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see you tomorrow morning. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. morning, carol. >> i don't know what you're talking about, but it sounded funny. >> it was deep, carol. very deep. >> i'm sure, i'm sure it was. thanks, guys. have a great day. >> you, too. happening now in the "newsroom." stifling heat and no water. >> there is sweat on just about every inch of my body. pretty gross. maryland sizzle and 200,000 lose water service for days. also, florida stand your ground law under fire. >> separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation's attention, it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods. and juror b-37 takes some heat. >> i believe he played a huge
role in his death. he could, he could have, when george confronted him and he could have walked away and gone home. he didn't have to do whatever he did and come back and be in a fight. >> her fellow jurors say b-37's opinions are her own. plus, accused boston balm a "rolling stone" why? enter sandman. a yankee gets star treatment at the home of the mets great rivera tops this. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." good morning, thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello. a self-defense law on the books
in several states and now attorney general eric holder takes aim at the stand your ground laws. he wants them gone. >> take a look at laws that do more than they prevent. >> in florida people can use deadly force if attacked in or outside of their homes. and eric holder is not alone in fighting for its elimination. those stand your ground laws have just one of the reasons that these people converged on the governor's office in florida. that defense wasn't used in the george zimmerman criminal case but that verdict that is fueling the outrage. dan lothian starts out our coverage live from washington. good morning, dan. >> good morning, carol. this is the most extensive comment from the top member of the obama administration in the wake of the zimmerman verdict. the attorney general coming out very strong on this. telling his own personal story,
but also condemning stand your ground saying that these kinds of laws allow and might even encourage violent situations to escalate. >> when do we want it! >> reporter: demonstrations against george zimmerman's not guilty verdict continued across the country, attorney general eric holder for the first time took aim at stand your ground laws. >> it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and show dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods. >> reporter: speaking to the naacp in orlando, this first african-american general also got personal, revealing his own experience with racial profiling as a young, black man. >> but i was stopped by a police officer while simply running to catch a movie at night in georgetown in washington, d.c. i was, at the time of that last incident, a federal prosecutor. >> reporter: now his justice department is under pressure to bring criminal civil rights charges against zimmerman.
more than a million people have signed a petition on the naacp website. a federal investigation was opened last year and holder says his department will continue to review evidence from the fbi and the florida criminal trial. meantime, reverend al sharpton is calling for vigils around the country this weekend. >> i think the president has made a statement. we don't need consolation, we need legislation and we need some federal prosecution. >> reporter: white house spokesman jay carney said the president acknowledges passions are running high. >> he echoes the call for calm reflection that trayvon martin's parents made in the wake of the verdict. >> now, the president obama did a round of interviews yesterday with spanish language television stations and while he talked about immigration and other topics, the issue of the zimmerman trial did not come up. carol? >> dan lothian reporting live
from the white house. in just a few minutes, we'll talk to the florida state representative dennis what does he think about all the controversy surrounding the law? he'll talk about that coming up. four days after george zimmerman was acquitted, we're hearing from some other jurors who returned that not guilty verdict. they're distancing themselves from juror b-37. the unidentified woman who spoke exclusively to cnn's anderson cooper. apparently those other jurors don't appreciate the renewed scrutiny or her version of the events. here's the statement from four of her five fellow jurors. "we, the undersigned jurors, understand there is a great deal of interest in this case but ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this kind of attention to our lives. we also wish to point out that the opinions of juror b-37 expressed on the anderson cooper show were her own and not in any
way representative of the jurors listed below." now the jurors identified themselves only by their jury pool numbers and not by name. here's a sampling of cnn's exclusive interview. >> i feel bad that we can't give them the verdict that they wanted. but legally we could not do that. >> do you think trayvon martin played a role in his own death? this wasn't just something that happened to him. this is something that he also -- >> i believe he played a huge role in his death. he could have, when george confronted him and he could have walked away and gone home. he didn't have to do whatever he did and come back and be in a fight. >> we will hear more from that juror and the exclusive cnn interview in just about 30 minutes. of course, that's at the bottom of the hour. the magazine is an icon in the music industry. so is "rolling stone" giving the
rock star treatment to an accused terrorist? "rolling stone" facing an online firestorm for this cover boy shot of dzhokhar tsarnaev. he is accused of carrying out the boston marathon bombing. who knew "rolling stone" was the magazine for cover boys. and then this tweet from boston radio host john dennis. he asks, was "rolling stone" unable to find a picture of hitler looking like a rock star? from the world of facebook lindsay williamson says "what a slap in the face to the city of boston and the marathon bombing victims." the other brother in the attack was tied to a triple murder. tamerlan tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police.
