December 3rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/03/09

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Who dropped the ball in the Maurice Clemmons case? He's the man who shot and killed four cops in Washington State over the weekend. There is new evidence tonight that Washington state tried to keep Clemmons behind bars. But they ran into resistance from Arkansas. We're keeping them honest.

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  1. LaRay

    You all act like the secret service can't read a list and verify that someone's name is or is not on the list. Gergen is right security is not the social secretary's job.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  2. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi Erica, doing double duty again? (saw you report earlier)

    Ed Henry's report was eye opening. Gergen is right...it was a "flat contradiction".

    December 3, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Desiree Rogers will never be scrutinized. She's a friend of the Obamas.

    She failed to do her job and therefore, should be punished. Whatelse are we gonna tolerate?

    December 3, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  4. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Obama should walk the walk and have the social secretary testify, and then fire her for incompetence.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  5. Cay, Tacoma, WA

    Without the Warrant that Arkansas had filed, then took back, WA state has to set bail.

    Everyone in the state of WA, at least the Western side, is upset that these four officers lost their lives, especially since that is 5 officers in less then a month who have passed away at someone elses hands. I will admit WA does have some to blame, but at the same time, WA can't do anything about his previous convictions, unless there was a country wide warrant. Arkansas never should have let him out of jail to begin with.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Sharon Hastings

    If this couple is so sure they were invited, why didn't they just show up with the proof of this they claim to have. And let's keep in mind that first and foremost this is a security issue which is extremely important. They're all lucky it was just the Salahis that got in. And the Secret Service does need to take the hit. If they saw that a person was not there that should have been with some sort of list to check off, then they should have asked for this person to come.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Larry

    Rahm Emanuel is the White House Chief of Staff. It is his responsibility to have the proper security in place and he is ultimately the one that the congressional hearing should hold accountable for the couple 'crashing' the state dinner. Why has he not been sought out for an explanation, or better his resignation. This man is considered the 'co-president'.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  8. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I wish the families well with this horrible tragedy. May God be with them.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Democrats repeatedly blasted Bush for not letting his staff testify. What hypocrites.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Clemmons should have been eligible for Washington's "three stikes" rule.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  11. Chaney, Louisiana

    THis WH party crasher thing is a bit over the top, the SS and the WH need to fix the problem and move on......the Republicans are just doing what they normally do..........blow, and spew hot air, attack anything Obama..... so I have grown weary of them, oh so weary.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  12. ericacnn

    Evening, everyone. Interesting that the Salahi discovery was made via FACEBOOK

    December 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  13. Jeremiah

    i live in arkansas and I met Mike Huckabee once. I believe that he is at fault and people should investigate him.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Party crashers. Nothing but social climbers to me. Even these people should go to jail for what they did next to the CIA agents and White House social director. We're talking about safety here, not just crashing a party.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Petra Meyer

    No one has reported how the White House figured out that the Salahis were not invited to the function. After all, they sure look like they belonged ... so why would anyone be suspicious.

    Very interesting how no one in the media has asked that question.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  16. Jim Smith

    Arkansas was wrong to let the guy out of prison.
    Washington was wrong for leting the rapest out of jail. Both of those judges should have things happen to thier family, then they would know how it feels. right now they are setting back with no remorse you can bet on it. The Judges that let him go from both states I mean.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  17. David, Indiana

    @Lee you should look at Drew Griffin's rept posted on the AC360 site. Goes into much of the process of Clemmon's offenses, prosecutions, and time in jail.

    I disagree w Jeffery Toobin about the bail bond company. The court allows bail. Lots of bail bond companies have catchy names. I imagine the bondmen and women are hoping the best for the people they post bail for.

    The most transparent thing so far is Ms Salahis dress.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  18. Andrea

    I don't understand how Clemmons was released after he was arrested for raping a child in Wash., by an Arkansas pardon? Does this mean that any pardoned criminal can commit any crime and not be prosecuted ever again?

    December 3, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If the law kept Clemmons from being held without bail why did the first judge say "no bail"? Doesn't he know the laws in his own state? Felnagle overturned his ruling so what were the reasons given?

    December 3, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  20. Cessy, Chicago IL

    good point, Jeff! No Bail bond place should decide who gets to go out. These kinds of place should never exist!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Paula, Colorado

    Though it's sadly too late, it seems Arkansas should give a better account of their actions. To void a 100 year conviction to begin with seems a careless disregard of the situation.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  22. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Any repeat violent offender should get the death penalty. End of problem.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Emily

    Interstate communication has always been a problem and 9/11 showed that!
    There is rarely any interstate communications!!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  24. David

    Mr. Cooper
    This all about money and the numbers. My State of Illinois makes it extremely difficult to send someone back for parole violations. The politicans want to show the low repeat offenders rate. It is not lower they just make it more difficult to send them back.
    Now on the money issue. The agency with the warrant has to pay to go get the offender and then house them. A agency will drop the warrant so they dont have to go get them.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Sri


    I agree with Mitt Romney. Why would the Governer pardon someone who has been convicted by the legal system that involves police, evidence, district attorneys, lawyers, judges, jury etc.? I really respect Mitt Romney for not pardoning anyone in his career.

