December 4th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/04/09

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Tonight on 360°, an American convicted of murder in Italy. Friends and family of Amanda Knox speak out. Hear why they're outraged at the jury's decision. Plus, another mistake uncovered in the Maurice Clemmons case. He's the man who shot to death four cops in Washington State. And, Hillary Clinton talks about her role – Mother of the Bride.

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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Ricky in NJ

    Goodnight! Everyone

    December 4, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. David, Indiana

    @Emily non adversarial or inquisitorial?

    Yes, David Gergen is right President Obama shld stay steady. Economy going down, almost two years is coming around. Surprising the polls on President's handling of the economy when GDP is growing, unemployment slowing, markets improving, banks getting back on their feet.

    Very sad to think an arrest warrant not entered allowed that crime to happen. Was no one to pick up the detective's work when she was called to active duty? No secretarial help.

    Whoa Tom Foreman! no you can't hit like that after having a few, more likely to miss those.

    good night Isabel, good night everyone

    December 4, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. stamatis

    In most european countries, judicial system is different from US. It's not a prerequisite "a ground for appeal" to exist. There is always an appeal. Usually an appeal means "i want to be judged by a different court, that is comprised by more experienced and "wiser" judges". And everybody has this right. At least in my country Greece. (i think more or less is the same in italy). But i think there is another difference. A person after having been found "not guilty" of whatever is accused of, can and will be prosecuted again for the same crime if new evidence is found. I think in US this is not allowed. Anyway, i know almost nothing about the case, i just watched it on cnn, and all i have to say is may God help this poor girl either she did it or not. But, i think that if there is even 1% chance that she did not do it, then she should be set free. Also God help her family to fight for her innosence, and last but not least may God rest the soul of the victim and give strenth to victim's parents to ease their terrible suffering.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Cessy, Chicago IL

    have GREAT weekend, everyone! Be safe.

    see you on Monday, Anderson!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Caroline, Los Angeles

    have a nice weekend everyone.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Melissa G ~ Minneapolis

    Awww, Anderson . . . could you pleae giggle EVERY night?! I t's so adorable and makes me smile. Great show tonight as always 🙂

    December 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Enjoy your weekend!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Emily

    Have a great Weekend Anderson, Erica, Megan, David (Indiana) Hope you read the posting!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good night Anderson, Erica, David (Indiana) and bloggers!
    Great show!!! Thanks!

    See you next week! ! Have a great weekend!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Caroline, Los Angeles

    @Emily–they all have the potential for untold ugliness.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Goodnight everyone.Peace to all of you and yours.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Happy weekend everyone!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Harry Sugar Grove, Il

    Amanda's Knox case is simply an example of what happens when prosecutors have too much power on their hands and they proceed to abuse the legal system for personal or political gains. The fact that it will take years for the appeal process to be heard is terrible, but lets not forget that at the end of the day, there was a victim; the British student Meredith Kercher. Now there are two more victims wrongfully convicted, because the real killer had already been convicted. What a Shame.

    May all the families involved find peace and closure ASAP.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  14. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I wish Sarah Palin would go away.The pitch of her voice is very irritating.
    Love the 2 brothers story!

    Thank you and good night Anderson, Erica & Team 360, have a great weekend.
    Good night fellow bloggers, Isabel, David & Emily, have a terrific weekend!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Ricky in NJ

    This two lucky Hungarian brothers. Its nice to hear how someones life could be changed for the better in a moment, as opposed to the opposite (Amanda Knox.)

    December 4, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Cessy, Chicago IL

    AC! You just got yourself banned from Hungary! 😀

    December 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    He didn't miss a! hahahha......

    December 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  18. Emily

    Way to go Tom Foreman!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  19. lisal .canada

    according to hungarian media reports? that's funny!!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  20. Caroline, Los Angeles

    LOL-there go the AC360 fans in Hungary!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  21. Lori

    Thank you for your news coverage Anderson, Erica and CNN. Good night and sweet dreams. Have a wonderful weekend.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  22. Emily

    @ Caroline, Los Angeles,

    It's the Brides Maid dresses that are Really awful! (or they can be)

    December 4, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  23. Elizabeth

    Unemployment is down, CBO report says that the stimulus plan created or saved between 650,000 to 1 million jobs, and Nato is sending 7000 and possibly more troops to Afganistan, but is this reported? No, because that would mean that you guys would have to report something positive about President Obama for once, and we know how hard it is for the media to do that lately.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  24. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It should be automate that important documents such as that one automatically goes directly into the international database.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  25. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Last time I checked Hawaii was one of the 50 states and that makes him a citizen....what is her Malfunction?

