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July 17th, 2013
09:29 PM ET

Cleveland Kidnap survivors rebuild after captivity

Ariel Castro back in court.

The Cleveland kidnapping suspect entered a plea of not guilty today to an expanded 977 count indictment.

Standing with his head down and eyes closed the judge had to ask him several times to look up and acknowledge the charges against him which include 512 counts of kidnapping, 446 counts of rape, and 2 counts of aggravated murder among other crimes.

Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were held captive for a decade and now face a lengthy road to recovery as they reunite with their families.

Erin Burnett has the story.


Filed under: Cleveland Missing Women • Crime • Justice
July 17th, 2013
09:18 PM ET

Scrutiny intensifies over "Stand Your Ground"

Protesters are flooding the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott today demanding the repeal of the "Stand Your Ground" law.

The White House weighed in urging states to take a second look at the law and other similar laws across the country.

"I think the issues is, are they effective? Do they have unintended consequences? And it's the President's views that the goal should be here to reduce gun violence so that we have fewer tragic deaths as a result of gun violence," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Critics of "Stand Your Ground" say it leads to unfair bias against African-Americans, but a new case-by-case study paints a much more complicated picture.

Our John Zarrella has the story.

July 17th, 2013
09:02 PM ET

The influence of "Black Twitter"

From the very beginning, social media has been a major force behind the Trayvon Martin story.

The Secret Power Of Black Twitter

Especially on Twitter, where a movement called "Black Twitter" is taking over.

CNN's Don Lemon is OutFront with the story.


Filed under: Social Media • Trayvon Martin • Zimmerman Case
July 17th, 2013
08:55 PM ET

Columnist: Name the Zimmerman Jurors

Up til now – we have only heard from one of the six women who ultimately found George Zimmerman "not guilty.

Juror B57:

The public still don't know her name.The remaining 5 other jurors have so far decided to lay low and remain anonymous.

But, now that the trial is over, should their identities be revealed?

OutFront tonight: Beth Kassab, a columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, who writes for the sake of justice system, the jurors names should be released now.


Filed under: Trayvon Martin • Zimmerman Case
July 17th, 2013
08:37 PM ET

Sen. Graham: Boycott Olympics in Russia over Snowden case

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham caused quite a stir when he suggested the U.S. boycott the Russian Olympics next year if among other things, Moscow grants asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden:

Sen. Lindsey Graham on CNN's The Lead:

Graham: "Should we have gone to the Olympics in Berlin and give Hitler a propaganda."

Tapper: "You're not comparing"

Graham: "No, i'm not, but would you have the Olympics in Iran? I don't think most people would. Is Russia Iran? No, but they're heading in that direction."

House Speaker John Boehner soundly rejected that suggestion:

"He is dead wrong." Boehner added, "why would we want to punish US athletes who have been training for 3 years to complete in the Olympics over a traitor who can't find a place to call home."

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributors and expectant parents Margaret Hoover and her partner in crime and life, John Avlon.


Filed under: News • NSA Leaker Edward Snowden • Politics
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