people who knew the men killed are asking why they didn't focus on tsarnaev at the time and if that could have prevented the boston bombings. >> reporter: john ala enstill remembers tamerlan tsarnaev's reaction when he remembered his friend was viciously murdered. >> he laughed it off saying, you know, that brandon probably got what he deserved. making bad choices that those were the repercussions he had to face. >> reporter: he was never interviewed by state troopers in connection with his friend's murder or the murder of the other two victims. but allen and others we spoke with question whether it was an a effective smoke screen distracting investigators from interviewing people who could have put tamerlan tsarnaev squarely on the radar. did tamerlan tell you that police came to speak to him about what he knew about brandon and the drugs and about anything? >> no.
i mean, around here we call it nhi. >> reporter: which is? >> no humans involved. >> reporter: which means? >> there were three drug dealers that were murdered over drugs and money. >> reporter: that at least was the perception. even though only one of the three victims had drug-related charges. but four months after those murders, tsarnaev left boston and traveled to dagstone where it's believed he became radicalized. they question whether the outcome could have been different if investigators had reached tsarnaev in the first place. jamal saw brendan a few times a week. he owns the diner where he often a ate. he said police never questioned him and never told them about a meeting weeks before the murders. >> act aed different and they were all like nervous. at that time he was really
serious and he wasn't himself. >> reporter: neither was eric weisman co-owner of hitman glass. a high-end company. journalist bobby black believes too many solid leads weren't followed. >> anyone who knew eric would know that he was in no way some kind of dangerous drug dealer. he was a college age kid who, you know -- >> they didn't take the money, they didn't take the drugs. >> the police writing it off as that early on may be the reason why they didn't. >> reporter: this is still very much an active investigation. a source intimately familiar with the killings defends how the case was handled saying that state and local police acted professionally and according to protocol. deborah feyerick, cnn, massachusetts. >> i'm going to tell you the obvious now, temperatures are soaring across the nation. the northeast is really sweltering. highs over 90 degrees, but combine that with humidity and
it feels like a suffocating 110 degrees in some places. making it worse, about 100,000 people in the d.c. area will not have water for up to five days because of a broken water main. that means no cool showers, no flushing toilets, no tap water. cnn meteorologist indra petersons is live in times square. okay, that sounds awful. >> yeah, i like your ugh, that's exactly what it's like. we were up at 2:00, 3:00 this morning and 80 degrees with 70% humidity. here's the problem, not just the hot, humid air, but actually the deadliest killer and large metropolitan cities affected. we're talking southern new england and today it's spreading further west. ohio valley and the midwest and even minneapolis, minnesota, dealing with what feels like 105 degrees. it's very dangerous and people
underestimate it. they stay out of the peak summer temperatures in the afternoon and drink plenty of fluids. >> thanks so much. 11 minutes past the hour. let's check our top stories. 83 survivors of the asiana crash in san francisco are pursuing legal action against boeing. attorneys say they also plan to sue asiana airlines and possibly manufacturers of parts of the plane. three people died as a result of the crash and more than 180 people were injured. so far the investigation into the cause of the crash has focused on pilot air aer. in politics, some fellow republicans are blasting dick cheney's daughter for announcing she will run for the senate in wyoming. 46-year-old liz cheney will be up against mike enzi next year. he has held that seat since 1997. other republicans call her move bad form. and say cheney can not get elected. senator lindsey graham says president obama should consider boycotting the 2014 winter
olympics in russia, if russia gives asylum to snowden. leaking info on secret surveillance programs. graham told thehill.com i would send them the most unequivocal signal i could send them. other republicans call that a bad idea. jay carney said the snowden situation should not call long-term problems for u.s./russian relations. a russian lawyer helping snowden said he will leave the moscow airport in the next few days and his situation could actually be resolved within a week. he officially applied for temporary asylum in russia after being holed up in the airport for three weeks but today russian president vladimir putin said ties between the united states and russia are far more important than any intelligence scandal. cnn's phil black joins us from moscow with more.