    Then again she gave up on Alaska and can see Russia from her back yard.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  26. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Does anyone really care what Palin says? If we can question Obama why can't anyone-especially journalists-question her?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  27. Daniel

    There cannot be justice when it is only personal. I, too agree that we need more information and would like to see the reenactment tape so it is possible for us to understand the motive of such conviction. Put yourself in her position. If you were kept awake for hours with someone telling you that you were at the crime scene, you will eventually crack. My point is, besides the questionable evidence(or lack thereof) and the prosecutor's personal vendetta against Amanda, Amanda never had a chance to receive a fair trial. We've all heard stories like this before, it's just that this time around, the justice system that was supposed to support the jury's decision was flawed in many ways that a false conviction was the only logical outcome.


    December 4, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  28. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Hopefully Hillary won't use the White House staff to handle the wedding guest list. Who knows who would crash the event.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  29. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    No justice system is perfect, unfortunately!
    Having a look, albit a small one at a different one tonight, I'd rather be in the Common Law one than an Inquisitorial one.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  30. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    I'm glad we get to see Chelsea all grown up – I always felt bad to her having to go through her awkward teenage years in front of the nation. People used to say I looked like Amy Carter way back when... not a compliment unfortunately 🙂

    December 4, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  31. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Thankfully Hillary will not be wearing one of those really ugly MOTB dresses that we can find in all the dept. stores. She can buy better.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  32. lisal .canada

    oh i can't believe that sweatlodge guy - pretty nervy - guess he's figuring he's gotten away with it so far... it doesn't seem to bother him at ALL - those poor dead people.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  33. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Steve of Pacifica, They didn't know what the job report was when they scheduled the job summit. They were assuming it would be bad, so held the conference to look like they were doing something.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  34. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Palin is a scorned women seaking vengence.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  35. Ginny

    I understand that another man was already convicted of murder and sentenced in the Amanda Knox case. Did he testify in against Amanda and her ex-boyfriend? Was the evidence in his case related to the Knox prosecution? No one seems to be talking about this...

    December 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  36. Michael, New York, NY

    How come nobody mentioned how Amanda and her boyfriend allegedly turned off their cell phones at the time of the murder? Who does that? It's really amazing how one sided the entire coverage of this story is. Poor Amanda...she was railroaded. If you look closely enough there are quite a few questions that really make you wonder how innocent she really is.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  37. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    seems all felons need to go into the national registry.

    Sad when one state has it's self together and another messes it up.

    Maybe the Washington PD should run the Arkansas PD.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  38. Angie - Washington, DC

    Hi AC- Can you ask the aunt, why Knox did not make any remarks regarding her innocence during her statement, and why Knox did not express any sympathy towards Kercher's family?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  39. Nancy in Oregon

    Yes, Amy, families are often in denial-either obtusely or self-defensively. They either really don't 'get it' or they fear sharing in any guilt...i.e., I raised him so it must be partly my doing. A friend once said to me, 'But you have to stand by your family member.' I replied, 'You can stand by him by sitting alongside him in court, sticking near him during the whole process. That's very different than trying to get him out of the trouble.' I still believe that. Families like Amanda's might very well be in denial or thinking that insisting on innocence is how they 'stand by' their daughter.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  40. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - thanks for tuning in tonight. Have not been following the Amanda story as closely as I should have so that your comments here have been very helpful.

    That was somewhat encouraging news on the jobs front today - now if we could just see positive job increases we could all begin to breathe more easily.

    Have a great weekend.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  41. Angie

    Hi AC- Can you ask the aunt, why Knox did not make any remarks regarding her innocence during her statement, and why Knox did not express any sympathy towards Kercher's family?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  42. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Seven members who are now jailed for helping the Cop Killer. I guess the No Snitch policy applies to older people, too!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  43. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    All those family members who helped him need to be arrested and charged as accomplices to murder.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  44. starr, formerly known as vincent

    AK needs to get it's act together re: prisoners and warrants.

    Cases "falling through the cracks" would seem an understatement! The officer is correct, look at all of the other cases that have been exposed this year alone!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  45. Lori

    Sounds like states need to modify protocol to ensure that warrants are reported properly.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  46. Emily

    Huckabee has No chance of ever being the President if he ever thought of running again, and if he's chosen as VP by someone, they to, will lose!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  47. Charles M. D. Jacksonville

    I need to just add a brief comment. The victim was not covered to my knowledge by the media to inform us as to her lifestyle and behavior also while in Europe and earlier before she went to this school. I did not see any distinct evidence that The Knox woman had built up rage with her boyfriend that would have prompted her to decide to murder her acquaintance and roommate so heinously. Of course, we apparently had no legal liaison to assure us that this case was tried in
    a reasonable and acceptable manner.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
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