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April 1st, 2013
10:49 AM ET

Attorney: Elected DAs feel vulnerable after McLelland death

Attorney Pete Schulte, who handled cases in Kaufman County, on the death of DA Mike McLelland and his wife.

Filed under: Crime • Investigation
April 1st, 2013
10:36 AM ET

Rep. Poe: A 'group' likely killed Texas DA McLelland and his wife

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), a former state judge and prosecutor, weighs in on the death of DA Mike McLelland and his wife.

Filed under: Crime • Investigation
April 1st, 2013
10:18 AM ET

Kaufman, TX Mayor: I wonder if Gov. will find anyone brave enough to take DA job

William Fortner, Mayor of Kaufman, Texas, on the town's reaction after the death of D.A. Mike McLelland and his wife.

Filed under: Crime • Investigation
April 1st, 2013
09:52 AM ET

VIDEO: Kaufman County Judge Wood says security heightened after district attorney McLelland death

Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood on the latest in the investigation into the death of D.A. Mike McLelland and his wife.

Filed under: Crime • Investigation
March 22nd, 2013
10:17 AM ET

VIDEO: Official says Texas shootout suspect focus investigation in death of Colo. prison chief

El Paso County undersheriff Paula Presley on ongoing manhunt for a suspect in death of Colo. prison chief Tom Clements.

Filed under: Crime
March 21st, 2013
10:13 AM ET

El Paso Co. Undersheriff: Investigation 'wide open' in search for suspect in Colo. prison chief's death


(CNN) - The investigation into the slaying of Colorado's prison chief has produced few clues.

Tom Clements was gunned down Tuesday night when he answered the door at his home in Monument, about 50 miles south of Denver.

"We are looking at all potential tips, leads, threats that Mr. Clements may have had from anybody in that prison system," El Paso County Undersheriff Paula Presley says on CNN's "Starting Point" on Thursday. "The investigation is wide open at this point."

Asked whether the 58-year-old's killing might have been a professional hit, Presley replied, "We don't have any specific information that would lead us to that."

READ MORE: Few clues in Colorado prison chief's slaying

Filed under: Crime • Investigation
March 6th, 2013
12:50 PM ET

Protecting girls from pimps on social media –'s Parry Aftab on rise of online sex trafficking

More and more, pimps are using social media to lure unsuspecting girls into prostitution. A CNNMoney investigation uncovered the shocking reality, though there are few hard statistics on the sope of the trend.

More and more women are accepting friends on sites like Facebook only to find a pimp on the other end of the request. CNNMoney conducted interviews with victims of these crimes in California, Virginia and Washington to uncover how social networks are being used for human sex trafficking. executive director Parry Aftab started seeing instances of pimps luring victims into prostitution in 2001 through her work with internet security and for teens and children in particular. She sits on an informal Facebook advisory board and has received child recovery awards for her work fighting online sex trafficking. Aftab comes to “Starting Point” with more on the issue.

Aftab says that more people than we realize are being recruited into prostitution via social networks. “People are lonely, they’re looking for love, they’re looking for affection,” Aftab says.

Pimps know how to spot insecure women and the methods by which to manipulate them. “There are ten different categories of sexual predation ploys that are used,” she says, and on social media “you can play with those different ways to find out what will lure that young woman.”

It’s not easy to walk away once they realize the situation because, Aftab says, “they’re needy” and vulnerable. “And these young women are often threatened. They’re lured through love; they might be enticed with money.”

Parents also aren’t monitoring the social media pages of these victims who are often16 or 17 years old. “Unless you’re smart about using social media,” she says, “you’re far more exposed.”

February 27th, 2013
10:36 AM ET

EXCLUSIVE: CIA officer-turned-whistleblower John Kiriakou says conviction a 'badge of honor,' feels ‘optimistic’ about prison sentence

On Thursday, former CIA officer-turned-whistleblower John Kiriakou will be on his way to a federal prison in Pennsylvania. Last month, he was given a 30-month sentence for being among the first CIA operatives to confirm the use of waterboarding among detainees back in 2007. Kiriakou is also the first person convicted of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act in 27 years.

This morning Kiriakou joins “Starting Point” to talk with Soledad O'Brien about his upcoming prison sentence in an exclusive interview.

Kiriakou, who also served as a former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says he feels “oddly optimistic” about his upcoming prison sentence and wears his “conviction as a badge of honor.”

“I believe my case was about torture, not about leaking. I'm right on the torture issue, the administration is wrong, and I’m just going to carry that with me,” he says.

In his book "The Reluctant Spy," Kiriakou discusses his choice to disclose the name of a covert CIA officer who was involved in interrogations that were happening at Guantanamo Bay while maintaining his argument that the case against him was not about leaking.

“If the administration was going to pursue leakers, they would pursue the likes of John Brennan and countless officials in the White House, The Defense Department, Capitol Hill; the jails would be bursting with administration officials and with present and former CIA officers,” he argues.

Kiriakou, who will soon be departing from his wife and five children, says “the government was looking for something that they could pin on me, they found something, and they went with it.”

Filed under: CIA • Crime • Waterboarding
February 20th, 2013
11:33 AM ET

Pistorius bail hearing to conclude Thursday – criminal defense attorney Mickey Sherman weighs in

The bond hearing for Oscar Pistorius in the suspected premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steencamp is expected to conclude Thursday. Prosecutors say Pistorius is a flight risk and should therefore be denied bail.

Attorney Mickey Sherman, best known for defending Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in his 2002 murder trial weighs, in on the new and dramatic details coming to light in the South African “Blade Runner” case.

Filed under: Crime • Olympics • Pistorius • South Africa
February 20th, 2013
11:28 AM ET

PBS documentary sheds new light on Newtown shooter Adam Lanza – Producer Frank Koughan explains

A new PBS documentary is shedding light Adam Lanza, the man behind the horrific shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Frank Koughan, writer and producer of "Raising Adam Lanza," talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning to talk about what he learned from interviews with family and friend, and shares some of the biggest revelations of Lanza's life.

Filed under: Crime • Lanza • Newtown • Sandy Hook • Sandy Hook Elementary
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