Outrage after a 16-year old drunk driver escapes jail time for killing four people last June. At the time of the crash Ethan Couch's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit and he was speeding. The teen was facing four counts of manslaughter and up to 20 years behind bars. But a judge sentenced him to ten years of probation after his lawyers argued that he was a victim of his family's wealth. An expert witness they put on the stand termed it "affluenza," and the judge bought the argument. Randi Kaye has the story.
Eric Boyles' wife and daughter were killed by the car Ethan Couch was driving. This is the first time he is speaking publicly about what happened.
Anderson discussed this case with Dr. Drew Pinsky along with CNN Legal Analysts Mark Geragos and Sunny Hostin.
Jordan Graham pushed her husband while they were at Glacier National Park and he fell off a cliff. Her lawyers say she pushed him in self defense and that his death was an accident. The prosecution argues it was murder. One problem for the defense is that initially, Graham lied about what happened and went to pretty dramatic lengths to cover her tracks. Those lies took center stage in court today. Kyung Lah has the latest, and explains what was happening when Graham started wiping away tears.
John Berman discussed the case with CNN legal analysts Mark Geragos, Sunny Hostin and forensic scientist Lawrence Kobilinsky of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of cases contesting the Affordable Care Act's contraception rule. Religious groups are already exempt, but for-profit corporations are not. The companies behind the two cases say they should not have to provide health insurance that covers certain types of birth control that they consider to be a form of abortion. John Berman takes a look at both sides of this issue with legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Sunny Hostin and Jay Sekulow, chief counsel at the American Center of Law and Justice.
George Zimmerman was charged with felony assault after allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe. Prosecutors also allege he tried to choke Scheibe, but haven’t charged him with that. Former federal prosecutor and legal analyst Sunny Hostin and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos discuss.
Authorities in Florida charged George Zimmerman with aggravated assault –a felony– for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend. He was arrested at her home today and taken into custody. He's also charged with battery and criminal mischief. The 911 call has been released. Zimmerman has had several run-ins with law enforcement since he was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. Anderson talks about the latest developments with Former Federal Prosecutor and Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin and Criminal Defense Attorney Danny Cevallos.
He's known as the "Pillowcase rapist," he spent the last 20 years in a California mental hospital. Prosecutors say 62 year old Christopher Hubbart sexually assaulted some 40 women. Now he is set to be released and move into a residential community north of Los Angeles. Neighbors there say they are angry, afraid and fighting to keep him out. Kyung Lah has the story.
CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin and Criminal Defense Attorney Danny Cevallos discuss this complicated case.
An alleged al Qaeda operative, Abu Anas al Libi, is in New York after being captured by U.S. special forces in Libya this month. He is expected to appear tomorrow before a judicial officer. Al Libi’s wife said he was no longer a member of al Qaeda and had been living a normal life in Libya. Some terrorism experts don’t believe the suspect will have valuable intelligence about ongoing plots against the United States. Should he be at Guantanamo instead? Our panel discusses this case and where military tribunals fall in the U.S. judicial system.
Conservative protesters gathered this weekend for the “Million Vet March” at the WWII Memorial in Washington. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at the rally, which resembled familiar Tea Party events from 2009. Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, a conservative political advocacy group, called for Pres. Obama “to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up.” Our panel discusses whether the rhetoric at the march crossed the line.