June 26th, 2012
08:14 PM ET

More evidence in Trayvon Martin case released by prosecutors

Florida prosecutors released new evidence today in the Trayvon Martin case that highlight several inconsistencies in George Zimmerman's account of the events that lead to him shooting the unarmed teen.

A detective who interviewed Zimmerman that night filed a report noting that while Zimmerman told police he was afraid of Trayvon Martin and wanted to avoid a confrontation, prompting his original 911 call before the incident, he voluntarily exited his vehicle and tried to pursue the unarmed teen.

Additionally, the report found that Zimmerman could have defused the situation somewhat if he initially identified himself as member of the Neighborhood Watch, and could have avoided it entirely had he stayed in his car like the 911 dispatcher requested at the time. Still, the detective didn't find enough evidence against Zimmerman to charge him that night, prompting his release.

Zimmerman, who is charged with second degree murder, maintains he shot Trayvon Martin in self defense during a physical altercation. OutFront to discuss are Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon Martin's family and CNN legal analyst Mark NeJame.

Filed under: Crime • News
June 26th, 2012
08:04 PM ET

NATO meets over Syria/Turkey situation; lots of talk, no action

A coalition has finally been formed against Syira... but in rhetoric only.

After Turkey called on NATO for assistance, NATO officially condemned – "in the strongest terms" – the downing of a Turkish fighter jet by Syria over the Mediterranean Sea in what Syria claimed was its airspace. Syria later fired at another Turkish plane involved in the rescue effort.

Article five of NATO's charter treaty clearly states: "An armed attack against one or more... shall be considered an attack against them all."

Is now the time for NATO to act? Erin is joined by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen to go over NATO's options.

Filed under: International • National Security • Syria
June 26th, 2012
07:46 PM ET

Man on trial for beating priest he claims abused him decades ago

A man who claims he was molested by a priest in the 1970s is now on trial himself for attacking and beating is alleged abuser.

Will Lynch says he and his younger brother were sexually abused by the Reverend Jerold Linder on a camping trip when they were just seven and four years old.

Is this justice? Our own Casey Wian is OutFront with the story.

Filed under: Crime • Law
June 26th, 2012
07:43 PM ET

Voter ID laws: necessary restrictions or partisan tools?

A top Republican in Pennsylvania is in hot water for a remark he made over the weekend claiming that the state's new voter ID law would allow Mitt Romney to win the state in November.

Rep. Mike Turzai, the state's House majority leader, made the comment during a meeting of the Republican State Committee, sparking a debate over the true purpose of voter ID laws. Proponents, almost exclusively Republican, claim that the laws cut down on voter fraud, while Democrats point to Turzai's remark as further evidence that these laws are intended to repress Democratic turnout.

Pennsylvania is just the latest state to sign some form of an ID bill into law, a trend that may be accelerating around the country. Here to discuss: John Avlon, Reihan Salam, and Roland Martin.

Filed under: Crime • Immigration • Law • Politics
June 26th, 2012
07:31 PM ET

Sen. Pat Toomey comes OutFront on Congressional inaction

Will Congress kick the can on making tough spending cuts again? Senator Pat Toomey (R – Pennsylvania) was a member of the Super Committee, whose failure last year set the stage for this years partisan showdown on spending and taxes, comes OutFront tonight to answer.

Filed under: Economy • Politics
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