July 29th, 2008
09:30 AM ET

Justice for the children

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/28/art.fldsmugshots.jpg caption="The five men shown above turned themselves in after being charged with sexually assaulting a child at the Yearning for Zion ranch."]

Laura Palmer
AC360° Writer
Co-author, with Carolyn Jessop, 'ESCAPE'


Carolyn Jessop, bestselling author of ESCAPE, her memoir about life in the polygamist world of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, had just heard the names of the five men under arrest in Texas.

She knows the men who surrendered on Monday. Four face up to 99 years in prison on charges of sexually assaulting a child. Two of them were her stepsons, Ray Jessop, and Leroy Jessop. "It's heart-wrenching, but justice needs to be served if they have truly injured young girls as charged," she told me.

The fifth man, Dr. Lloyd Hammon Barlow, is charged with failure to report three counts of child abuse. He is a physician, with a Texas medical license in family practice, and a member of the FLDS.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • FLDS update • Laura Palmer
July 29th, 2008
08:33 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Sharks and other politicians

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/28/art.obamavp.ap.jpg caption="Obama headed into the office building of VP vetter Monday."]
Barclay Palmer
360° Senior Producer

Good morning fellow globe watchers.. Let's start with a pop quiz!

What's the next big decision in the presidential race? What next step could affect leadership of the free world for years to come?

It's that tried and true DC parlor game - the VP sweepstakes... Fun... but important, too!

The candidates and their "surrogates" have been sending out signals.. meeting with screening committees, appearing with potential running mates and dropping hints behind the scenes.

Today we see stories that Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has had "very serious" conversations with Sen. Obama about joining the ticket. And discreetly comes word that Camp Obama's not thrilled with this little trial balloon.

What about Hillary Clinton, you might ask? Whispers it won't be her...and the big issue remains, how to bring her followers into the Obama tent.

Tonight, we explore that and more with Suzanne Malveaux reporting, and Carl Bernstein and others analyzing.

Did someone mention sharks?

Filed under: Barclay Palmer • The Buzz
July 29th, 2008
08:20 AM ET

Black and married: No, marriage isn't just for white people

Program Note: In CNN’s Black in America, Soledad O’Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families, 40 years after the death of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We continue the discussion on the blog with insight and commentary related to the investigation.
Editor's Note: Camille Wright Felton is a copy editor at CNN. After reading one of our articles, 'Black and single: Is marriage really for white people? 'Camille wrote a follow up response, from another perspective. She shares her view with us.


Camille Wright Felton
Copy editor, CNN.COM

I'm an African-American woman who's married to an African-American man.

Some people might consider me to be a rare find. I don't feel like an anomaly, but statistically, I am. According to U.S. Census records, I'm one of about 30% of black women who are married. My husband and I will be celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary in August. We live in a suburb of Atlanta, with our two kids and a dog, in a house with a picket fence.

Just the other day we were having a discussion about relationships with a group of married and single friends. Someone asked us if we had any advice to give. I really don't. I don't think I have any special secret. I certainly can't tell anyone how or where to find a husband. We were kids when we met in church, and we started dating years later when I was in college. We may have a solid marriage because we're following the examples we grew up with, just as people say single parents are emulating the example of their single parents. My husband's parents have been married for more than 40 years. My parents are no longer together, but they didn't split until I was grown and had a family. All of our siblings are married to African Americans.


Filed under: Black in America
July 29th, 2008
07:45 AM ET

Fixing the one parent problem

Program Note: In CNN’s Black in America, Soledad O’Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families, 40 years after the death of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Jeff Gardere, Ph.D
Psychologist, Citicare Family Health Service Clinic in Harlem

This very disturbing statistic was revealed on CNN's “Black in America” special: “60% of black children are growing up in one-parent households.” In many cases, the dads are not married to the moms and sometimes do not contribute financially for the care of their child.

This situation becomes even more tragic, when mom and dad are nothing more than teenagers. Though it is easy to blame these young men as being irresponsible and the young girls as being loose or foolish, there are difficult dynamics taking place. From my work counseling young people at Citcare, an inner-city clinic providing comprehensive medical, psychological and educational services, I have learned this first hand.


Filed under: Black in America
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