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.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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  1. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    These states need to start working with one another to keep these dangerous criminals locked up.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  2. Caroline, Los Angeles

    This is so depressing. Four public servants dead, leaving behind mothers, fathers, spouses and children, because of paperwork that was not completed.

    And here in America, depending on what governor you meet and what state you're convicted in, you can get out of prison in 15 years after murdering 2 people.

    Score: Dead: 6 Justice: 0

    December 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Anthonia-Bay Area!

    @Mike-I somewhat agree with you, because I think Obama is making decisions that are not fully effective, and i'm really worried about the future for us Americans..

    December 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  4. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Why don't all states just use one big database system when it comes to warrants and criminal histories? It seems dangerous and a waste of public resources.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  5. Steve of Pacifica CA

    @Mike Uhhh, the job report said we actually gained jobs in November. However this is typical of this time of year. Will it stay around is the quesiton.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  6. Melony

    What is wrong with you people, the man has only been on the job for a few months. Get real!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  7. Lynne

    So Mike, the American system also has its flaws??

    December 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Don, WA

    Did Anderson Cooper just say the wa state cop killer had 4 dui's? That's an ironic number huh.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  9. John Derby living in Bangkok

    This is certainly a painful tragedy for both parties. But you have to ask yourself why would Amanda lie about involving someone who easily proved he was not there? AND she changed her account of where she was and what happened! An innocent person does not do that. In the U.S. some manage to escape the consequeces of such quilty behavior. The Italian system has not yet been contaminaterd by big money and powerful lawyers, that's all.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  10. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Once convicted of multiple violent crimes these guys should have been lined up against a wall and shot. Our system allows too many hardcore criminals out. 95% of all crimes are done by the same 5% of hardcore criminals.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  11. Emily

    @ David, Indiana,
    There is a post there for you...hope that you saw it! 🙂

    December 4, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  12. Dawn

    When one goes to another country they are expected to behave in a manor that is appropriate for that country, Amanda did not do this. Had she acted like a craked out, drunken school girl here in America the public would have not said one word about this. But she behaved this way in Italy where that hold themselves to a higher standard. When everyone criticizes them for judging her character, she brought this upon herself when she decided to go on drinking binges and drug fests in a foreign country. Maybe one can behave this way in America but this is not true in all countries.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  13. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Huckeby might as well forget about being president .

    December 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Tony

    If all I knew about this case was this evenings news I would say innocent but I've followed this case for a year and the evidence including the DNA, her false accusation, changing alibi's, circumstantial and witness says guilty. Look at all of the facts first it was a totality of evidence not being a pretty American that got her 26 years oh by the way there was a real victim her name was Meredith Kercher.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  15. David, Indiana

    It was a spool of wire falling off of a truck I think that contributed to the accident. Very dangerous on an expressway.

    Glad there was a doctor and two nurses to assist on that flight.

    @Isabel, the prosecution has to have a rationale for it's case though I don't know what is required to bring charges in an Italian court.

    @Emily I did get the impression that the prosecution came up with different theories but I don't know if only one was argued at trial.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  16. Emily

    It's an "investigation", even outside of the trial proceedings (they are allowed to talk to the media, ask questions, etc.), and the judges work with them, 2 are on the jury.

    Here, the there is one judge, who is impartial, a sort of referee, and Nothing is said outside of the court proceedings or to each other. The jury here does not do an investigation!

    Also, here, it is an adversarial so you get both sides right away, and the judge referees it. (sorry, I'm also a sports fan, and it's the best way that I can think of to describe it for you!)

    December 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  17. Ashley H, Canada

    Hi Anderson, hey Erica, and hello fellow 360 bloggers!

    I knew Amanda Knox would be found guilty. Just knew it. But, did the prosecution have any genetic evidence to incriminate Amanda of the murder? And what evidence did that have for the male who was convicted?

    On another topic, WHY did Huckabee pardon that Clemmons guy? He was a very violent individual who should have remained locked up for life. Ugh, another technicality...

    Yay!! It's finally Friday! 🙂

    December 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  18. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I hope the 70% of those who have full-time jobs at a decent wage will make up for all the Christmas shopping that the other 30% of us can't do.

    Or maybe instead of shopping that 70% could create jobs?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  19. Anthonia

    Hey Everyone!

    I knew
    Obama would lose ratings within the few months of his presidency because his choices he made...but I hope he will soon change America before he leaves office..

