Let me start off by warning you, I am not a big fan of the canned programming that strings together stories that we've already seen. I much prefer live news broadcasts. Now, that I've got that out of my system, on with the post...and a slightly different approach tonight. Since all of these stories have aired previously, I'm going to provide you with mostly pictures and let you sound off in the comments.
Tonight's program was a special: Keeping Them Honest: Crime & Punishment
The first of five stories was Gary Tuchman's report from Rockville, Maryland about an alleged rapist that had the charges against him dropped because an interpreter was not available. The court spent two years looking for an interpreter and couldn't find one. CNN spent under three hours and found one just a few minutes away.
My favorite line of the night was from Gary Tuchman: "You need to know more than Vai to get by" referring to the alleged rapist being able to graduate from a Maryland high school.
Next was Kathleen Koch's report on a Harrison County Jail in Mississippi where there has been evidence of excessive force, beatings, and murder- not from the prisoners, but the guards.
Jeffrey Toobin pointed out that this jail has been looked at by the federal government, but it doesn't appear as though its curbed the violence.
The News Brief tonight was brought to us by Randi Kaye.
Then Randi Kaye's report on the violence and murder rate in New Orleans.
OK, this is just a gratuitous screen cap of Anderson.
The fourth report tonight was also from Randi Kaye. A 22 year old student was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Eastern Michigan University. The University buried the truth about her death and initially claimed "no foul play".
Finally, Dan Simon's report on the Portland, Oregon jail that's built and ready to house prisoners, except the county can't afford keep the new complex running.
This is the jail that has nice art work outside.
And now for something that you might not have seen before... have you ever checked out the cartoons posted to CNN.COM? This week there was a cartoon by Mike Mikula that depicted Anderson and the candidates at the YouTube debate. Below is a snippet from the cartoon:
That cute snowman keeps stealing the show! That's it for me tonight! Have a good weekend!