good morning, phil. >> carol, good morning. yes, so, edward snowden's lawyer said it is possible he could be walking out of this airport facility behind me within a matter of days. after some three weeks here, delight edward snowden but upset the united states. that is possible because now his temporary asylum application is in, he becomes eligible for a short term official status that allows him to enter russia formally and allow him to wait here while that apalicatiplicat ruled upon. that process could take months but his lawyers predicts days, if weeks. what edward snowden is planning to do once he enters russia formally a, this is what he said. >> translator: as far as i know, he's planning to stay in russia. i gave him a russian grammar book when i met him and he was very happy and said it is the
first present he received in russia. >> reporter: so, if his application is successful, it would give snowden the right to stay in this country for at least a year. he could apply then to stay longer and grant him all the same rights as a russian citizen. his lawyer says as part of his application, he's promising to live up to that condition set by russia's president, which is he would have to stop what he's been doing. he would have to stop leaking information, stop criticizing surveillance programs. >> we'll see, phil black reporting live this morning. thanks so much. in money news, another wild ride on wall street today. ben bernanke is speaking on capitol hill, actually, he spoke, he'll speak in just about an hour. he's expected to tell lawmakers that the american economy is growing despite "strong head winds." alison kosik is on the floor of the new york stock exchange following the story. so, what might this mean? >> well, first of all, to give you an idea of why ben bernanke
is on capitol hill. this is the usual twice a year temperature check that congress likes to take on the feds. so, we've already learned a little bit of what the fed chief is going to say, his prepared remarks were released early which, by the way, isn't usual that these remarks are released early because it is giving members of the financial services committee to look at what he's going to talk about and formulate what they want to ask him. what we learned so far in his prepared remarks is that the economic recovery continues at a moderate pace. the labor market is improving, but far from satisfactory. one thing that wall street is looking for is talk about that stimulus. so, he also says that the fed does intend to continue that stimulus. so, what you're going to be seeing today is wall street really focusing on washington today. we've already seen a bit of a reaction in the premarket. stocks look like they'll open a bit higher based on these prereleased remarks that he made. investigators are also looking over some new housing data,
actually down beat housing data and also looking at upbeat earnings report from bank of america. i will have more on all of this coming up when the opening bell rings in about 20 minutes. carol? >> sure will. alison kosik, thanks so much. wt a moment last night. the major league all-star game in new york. bottom of the eighth a inning. the american league up 3-0. yeah, enter sandman future hall of famer mariano rivera entered the game to standing ovation from fans and from players from both teams. rivera who is retiring after this season called the moment special and priceless and in typical form he pitched a 1, 2, 3 inning and was named the game's most valuable player. the american league won the game 3-0 breaking a three-year losing streak thanks, i might say, to detroit. you know i had to get that in.
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20 minutes past the hour. time to check our top stories. the penalty retrial for jodi arias is set for september when a new jury will be selected to decide if arias will be sentenced to death or life in prison. on may 8th she was found guilty of murdering her ex-boyfriend, but the jury could not agree on life in prison or the deathe sentence. in louisiana authorities found the body of a missing 6-year-old girl. she had been missing since saturday. police charged the nephew of the after spotting him near the area with a knife. a man accused of trying to export money from paula dean has pleaded not guilty. he was arrested earlier this month, according to the fbi, he
e-mailed deen's lawyer threatening damaging information if deen did not pay him $250,000. he contacted deen's lawyer. watch a commercial first. at least that's what a boston-based company is hoping you'll do. the start up will allow customers to pay for data use in exchange for watching ads, taking surveys or otherwise devoting time to an aed avedver. they can use credit imagine or use them when they hit limits for storage units. deep beneath bags of sugar missile parts and jets. we're getting a closer look on what was aboard that ship heading from cuba to north korea. we know it's your videoconference of the day. hi! hi, buddy!
wasn't oatmeal. that ship was heading from cuba to north korea and it is still in limbo this morning. that's after a violent confrontation with the crew and the discovery of enormous missiles tucked under 10,000 tons of the aforementioned brown sugar. cnn's may lee is at the port in panama, right? take it away. >> that's right. that's right, carol. i'm here where the ship right behind me, if you can see over my shoulder, that is the north korean vessel that was seized a few days ago by panamanian officials. as you mentioned, when they boarded the ship, they uncovered hidden weaponry. missile parts and some airplane parts, engines and so on. right now what's happening is they're continuing to investigate. they're continuing to search the ship because what we found is that they have only searched one cargo area of the ship.
