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June 10th, 2013
08:36 AM ET

CNN Sr. Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin says NSA leaker is 'in enormous trouble'

EX-CIA employee Edward Snowden came forward as the man behind the NSA leaks over the weekend and is currently in hiding in Hong Kong.

CNN Sr. Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin weighs in on Snowden's crime. He says it's clear Snowden broke the law and is in "enormous trouble." "He will certainly be investigated for it," Toobin says.

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May 31st, 2013
11:15 AM ET

Arizona Mom released from Prison: Attorney Danny Cevallos weighs in

Arizona mom released from Mexican prison after allegations of drug trafficking. Attorney Danny Cevallos weighs in on this international case with Christine Romans on 'Starting Point'. He believes that Yanira Maldonado's 'criminal charges are likely gone forever.'

'Ultimately is was this video evidence' of the Maldonado's on the bus that was presented at the Criminal Responsibility hearing that contributed to her release.

READ MORE: Arizona mom freed from Mexican jail 'screamed' for joy

Filed under: Law • Law enforcement • Mexico
May 28th, 2013
12:01 PM ET

Husband fights to free jailed wife in Mexico

An Arizona mother was jailed in Mexico after Mexican police allegedly found pot under woman's seat. She is accused of smuggling pot in Mexico. Yarina Maldonado's husband fights to free her from Mexican prison. Husband Gary and; father-in-law Larry share their story on 'Starting Point' with John Berman and Christine Romans.

READ MORE: Arizona mom's Mexico drug arrest 'about money,' husband says

Filed under: Law • Marijuana • Mexico
May 27th, 2013
09:44 AM ET

Freedom in sight after 22 years: Debra Milke's lawyer Lori Voepel on her client released from death row after winning appeal

The lawyer for Debra Milke, Lori Voepel, is on 'Starting Point' talking with Christine Romans on her client's recent appeal that overturned her conviction. Milke could be released from prison soon after spending 22 years on death row. Voepel says "she was thrilled" to hear her conviction had been overturned.

Filed under: Court • Law
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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Filed under: Crime • Criminal charges • Jodi Arias • Jodi Arias trial • Law
May 16th, 2013
12:03 PM ET

Life or Death for Jodi Arias: HLN's Nancy Grace Weighs in

HLN's Nancy Grace is on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman and Christine Romans about the latest developments in the Jodi Arias penalty hearing. On weather Jodi Arias will take the stand again during this stage of her sentencing, Grace says that, 'wild horses couldn't drag her away,' from the witness stand, and goes on to state that last night 'Arias was tweeting from behind bars again.

However, while Grace thinks she will want to take the stand again, she does not think it will help her case. Grace states, 'The last time she took to the stand for 18 days she got a guilty verdict.

Filed under: Court • Jodi Arias • Jodi Arias trial • Law • O.J. Simpson
March 11th, 2013
10:48 AM ET

Md. State Sen. pushes legislation for 'responsible school discipline' in wake of child punished for making pastry gun

More than a week ago, children at Park Elementary School in Maryland went home with a letter explaining there was a disruption in school caused by 7-year-old Josh Welch. He was accused of biting a breakfast pastry to shape it into an object that resembled a gun, while allegedly saying "bang bang" with it. Welch was suspended for two days, but insists he did not do anything inappropriate.

Now, a lawmaker in that district has introduced a bill to make sure something like this does not happen again to other kids. This morning, Maryland State Senator J.B. Jennings joins “Starting Point” to discuss his proposed legislation.

“The boards of educations have handcuffed the teachers and principals in these schools with this zero tolerance,” Jennings says. He adds that his proposed bill will give “discretionary back to the principals, back to the teachers.”

Senate Bill 1058, otherwise known as "The Responsible School Discipline Act of 2013" was introduced in Maryland State Senate on Friday. Jennings says his legislation has started a necessary discussion that he hopes the boards of education will take and “move forward with it.” He adds that his constituents want the zero-tolerance policy addressed so, “that these school boards will lay off some of these children [and] give the teachers and principals more flexibility to handle this in the classroom.”

