July 6th, 2011
11:58 PM ET

KTH: Did prosecutors rush to indict DSK?

Editor's note: John King takes a closer look at how prosecutors handled the indictment of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Related: Vance unmoved by call for his recusal from Strauss-Kahn case

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July 6th, 2011
11:53 PM ET

Video: Anthony jurors break their silence

Editor's note: CNN's Martin Savidge reports on the first public comments from two members of the Casey Anthony jury.

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Will Casey Anthony Get Billed by the State of Florida?: Join the Live Chat
July 6th, 2011
09:48 PM ET

Will Casey Anthony Get Billed by the State of Florida?: Join the Live Chat

We have several breaking developments in the Casey Anthony case, including word that the state of Florida will seek reimbursement for "special costs" due to the investigation and trial. Martin Savidge has the latest details live from Orlando. Plus, the Raw Politics of the debt ceiling showdown. And, 'The Shot' will give you a whole new perspective on dust storms.

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Casey Anthony's attorney: Caylee got justice
Jose Baez, lead defense attorney for Casey Anthony, answers questions after the jury found his client not guilty.
July 6th, 2011
08:32 PM ET

Casey Anthony's attorney: Caylee got justice

(CNN) - Casey Anthony's lawyer said Wednesday that her acquittal signified justice for little Caylee Anthony, who prosecutors unsuccessfully argued died at the hands of her mother.

"Caylee would never have wanted her mother to suffer this way," defense attorney Jose Baez told Barbara Walters of ABC News. "Caylee certainly never wanted her mother to die."

Baez and prosecutor Jeff Ashton separately spoke publicly and with the media Wednesday about their reactions to the verdict.

Confident the state had presented everything it could to prove Casey Anthony killed her daughter, Ashton recalled his shock when Florida jurors decided otherwise.

"When I heard the 'not guilty' on the child abuse, I knew that was it," said the assistant state prosecutor. "I remember mouthing 'wow' four or five times to myself."

Ashton, speaking with InSession's Beth Karas, said he is convinced there was no evidence that Caylee, 2, died accidentally in 2008.

After less than 11 hours of deliberation, a jury Tuesday found Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder and the other most serious charges. But the jury convicted her on four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers. She will be sentenced Thursday.

Juror Jennifer Ford told ABC News that she and the other jurors cried and were "sick to our stomachs" after voting to acquit Anthony.

"I did not say she was innocent," said Ford, who had previously only been identified as juror number 3. "I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be."

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Beat 360° 7/6/11
President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during an online Twitter town hall meeting from the East Room of the White House July 6, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama and Twitter co-founder and Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey held the online discussion to speak about the U.S .debt ceiling crisis. (Photo credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
July 6th, 2011
07:16 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/6/11

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July 6th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Obama downplays possible constitutional move on debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he wants a deal with Congress in the next two weeks to tackle mounting deficits and allow an increase in the federal debt ceiling, but he didn't rule out using a constitutional argument to increase how much money the government can borrow.

"I don't think we should even get to the constitutional issue," Obama said during a Twitter town hall at the White House in response to a tweeted question on whether he would rely on a clause in the Fourteenth Amendment to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling.

The debt ceiling should not be "used as a gun against the heads of the American people to extract tax breaks for corporate jet owners," Obama said, calling for "a balanced approach where everything's on the table."

With congressional leaders heading to the White House on Thursday to continue negotiations, Obama said that people need to "put their dogmas aside" and "their sacred cows aside."

However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will take part in Thursday's talks, objected to the president's characterization of his side's positions as absolutist or maximalist.

"We have a better term for it - common sense," McConnell, R-Kentucky, said of GOP oppositon to tax increases and more government spending in some areas.

The House returned to work Wednesday from its Fourth of July break, a day after the Senate cut short its recess come back to Washington, with the two parties at sharp odds over what sort of conditions should be attached to a hike in the current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.

Republicans are refusing to go along with any debt ceiling increase unless it includes deep spending cuts and avoids any tax increases. Democrats are trying to minimize the impact of cuts to social services and are calling for the elimination to certain tax breaks and loopholes benefiting wealthier Americans.

Treasury Department officials and leading economists have warned of potentially catastrophic consequences if the ceiling is not raised by August 2, at which point the country could default on its debt obligations. Among other things, the country could face skyrocketing interest rates and a plummeting dollar.

Increasing the debt ceiling will allow the government to borrow more money in order to pay for spending already accrued.

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Strauss-Kahn's defense has 'constructive meeting' with prosecutors
July 6th, 2011
05:15 PM ET

Strauss-Kahn's defense has 'constructive meeting' with prosecutors

New York (CNN) - Attorneys for Dominique Strauss-Kahn said Wednesday that the defense team had a "constructive meeting" with prosecutors, who maintain that they are not ready to drop sexual abuse and attempted rape charges against the French financier after questions were raised about the accuser's credibility.

"The investigative process is continuing, and no decisions have been made," said Manhattan District Attorney spokeswoman Erin Duggan.

The two-hour meeting came just days after prosecutors disclosed credibility issues regarding the hotel maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually attacking her.

"We had a constructive meeting today with (Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance) and his colleagues," said a statement from William W. Taylor III and Benjamin Brafman.

Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty in June to charges that prompted him to resign from his post as managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

Questions about the case surfaced last week when Vance indicated that the woman, 32, had been less than truthful with authorities about some aspects of her life and her whereabouts immediately after the alleged attack at the Sofitel hotel May 14.

Legal analysts suggest that prosecutors are looking for ways to salvage the case.

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July 6th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Next for Casey Anthony: Freedom, book deals, analysts say

(CNN) - Don't be surprised if Casey Anthony walks out of jail a free woman after her sentencing Thursday, legal experts say.

And, they add, there is nothing stopping her from cashing in on book or movie deals - as her acquittal on serious charges now means she is free to profit off her story.

With Tuesday's not guilty verdict on murder charges behind her, Anthony - and the thousands riveted by every twist in the case - now turn their attention to Thursday when the 25-year-old will learn her fate.

A jury on Tuesday found Anthony not guilty of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter in the 2008 death of her daughter Caylee.

But she still faces sentencing on four counts of lying to police regarding a missing person case.

Each misdemeanor count carries a maximum sentence of one year in county jail, for which Judge Belvin Perry has the option of sentencing her consecutively or concurrently.

Many legal experts believe Anthony will be freed on time-served because she has already been jailed for about three years.


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July 6th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #898 'How to host a debt ceiling party!'

Reporter's Note: President Obama once asked for advice on how the run the country. Not from me, personally, but from all of us in general. Still, I’m doing my part with a letter every single day to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

So you’ve invited the congressional crowd over to the White House to talk about the whole debt ceiling impasse? Good luck with that. I must say they don’t sound like they are in much of an agreeable mood, so I imagine you’ll have your work cut out for you.
But here are some things that I think may help.

Related: Obama invites congressional leaders to White House for debt talks

July 6th, 2011
12:27 AM ET

Video: Who is Caylee Anthony's father?

Editor's note: CNN's Randi Kaye reports on one of the enduring mysteries surrounding Caylee and Casey Anthony.

Related: Casey Anthony not guilty of murder, other charges in daughter's death

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