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November 30th, 2009
09:52 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/30/09

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. Emily

    @Jo Ann,

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

    I noticed that the Judge had nothing to say about that or really anything in the interview with Anderson. I found it to be a very frustrating interview to watch as he was not answering anything. Should have never came on as he didn't do himself any favors!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Steve - southern Illinois

    I'm no fan of Huckabee but I think it's ridiculous to hold them responsible based on what they were working with back in 2000 or whenever. Noone can predict the future and it sounds like they had valid reasons back then. However letting him go recently seems like it was irresponsible.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  3. Georgia Kruusi

    Where were her keys??? She used a golf club..to help him??
    I guess they were more handy...huh. Who cares, really...we have police being killed by wrongfully released criminals....blah blah

    November 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Billie Jo Willis

    I can understand it is hard to be in the public eye and a right to privacy. But by Tiger Woods – not saying anything has probably made this a bigger story than it would have been – by letting people's imaginations run wild

    November 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  5. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The more Tiger says this is a private matter; the more our want to know what happen. What is he protecting? How private is it?

    November 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  6. Sharon Hastings

    Right on Anderson. You're absolutely right and so is Jeff Tubin.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  7. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    And dont forget that he is more then likely on mind altering pain killers that would affect his game.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  8. Sam Fares

    Mr. Cooper …what I can’t understand is ..ok they crashed the party ..how can they crash the dinner..how can they have 2-chairs on the table they sat on if they were not suppose to set on those chairs I mean was there extra chairs at the dinner or each chair has a name ..You go to a wedding and they tell you were..Something is fishhhhhhyyyy

    thanks
    sam fares
    Fresno, ca

    November 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  9. Gregory Brown

    I am a homicide investigator in Canada. That judge that was just on, and the Governor, are disgraceful – they should realize that this story is not about saving their butts – four police officers were murdered – because of systemic negligence – that is the story! The justice system must recognize that there is no way to predict criminality, causation, or propensity (other than history being the best predictor of future behaviors). Proven multiple violent offenders should be locked down until THEY can prove that they are safe to be released back into our society.

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

    Why would the police want to go through all this trouble? Just because he's a celebrity?? How stupid! If it was a suspected DUI, wouldn't the police have determined that at the time of the accident?? Leave it alone, no one was hurt and accidents happen all the time.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  11. Michael Dick, Decatur, AL

    The behavior of Judge Marion Humphrey is a well publicized example of another incredibly stupid decision that occurs every day in criminal, divorce and noncriminal courtrooms in every state of the country. These people don't have training in psychology, sociology or criminal science. They frequently make profoundly bad decisions every day with little oversight or accountability, and with often devastating consequences.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  12. Anthonia-Bay Area!

    Maybe the police want to see if Tiger's wife had anything to do with his car accident.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Why is this story being talked about on supposedly respectable news channels? Isn't it something best left to TMZ? Woods is just a guy who hits balls into holes for God's sake!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  14. Kathy

    Everyone needs to own up to what they do. I'm sick of the blame game – take responsibility for your actions. If you are going to be ashamed later on about your actions then don't do the dirty deed in the first place. In the end -all will be judged and no one will be able to hide or play their little blame game. We need politicians we can trust but they all turn out to be liars. May God heal the hearts of the families of these brave policemen and woman. God also heal the hearts of the employees and other customers that have to live with the memory of this horrific crime they witnessed for the rest of their lives.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Leroy Rothamel

    These kind of senseless killings need to stop.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Candace

    i am disgusted, and from Fayetteville, AR., and a dem and Obama supporter, but for this man to have been released from my state and then releases after a child rape charge in WA state is inexcusable. Nancy Grace and Jane Valez-Mitchell are very right, there is a war going on against women and helpless children in our country, and total disrespect and ruthlessness in most other countries. The laws in this countrly need to be changed, who is going to do it, the lawyers? or the lawmakers? and we the people need to stand up and say no more,, tell me when and where, let's get a group going, tell me who to join, I am fed up.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  17. Steve - southern Illinois

    I think it's bad to speculate on what happened with Tiger Woods and his wife without knowing the facts. But I thought Balloon Boy was innocent too so don't listen to me.

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

    From the looks of Mr.Wood SUV, he must have hit that tree hard!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  19. Sharon Hastings

    It's perfectly okay by me if Tiger doesn't say another word about what happened. He doesn't seem like he has the kind of personality that would come out a little later and crack a joke about it, but that's what he could do. He and his wife probably had a big fight. But with all the hullabaloo, I'm feeling like Tiger should just thumb his nose at the media and play golf.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  20. Sonya

    I think when kids are sentenced to prison sentences in adult prison should be evaluated before released to see if further interventions are needed. Believe it or not..... these kids are raped and abused in prison. As citizens, could we be of blame for allowing a child to be sentence to an adult prison?