Filed under: Education • Law
December 6th, 2012
10:52 AM ET

NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre weighs in on Washington’s first dance with Mary Jane

Recreational marijuana has only been legal in the state of Washington for a few hours now, as a result of a landmark ballot initiative passed last month on Election Day but residents are already celebrating. Organizations such as the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws also known as “NORML,” have been fighting for the legalization of marijuana since it was founded in 1972. NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre joins “Starting Point” this morning to discuss the new Washington state law and the broader implications of how this law could lead to more states enacting laws to legalize marijuana.

St. Pierre says the midnight public festivities by Washington state residents were, “a celebration to be sure that’s pent up 75 years of marijuana prohibition in America.” The NORML Executive Director went on to predict that just like the 18 states that have passed the use of medical marijuana, other states will follow suit with legalizing it as well. St. Pierre says, “Almost the entire West Coast and all of New England are going to move in this direction. It will take decades to infill the middle of the country.”

On the subject of tourism St. Pierre says he suspects, “a few hundred other thousand people” will be frequent visitors of the centennial state and the nation’s capital. He adds, “Why go to Amsterdam? Why go to Jamaica? I love trout fishing and skiing, so I think I’ll be making more trips this year to Colorado and Washington.”

Filed under: D.C. • Drugs • Law • Marijuana
December 6th, 2012
10:08 AM ET

"No on I-502" Committee Manager Steve Sarich says new law legalizing recreational pot use in WA 'criminalizes' medical marijuana patients, wants law overturned

A new law legalizing recreational marijuana use in Washington takes effect today. Adults 21 and over are allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, and while many in the state are lighting up and celebrating the law today, not everyone is supporting it. Steve Sarich is the Executive Director of the Cannibis Action Coalition and runs a local dispensary for medical marijuana patients. He’s also the Manager of the "No on I-502" Committee, which was the most vocal opponent of the Washington law being passed. He shares his view live from Seattle on “Starting Point” this morning.

Sarich and the “No on I-502” group have filed a lawsuit attempting to get the law overturned. The committee sites new DUI rules for their opposition. “My job is to protect patients in the state of Washington,” Sarich says. “And this law criminalizes every single medical marijuana patient every single time they drive,” especially for those under 21. Sarich explains that active THC can stay in the system for up to 30 days. So “that legal joint you smoked two weeks ago is still in your system today, and under the new law if you get pulled over, and they take your blood, you’re going to be guilty of per se DUID” which is “a life changing crime for those under 21.”

He considers the new driving laws and possession limit arbitrary. “We’re not talking about impairment. We’re not taking about highway safety. We’re talking convicting people simply for having trace amounts of THC in their blood,” Sarich says. “Now they’re saying you can legally have an ounce of marijuana, you just better not put it in your body.”

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September 10th, 2012
12:45 PM ET

Award-Winning Journalist Lynn Povich: There are 'still very few women at the top'

Award-winning journalist Lynn Povich is one of 46 women who organized and filed a lawsuit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1970, citing discrimination against women in hiring and promotion. More than 30 years later, the first promoted female senior editor of Newsweek writes of the experience in her book, “The Good Girls Revolt.”

“We would actually go in to the ladies room. Look under the stalls, see who was there, and if no one else was there, we’d approach someone at the sink and say, ‘You know I have to check a story by this guy and it’s terrible, or I could do it better,’ and if they responded, we’d say, ‘We’re thinking of doing something to change this,’" Povich says of organizing women at Newsweek to file the complaint. "And then we would start reeling people in one by one.”

For Povich, there has been “enormous progress” for women seeking jobs in the media industry and in corporations since 1970. However, there are "still very few women at the top" in the media industry and in corporations, she says. In Newsweek, for example, only 43 of 49 cover stories published in 2009 were written by men.

“I do think that there's still an imbalance," Povich argues. "I think also that women need to push themselves more... It’s a question about how much is discrimination and how much do women still need to have the confidence to go forward, because they certainly have the skill and they certainly have the talent.”

Filed under: Authors • Inspiration • Jobs • Journalism • Justice • Law • Lawsuit • Media • Memoir
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