August 5th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Sound off: Your comments 8/4/09

Editor's Note: Many of you applauded Erica Hill's tough questions during the interview with Officer Justin Barrett and his attorney Peter Marano last night.  We also fielded comments on another hot topic, the Manson family members who are seeking release from prison. Some of  you think 40 years is enough time, while others think they should honor their life sentence.   What do you think? Let us know your opinions.


I would like to commend Erica Hill on her interview with Officer Barrett and his lawyer this evening. While I think this story merits less media coverage than is still being given to it, Ms. Hill's interview was a welcome change. When the lawyer repeatedly attempted to offer his opinion in response to direct questions, Ms. Hill pressured him in order to make sure that the viewers received the actual facts…. Officer Barrett and his lawyer supposedly gave this interview in order to explain their reasons for pursuing a lawsuit, and Ms. Hill made sure that the basic facts relevant to such a lawsuit actually came out. Bravo to Ms. Hill for preventing them from using CNN as a soapbox for their own self-interest.

Wow, Erica Hill's interview with the racist cop blew me away. Most interviewers just read their list of questions and don't listen to the answers. Erica paid attention, reacted to the answers, and really controlled the conversation. Excellent job. You go, girl!!!!

I want to comment on how great Erica Hill was when she was interviewing the Boston cop who was suspended for his racist comments. She was great and didn't let his lawyer give the TV audience a BS answer. She is awesome…

Are these people completely out of their minds by even considering pardoning any of the Manson family? Go back and look at the crime scene photos. They butchered people, they didn't just kill them, they carved them up like a slaughter house. Remember, Charlie Manson is the guy who made buck knives famous. At the trial they complained that their wrists hurt from hitting bones with the knives. Get real.

I wrote earlier and didn't say everything that I wanted. I feel the women that accept and admit that they were wrong should get out after the 40 yrs that they have served. I feel for the families, and the victims. They got their justice. I have had family murdered and I know how they feel. But I feel that the girls should get out.

They do NOT deserve to be let out. They should have all been put to death long ago and stop using the tax payers money to take care of them. (Manson Family)

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  1. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    Yes, Erica Hill can hold her own in any interview. She's great! I haven't seen her lose it yet. And I don't think I ever will. She's that good. O.k., well, maybe when she and Anderson go head to head! Then, all bets are off! But we will see!

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    August 5, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  2. Donald Howard Smith

    i sent this in another forum but since I know that there are millons of emails coming in, I am trying to get this to the White House as quickly as I can: We do NOT need to send a Special Envoy to Iran as it relates to the CHILDREN that Iran is presently holding. These are not 30 something's who were trying to get a story. These are kids that need to be returned to their parents. And the onus needs to be on Iran. We should not be suckered into complying with anything that Iran wants. IRAN should be sending the CHILDREN back to their parents. End of discussion.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:26 am |