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May 5th, 2014
09:27 PM ET

Texas judge under fire for 45-day rape sentence, implying victim was promiscuous

A Texas judge is under fire for sentencing an admitted rapist to just 45 days in jail and five years probation after he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old classmate.

Judge under fire for rape sentence, implying victim was promiscuous

The controversial ruling came to light after Judge Jeanine Howard told The Dallas Morning News the victim in the case "wasn't the victim she claimed to be" and, after reviewing the girl's medical records, implied she was promiscuous.

Howard, who has recused herself from the case, also said 20-year-old Sir Young "is not your typical sex offender," after he confessed to raping the girl when he was an 18-year-old high school student.

What is more outrageous - the sentence or the judge's statements?

CNN's Jean Casarez and Dallas district attorney Craig Watkins discuss the case.


Filed under: Crime • Justice
May 5th, 2014
09:18 PM ET

America split on forcing Donald Sterling to sell Clippers

Should Donald Sterling be forced to sell his team – The Los Angeles Clippers?

According to a CNN / ORC Poll – Americans are split.

60% of NBA fans said yes, but when it comes to the public at large - just 41% said yes.

So is it about race?  Or could it be the fact that some see this as an invasion when it comes to a person's right to say what they want in the privacy of their own home?

CNN's Don Lemon, Media Analyst Steve Adubato and CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin discuss OutFront.


Filed under: CNN Poll • News • Sterling remarks
May 5th, 2014
09:04 PM ET

Source: Nigeria first lady believed kidnapping was a 'hoax,' to make husband look bad

CNN's Erin Burnett has traveled to Nigeria to cover both its positive stories – it has one of the fastest growing economies on earth- and its negative ones.

One of the stories Burnett covered was that of Abdul Farouk Mutallab, the underwear bomber. He was from the Muslim-dominated northern part of Nigeria where Boko Haram operates.

'I will sell them,' Boko Haram leader says of kidnapped Nigerian girls

Since then, Boko Haram has only gotten stronger, more ambitious. Burnett explains why we should care.


Filed under: International • News • Nigeria abducted girls • Terrorism
May 5th, 2014
08:30 PM ET

New details in massive meat recall: Affair at meat plant under investigation

(CNN) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that it's investigating "personnel issues" at a California slaughterhouse after an exclusive CNN investigation detailed how officials believe Rancho Feeding Corporation triggered one of the biggest meat recalls in years.

Federal investigators believe that Rancho processed cancerous cows when government inspectors weren't there, triggering a massive recall of nearly 9 million pounds of meat and a criminal investigation, according to sources familiar with the probe.

And in the plant where it all went down, a government inspector and a Rancho foreman were involved in an inappropriate romance, according to documents obtained by CNN.

How 9M pounds of bad meat got in food supply

A USDA spokesman told CNN the department "is conducting a thorough investigation into personnel issues related to this case. We are not permitted to discuss the details of the case at this time as doing so could jeopardize the ongoing investigation."

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Filed under: Animals • Food • News
May 5th, 2014
04:45 PM ET

Politician freaks out over 'blah blah blah'

Have you ever been caught scribbling on your notepad while listening to an important speaker?

One reporter was called out for just that - and it was just the beginning.

CNN's Jeanne Moos has the story.


Filed under: Jeanne Moos • News • Politics
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