October 1st, 2010
09:42 PM ET

Mich. Asst. AG takes voluntary leave: Join the live chat

Tonight on 360, the Michigan Assistant Attorney General who's been targeting a gay University of Michigan student has taken a voluntary leave of absence. We'll have the latest. And closing arguments were made today in the chilling Connecticut home invasion case. We'll have what was said today in court as well as legal minds Jeffrey Toobin and Sonny Hostin to talk about punishment and the death penalty.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

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soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. Nina

    Good night Anderson cooper, 360 team, Kevin, megan and other bloggers

    ((TGIF))) have a wonderful weekend

    October 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good night David, Indiana!!! 🙂

    October 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    good night guys!!!!

    October 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Have a good weekend! "Do they dance when they are in a bad mood too?"

    October 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good night Anderson and friends!
    Great show today!!!

    Have a great weekend!

    Sleep tight, friends...

    October 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David, Megan, Nicole, Sree, Nancy, Gloria, Libby, Isabel & Bloggers! & moderate(s)
    Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

    Great show & blog.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Libby

    Good night everyone! Have a great weekend ~ 😀

    October 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    These explanations before the flight are usually so boring .... they change that! It's fun!

    October 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Nancy in Oregon

    Thank you, Emily!

    October 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Heather - Spokane, WA

    After seeing that headline Anderson, I think its time for you to get a new hobby 😉

    The shot of the day-you have to make work fun so why not?

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    October 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Well, I have to say that emergency demonstration would definitely engage me enough to actually pay attention.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Karen, MN

    I don't think would would fly on that flight.
    Good Night

    October 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Kevin Epling

    Some days it is hard to do but When you are told youve saved a life it is pretty hard to stop what you are doing.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Emily

    Oh Nancy!!!
    I hate to read that! 😦 I hope that you would call someone, even if it was a "help line" before you were to EVER jump off of a bridge!
    They really are heartbreaking stories.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Nancy in Oregon

    Good weekend, All.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Nina

    @ Kevin Epling
    I would also venture to say that Matt had wonderful parents. Thank you for helping others.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  17. Richard

    I don't understand why the MI Asst. AG is able to take a voluntary leave of absence. The AG should have fired him. Seems to me our politicians need to have a lot more backbone as far as setting examples of what is acceptable behavior. It's bad enough our young people face bullying from peers let alone the AG ?!? Especially in the light of the recent teen suicides...we cannot afford to lose another life in such a tragic and totally preventable way.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Thankfully we know "our Anderson Cooper .... lol ....

    October 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  19. lisal -canada

    well that was a very interesting mix of topics this evening – have a productive weekend everyone

    October 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Nina

    @ Megan, yes, the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. You can see the waves over shadowing homes during winter storms.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  21. Emily

    LOL!!! That's your fav.?
    Does anyone on the blog know what that says?

    October 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  22. Libby

    There could only be ~one~ Anderson Cooper! 😀

    October 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  23. Nancy in Oregon

    I really wonder, Emily. Can't help but wonder how they are feeling....and how what they did will impact their lives. I think if it were me, I'd be tempted to jump off the bridge myself now, knowing what I'd done.

    Kevin, I'm sure it's true. Not just domestic violence but all sorts of forms of harassment, at work or at home.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  24. Lisa in Louisville

    Arrested in an internet scam?? I knew you had a dark side. 🙂

    October 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  25. Emily

    "And the consequences for the lives of those suffer on bullying is incalculable."
    Oh, are they indeed! Thank goodness for Crisis & Distress Lines that take calls from people that have no one or need someone to talk to.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  26. Dmitriy K.

    Such bigotry as is shown by Mr. Shirvel simply can not be tolerated in our society. Anyone tolerating such blase hatred is in essence condoning it.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  27. Kevin Epling

    @ Nina thank you, Matt was a special person as are all the children we've lost over the years and we carry Matt with us everyday.
    We will amke a difference and we have.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  28. Sharon Hastings

    Hi everyone, sorry to tune in so late–babysitting for a 2 yr old and a 6 yr. old and with that demographic I'm sorry to say that Blues Clues trumps AC360:)

    Sounds like it was some interesting topics. I'll catch up on comments. Hope you all have a great weekend and a safe one.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  29. Nina

    @ Kevin Epling October 1st, 2010 10:45 pm ET

    @ Nina you are right and one of the best ways to counter the bullying culture is to engage students on the overall anti-bullying plan. They want it to stop.

    Beautifully stated and so true. As the bullying is not only in school, but as Anderson Cooper stated, on their cell phones, facebook, etc. They have no safe haven. Very tragic.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  30. David, Indiana

    @Isabel Hi nice to see you.

    I don't see how with the level of involvement of both in the crime there's not culpability for both.

    Did the police have a chance to stop Mrs. Petit from returning to her house?

    October 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    What?????? Anderson Cooper arrested by scam???? no reason to be imposter!!! OUCH!

    October 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Emily

    "Anderson Cooper: Arrested" WHAT?!! Indeed, Anderson...must have been a real shock for you to first see that. (not the kind of headlines you're looking for!)

    October 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  33. Kevin Epling

    @ Nancy you are right, I have said that "bullying is the first spoke on the wheel of domestic violence"

    October 1, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  34. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Storm waves are surfers' dreams.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  35. Libby

    Let's grab a surfboard and take surfing lessons Megan! 😀

    October 1, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  36. Emily

    I wonder if those students are feeling anything, unless something happened to them...something tells me that they may not care what the other person feels, or they wouldn't do that to begin with.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  37. Nina

    @ Kevin Epling
    Beautiful and deeply touching web page. My heart goes out to you and family!

    October 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  38. JC-Los Angeles

    Laird Hamilton: "Living's a tricky game." I will add this to the rotation; genius.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  39. Nancy in Oregon

    Truly so, Isabel. And one would have to really watch carefully and honestly that one didn't turn around and do it to others, in some form.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  40. Denys Suazo

    i cant believe those things happend in the usa, but at least in united states they have death penalty to judge those monsters, i wish we had that kind of laws here in honduras..

    October 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I believe in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.. Libby!! 🙂

    October 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
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