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July 12th, 2012
03:16 PM ET

New details on possible suicide in court

New insight on a deadly plot by an ex-Wall Street banker who collapsed in court after a guilty verdict in arson case.

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July 5th, 2012
10:54 PM ET

Millionaire dies after arson verdict

In this Crime and Punishment investigation, Ed Lavendera takes an in-depth look at the peculiar case of Michael Marin. The eccentric 53-year-old collapsed last week in a Phoenix courtroom and later died in a hospital after he was convicted of burning down his 10,000 square foot, multi-million dollar mansion.

Marin was a few months away from owing lenders a payment of approximately $2 million when he destroyed his Biltmore Estate home in July 2009. The Phoenix Fire Department investigator who handled the case told Lavandera that he found four places in the house where fires were intentionally created. The investigator also said Marin escaped from his burning home wearing scuba gear, including an oxygen tank and snorkel, that just happened to be ready to go in his bedroom.

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May 15th, 2012
11:17 PM ET

KTH: Pardoned driver faces DUI death charge

A man pardoned by former Miss. Gov. Barbour turned himself in and is now facing charges.

April 18th, 2012
11:28 PM ET

Three-day-old baby kidnapped

Kala Golden, 28, was taking her 3-day old son Keegan to their pediatrician for a check-up when she was gunned down and fatally shot in a Texas parking lot. The accused attacker is Verna McClain, a 30-year-old nurse and mother of three.

Witnesses say they heard an argument between the two women after McClain confronted Golden. Eyewitness Tia Collins said, "They were struggling and I didn't know what was going on." Then people nearby heard the gunshots; Golden was shot in the chest several times.

Even after she was wounded, Golden was heard shouting "My baby" as the suspect fled the scene with Keegan. Police say she was dragged to the ground as she tried to get her son back from the attacker's vehicle.

An Amber Alert was issued and hours later detectives, searching for a vehicle that matched a description given by witnesses, found the car near an apartment complex in Montgomery County, Texas. A SWAT team arrested McClain and later found the baby she kidnapped in her sister's apartment.

Police pieced together the horrifying crime and shocking motivation: McClain had a miscarriage, but told her fiance she had given birth to a child. The part most puzzling to authorities is that McClain and her fiance are black, and the baby she stole is white.

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April 13th, 2012
11:34 PM ET

New evidence in Miss. pardon scandal

New evidence of former Mississippi Gov. Barbour's pardons leaves one heartbroken mother with questions that Barbour simply refuses to answer, for her or for AC360. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

April 3rd, 2012
11:42 PM ET

Mother, sons hide in tub during tornado

Standing in front of the debris and single remaining wall that used to be her family's home,  Nicole Lawrence tells CNN's Ed Lavandera, "It's only by God's grace that I'm here." The one section of the house that didn't lose its ceiling is the bathroom where Lawrence and her two sons sought safety as the tornado passed through Lancaster, Texas.

Minutes after the three climbed into the bathtub, the storm hit. "It was like a freight train. It was very, very loud," said Lawrence. The two teens protectively covered their mom during the worst of it.

The other houses in the neighborhood were damaged, but none demolished as severely as hers. A neighbor helped locate a pair of shoes amid the wreckage and carried Lawrence outside. When her husband arrived, they smelled gas and immediately left the area, heading for North Arlington.

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March 15th, 2012
03:01 AM ET

Video: Prisoner perks began before pardons

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - Investigative documents obtained by CNN show that former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, his wife and his staff may have given preferential treatment to two of the convicted murderers who were among the more than 200 former and current inmates he pardoned in January.

According to the documents compiled by the office of Mississippi's attorney general, the state's former first lady, Marsha Barbour, apparently called a car dealership regarding the purchase of two vehicles for two convicted murderers - days before they were pardoned. The cars were later delivered to the governor's mansion, two days before the men were released.

CNN has also learned that a member of the governor's staff took the same two men, David Gatlin and Charles Hooker, to get their driver's licenses while they were still in state custody, before their pardons were signed and made official.

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February 14th, 2012
11:28 PM ET

Video: Tracking down former Miss. Gov. Barbour

CNN's Ed Lavandera finds former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour to ask about the controversial pardons he issued to convicts.

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February 2nd, 2012
11:04 PM ET

Video: Repeat DUI offender pardoned

Ed Lavandera talks to the mother of a young girl killed by a drunk driver who was pardoned by Haley Barbour.

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January 27th, 2012
10:05 PM ET

Video: Search for a pardoned killer

Convicted killer Joseph Ozment is a pardoned man. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on the fear his release has caused.

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