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November 19th, 2014
10:24 PM ET

Does the Ferguson grand jury have the last word when it comes to the indicting Officer Darren Wilson?

Law enforcement sources say the grand jury could reach a decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson by this Friday. Missouri's Governor has already declared a state of emergency ahead of the expected protests.

While the grand jury's proceedings are going on behind closed doors, the grand jurors are not sequestered. It is possible they are aware that a lack of an indictment could incite a new round of anger and protest.
Anderson discussed the latest on this case with our CNN legal analysts, criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin.
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Filed under: Ferguson • Mark Geragos • Michael Brown • Officer Darren Wilson • Sunny Hostin
November 19th, 2014
10:12 PM ET

Why wasn't Bill Cosby prosecuted for alleged rape in 2005?

One of the women who has accused Bill Cosby of rape is Andrea Constand. Back in 2005, she came forward alleging the comedian drugged and groped her at his house.

Bill Cosby has not been charged in connection with any of the rape allegations made against him. Constand settled a lawsuit against Cosby.

Former Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Prosecutor Bruce Castor made the decision not to charge Bill Cosby in that case.In a discussion that also included CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin, Mr. Castor told Anderson he believed Constand's account, but did not have the forensics to back it up.

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November 17th, 2014
11:19 PM ET

Bill Cosby silent on rape allegations

He is one of America's best known comedians and a TV legend. Bill Cosby built a career on G-rated jokes and his years playing Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show." Cosby has not been charged with any crime, but his public image is now under attack by numerous women going public with graphic and disturbing allegations against him. Gary Tuchman has the latest.

Mark Geragos has defended many celebrity clients and Sunny Hostin prosecuted sex crimes as a federal prosecutor. They discussed the impact of several accusers who did not know each other, coming forward with similar stories about Bill Cosby.

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Filed under: Bill Cosby • Gary Tuchman • Mark Geragos • Sunny Hostin
November 13th, 2014
10:03 PM ET

Family's forensic expert says Michael Brown was shot seven times

The Ferguson grand jury heard testimony today from Dr. Michael Baden. He is a forensics expert hired by Michael Brown's family to conduct an independent autopsy. Shawn Parcells assisted Dr. Baden and spoke to Anderson tonight. Parcells updated earlier findings that Brown was shot at least six times, now saying that he was hit by seven bullets.

The entire proceeding to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson will face an indictment is happening behind closed doors. Anderson discussed the grand jury proceedings with former federal prosecutors Sunny Hostin and Jeffrey Toobin, along with defense attorney Mark O'Mara.

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Filed under: Ferguson • Mark O'Mara • Mark Toobin • Sunny Hostin
November 12th, 2014
10:21 PM ET

Ferguson grand jury to hear key forensic evidence

Dr. Michael Baden is a former New York City medical examiner and one of the most high-profile experts in the forensics field. He was hired by Michael Brown's family to do a private autopsy after the teen was shot by Officer Darren Wilson. He is set to testify tomorrow in front of the grand jury. This comes as local authorities brace for the the response from protesters if there is no indictment against Officer Wilson. Jason Carroll takes a look at the forensic case.


Anderson discussed the evidence that we know about and the questions that remain about the case with CNN legal analysts Mark O'Mara and Sunny Hostin.

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Filed under: Ferguson • Jason Carroll • Mark O'Mara • Michael Brown • Officer Darren Wilson • Sunny Hostin
November 11th, 2014
10:23 PM ET

Ferguson braces for grand jury's decision

Ferguson, Missouri is waiting to hear whether the grand jury will indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Missouri's Governor says that state and local law enforcement are "working around the clock" to prepare for protests expected if there is no indictment. CNN legal  analyst Sunny Hostin has been critical of the prosecutor in the case. Anderson discusses the grand jury proceeding with her and David Klinger, a former LAPD officer and a criminal justice professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

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October 21st, 2014
10:23 PM ET

Pastor in Ferguson: ‘Democracy is on fire, and we're called to be fire men’

Calls for justice in Ferguson are growing louder. Leaked details about the shooting of Michael Brown are adding to tensions that have rocked the city for more than two months. Missouri's Governor announced plans to create a commission to examine the social and economic conditions fueling the outrage. Sara Sidner speaks to Pastor Osagyefo Ohuru Sekou, who has been arrested twice for protesting in Ferguson.

Could these leaks be a strategic attempt to soften the blow in the event that there is no indictment of Officer Wilson? Anderson asked CNN legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Mark O'Mara, along with St. Louis Alderman Antonio French.

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Filed under: Ferguson • Mark O'Mara • Michael Brown • Officer Darren Wilson • Sara Sidner • Sunny Hostin
October 9th, 2014
10:22 PM ET

Traffic stop outrage: Officer previously accused of excessive force

Video of a traffic stop that ends with officers smashing a window and tasering a passenger has sparked outrage across the country. Susan Candiotti spoke to Yolanda Gray, a woman who says she knows exactly what it felt like, because her family felt similar terror eight years ago. Gray even claims one of the officers in that video had tackled her.

Police have just issues a warrant for the passenger in that video for a marijuana charge from years ago. Anderson discussed this move with legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Mark O'Mara.

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Filed under: Mark O'Mara • Sunny Hostin • Susan Candiotti • Taser
October 7th, 2014
10:05 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Shocking traffic stop video raises questions about police procedure

Editor's note: Some viewers may find this video disturbing.

A video that's at the center of a federal lawsuit begins with police pulling a woman over for not wearing a seatbelt. Then officers smash a window and taser an African-American man in the passenger seat. According to the suit, the driver was on her way to the hospital to see her dying mother with her two children in the backseat. Legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Paul Callen have different views of the officers' actions.

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September 17th, 2014
11:38 PM ET

Where do you draw the line between punishing and abusing a child?

Adrian Peterson's mother describes him as a loving father and says he was only disciplining his son in the same way he was disciplined growing up. Speaking to The Houston Chronicle, she went on to say, "When you whip those you love, it's not abuse, but love. You want to make them understand what they did wrong."  Peterson is charged with felony child abuse. The case set off a national debate over discipling children. Gary Tuchman had a frank discussion about spanking with three generations of a family in Georgia.

Anderson discussed the culture of child discipline with CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, New York Times columnist Charles Blow and cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis.

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Filed under: Adrian Peterson • Charles Blow • Gary Tuchman • Michaela Angela Davis • Sunny Hostin
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