four more areas that they need to go through. imagine the type of labor they have to put in to be able to unload everything and then try to search each and every one of those cargo holds. so, it's probably going to take some time before they know how much is actually on this ship. carol? >> so, do we know the connection that cuba, the cuba/north korea connection and what that was about? >> that's still a mystery. and this is what is so fascinating about this story is that you know, as a lot of us know, cuba has been trying to soften relationships with the u.s. to a certain extent. so, it's very odd. i think everyone is finding it very odd that cuba is all of a sudden shipping weapons to north korea to apparently get repaired. but wee sti're still uncovering stories that we still need to find the answers to. >> may lee live from the port of panama this morning. thanks so much. just ahead in the "newsroom"
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choked with emotion and overwhelmed by the pressure. the juror in the george zimmerman murder trial said plenty of tears were shed and soon ignited nationwide protests. here's more from that juror's exclusive interview with anderson cooper. >> did you cry in that jury room? >> i cried after the verdict. i didn't cry out when they were reading the verdict out in the jury room because we were all crying before we went in. and then -- >> what do you mean you were crying before you went in? >> we were in a separate room when the foreman handed the bailiff our verdict.
and then we were crying back there before we went into the jury room. they gave us about 20 minutes to try and get everything together. >> what do you think you were crying about? >> the pressure. the pressure of all of it. and everything just kind of came to a head because i kind of tried to keep everything out. emotionally out during the whole process. and then it just flooded in after it was done. >> but you want people to know and the reason you're speaking is you want people to know how seriously you took this. >> i do. i don't want people to think we didn't care about it and we didn't care about trayvon martin because we did. we are very sad that it happened to him. >> and you want his family to know that, as well? >> i do. and i feel bad that we can't give them the verdict that they wanted. but, legally, we could not do
that. >> do you think trayvon martin played a role in his own death. this wasn't just something that happened to him. this was something he also -- >> i believe he played a huge role in his death. he could, he could have -- when george confronted him and he could have walked away and gone home. he didn't have to do whatever he did and come back and be in a fight. >> and the other george felt th that, as well in. >> they did. as far as my perspective of it, they did. >> you think based on the testimony you heard, you believe that trayvon martin was the aggressor? >> i think the rules changed. i think, i think george got in a little bit too deep. which he shouldn't have been there. but trayvon decided that he wasn't going to let him scare him and get the one over up on him or something and i think
trayvon got mad and attacked him. >> you call george zimmerman george, do you feel like you know him? >> i do. i feel like i know everybody. >> you call trayvon, trayvon, as well. >> trayvon wasn't as well known by us because there wasn't as much said about him. all we really heard about trayvon was the phone call that he had and the evidence they had found on him. we basically had no information what kind of a boy trayvon was, what he did. we knew where he went to school and that was pretty much about it and he lived in miami. >> what would you say to trayvon martin's parents? >> i would say i'm terribly sorry for your loss. it's a tragedy. that's pretty much all i can say. because i don't, i didn't know
him. i felt their pain because of his death. >> what do you hope for george zimmerman now? >> i hope he gets some peace. because i'm sure he's going to be on slot for media for months at a time. i hope his family can live a normal life after a while. i don't know how he's ever going to do that. but i hope he can. he'll never forget, but i hope he can. >> okay, so, that juror's comments have raised a lot of eyebrows, including those of her fellow jurors. late last night four of the five other members of that panel sent this statement distancing themselves from this juror's public comment. "we the undersigned jurors understand there is a great deal of interest in this case. but we ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives.
