August 13th, 2014
11:17 PM ET

Ferguson's Police Chief explains the handling of the Michael Brown shooting investigation

It has been four days since unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. In that time federal officials launched a civil rights investigation and the FBI is looking into the case. The community is rallying around Brown's family and demanding answers from police, including the identity of the officer who pulled the trigger. Wolf asked Ferguson's Police Chief Thomas Jackson why that information is still not being released.

There was a new round of violence and arrests tonight in Ferguson. Wolf discussed the handling of this case with Syracuse University's Boyce Watkins and legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Mark O'Mara.

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February 27th, 2014
09:55 PM ET

Debating "My Brother's Keeper"

President Obama shared a very private moment today at the White House as he unveiled a new initiative called "My Brother's Keeper." It's a public-private venture that has $200,000,000 in seed money aimed at helping young black and Hispanic men to stay in school and get good jobs. He told the crowd:

"I could see myself in these young men.  And the only difference is that I grew up in an environment that was a little bit more forgiving.  So when I made a mistake, the consequences were not as severe.” 

Anderson discussed this with New York Times op-ed columnist Charles Blow, CNN commentator Michaela Angela Davis, yourblackworld.com founder Boyce Watkins and Reverend Kevin Johnson.

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December 13th, 2013
10:23 PM ET

A new perspective on the "affluenza" case: Sergio Molina's story

A judge in Texas sentenced 16-year-old Ethan Couch to ten years of probation for the crash that killed four people. His lawyers argued he is a victim of a so-called condition called 'affluenza,' a theory that Couch isn't really to blame for his actions because his rich parents never set limits for him and he never learned about consequences. Sergio Molina was riding in the back of Couch's truck that night. He survived the accident, but he is suffering unimaginable consequences and his life will never be the same. Gary Tuchman has his story.


Anderson discussed this case with criminal defense attorney Brian Wice, Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Syracuse University professor Boyce Watkins.
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June 20th, 2013
10:54 PM ET

Was race a factor in death sentence?

A Texas prosecutor who helped convict a murderer is now fighting to get him a new sentencing hearing. She’s not  the only one who thinks he may have been sent to death row because he's African American. Boyce Watkins and Jeffrey Toobin dig into the case.