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We’re doing a special investigative series this week on the illegal trade of body parts.
Illegal kidney transplants can be big business in the United States. No, this is not an urban myth. Illegal transplants – aka using organs bought and sold from a live donor – really happen. In fact, as many as 1,600 of these transplant surgeries are done in the U.S. every year – that’s about three a day. Drew Griffin reports on two particular cases of kidney brokering and speaks to a prominent kidney specialist in New York who tells us he’s been offered bribes of up to $10,000 per patient to refer patients to kidney brokers. More tonight on this black market and the global underground network of organ trafficking in this special investigation.
We’re following the latest on the developments of the Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping case. Phillip Garrido and his wife were charged last week with crimes relating to the abduction of Dugard when she was 11 in 1991 and her captivity in a hidden shed-and-tent compound in the couple’s backyard. They pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, kidnapping and false imprisonment. Last night, Katie Callaway Hall, a woman who was raped by Garrido in 1976, shared her story and explained what happened when Garrido approached her in a supermarket parking lot. Dan Simon will give us the latest developments in the investigation tonight.
So why did Garrido serve only 11 years of a 50-year federal sentence for this crime? A lot of people are scratching their heads over Garrido’s early release from prison decades ago. Why was he let out early? Randi Kaye explains how this case might have an impact on current legislation under review in the state of California. Because of the state’s budget woes, lawmakers are looking at ways to reduce costs – and one early parole program may help the state’s bottom line. A bill to release 27,000 prisoners early is currently being reviewed and some lawmakers are already pointing to the Garrido case as an example of what might happen if they go through with this early parole program. Will the case derail the bill? More from Randi tonight.
We’re also keeping an eye on the wildfires in California that grew from 45,000 acres to 100,000 acres in a matter of hours yesterday. What is the latest strategy to fight the fire? We’ll look into evacuation plans and what kind of counseling is being provided to the affected residents.
And August was the deadliest month in Afghanistan since the U.S. led invasion in 2001. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in the country, said success is achievable in Afghanistan as long as the U.S. revises its strategy. Will the Obama administration will send more troops? Obama has called the war in Afghanistan a “war of necessity” and has placed great emphasis on defeating the Taliban and al Qaeda militants operating there and in Pakistan. If he sends more troops, what kind of reaction can we expect from the public? We’ll look into the situation tonight.
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