and the opinions of juror b-37 expressed on the anderson cooper show were her own and not representative of the jurors listed below. the jurors identify themselves only by their jury pool numbers and not their names." tonya miller joining me here in atlanta with page pate. welcome to both of you. >> thank you. >> first of all, i thought it was striking that the other jurors felt the need to put out this public statement, is that unusual, page? >> this case is unusual. rarely do you have this much attention post-trial. not uncommon for a juror to want to talk about his or her experience and not uncommon for a lawyer to find out what they were thinking but uncommon for it to be broadcast to the world, like it is here. >> unclear what they are upset about, tonya. but you sort of read into it and it's like some of this juror b37 statements are riling them up for some reason. >> we don't know, right, because
they haven't told us. but what i think they're responding to is sort of this public reaction to juror b37 that she was incensensitive tows trayvon martin and identified so deeply with george zimmerman the man who actually shot and killed the teenager. normally you would expect to see people identifying and feeling sympathy for the victim. so, that's a little odd and i think that has struck people as being odd. >> something that juror said, she said she had no information what kind of boy trayvon martin was. >> look, it's hard enough for a jury like this given the racial makeup of the jury to relate to someone like trayvon martin. so, it is the state's job to make them relate to trayvon martin. talk about him as a kid. talk about his family. let them know who he was so they can put themselves in his shoes, as well as looking at it from george zimmerman's perspective. >> they knew he was 17 years old and they knew he was a skinny kid, they saw his body on the
autopsy table. they heard from his mother, but, still at least this juror seemed to assume the worst about trayvonmartin. >> i think that is what is rubbing people the wrong way about it. you try to humanize your victim throughout the trial. i think they did what they could. there are limits to that. you can't bring in a bunch of character witnesses to say how great the victim is because then the other side gets to bring in witnesses to say how bad the victim may have been. so, the state is limited to some extent in doing that. i agree with you, millions of people who saw this trial and identified completely with trayvon martin and viewed him as a victim and that's why they've taken to the streets in protests. >> wow, page pate, tanya miller, i'm sure you'll be back because it just gets stranger and stranger. just ahead in "newsroom" stand your ground. the controversial law raised in the shooting death of trayvon martin. one of the sponsors of that bill, that law will be here next, i promise. we'll be right back.
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florida stand your ground law, let's just say florida's self-defense statute is under heavy fire. in some circles it made florida a national joke. >> folks, this is a victory for the rule of law in that florida apparently no longer has rules or laws. stevie wonder has vowed to again never perform in florida until it repeals stand your ground and much more seriously attorney general eric holder called the law dangerous. >> separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation's attention, it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.
>> but florida is standing firm. with me now, florida state lawmaker representative dennis baxley co-founded stand your ground. thank you for being with us. >> thank you, carol. good to be with you. >> do you feel under attack? >> i don't think so. i think we're in a political debate and i it will continue to be a political debate. fascinating to me because we've been watching this case to see if stand your ground could be used and that concept that's in our self-defense simply was not used in this case. this is not a stand your ground case. this is a very simple case. >> true stand your ground wasn't used at trial, but certainly in the minds of jurors in the zimmerman case. in fact, anderson cooper talked about that with juror b37. let's listen to what she had to say. >> because of the heat of the moment and the stand your ground and he had a right to defend himself. if he felt threatened that his life was going to be taken away from him or he was going to have
bodily harm, he had a right. >> so, definitely was in the mind of jurors and you could argue that it very much came into play in the zimmerman case. >> well, i think we do want to empower law-abiding citizens to defend themselves from violent attack. we actually have a shared goal with our critics. we would like to see reduced number of victims of violent crime. and, unfortunately, i think this is a distraction and really attacking the statute is just some way of trying to bring some relief to the situation or we have an underlying problem. >> that juror said she took it into consideration and come to the conclusion that george zimmerman was not guilty. so, is it a distraction? >> well, i think it is, but this case was not decided based on the provisions of that stand your ground element. what's more important is we need to look at this case and see what is the nature of violence in our culture and where are we
and how do we get here and how do we get out of here? i don't think that helping people to keep themselves safe is anything more than a deterrent of violent crime. matter of fact, we've seen violent crime go down since this bill was passed in '05 and i think that we do need to continue to look at how young black men are being harmed. and, largely, it's drug violence and gang violence and this is really a distraction from how most young black men are being killed. i agree with the juror. very unfortunate and tragic event and it really would have been better if he had a right to be on the street. if he would have just kept walking home. he would have been fine. but this being irritated of somebody observing you and coming back and getting in a fight costs someone their life. and that is, that is tragic. that is truly tragic. >> you see how some people say, would say that you're blaming the victim in this case because, after all, trayvon martin is the one who's dead.
