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November 30th, 2011
10:02 AM ET

Reagan shooter John Hinckley seeks freedom – Paul Callan weighs in

The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is seeking his freedom. Attorneys for John Hinckley will appear in court today.

Hinckley shot President Reagan six times on March 30th, 1981. He nearly died after one bullet landed just an inch from his heart.
Three others were injured in that shooting – including White House Press Secretary James Brady.

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity. You may remember that he planned to kill Reagan in order to impress actress Jodie Foster. But Hinckley's doctors now say his mental problems are in remission.

This morning on American Morning, CNN legal analyst Paul Callan explains whether his request to live outside a mental facility could be granted.

Filed under: Law
September 28th, 2011
09:23 AM ET

Students arrested for paying undergrad to take S.A.T. for them – district attorney in the case explains

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Tuesday that seven students have been arrested, all current or former Great Neck North High School students, for their roles in an SAT cheating ring in which they paid a college student thousands of dollars to impersonate them and take the test.

The investigation into the cheating ring began after teachers heard rumors about the students paying a third party to take the test for them. Now the case is being investigated at Great Neck High School and other schools in the area to find out just how widespread this scam may be.

Katheleen Rice, who is leading the investigation, talks to Carol Costello on American Morning today about how the students were caught and how they were able to pull off the scam.

Filed under: Education • Law
September 14th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

George, Cindy Anthony give first interview since Casey's acquittal

George and Cindy Anthony gave their first interview to Dr. Phil since their daughter Casey's acquittal in the murder case of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The first part of the three-part interview aired Tuesday on "Dr. Phil".

In the interview, Cindy Anthony told Dr. Phil she believes her daughter suffers from some sort of hormonal illness or brain tumor.

CNN Legal Contributor Paul Callan talks to American Morning about the Anthonys' talkshow appearance.

Filed under: Casey Anthony • Law
August 15th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Appeals court says government can't force you to buy insurance – will health care reform go to the Supreme Court?

Washington (CNN) - A federal appeals court has tossed out key provisions of the sweeping health care reform bill championed by President Obama, setting up a likely election-year showdown at the Supreme Court over the landmark legislation.

A 2-1 panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Friday found that the law's "individual mandate" section - requiring nearly all Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face financial penalties - was an improper exercise of federal authority.

On American Morning this morning, CNN legal contributor Paul Callan talks with Alina Cho and Carol Costello on the legal implications of this decision and whether the case is headed to the Supreme Court.

Filed under: Health care • Law
June 17th, 2011
10:13 AM ET

Casey Anthony defense: Forensic evidence the focus of day one

Casey Anthony's defense team began presenting its case on Thursday, calling their first witnesses to the stand and attempting to promote their proposed theory that Casey was the victim of sexual abuse.

Former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin talks with AM this morning about the defense's case and the strong public interest in the trial.

Filed under: Casey Anthony • Casey Anthony trial • Law
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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