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

    @ Andre,

    Glad to see you on the Blog tonight. 🙂

    I know that not all "Blacks" and "Christians" behave like that....I think that that Judge was pretty shameful in that interview; not answering Anderson's questions, etc. Seemed like he had something to hide.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  22. gail

    When the secret service agent looked at his list and the party crashers were not on it, a phone call to verify should have been made. Those people should never have been waved through. The Secret Service is responsible for the security of the President and the White House ,period not the social secretary. They must be correct 100% of the time and this time they dropped the ball period.

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

    I would think that Tiger is going to miss his appointment because of cosmetic reasons and to dodge the media.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  24. Christie

    I live a couple of hours from Seattle in Washington state. We have lost 5 brave Police Officers because demented people who have no value for lives decide to pick up a gun and kill them. Nothing can ever take away the pain that the fellow officers and families will feel for the rest of their lives. I wonder if we we could do something to try to prevent this like psych testing on parolees?

    November 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  25. Grace

    The judge, parole board and governor acted responsibly based on the info they had at the time. A history of burglary does not mean the prisoner will become violent and commit child rape. However, the parole officer(s) files should be examined. There should be info or observations of strange behavior that should have put him back in jail in the past 8 yrs.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  26. Sally

    It is no surprise to me that this monster was out on the streets and was just released (yet again) last week. People are so naive about the short term(s) that most arrested subjects serve, if they even serve time at all. I pray for the families of the fallen officers. I pray for their children. Police work is a job that only fellow officers can truly understand and appreciate. There are many dedicated men and women serving to provide a safe community. I can only hope that we really do come together to petition for tougher laws that keep criminals in jail where they belong.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  27. Mark Dobiad

    Perhaps a registry for violent felons would have prevented this tragedy. It would be good to know if my new neighbor just finished a prison bit for a violent crime.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  28. Teri

    I think this is a tragedy, they let this man go free, time and time again and he had proven his lack of being a person that had been reformed into a law abiding citizen. If they would of put him through a physcological examination, they might of determined he was not ready nor reformed enough to be in civilization. I think each and every court system, every judge and even the govenor should be held accountable for their decisions in this matter. Those officers were all very young and had families with small children, that will never be able to see their daddies and mother. Hopefully, there will be a lesson learned here, and many more things should be considered when releasing a man or woman with this kind of rap sheet, regardless of what age they were when they started., as far as I am concerned, a child of that age, that has done all that he had, has issues and that should of been addressed before his released had been addressed. I feel that a child with the mind of commiting such crimes, has more anger and cannot control himself or herself from commiting any kind or form of a crime. They enjoy and get a high from it. It will not stop.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  29. Tara Lock

    Why did they release this man and then REQUIRE him to leave the state of Arkansas? When these politicians release an inmate early for whatever reason, these inmates should be REQUIRED to remain in the state where that politician serves.........they may think differently if these criminals will be in their backyards!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  30. Martina Ilstad Germany

    @Emily,sorry i have to leave the show now,but will be a busy day.
    Good night,all the best from far away in Germany

    November 30, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  31. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The crashers, who knew, it was just that easy crashing the White House Party! Who needs an agent?

    November 30, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Cheryl, You have to be kidding! Not everyone who commits a crime is mentally ill. In fact, that excuse gets many of them released.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  33. Bob

    The reason the accused cop killer was on th street is because the state of Arkansas lifted a no bail hold on him while he was in a Washington State (Pierce County) jail. The lifting of that no bail hold allowed him to be eligible for bail on his Rape of a Child charge which he ultimately posted. The no bail hold was released for purely financial reasons. Arkansas did not want to pay to extradte him back. The sudden withdrawl of the no bail hold caught Washington State by surprise. It's pathetic all the way around.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  34. Emily

    @Martina Ilstad Germany,

    I hope that the murders that fled the prisons there in Germany get caught soon!

    Not a good way to live having to look over your shoulder all the time.
    I'm sure that the police are doing their best.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  35. Kadi

    Hello everyone
    i feel so bad for this judge clearly he thinks he was helping an American rehabilitate himself not knowing that this guy is a MONSTER.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  36. Martina Ilstad Germany

    @Anderson sorry i have to leave the show now,because i have to sleep,will be a busy day tomorrow,All the best from far away in Germany.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Curtis

    The Salahis who breeched security at the White House should be made an example of and prosecuted to the highest degree, we should not be lax on this issue, it’s quite embarrassing for our nation to have this happen and I’m shocked the White House allowed this to leak through to the media to be made public, and more especially that the pictures were posted on Facebook when the security knowingly were aware of a violation, pictures should have been obtained, definitely not a joke and a stunt for television publicity.

