AEG has long contended that they did not hire Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician convicted of administering the lethal dose of the anesthetic to Jackson. Instead, AEG has maintained that it was the king of pop that hired Murray. but in an e-mail the Jackson family attorneys are calling the smoking gun Co-CEO of AEG Live Paul Gongaware, allegedly pressured Murray into having Jackson ready for rehearsals despite his ailing health.
CNN has exclusively obtained Gongaware's videotaped deposition that was shown to the jury. Fmr. Jackson family attorney Debra Opri weighs in on his deposition on “Starting Point” this morning.
She considers this testimony fantastic for the Jackson family’s case. “In my opinion, he made a fool of himself and I think this was the sealing piece of testimony for the Jackson family who I've said from day one are going to win big in this case.”
Despite a fire, Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship heading to the Bahamas never lost power. Passengers Danielle Miller & Katie Coleman share the story on "Starting Point" this morning.
Rutgers University's newly hired athletic director, the one hired to clean up its scandal-ridden program, may have been guilty of the same type of abuses that got the school's men's head basketball coach, Mike Rice, fired in the first place. The university faced tough criticism in the days after a video surfaced of Rice being abusive towards players. Now Julie Hermann is under fire for similar conduct.
Kim Obiala played under Hermann for two years at the University of Tennessee. She's a member of the team that wrote a letter to Hermann in 1997 that mentioned the unbearable mental cruelty they suffered under her. They recently gave it to "The Star Ledger" in Newark, New Jersey. Obiala weighs in on the scandal “Starting Point” this morning.
Plaza Towers Elementary School was demolished in the storm Monday. Teachers Rhonda Crosswhite were Janice Brim put their lives at risk to protect the school children as the tornado struck the school.
The nightmare continues for friends and family of Travis Alexander now that the decision has been made to select a new jury for Jodi Arias. Close friend of Travis Alexander, Julie Christopher, weighs in on Arias and the ongoing legal drama. "I am extremely upset," Christopher says. "I think she's got what she wanted and that's what makes me so upset."
It's a wrap. Nischelle Turner has the details on this summer's blockbusters.
Zoraida Sambolin shares how she made her decision to have a double mastectomy.
Nine-year-old Emily Conatzer was killed when a tornado struck her school in Moore, OK on Monday. John Berman met with her parents yesterday, shortly after they planned their daughter’s funeral.
“She was a fashion diva,” Emily’s dad Christopher Conatzer says. “She was beautiful. She always twirled around and had little ballerina dresses and she loved Lady Gaga. That inspired her to be a fashion designer and she would make stuff like this hat for me and made her own skirt.”
Emily painted her mom’s nails blue the night before the tornado. “She had it all over the place and I had to clean it up," Kristi Conatzer says. "But now I don't want to take it off.”
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."
In just a few hours President Obama will deliver a major national security speech now that his administration is acknowledging that the U.S. killed four Americans in drone strikes. The admission was made in a letter to Congress on Wednesday. "We expect the president to announce new restrictions on how those controversial drone strikes can take place," Lothian says.