October 9th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Indiana traffic stop driver and tasered passenger speak out

Editor's note: Some viewers may find this video disturbing.

We are now hearing from the man and woman who were in the front seat of their car as police smashed through the window and tasered the passenger. The driver was initially pulled over for not wearing her seatbelt. There were two children in the back seat, including one who recorded the incident. Susan Candiotti spoke to the driver and has new information on two of the officers on the scene.

This video raises serious legal questions about the actions of both the police and the adults in the car. Anderson took a closer look at what happened with attorney Areva Martin and CNN legal analyst and criminal defense attorney Mark O'Mara.

Filed under: Areva Martin • Hammond • Mark O'Mara • Susan Candiotti • Taser
September 3rd, 2014
11:35 PM ET

Should Michael Brown's juvenile court record be released?

Michael Brown was 18 years old when he was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson. Now a judge is deciding whether to release his juvenile court records. This legal battle began when a pair of media outlets petitioned to make the records public. At a hearing today, a court official said that Brown had no serious felony convictions as a juvenile. What would be gained by releasing these records? Anderson spoke with CNN legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Mark Geragos and legal affairs commentator Areva Martin.

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Filed under: Areva Martin • Jeffrey Toobin • Mark Geragos • Michael Brown
August 28th, 2014
11:45 PM ET

Does the Ferguson audio recording backup Officer Wilson's version of the shooting?

Does the Ferguson audio recording backup Officer Wilson's version of the shooting?

It might be the sound of Michael Brown losing his life. A company that makes a video conferencing app confirms audio of gunshots in Ferguson was recorded right around the time Officer Darren Wilson opened fire. CNN cannot independently confirm whether this recording actually captured audio of that shooting, but it is an intriguing piece of the puzzle. Don Lemon explains how CNN obtained this recording.

If this audio is verified, what does it tell us about the shooting? Anderson spoke with audio forensic expert Frank Piazza, CNN legal analyst Mark O'Mara and legal affairs commentator Areva Martin.

Filed under: Areva Martin • Ferguson • Mark O'Mara • Michael Brown
January 23rd, 2014
10:01 PM ET

Case of pregnant woman on life-support in Texas goes to court

Tomorrow the husband of Marlise Munoz will ask a judge to order that she be removed from life support machines. Her family says she is brain-dead; but the hospital that is caring for her says a Texas law requires that she be kept on life support because she is pregnant. Ed Lavandera has the latest on tomorrow's emergency hearing.

Anderson discussed all of this with legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Mark Geragos, Dr. Lisa Masterson and children's advocate Areva Martin.


Filed under: Areva Martin • Ed Lavandera • Mark Geragos • Sunny Hostin • Texas
January 14th, 2014
11:34 PM ET

Martin: 'She's a corpse, she's not a patient'

Sunny Hostin and Areva Martin discuss the case of the pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman and her husband’s fight to remove her from life support.

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Filed under: Areva Martin • Sunny Hostin
January 9th, 2014
12:16 AM ET

What happened to the toddler in the obscenity-laced video?

New fallout after a disturbing video of a toddler trading obscenities with adults goes viral. It was posted by a police union claiming it was meant to educate the public about "the terrible cycle of violence and thuggery." Anderson discussed what happened to the child with attorney and children's activist Areva Martin.

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January 2nd, 2014
10:53 PM ET

13-year-old on life support and at the center of a legal battle

Jahi McMath suffered severe complications after having her tonsils removed. She is on life support machines and her parents want to keep it that way. But her doctors and a judge declared her brain dead and are ready to pull the plug. That set off a legal battle over Jahi's  future. Randi Kaye has the latest.

John Berman discussed this case with legal analyst and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos along with attorney and children's advocate Areva Martin.

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Filed under: Areva Martin • Jahi McMath • Mark Geragos • Randi Kaye
November 25th, 2013
10:15 PM ET

Controversial parenting book linked to the deaths of several children

The book "To Train Up a Child" has been embraced by many fundamentalist Christian parents. It advocates raising children to obey without question, through spankings that begin when they are babies. The book is linked to the deaths of multiple children, including 13-year old Hana Williams. Her adoptive parents were recently convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison. Gary Tuchman has the latest.

Should the authors of "To Train Up a Child" be held legally responsible in these deaths? Wolf discussed that question with Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and attorney and children's advocate Areva Martin.

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Filed under: 360º Follow • Areva Martin • Gary Tuchman • Jeffrey Toobin
March 18th, 2013
11:38 PM ET

Social media consequences and Steubenville

Attorney and children's rights advocate Areva Martin and CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin discuss the Steubenville rape case and the teens arrested for threatening the victim on Twitter.

The two high school football players who had pleaded innocent, Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, apologized in court Sunday after they were convicted by Judge Thomas Lipps. Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in a juvenile correctional facility, and Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year.

Toobin calls the punishment "modest" for the crime. "If they were adults, they could have gotten 20 years," he tells Anderson Cooper. "It's also important to point out, this was not a close case on the evidence. There were admissions through the social media, there were eyewitnesses to this rape, and there was of course the evidence that the victim was unconscious."