>> no, what we had is a violent incident. what happened is -- well, every individual has a right. this law would protect any person from the right of somebody attacking them. you know, if the scenario that some critics are playing was true that he had traced down an innocent child and shot them, he would be in prison. that's not what happened. there was an observation. clearly, the jury saw what happened is he returned and attacked and was the aggressor against mr. zimmerman. and that's the facts of the case. and they spent hours and hours and hours sorting that out. we have been waiting for this jury trial for them to sort out what happened. and that's what happened. we need to accept that as tragic as it is, that's what happened. >> we need to accept it and move on and not talk about it?
>> no, i think it's very healthy. i think one of the great things that can come out of this discussion is a much clearer understanding of what our self-defense law is and what it is not. and it does not allow you. there is nothing in this statute that allows you to pursue, confront and provoke other people. it allows you if you're a law-abiding citizen doing nothing wrong. >> i want to read the law to our viewers. a law says a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another." even the former police chief told said the phrase reasonably believes allows people to use deadly force in situations that are not warranted, like, perhaps, the zimmerman case. >> well, i don't share that characterization because it is a reasonable person standard.
just not what you reason. it is that any reasonable person could look at the facts of that circumstance and agree with you that you had every reason to believe that you were in harm's way. and i believe this case shows that. mr. zimmerman had seconds to decide if he wanted to continue to be pounded on the pavement or change tactic and stop this attack. and that's unfortunate that that is the way it ended. i'm very concerned about how it ever escalated to this kind of situation. and i'm deeply concerned about violence in our culture and how we can minimize the times that people resort to violence. >> representative dennis baxley, thank you for being with me this morning. i appreciate it. >> thank you. getting higher this morning getting encouragement from the fed chief, but can the good news last? we're live from the new york stock exchange, next.
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they do show is the fed will continue to keep the stimulus flowing for now before starting to scale it back. that is keeping stocks a little bit in the green. bernanke also expected to say risks to the economy have gone down since the fall and both the housing and the labor market are improving but that the jobs market is still far from satisfactory. have got to mention his term, by the way, is up at the end of the year, carol,o this will be bernanke's final grill on the hill. >> it rhymes. >> okay. i'm a poet and i know it. >> i didn't know it. thank you, alison. we'll be right back.
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case that's got on the the nation's attention, it's time to question laws that senselessly expand laws that affect self-defense and so dangerous a concept in our neighborhoods. and juror b-37 takes some heat. >> i played he played a huge role. when george confronted him, he could have walked away and gone home. he didn't have do whatever he did and come back and be in a fight. >> her fellow jurors say b-37's opinions are her own. plus, accused boston bomber a dreamy cover on "rolling stone?" why? the great mariano rivera delivers. >> i top this over the world series. >> here live in the cnn
newsroom. good morning. thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. versions of "stand your ground" in books around the country but if jurors had their way, those laws would be gone. >> we must stand our ground to ensure the laws reduce violence and take a look at laws that contribute to more violence than they prevent. >> in florida yordsnary people can use deadly force if attacked in or outside of their homes, and the attorney general is not alone in his fight against that law. those stand your ground laws is just one of the reasons that these people called the dream defenders converged on the governor's office in florida. they're pushing for lawmakers to create a trayvon martin civil rights act. victor, you're literally following the story. you're walking along with these
protesters. >> reporter: that's right, carol. it's more than just the former appeal of the stand your ground law in florida. the dream defenders, that's the first of three demands they have. they want the state to end war on children. they want to have an honest conversation about racial profiling. during th during that trial of george zimmerman, they thought there was a touching of profiling but they thought it should include racial profiling. there are about 15 of these dream defenders who stayed overnight but the number has increased throughout the morning as the video you saw yesterday. they got up to about 75. expect that number to get to about 100 or maybe 125 today as through social media the tales of their movement is flowing. this is a group of students, mostly students from schools across the country -- across the state, rather. so they're coming here during the day.
only about 15 of the leadership staying overnight. the governor, they're asking every day about 10:00 to speak with them. here's what will happen in the next few minutes, carol. they're sending in 59-year-old boy. his name is imam gabriel. his family wanted to have a party for him. e we're told he wanted to be here instead. he will lead this group and say i'd like to speak with the governor. the governor is not here because he's in pensacola, panama city. and then he will be there and say, we'll wait here as long as it states. the governor release add statement saying immediately following this, he called for 19 citizens to review the "stand your ground" law. need floridians heard it. they recommended that the law should not be overturned and governor scott agrees.