    If they are not made an example of there will be even more questions raised about the security of our commander in chief and to the overall national security if anyone could pull this off, it’s so shocking knowing that even cameraman and others were in on it, there is no absolute excuse to avoid prosecution including looks, a lie or an internal connection, the fact that it was a breach and one that bypassed security for our President is not a simple act to pass by and grant leniency to even though nothing bad occurred. The law needs to take over and demonstrate that the President is not just an ordinary individual anyone could reach but a priority to protect and prosecution is due in respect to President Obama and this nation as reassurance of security.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  38. Anthonia-Bay Area!

    I do not know if its true or not, but the couple that crashed Obama's state dinner was suppose to appear on Real House Wives: Orange County! But that would be interesting to see them on the show going to the state dinner.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  39. Bill

    Here we have a piece of trash, who should have been locked up a long time ago. I'm really not sure how this guy gets out of jail as many times as he has. I guess this shows how screwed up our criminal justice is. This scumbag needs to be shot and killed point blank, with no questions asked. This loser shot and killed 4 police officers. How do you think their families feel to have their loved ones killed execution style. He deserves the same fate. He not only deserves it for these killings, but don't forget this creep raped a child. He needs to be taken off the street and out of society for good. I wish I could look this worthless piece of trash right in the eyes and tell him what that he deserves to die a slow and painful death.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  40. George Dano Bruno

    Mike Huckabee talks about failures in the system. Hey Mike... Read my lips: "Willie Horton!" "Willie Horton!" And Judge Humphrey adds that the release of the suspect was a matter of forgiveness, a la` Jesus' teachings, (and other assorted excuses). Hey Judge... Four fine police officers have now been killed thanks to your religious proclivities. Huckabee is right about one thing: there were indeed failures... failures to think rationally. Huckabee and Humphrey's failures.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  41. william

    i have meet a lot of people that serve time and then get out... i think there is a week link in the system.... there should be a more in-depth program before criminals are reales

    November 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  42. Debbie

    Four officers were gunned down by a parolee March 21, 2009 . Now it has happened again in Washington.

    Wake up America- if cops aren't safe "are you?" We need reform.. Kill a cop... you get the death penalty.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  43. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    It seems no one who dealt with this man wants to take Any accountability. Sure, you can't tell the future, but this man was back in trouble pretty quick after his "clemency".

    My thoughts and prayers for the families and friends of these fine police in WA. I used to live around there and this kind of violence is rare. I'm sure people in the area are truly shocked.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  44. Joshua

    Both the judge and the former governer should be given a break. The notion that anyone would or should assume someone convicted of theft and burglary would kill four police officers defies logic and is an alarming encroachment on our basic freedoms of due process.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Rose

    How much has to happen and how many have to die before we in the US realize that prisons are not mental hospitals?

    November 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  46. Georgia Kruusi

    Did the best he could at the time..commute a 100 year sentence???? If it was your son or husband or best male friend would you say that????

    November 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  47. Leroy Rothamel

    Anderson, It seems like this is open season on Law enforcement here in the state of Washington. This is the second senseless ambush killing of officers in this area in less than a month. Also many Troopers have been hit by cars in accidents in a month. I think part of the problem is due to budget cuts and allowing these people out of jail due to this. Things need to change or this will continue. I hope these people that allowed these criminals out of jail will be held accountable. God Bless the famlies of these fallen officers.
    Leroy from Everett

    November 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  48. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This judge tried ot make excuses for himself and the murderer. Unbelievable!

    November 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  49. Mark

    Seems in our society today that nobody ever takes responsibility for their own actions. Thus, I'm not surprised that Mr. Huckabee and this judge are trying to pass this off. What a shame.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  50. Barton S. McDonald

    I am a military man and I just heard about this senseless Killing of the four Officers in Wash. I really think that this individual should have never been released from prison back in 1990. How he ever got out by convincing the parole board that he was reconditioned or whatever. I am and a bunch of my buddies here are not happy and some are from wash. I also have family in Wash. I just want to let U know that I think that he is a coward and a person that should not be out ont he streets, because of his record and he blatent disregard for Authority figures. My families thoughts and prayers go out to the families that have just lost their own.
    A.C. keep up the good word and reporting of this issue.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
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