Social media consequences and Steubenville
In an exclusive audio statement given to CNN, the mother of a 16-year-old girl raped in Steubenville, Ohio, talks about her daughter's future, the crime, and her message to other parents.
Here is what she told Poppy Harlow:
“My family and I are hopeful that we can put this whole ordeal behind us. We need and deserve to focus on our daughter's future. We hope that from this something good can arise. I feel I have an opportunity to bring an awareness to others, possibly change the mentality of a youth or help a parent to have more of an awareness to where their children are and what they are doing. The adults need to take responsibility and guide these children. I ask every person listening, what if this was your daughter, your sister or your friend? We need to stress the importance of helping those in need and to stand up for what is right. We all have that option to choose. This is the start of a new beginning for my daughter. I ask that you all continue to pray for her and all victims and please respect our privacy as we help our family to heal. Thank you.”
For more on the case, read Steubenville, weary of investigation, faces new probe
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