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July 8th, 2014
11:23 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Is there a right way and wrong way to respond to tragedy?

Today Leanna Harris reportedly visited the jail where her husband is being held on murder and child cruelty charges in the hot car death of their son Cooper. The couple's words and actions have come under intense scrutiny by police. Martin Savidge looks at how others in the media spotlight have responded to tragedy.

CNN legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Paul Callan look at whether the Harris' behavior could be brought up in court.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Hot car death • Justin Harris
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  1. sageiris

    In light of the evidence forming against Mr. Harris, I feel confident he chose to no longer be a father, but I'm beginning to seriously wonder about the wife now too. Granted, we all behave in a unique manner while grieving, but there's something very disturbing about the "mother's" lack of emotion. I wouldn't be able to contain myself, and I'd be the first one in line to testify against hubby, if I suspected his culpability.

    What kind of deviants are we dealing with here?? I know it sounds extreme, but could they be sex addicts? And if so, are their urges so overwhelming, they chose the most heinous manner possible in order to be child-free?

    My gut is telling me there's something much deeper going on with these two.

    July 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
  2. warthog6

    These freakshows are getting exactly what they deserve. The world is filled with parents with an absolutely unshakable sense that a child is property, and therefore any actions toward their property cannot be wrong, no matter how it affects the child–which often will simply not even be part of the thought process. Many of us have survived parents like that with the sense that it may not be possible to act against our parents successfully until its no longer a reasonable course of action, but we always hope that someday we'll get to enjoy watching someone just like them be given very painful justice.

    I'd like to know where all the anti-abortion crusaders are with their yelling and signs with pictures of dead babies. They pretend to be motivated to defend child safety, but as soon as its out of the uterus–they're nowhere to be found until their old enough to send to war.

    July 9, 2014 at 9:46 am |

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