September 28th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/28/09

Fugitive movie director Roman Polanski is behind bars in Switzerland vowing to fight extradition to the U.S.  Even his victim, who he had sex when she was 13, thinks the case should be dropped. We're digging deeper. Plus, an exclusive look at domestic terrorists. We give you an inside look at the Earth Liberation Front.  And, a high school student murdered on the streets of Chicago. The crime caught on tape. Dozens watched and did nothing to help him. Who's looking out for Chicago's kids? We're keeping them honest.

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  1. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    My thoughts and prayers to out to the victims of this terrible typhoon .

    September 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    These 'young men' make their own choices. Murder is murder regardless of how screwed uo their families are.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  3. Mary

    Its history lets drop it and move on

    September 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  4. Danielle - Long Beach, CA

    I am a huge UCLA fan but I commend USC's Pete Carroll for what he's doing with A Better LA. He started a nightime basketball league in a neighborhood that most people wouldn't go to during the day and it was a success. He is definitely walking the talk and making a difference.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  5. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Sad...sad story on the young Fenger HS student, Derrion. The problem is that there are a lot of kids who really take the NO Snitching policy to heart.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  6. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    I agree with you @Sugahapple it 's the fame of it that he didn't go to jail .

    September 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  7. Valery Lyman

    I'm not sure what the answer is. It's a terrible crime. But there was also clearly misconduct on the side of the judge who originally heard the case, and the victim does not want the matter pursued. Didn't she make some kind of settlement with him out of court?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  8. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, I believe the evidence was the testimony against him by the young woman, and Polanski's own plea of guilty.

    I don't think you can let someone off the hook in a case like this. Maybe a sentence can be worked out in advance so Polanski is not just thrown in jail and punished extremely and unfairly. That's a concern.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  9. Sharon Hastings

    So tragic. What can you say? The violence is unimaginable and horrible. It's not just Chicago but they are having so much of it.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  10. LisaL - Canada

    the story about Chicago is very sad. it is not good to feel like your children are not safe at school, or on the way to or from there.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  11. Fay - CA

    The Chicago beating is unbelievably horrific. How many more kids like Darion, who was trying to make something of his life will die in this senseless manner?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    What are the government officials doing?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  13. Mike Armstrong TX.

    There it is a kid getting beat to death what a better place then that to represent our country Chicago shure lets go for it this is our countrys most fabulos city.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  14. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    seeing that video is horrible. i cant imagine having to watch it as the parents.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  15. Teresa, OH

    Re: the Chicago beating/ killing.... I never did get mob mentality. How do you talk a group of people into doing something ?

    What has changed in the Chicago area that has made this killing climate MORE acceptable?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  16. Anthonia-Bay Area,California

    Yea...maybe Obama should pick another place to hold the 2016 Olympics...this is just an outranged, i can't believe these children are dropping like flies! they still have a future ahead of them..!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  17. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Absolutely sickening. I can't understand such violence by kids. This is obviously a symptom of a deep societal problem that urgently needs addressing. Violent crime may be less frequent, but it's still all-too-frequent.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  18. Patty


    I have a sick stomach from this killing in Chicago. His poor parents.

    Those charged are not human. They're animals. Imagine a child dying this way? my god.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  19. Lori from IL

    Here's hoping Chicago is chosen for the 2016 Olympics.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  20. Dodie - California

    Until we make changes in our court system, more children like Darian will be killed and continue to be killed.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The parents are to blame for the attitudes of these kids.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  22. Kathy Chicago

    That beating and all of these killings are cruel and unacceptable. It was like a mob.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  23. Maxwell

    Mr. Polanski himself admitted to the crime he has being charged with, so, therefore I think Mr. Polanski should be brought to justice, he should stop running and face the facts as a grown man.
    I also think that Switzerland should cooperate fully in extradition procedures to send him a.s.a.p. to the U.S.
    Doing so, Switzerland will send a clear message to pedophiles around the world that they not tolerate pedophile activities.
    Mr. Maxwell (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

    September 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  24. Lori T

    That film of the beating is unbelievable

    September 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  25. niwat, chicago

    Despite the victim had settled civil litigation against Polanski which he also pleaded guilty to, He had sex with a 13-yr-old, it's a crime against public's safety in general, it requires criminal court's proceeding to investigate the case.

    hope everyone had a restful weekend.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Shaylee, Bigfork MT

    It's so hard to believe so many stood around witnessing that 16 year old honor student being fatally beaten. Sickening! :o(

    September 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  27. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    What are the capbalities of the missles that Iran has fired ? I t ssaid they can reach Europe what about United States or Canada ? It 's scary

    September 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  28. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Hi Erica–Thanks for covering Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines. I grew up there and is aware that when it rains, it pours but I havent seen this happen since I was 7y...I'm now 39. My sister called Friday night here in Chicago and told me about this and I was worried. She said that our house had knee water level, no electricity, relying on cellphone, one candle to save flashlight batteries for later use..No electricity until last night ..luckily they were able to save a lot of my deceased father's books and grandparents furniture...But our other house totally went under water, nothing saved. All my friends livelihood, gone. The good thing about this is that everyone is alive and safe.

