October 1st, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/01/09

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Tonight, we're keeping them honest in Chicago. A student is beaten to death. It's caught on tape. But cops say no one is coming forward with tips. Why is this happening? Plus, a confession from a former prosecutor with ties to the Roman Polanski case.

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  1. Isabel

    I wonder if Sarah Palin will even read her book.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  2. Emily

    What an unthinkable things Elizabeth Smart had to endure.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  3. Michelle

    The follow up on the hero was very touching.
    Kudos for the Heroes program. I will be watching.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Cessy, Chicago IL

    I'm Filipino....so you know I'll be voting for Efren Penaflorida. However, ALL of them are winners! We need more people like them!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  5. starr, formerly known as vincent

    The story of the Kenian hero is very touching.

    Good for him. He used his money wisely and is a credit to his Country and and the world.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  6. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They need to put an end to that "Stop Snitchin'" campaign and to do what is right for them and the communities. If one is doing what is right, one does not have to worrying about someone telling on one for no reason.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  7. Emily

    "Kenya Hero's Story"
    Peter's story is great! He's doing some outstanding things. I have no doubt that his parents would be very proud of him.
    Congrats Peter! 🙂

    October 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  8. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    Way to go CNN for using your influence for good. It sounds like the public awareness is worth more than the financial gift. Great job!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  9. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    WOW! How great. Look what the exposure on CNN did for these people. Congratulations and thank you CNN.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  10. Sharon Hastings

    I really like the whole idea of CNN Heroes. We hear so much all the time about crimes and terrible things done by people. It's such a positive thing to focus on all the good that people do. Honoring people in this way provides good role modeling as well.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  11. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @ Anderson

    Congratulations for CNN Heroes … The stories are touching and interesting.

    My favorite is Jordan Thomas!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  12. teresa, ohio

    @Jocelyn: good points: kind of like kill or be the killed?

    And if your friends can turn on you that fast, they werent really friends were they?

    I think the problem in that area is so woven into the culture that it will actually take DECADES to turn it around. But, its not impossible.
    No amount of snitching is going to fix this anytime soon.

    Everyone keeps saying no one snitches there, but how did they get four people in custody so quick?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  13. Caroline, Los Angeles

    This Polanski story ia another example of how times have changed. Back then the 13-year-old was terrified to testify against him and her mother didn't want to be dragged through the "blame the victim" mud either.

    If such a crime happened today I think Polanski would not be given such a soft-handed treatment.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  14. starr, formerly known as vincent

    This prosecuter's "lie" sounds fishy to me. And thank you Anderson for calling him on it.

    Go Jeffery Toobin! You are bringing sanity to a crazy story.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  15. Emily

    Here is something....the Polanski bit about David Wells lying....
    OMG! What was he thinking?
    He said something on tape, it could be played anywhere!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  16. Michelle

    Wow the interview the prosecutor is just stunning.
    Polanski will go to jail.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  17. Clyde

    Psychodrama and side show? Boy that's a dig–and a well-deserved one at that. Good for Jeffrey Toobin.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  18. Dodie - California

    Polanski drugged and raped a child. He belongs in prison. End of story!

    Do you want to reward Bad behavior... raping a child, Bad Behavior, Running to Europe??

    October 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  19. Margaret Weir

    Anderson you wonder why the young don't speak to the police. Well be prepared for another cultural disappointment- David Letterman will benefit enormously from his sexcapades: sky high ratings, enormous cheers from the audience. Do you remember the audience reaction when Hugh Grant appeared after being arrested? He was wildly applauded. David Letterman on some level will revel in this! That's my prediction.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  20. Carol

    I wish we could have a day (or more) where we don't have to hear about another young life taken only too soon. The young people in our communities need to be offered protection by law enforcement so that the fear of coming forward isn't a deterrent to reveal accusers. Whatever we are doing now isn't working or saving our young people.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  21. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    The legal system that dealt with the Polanski trial is sounding more and more like a "gold old boys" network of hand shakes, winks, and backroom deals. We shouldn't be surprised by the current outcome.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  22. Caroline, Los Angeles

    @Jon-you are absolutely right.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  23. Jocelyn G wheeling, IL

    Good Evening Anderson, Erica.

    On the killing in Chicago & the "stop snitchin' "
    I am sad to say I am a part of this.
    My view on not coming forward to the cops because of some juvinile act, is because if people find out that you "sniched" on them they can get more gang members/ friends to come back and "take care of the snich" ( taunt, beat up, kill )...
    this is the most feared of this generations youth.
    a sucky fealing to walk around with at school, knowing that your friends can turn on you in the snap of a finger over information that can help someone els but endanger your own.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  24. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Traci, a specific way to help is tell them to help themselves by coming forward.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  25. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Thank God that child was saved that is one hereoic act .

