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December 12th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

What may have triggered the Hollywood gunman's rampage? Clinical psychologist explains

Over the weekend, more details began to emerge about Tyler Brehm, the gunman who opened random fire on drivers in Hollywood on Friday morning and was subsequently killed by police after injuring two men.

Brehm recently underwent a bad breakup and was given pills from a woman who "he thought" was a pharmaceutical salesman, according to his ex-girlfriend, who spoke with CNN affiliate KTLA.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Gardere joins American Morning today to weigh in on how these factors may have influenced Brahm's rampage.

Filed under: Crime
November 14th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Penn State grad decries failure of leadership

Penn State graduate Thomas Day participated in Jerry Sandusky's Second Mile Foundation – and he had nothing but a positive experience in the program.  Like many in his community, he was shocked to learn that Sandusky was being accused of sexually abusing young boys, but the emerging scandal has left him disillusioned with the culture at Penn State.

Today on American Morning, Day tells Christine Romans that he believes that there's been a failure of leadership at Penn State, which is reflective of a similar failure of leadership in the country at large.

Filed under: Crime • Sports
November 7th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Penn State rocked by football sex scandal

Former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who served 23 years as defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions, has been charged with sexually abusing eight boys.  

Sandusky allegedly engaged in fondling, oral sex and anal sex with young boys over a period of more than 10 years, according to an investigative grand jury's summary of testimony. Penn State Athletic Director Timothy Curley and Gary Schultz, the university's senior vice president for finance and business, have resigned from the university after being accused of lying to the grand jury in a cover up.

Carol Costello speaks with New York Times contributor Mark Viera to discuss how the sex abuse scandal will affect this legendary collegiate football program.

Filed under: Crime
November 4th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

Jury deliberations begin in Conrad Murray Trial

The jury in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor begins deliberating Dr. Conrad Murray's late Friday morning. This comes after some emotional closing arguments were delivered Thursday.

Prosecutor David Walgren maintained that the evidence against Murray is "overwhelming" and "abundantly clear." Walgren reminded jurors that this trial isn't just about Michael Jackson – but about his children who will now grow up without a father. The defense argued that the trial was not a "reality show."

CNN legal analyst Paul Callan explains to Carol Costello why he believes the jury will reach a verdict quickly – and why Dr. Murray could be convicted.

Filed under: Crime
November 3rd, 2011
01:34 PM ET

Texas judge admits beating daughter in 2004 video – but will he face criminal charges?

A family court judge in Texas is facing a police investigation after a shocking video surfaced on YouTube showing him beating his then-teenage daughter. The judge, William Adams, is seen whipping his daughter with a belt and cursing at her for disobeying him. The full video lasts more than seven minutes. It was shot on a webcam seven years ago and was posted this last week by his daughter, Hilary.

Christine Romans and Carol Costello sit down with CNN legal contributor Paul Callan to discuss if this action was illegal – and what might potentially happen to the judge.

Filed under: Abuse • Crime
November 3rd, 2011
01:11 PM ET

Closing arguments in Michael Jackson death trial begin today – did the prosecution prove its case?

After six weeks of dramatic testimony, the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray is coming to an end. Jurors will hear closing arguments from the prosecution and defense Thursday. Deliberations on Dr. Conrad Murray's fate expected to begin late Thursday or Friday.

Carol Costello sits down with CNN legal contributor Paul Callan to discuss the key question: did the prosecution prove its case?

Filed under: Crime • Michael Jackson
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