August 21st, 2012
07:44 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Inside one of America’s Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

CNN’s Ted Rowlands was permitted to ride along with two 26-year veteran Chicago police officers to document what happens nightly in the deadly neighborhood of Englewood.  Here is a video preview of what he saw


Tonight on AC360: American fighting a 22-year prison sentence in Nicaragua
August 20th, 2012
09:04 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: American fighting a 22-year prison sentence in Nicaragua

Jason Puracal, a 35-year old native of Washington state, is seeking freedom from one of the world's most dangerous prisons, La Modelo in Nicaragua. He’s been held there on drug charges for 18-months and wants to avoid a 22-year prison sentence.

According to Puracal’s family, Nicaraguan police arrested him in November 2010 accusing him of using his real estate business to launder money as a front for an international drug trafficking ring. His lawyers say Nicaraguan authorities had no evidence linking him to the other 10 accused traffickers. Still, Puracal was sentenced to 22 years in prison. His appeal hearing took place today. CNN has tried to contact Nicaraguan authorities multiple times over the past few months. We have been promised a comment, but so far have not been given any answers on the case. Puracal's health had been deteriorating under the harsh conditions of the prison. His family members have visited him, and today his sisters attended the hearing. One of his sister’s told CNN today, “He’s been struggling for two years now in that prison for really no reason whatsoever. It's still difficult to see him."


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July 17th, 2012
07:03 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Rep. Keith Ellison 'it’s like a bizarre game of six degrees of separation'

Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison talks to Anderson tonight about the letters Rep. Michele Bachmann and four of her Republican colleagues sent to five government agencies calling for an investigation into potential “deep penetration” of Muslim extremist infiltration into the highest levels of the U.S. government.

The letters cite the work of a group called 'The Center for Security Policy' whose website is called MuslimbrotherhoodinAmerica.com.

The head of the group is Frank Gaffney, who has been a guest on our program in the past. Gaffney says that 'the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating every aspect of American life in order to impose Sharia law.'

His critics call him a conspiracy theorist, and The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Gaffney, quote, "the anti-Muslim movement's most paranoid propagandist." Michele Bachmann's fellow representative from Minnesota, Congressman Keith Ellison, tells Anderson that “the Southern Poverty Law Center investigates hate groups like the Neo-Nazis and the KKK, he is on the moral plane of groups like that, and I don't know why anybody who is in the U.S. Congress would want to associate themselves with Mr. Gaffney.”