    October 1, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  26. lourdes alonso

    I think is very sad what is happening in Chicago and more sad when you realized that people need to take responsability for their own actions and parents need to know what their kids are doing and not cover for them, until that happens there is not much the police can do.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  27. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Sad about the Letterman story. However, Anderson brings up a good point. Back in the 70s, 80s and even early 90s all our workplace sensitivities about who people were seeing were a LOT looser.

    I'm glad those attitudes are changing. It needs to be taken seriously.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  28. David, Indiana

    Anderson, thanks , sorry, use for reactors, as well as medical uses I guess. Yes a huge day, the first talks in 30 years. That in itself is staggering, as Reza Aslan is pointing out, a 75% reduction in processed uranium or nuclear stocks? Abbas Milani has a pt Iran is in a jam, but in some ways they have been in that same jam for years now and they have come to the table. I agree w/Reza Aslan it is better to talk, but these talks were thoroughly considered and assiduously prepared for I believe.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  29. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    What are the cabablities of the missles that werre recently tested in Iran ?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  30. Michelle

    The kid being rescued from the fire in NY is just
    amazing. Thanks for having the rescuer on 360.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  31. Jacqueline, NY

    That's is so so disturbing and sad. But executing innocent people goes on everyday. Capital punishment should not be.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  32. Emily

    Yay! Looks like a really happy story, that young child bring pulled out of the burning building....looking forward to that story! 😀

    October 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  33. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    The people who witnessed this crime are no better than the ones who committed it .

    October 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  34. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I am very pleased that we are finally talking to Iran. It is only a beginning, but it could lead to better things.

    I don't necessarily trust the Iranian government, but, with consistent effort, there really might be a break through.

    Look at the people of Iran who want change. Perhaps it will come and then we will have a real chance at peace with Iran.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  35. Traci

    Derrion Albert's death outrages me! I'm a Chicago native and attended public school there. Can the media and guests provide specific ways that we, the community, can help our kids and their parents?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  36. Stan, Canada

    We live in a culture of "absolve yourself of responsibility", no one will take responsibility for anything, we live in a microwave society of instantaneous gratification and throw in law suites and our sad state of affairs starts to make sense.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  37. Fay - CA

    It's difficult to know what will come out of the negotiations with Iran regarding the nukes, but it does appear that using a less aggressive approach can also yield some results.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  38. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    This recently discovered site could just be one of dozens. Iran is a big country. They could easily agree to inspections in the known facility while enriching like crazy in the unknown ones.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  39. Michael

    Iran is not willing to give up its weapons grade nuclear material. Your words. So, how big a deal is this you ask? It's a non-issue. If they are not giving up weapons grade material, than they are admitting having it, and are not giving it up. So, really, what does this mean? Nothing. Talks are good, but really....

    October 1, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  40. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Letterman shouldn't have mixes buisness with pleasure it brings trouble .
    But good rating now i'm sure .

    October 1, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  41. Pat

    Love you Anderson. Principal Perry is awesome-good nominee for Cnn Hero.
    Stop blaming the police. Until you walk in someone elses shoes--I must pray every night that my son-in-law, husband ,father and police officer comes home safely in the morning.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  42. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @David, Indiana

    Uranium used for medical purposes ... I can't convince me about it, but...

    And thank you... my birthday is October 27

    October 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  43. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Rather than making a vaguely encouraging statement, the White House should just put a sock in it until a real deal is reached.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  44. jon

    When I was a 12 yr old kid I was bullied by a gang,I was backed into a corner before I started kicking,punching and whatever it took,gave a couple of them a bloody nose and they never bothered me again. Now they carry guns like cowards....I moved away from the city and would never think of raising my kids in such a place.Not everyone,actually not many people raise their kids right,to do the right thing....there is always someone to tell,a minister,someone...but to look the other way while someone is loosing their life? What kind of human beings are they? I am not talking race,I am talking soul! It does'nt matter what race,I am outraged that so many could stand by and not even attempt to do something(even call the police?)What if this was their child? Their sister or brother?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  45. Fay - CA

    @Stacy – I totally agree, well said.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  46. ericacnn

    @melissa – your story is disturbing and sobering, and paints a very real picture of part of the problem.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  47. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hi all--the stop snitchin' rule is highly dysfunctional. One of the #1 rules of any dysfunctional society is "dont talk about it".

    October 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  48. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @ Erica, your point of no "snitching" in that particular case (or any cast for that matter) is excellent.

    @ Isabel – Happy Birthday month !

    October 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  49. Sarah

    for those persons who witnessed this horrible scenario and are saying nothing,they need to understand that it could be a family member of theirs lying there dead so they need to talk now and forget about the stupid theory of snitching because tomorrow and the many more tomorrows might be them,a family member or their child

    October 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  50. Ashley

    It is sick, but one reason for the "Stop Snitching" phenomenon... criminals who are in jail can often get the names and contact information of the witnesses who testified against them when they request a transcript of the witnesses' statements. Some lawyers need to be checked...and some people who tell kids not to snitch are actually saying it out of love and concern.. there's not much witness protection for children.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
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