    December 4, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  20. starr, formerly known as vincent


    From what was reported tonight, i think you are right, the defense for Ms. Know was ignored. And, i agree, it Is wrong!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  21. Lisa

    Hey Erica...thanks for the thread.
    The following is a response to what I've read. As a country we need to respect the unknown elements of law in another country, even if justice seems flaky at best.
    It's good this didn't happen in Iran, Iraq or Texas. You come to Texas & kill us we kill you back, even if it's guilt by association. The twenty-six years is lighter than any U.S. state would give.
    If you play by seeming suspect in another country, you have to be prepared to pay. I was always told to keep a low profile, as my nationality would always make me suspect at best.
    Amanda might or might not be guilty if she were tried here, but the U.S. would have proven beyond a doubt if she was.
    To all non-Americans, we're so used to people being innocent until proven guilty due to our being a democracy; everyone else's laws seem bizarre...but hopefully still respected.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  22. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I forgot all about the baby crying on board-oh that must have pissed off a lot of the passengers. Screaming baby airlines. Screaming mommy in childbirth airlines. 😉

    December 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  23. Jose

    Every one on media is talking about Ms.knox being sent to jail for 26 years, but victim is no longer there, what about victim's parents. Did anyone talk to Amanda's classmates in Seattle, not just close friends and family members, to see if she was a sexual pervert, do we know any stories from here. Thanks.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  24. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Get it time, and we all shall have a job, soon!"

    December 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  25. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I think that the retailers are holding on to there hired help to see how the Christmas shopping season is going to end up but nobody's thinking about the after Christmas refunds .

    December 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  26. Dawn

    How can anyone say Amanda had a fair trial? The italian justice system is corrupt and this trial proved that. To say she had a fair trial is ridiculous.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  27. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    So Obama holds a job summit not because he wants to create jobs, but for the press to counterbalance an expected bad unemployment report. How typical.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  28. harold

    Good evening anderson What can america do legally about the young lady that was convicted tonight and how many years will she have to do over there before she is eligable for parole an I heard earlier that there's a possibility of her being brought over here to serve her time but if some kinda deal like that is reached it would be on the agreement that she serve all her sentence is there any truth in the possibility of something like that happening?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  29. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Obama should not be listening to the same financial "geniuses" who got us into this mess. Out with Geithner and Bernanke! Out with them!!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  30. Michael

    the jury is punishing Amana for what they judge her morality etc. . anyone knows she could not have commited murder and not been in the room (no DNA ). in the past they could call her a witch and burn her at the stake or stone her to death – now they can conveintly send her to prison for 26 years.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  31. Lori

    The economy will get better.

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

    I agree Marco. Amanda participated in her own demise, to some extent at least.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  33. George Poulos

    Have to agree with commentator who advised America and the world to be concerned not just about a sexy promiscious young blonde American but all people unjustly accused and imprisoned but who get no attention or sympathy.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  34. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    There are many issues where more than 50% disagree with Obama.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  35. Amy

    Amanda obviously has an unusual twist. It tells by her diary, too. Its odd that her own family don't recognize or acknowledge her strange behavior or they in denial?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Michael, New York, NY,

    "Am I the only one who thinks she is actually guilty? Do innocent people really lie to police and change their story?"

    No, Michael you are not the only one.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  37. Jana, Georgia, formerly from Indiana

    Ha Mike, formerly from Syracuse, you are right about that.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  38. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Anderson....make sure you have your invitation to the White House! ahhahahahahahaaaaa.... 😀

    December 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  39. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi Erica! TGIF...i bet there was some kind of discussion in the newsroom about the Knox case.

    Enjoyed your broadcast again tonigt (earlier). How do you keep going and going....?

    Really glad you are here with us tonight too.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  40. Louis Escareno

    So where were Amanda and her boyfriend the night of the killing? Was she in the apartment or not...if not then where was she ..can someone verify where she was the night of the murder. It would be interesting to check her timeline with the murder timeline...and the prosecutions timeline. None of your guests have gone there? Is there is a problem?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  41. Jeannette

    I am not surpised in regards to the verdict. As a woman you have no rights in Italy, especially when you don't follow their rules. The justice system is so corrupt, that she lost before it started.

    Men still rule in Italy, I know from experience.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  42. Ricky in NJ

    I believe she guilty in the eyes of the court with or without the "evidence" which is clearly a shame everyone should have a fair trail. Hopefully the appeal will happen in a timely fashion, which it will most likely not. Listening to the maximum amount of days it could take makes my head reel.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  43. Paris

    I do not understand what her family background has to do with her guilt or innocence. Everyday seemingly "normal" "well-adjusted" people engage in deviant sexual behavior. People dont usually display these aspects of themselves. She is very likely guilty but americans cannot accept that someone so beautiful can be so vile.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  44. Maureen

    Hang in there Amanda, perhaps your case will finally get the Italian prosecutor, prosecuted.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  45. Jennifer - AZ

    Evening everyone – late arrival!

    So cute – baby on board. What a great story. So, what state would he/she be born in?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  46. Angela

    Amanda got sentenced one more year than Raffaele because ... ???
    She's American and he's Italian ?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  47. maria Chiara

    @patti from PA: don't worry about your son, he will be fine and he will come home safe! Lots of american students have spent months in Italy, and I don't remember anyone arrested before the Amanda Knox case! Pls do not generalize!!! What's more, Rome (My hometown) is beautiful and safe.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Very witty, Anderson!

    To the southwest passengers: " for your listening enjoyment, we're adding a different tune..." ( to a tune of a crying baby 🙂

    December 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  49. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Well better to land with one more passenger than one less.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  50. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Having a baby on a plane? How embarrassing.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
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