November 30th, 2009
09:52 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/30/09

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Tonight, we have breaking news on the hunt in Washington state for the gunman accused of killing four police officers. Plus, new details on the White House party crashers. The Washington Post is reporting on e-mails that the couple says clears them of wrongdoing. We have the White House reaction.

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  1. Suzanne

    Anderson, please do the research on the official that allowed bail for the suspect's most recent accusations of child rape and assaults. Without that bail, he wouldn't be on the street!!!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  2. Emily

    Good evening Erica!

    Glad to see you on the blog tonight. 🙂

    sounds like things have been very busy as AC has been away.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  3. David, Indiana

    Did the court know about his record in Washington state? The would be enough to urge caution. Did Clemmons receive counseling in Arkansas and or Washington?

    @Mike formerly of Syracuse, Do either WA or AR have the death penalty?

    His orginal sentence in Arkansas seems very long.

    Yes it is worrying that he violated parole a year after receiving the commutation and then? being released on parole.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the police officers, this is a horrible crime.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    7 children lost a parent because of what Huckabee and this judge did.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  5. Adam

    I believe that our justice system needs overhauling and the american people need to stop being punished meaning, if an offender hurts a family then that family not only has to suffer for what that offender did to them but if the offender goes to jail then the family along with other americans are charged with taking care of that person until there release just not right

    November 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  6. Mark

    Once again, we're reminded that some criminal behavior can't or won't be changed nor rehabilitated. Child rape and a multitude of other offenses ought to indicate that this person is a danger to society and should not be released. If the judges, lawyers and politicians who release these felons, were required to accept the criminal into their neighborhood and babysit their kids, would they decide differently?

    November 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  7. Michael Romajas

    If a state wants to parole these people, insist that they stay in their state, no matter what it takes. Let the constituants of these liberal politicians see what they're working with here.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  8. roberta

    anderson, i am here in wa, state listening to people all over this country blaming the state of wa. for this monster being out there. what kind of govenor would commute the sentence of this piece of garbage with good concience? all i can say is i hope tonight huckabee can sleep because i can guarantee you all the officers families, friends, and fellow officers will not sleep for a long time. thank s to the officers and their sacrifice because you will not be forgotten, when clemmons is found i hope he gets a 29 cent solution and doesn't leave for us here in washington more manipulation of the legal system.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  9. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    My heart is with the falling policers' families. May God continues to be with them.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  10. Martina Ilstad Germany

    @Anderson,i like the way you do your job.Let he give you answer your your questioning for.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am surprised that Anderson was as aggressive as he was with this guy, but he still got off easy.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  12. Cheryl

    Prisons have become a place to house the mentally ill....there is no rehab in prison. Had Clemons and others had access as children to good solid mental health services 4 policeman would probably still be alive.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  13. jay

    I am thankful for judges such as the one you have tonite. We as citizens have a resposiblity to make things rite when given a chance such as I have.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    He isn't going to turn himself in after murdering four police officers. What would he gain from it?

    November 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  15. Jennifer (Pierce County, WA)

    It is disgusting that a criminal like this has escaped justice time and time again! Mercy is for those who deserve it, not a man who has done nothing his entire life but commit crime after crime. He violated his parole, for goodness sake! Ask the judge where the mercy was for those police officers and their mourning families yesterday morning? And where is the mercy for those of us tonight, who are sitting here in fear, wondering where this violent monster is going to turn up next!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  16. Erica, Columbus Ohio

    God have mercy on his soul(Maurice) if he us guilty! Anderson, you are such a strong cool n calm anchor! I enjoy watching you always!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  17. Emily

    Why is he so evasive?
    This guy is not answering Anderson's questions, and not even when Anderson is having to ask them directly!

    Sounds like he has something to hide.

    I feel bad looking at the pic's of those four late police officers.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  18. Keith

    I'm still trying to figure out how their names were read on the introduction list but not on the list that the Secret Service was suppose to have. Watching the report I heard their names read on the introduction as they entered the affair.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  19. Chad

    Judge Marion Humprey- You say, you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Then you should be saying an eye for a eye.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Georgia Kruusi

    Okay, I know I'm in Pacific time, am I really hearing what I'm hearing from this judge???? From 99 yrs to 47 yrs to OUT killing people????

    November 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  21. John

    The deaths of these officers is just 4 more reasons that capitol punishment should be carried out.
    Send these people to God and let him sort them out!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  22. Steve WI

    Anderson: maybe it is about time we start making the people like Mike Huckaby and the Judge responsible for their decision to release this mad man into society. Something has to change in the way the courts and law enforcement due business. People have to stand up and say enough is enough. We have uncivilized people among us and they need to be dealt justice swiftly just like the way they deal out their violence. We cannnot afford to let violence rule and it seems the court system and law enforcement are doing just that.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  23. Emily

    @Jo Ann,

    Sounds like Huckabee is not taking any responsible for what he did. It would be interesting to know if and who put pressure on him to commute the sentence. I would think that he would have said something.

    I think that Mike is correct....
    "This is going to be Huckabee's Willie Horton. His chances of a nomination are gone."