    I am very grateful for the donation the US gave to the Philippines as soon as it happened. US Ambassador to the Phils Ms. Kenney acted immediately. Thank you.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  29. LorenaR

    glad you are off the polanski story and on to other things. hooray for Paul Begala! i am in complete agreement. An intelligent rational approach to world affairs is what we need. the world community doesnt need a big bully.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  30. Dodie - California

    Regarding Chicago, we need to make the sentences very stiff.
    The problem is that because these kids are usually under 18,
    they know they can get away with murder! Until we start trying
    kids who kill (not for defense) for murder in adult courts, nothing
    much will happen.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  31. Minou, New York City

    What IS going on in Chicago?

    This kids death is disturbing!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  32. claire

    Whether you vote present as a senator or waffle as president, you will be considered weak and you will eventually be a laughing stock.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  33. Brunie, NY

    His original plea deal should be honored and then he should be prosecuted for unlawful flight.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  34. starr, formerly known as vncent

    I am personally offended by the actions of Iran (not to mention the brutal suppression of their own people).

    However, diplomacy has its place. It settled the Cuban Missle Crisis.

    Do we really want another War. There are a considerable amount of people in Iran who Want to befriend the West. Let's also try and support their choice before we bomb them "back to the stoneage".

    I believe, with so many of our allies on board (&i believe that Russia will cooperate), that serious repercussion will face Iran if they do not comply with the International community.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  35. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I say parents take matters in your own homes, and stop worrying about Child Protective Services. Parents keep your children at home when they are not in school. To the adults on the streets, look out for our children on the streets. Teachers look out for our children in their schools. We must take part in keeping our children safe.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  36. Lori from IL

    Diplomacy and "reaching out" takes time - It's only been 8 months. Give President Obama a chance..... I love how he listens and reflects on a situation rather than simply reacting. Unfortunately, on the world stage we have 8 years of "my way or the highway" to undo....

    September 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  37. Emily

    Thanks for that info there Erica, re. intvu with Larry King in '03.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  38. Sugahapple

    if he was an average joe blow who rape a 13 year he would have been jail for the crime, but americans are in love with those hollywood types

    September 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  39. gretchen

    Anderson,it seeems that everyone wants to imply that Pres.Obama is weak. Why should he sale "wolf tickets". That is what got us in these wars. He is a thinking before acting President and to me that shows the most strength.He knows that he is sending our men and women in uniform into harms way,one must think before they act ,for that reason alone.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  40. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    How can people just stand by and do nothing when someone is bein attacked and hurt ?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  41. Tom

    AC, what do you mean by "it'll be a tough sell" for Chicago to get the Olympics? What that a throw away line as you were transitioning or did it have some thought behind it? Having traveled to all major cities in this country, I can say without hesitation that Chicago is the great American city.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  42. Chris Matthews

    He raped a child. It WAS NOT consensual. She said no, she said stay away. He drugged her and raped her repeatedly vaginally and anally. He deserves prison time. People who don't think so need to complete this sentence for me: "Yes, he drugged and repeatedly raped a 13 year old girl, but that's OK because______."

    September 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  43. Megan Ahlquist

    A 16 year old beaten to death..Wow. I'm a 17 year old dual-enrolled (highschool and community college) student in a smallish town...Makes me very thankful and blessed for the safety I have.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  44. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    Iran is trying to show the world they are not to be overlooked. They have done that and shown us their toys. Guess someone has to show them our toys are bigger.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Victoria alameda

    Iran is trying to raddle President Obama. Fortunately our president can and will act accordingly

    September 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Shelly

    Iran is run by a crazed, dangerous leader. This is no time to let down our guard, BUT careful consideration as to what to do is is critical. This is a powder keg.

    Great show so far, Anderson. I hope you have completely recovered from your bout with the flu (or whatever the heck it was).

    September 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  47. sam

    makes me sick to see Hollywood rally around these pederast, who in a HBO movie said " that all men like young girls" WHAT!, and he dated that actress Kinsy at 15.... how do people rationalise a 43 year old man who was famous and rich and could have had his pick of women instead choose to brutalise a child, and thought he could get away with raping, sodomising and drugging this child because she didn't have parents who were looking out for her best interests, talk about preying on the young and defenceless

    September 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  48. Linda Graycar

    What is wrong with Woopie Goldberg to condone this mans action.
    He committed rape on a 13 year old girl. He admitted doing it and needs to go to jail. There is supposed to be an issue that the judge
    would not honor a plea bargin but that is all supposition. If he had not run away this issue would have been dealt with 32 years ago. He is a talented disgusting pig. Send him to prison.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  49. kathleen stevens

    On Roman Palanski. I agree totally with the lady on the show. Palanski did the crime. In my experience a plea bargain is between the defense and the pa. The judge has the right to give any sentence within the law he/she feels is necessary. If the judge does not have the right to sentence within the law, then why is the judge involved? The PA and Defense could just make the deal. Also the lady is right:. Polanski committed a terrible crime and it is no longer up to the victim. If she received a settlement for the crime and she wants the charges dropped, then is she willing to return the settlement money(not that it is her option to drop it)? I feel sorry for any victim, but the law has spoken. Polanski should have to answer to the State of CA to the crime. Instead of following the law, Polanski thumbed his nose at the USA as well and just took off. As the saying goes: If you can't do the time; don't do the crime!!!

    September 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    goodevening everyone!

    so sad about the student, my prayers are with his family and friends.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
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