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October 4th, 2011
10:26 AM ET

Family and friends eager to welcome Amanda Knox home after she is cleared of charges

Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were freed on Monday after four years in prison when an Italian appeals court cleared them of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Amanda is on her way home to Seattle, Washington today. She says the first thing she wants to do is lay down in a grassy field.

Tom Wright, a friend of the Knox family and founder of "Friends of Amanda Knox" talks about what it was like to hear the verdict yesterday.

Filed under: Amanda Knox • Justice
October 3rd, 2011
10:22 AM ET

Amanda Knox gives her final statements in court – could she be set free today?

Amanda Knox, the American student accused of murder in Italy, is waiting anxiously today to find out whether she will be set free or go back to prison. Knox is hoping her murder conviction will be overturned on appeal. She made her case to jurors this morning, and now it's a nail-biting high-stakes waiting game.

"The accusations are completely unjust and without any foundation," Knox told the jury. "I am paying with my life for a crime I didn't commit."

There are plenty of subtle differences between the appeals process in Italy and the United States. And there are several options available to the Amanda Knox jury, up to and including a complete acquittal.

This morning on American Morning, CNN legal contributor Paul Callan talks about the possible outcomes Knox faces today.

Filed under: Amanda Knox • Justice
September 30th, 2011
05:11 PM ET

Legal Update: Was Conrad Murray attempting a cover up?

Day three of testimony in the manslaughter trial of former Michael Jackson doctor Conrad Murray.

Most of the testimony in the Conrad Murray trial on Thursday was by security guard Alberto Alvarez, an eyewitness to Murray's frantic attempts to revive the singer in his bedroom. Alvarez recounts Murray tell him to wrap up the drug vials around Jackson's death bed before a call we even made to 9-1-1. 

Legal analyst Paul Callan gives American Morning wraps up the week in the court room.

Filed under: Justice • Michael Jackson
September 29th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Conrad Murray's behavior called into question on the second day of his trial

On day two of the Conrad Murray trial, the jury heard testimony from witnesses who recounted what allegedly happened on the day that Michael Jackson died.  Michael's personal assistant and Faheem Muhammed, his head of security, were called to the stand, as well as employees of AEG Live, the company that was promoting his attempted comeback tour.

Muhammed described the chaotic scene he discovered when he entered Michael's bedroom that day, saying that Jackson appeared dead when he arrived. He also told the jury about seeing Michael's children outside of his bedroom door while Dr. Murray tried it resuscitate him.

Today on American Morning, Paul Callan discusses the trial and how the prosecution has attempted to conduct their case so far.

Filed under: Justice
September 28th, 2011
09:17 AM ET

Callan: 'Good Samaritan' defense could be key in Conrad Murray trial

The trial against Dr. Conrad Murray began yesterday and the defense wasted no time, laying out a theory that singer Michael Jackson – in a desperate attempt to sleep – downed a lethal dose of Propofol. 

The prosecution on the other hand, played a disturbing audio tape for the jury of Michael slurring his words and almsot inaudible. The chilling tape, which is said to be recorded by Conrad Murray, had to be played twice in the courtroom so the jury could try and understand what was being said.

Paul Callan discusses the first day of the trial with American Morning, and how he believes a 'Good Samaritan' argument could be the key to Murray's defense.

Filed under: Justice
June 15th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

Casey Anthony prosecution wraps up its case

The prosecution's case in the trial of Casey Anthony is wrapping up. On Tuesday, the prosecution brought the tattoo artist responsible for tattooing "Bella Vita" on Anthony's back to the stand; Anthony got the tattoo in the days her daughter, Caylee, was missing. The witness could be the prosecution's last before the defense argues its case. Also on the stand Tuesday was Casey's mother who appeared to mouth "I love you" to her daughter.

The defense team's argument is expected to begin Thursday and to last no longer than two weeks. There is a possibility that Casey Anthony could take the stand during that time. Legal Contributor Sunny Hostin says the defense will need Anthony's testimony in order to bolster its case.

Hostin discusses the case's developments and looks ahead to the defense team's upcoming argument.

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Filed under: Justice • Law • U.S.
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