    November 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  24. Natalie

    Clearly the decision that was made in 2000 regarding the crimes committed by a 16 yr old (100 years??? get real) was the right one, based on what was presented then. The man is clearly deranged and probably learned more of this foul behavior in prison. It is tragic what happened in Washington State but Huckabee/the Judge did the best they could at the time.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  25. Barbara in Boston

    Why aren't you asking if he had a psychiatric diagnosis? Was he on meds in prison? Was his mental state different on psych meds, thereby leading to his release?

    November 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  26. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The fact is that this was a deadly mistake what steps are being taken to prevent this same mistake again .

    November 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  27. Kirby, Seattle WA

    Saya a lot about our news services here that Anderson is the 1st to break the news of tonights action. We lost a Seattle officer to an assasination style killing on Halloween night, now this guy.... I blame the judges, who knew of this guys actions and history, and (Then guv Huckabee for his being on the streets and ablr to carry on these attacks.
    My own opinion is that if he is shot (as reported Sunday) then he's in a hole. hiding, and in great pain!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  28. Andre

    I'm "Black" and a "Christian", I'm embarraced by the Judge and the Shooter.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  29. Phillip W. Palyok

    First my prayers are with the families of the ambushed officers they did not have a chance from what I have seen. I hope that who ever did this gets what he should.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  30. Adam

    Hey Anderson, as a police officer this sickens me. However this type thing happens everyday, convicted felons walk out of our prisons who have murdered, raped and robbed free and then turn right back around and commit crimes shortly after, our governors and political leaders need to face realty that some people can't and want let them selves be rehabilitated.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  31. gretchen

    This man is giving excuses for this child rapist and cop killer, please spare us .This is not the time to excuse such violence.So what he served 10 years.This is making me come unglued.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  32. karen

    huckabee should be held accountable, and yeah he was 16 upon his first prison stay,but the fact that he spent 11 years in prison what ya think he became a better person in that 11 years? prison only make people worse not better

    November 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  33. Jennifer- CA

    Hello Anderson and Erica! 🙂

    November 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  34. steve- virginia beach, va

    @Curtis, you really should wait to hear from Huckabee. I did- he simply stated the facts about who was involved in the process then he took full responsibility. Nothing hypocritical about that.

    @Gretchen, felons aren't allowed to own or posess firearms. Problem is they can easily be obtained on the street.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This guy is trying to get himself off the hook and make excuses for this killer at the same time. Unbelievable!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  36. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    As soon as they show good behavior, they let them out without viewing the cases thoroughly, and the judges always let them out thinking they are judging correctly, but they do not.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  37. Jennifer- CA

    I agree with Sonya.. it sounds like his release was based on good faith not carelessness.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  38. Tammy Allison


    Do you really think that the murderer obtained the weapons legally? The second amendment doesn't apply to criminals–they would obtain the weapons with or without it.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Mercy has no place in the justice system. If you do the crime, you do the time.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  40. Martina Ilstad Germany

    We have crime problems in Germany,too.A week ago two very dangeros prisoner (murders) fled from the jail.The people in Germay are very scarry.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  41. Ada

    Why was this murderer out on the streets indeed! I just don't understand how career criminals keep getting released to go out and reoffend. Everyone deserves a second chance, but when one continues to commit crime, then they need to go back to prison and remain there.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  42. Jennifer- CA

    I haven't really heard much about his personality but some of these criminals are skilled sociopaths, so while we should question the effectiveness of our justice system, a human mind is ultimately more skilled than a laid out set of rules... its a shame though and I hope they catch him and stop him from doing further harm.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  43. Phyllis from Houston

    Look forward to watching your segment every weeknight. Your tenacity and professionalism exhibited in acquiring information to keep us informed on important issues has kept me watching CNN.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  44. Georgia Kruusi

    Heartfelt sympathies to the families of the officers that were involved in this horrible event....
    Shame on politics.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Ann

    I can't believe Huckabee is passing the buck he can now officially be known along with the guy as a cop killer! OMGOODNESS people He didn't even check his background he's going around signing Christmas books while these poor family's of the officers are Father and Motherless now. Huckabee needs to get a grip had he not signed that order 4 people would be alive today to celebrate Christmas this year. Put that in your Christmas book Huckabee accept your part in this you coward and you want to be President Ya right.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  46. stephanie

    Drove back to Vancouver after spending Thanksgiving in Seattle area. The whole area is in shock over this senseless, horrific crime. The big obvious question is why is Clemens free and what are these politicians going to do about this huge issue.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Sonya

    I want to add; the blame is not on Huckabee. If we can foresee such a crime; our country would be a lot safer. No one is to blame but the person that commit the crime.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  48. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi Erica! You're doing double duty again (enjoyed your broadcast earlier). Sorry to hear that AC brought more A/C and that your cold.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Christopher

    Aderson, the question is not why, these tragic events happened, but how and what we are going to do about it?

    November 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  50. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    "This is going to be Huckabee's Willie Horton. His chances of a nomination are gone."

    Yes, Huckabee's chances for a political career are over and now he has to live with the decision he made that cost these officers their lives.

    Maybe it will be a wakeup call for others who are pressured to release these dangerous dirt bags.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
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