    I am sure Arkansas system did not do withdraw their fugitive warrant knowing this would happen. But there should be better regulations and rules for withdrawing these sort of warrants in future. But I still think Mike should not have pardoned this guy 9 years back.

    I hope you read this on TV tonight.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    So lack of cooperation between states and red tape cost four people their lives. Unbelievable!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  27. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Jeff Toobin for calling WA a "responsible" state. I used to live there when it was peaceful.

    "push the paper Now that's the statement of the night!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  28. traci

    Knoxville Tn also had a young college couple Killed in an unspeakable manor by an animal whom was also released early from Arkansas two years ago. Might want to check that out also.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  29. Chaney, Louisiana

    Everyone who had anything to do with this Clemmons guy being out on the street, bears some responsibility, it is a travesty, we have 4 families who have lost a loved one, and we have a city without 4 of its finest public servants......so I am ticked off. This did not have to happen.......society wont have to support this creep anymore.....also the people who helped this man allude the police, need the book thrown at them....

    December 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  30. steve- virginia beach, va

    @Lee, it was multiple things like robberies and assaults.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  31. Emily

    @ Lee,

    from what I understand, and I could be wrong(!), he had Alot of problems in prison and built up more charges/time there too!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  32. Troy Kendal

    Interstate communication is obviously a huge problem.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  33. Cay, Tacoma, WA

    4 people are dead, and there is someone to blame for it. We need to figure out whose at fault, or what mistakes are made so that way something like this doesn't happen again.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  34. Steven Leitz

    Anyone who commits repeated violent crimes against society deserves no second chances. Hardened criminals who are so violent that they continue too commit serious crimes while in prison never deserve to see the light of day again.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  35. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. I'm sorry I'm a bit late. I feel for spokesperson Troyer and the families and loved ones of those police officers in Washington State, will have to watch second hour of AC360 to catch the pt about paperwork from Arkansas. But how could a WA court release Clemmons when he was charge w rape of a child in WA. Also, the "Raw data" on offenders going from state to state does not show that WA is flooded with offenders being released

    December 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  36. Karyle

    Why are we not blaming the man who pulled the trigger instead of the system which needs to be fixed, but really, the system didn't kill the law enforcement officers, the gunman did.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  37. Emily

    How long has the "system been a mess"?

    ...and Why has it not been fixed?!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  38. Lee

    i'm curious as to what this guy did initially to get 105 years in prison, was it murder? I can't find this informaton any place

    December 3, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  39. lisal .canada

    i hope this isn't one of those situations where it happens more than people realize, but it doesn't get brought to light until a high-profile incident occurs.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  40. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Oh, they know that they messed up!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  41. Cessy, Chicago IL

    yeah! TOOBIN in the house!!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  42. Helen

    What am I missing with the whitehouse gatecrashers? Nothing happened, everyone learned their lesson. Could we leave tiger's women and the salahis behind please. It does not help the nation by giving them more publicity.
    Both the secret service and that diva social secretary in the whithouse have eggs all over their face. It is time to move on.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  43. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Hello, Anderson! good evening, all. This is ridiculous. 4 people are dead and now they're pointing fingers?

    December 3, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  44. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, Erica & entire Team 360.

    Good evening fellow bloggers.

    Check the box form? This entire "case" is a debacle!!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  45. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    A congressional review for the party crashers? Give me a break. That's as ridiculous as Tiger Woods getting more front page space than the President on the morning after the President's speech.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Emily

    Ha, well, there is a first time for everything!
    (re. the party crashers that snubbed their invitation today!)

    December 3, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all bloggers. Lots of news. Very very sad about the police officers murdered in cold blood by someone who should not have been released from prison. Then how did he not return to prison after he violated his parole?

    December 3, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Tim OBrien

    Mr, Cooper,
    Amen brother! As a Chicago Police Officer I want to reach out to you and thank you for bringing this to the forefront of tonights show. These past couple of months we have seen 3 examples of people commiting headline crimes in the News. The 4 Seattle officers killed, the serial killer who was a registered sex offender in Ohio and also the man who kidnapped the girl in Cailfornia and had children with her and held her hostage until recently. If you look at these cases all the offenders were hardened criminals with huge criminal rap sheets. None of these individuals should of been free and out to roam. Working in Chicago I see this happen in our own City everyday and todays elected officials need to step up and take action. Please stay on this topic, Society has gotten worse and the criminal justice system needs a complete overhaul. God Bless all these victims and there families

    December 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, 360 Team, Megan, Martina, and Blogger!

    The more we learn about the Maurice Clemmons story, the more disturbing it seems to be!

    December 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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