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May 23rd, 2013
08:30 AM ET

HLN's "After Dark" host Vinnie Politan on Arias' fate: New jury may be selected to determine life or death for Arias

Host of HLN's "After Dark," Vinnie Politan, sheds light on day three of deliberations as Jodi Arias awaits her fate. "In Arizona, it's got to be unanimous for life or unanimous for death," Politan says. He says there is some sort of impasses as the jury has not yet reached a consensus, but he has "no idea what the split is, if it's one holdout or if it's 6-6."

It also isn't clear which way the jurors are swaying. "The bottom line here now is if they all cannot agree one way or the other, then what happens, believe it or not, is a new jury gets impanelled and they will determine that single issue...of life or death."

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May 14th, 2013
10:52 AM ET

Student: Leila Fowler's 12-year-old brother brought pocket knife to school – Dan Simon reports

Reports surfacing from the suspect's school now report that Leila Fowler's 12-year-old brother was suspended for five days for bringing a pocket knife to school. The 12-year-olds' name is not being released because he is a minor. He is too young to be charged as an adult. In California only minors 14-years and older can be charged as adults. If convicted of murder he will remain in custody until he is 25-years-old.

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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 18th, 2013
10:46 AM ET

Attorney: Parents want punishment for man accused of slapping their toddler on Delta flight


(CNN) - An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping a crying 19-month-old boy on a Delta Air Lines flight is now out of a job.

Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, was charged with assaulting a minor in the February 8 incident. His company, which initially suspended him, said Sunday that Hundley no longer has his job.

"Reports of the recent behavior of one of our business unit executives while on personal travel are offensive and disturbing," said a statement from AGC Aerospace & Defense. "We have taken this matter very seriously and worked diligently to examine it since learning of the matter on Friday afternoon.

"As of Sunday, the executive is no longer employed with the company."

AGC Aerospace & Defense supplies technology and other services to the military and businesses.

The family's attorney, John Thompson, said they have not decided yet whether to sue. But he said Monday they believe Hundley should be punished beyond the loss of his job and possible one-year federal prison sentence.

"The family wants to make sure that Mr. Hundley and anyone like Mr. Hundley never does something like that again," he said on CNN's "Starting Point."

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