this group says they'll be there. >> they may be there a long time. they said, yeah, we can have a conversation about it but stand your ground had nothing do with the george zimmerman trial. it was only brought up afterward sniebd spoke with the directive zrekter ahmad about that. i said, is although it was part of the conversation, it was not part of the defense team. he sees it as what he's hoping will not lead to another trayvon martin, another george zimmerman situation, and while we have this conversation going, this is the time to address the law and have it reform or appeal -- their goal repealed. >> victor black well reporting live from tallahassee. thanks, victor. just ahead, prying open the jury room door. one juror speaks exclusively to cnn and raises eyebrows with
comments like this one. >> when you lay your head tonight on your pillow, in your heart, in your head, you're 100% convinced that george zimmerman in taking out his gun and pulling the trigger did nothing wrong. >> i'm 101% that he was -- that he should have done what he did except for the thing ths that h did before. >> meaning he shouldn't have gotten out of the car, he shouldn't have pursued trayvon martin, but in the final analysis, in the final struggle -- >> when the end came to the end. >> he was justified. >> he was justified in shooting trayvon martin. >> at the bottom of our hour more exclusive interview with juror b-37. why her blunt comments made her fellow jurors speak out said and, she doesn't speak for us. also a squeamish overlap of crime and pop culture. "rolling stone" magazine is an
icon in the music industry, so is it giving special treatment to a terrorist. there's a cover boy shot of doe-eye doe-ey doe-eyed dzhokhar tsarnaev. welcome. what do you say thb cover? >> i think it's fabulous. it think it's great way to depict the suspect or alleged bomber in this case simply because all we know about him at this point is that he did, according to all his friends, all other witnesses interviewed after this terrible event said that he was a well adjusted sort of good guy, good guy to hang out with, party with and so forth and think this is
journalistically accurate and responsible. >> get ready for a firestorm to go around. i'm going to read a few comments. this is from mo rocca. he's actually a cbs correspondent now. he said who knew "rolling stone" was the magazine for dreamboat cover list tail boys. here's another one from boston radio host john dennis. he asked was rolling stone rag unable to find a picture of hitler looking like a rock star? i mean can't you understand for the victims of this bombing that this would be disturbing? >> i can totally understand that. this is a very fresh incident. it's a fresh and tragic and terrible terrible incident but we have to remember a journalist's responsibility, responsibility of a magazine, is to portray the truth and the truth in this case is that, as i just said, that this guy was widely regarded as a well
adjusted guy. how does he go from well adjusted high school student, wrestler, buddy of everybody, to a suspect or a perpetrator in this event? i think that is a very important question. i think the "rolling stone" puts it there for us right on the cover of the magazine. >> some people might say the "rolling stone" is glorifying the image of this handsome young man because you know there are a number of young girls or women for some bizarre reason or twist are idolizing this guy. >> listen. in terms of the photo availability of dzhokhar tsarnaev. go ahead, carol. go ahead and look at the images and see what you can play with. "rolling stone" did not alter this image. it tookage image and placed it on the cover. i mean what i think is going on
here is a lot of the people who are upset out there are channeling a sense of responsibility, are wanting to attach horns or icon oegography that turns him into a devil. i think the evidence against him does that amply. so i'm perfectly evidence happy with tevidence presented today. >> i know "rolling stone" does fine journalism but it's known as a music magazine. what if it did have charlie manson on the cover. actually it did. >> "rolling stone" does an awful lot of long-ferm investigative jirnlism.
it's not just about justin bieber and rap and rock. it's about a lot of things. and so they can do this, okay? "rolling stone" can go ahead and do this. you know, that they kick up a firestorm, i thing, is proper. that's the role of magazines to calm the question how we view people who did terrible things, how we view society, how we view crimes. that's the point of a magazine, i'm sorry. but if people have to start to think a little more deeply about what dzhokhar tsarnaev was or is or how he's evolved, i don't think that's a bad thing. >> all right. eric wemple, appreciate your thoughts. thank you. >> appreciate you having me on. a spokesperson says snowden will leave the airport within the next few days. as you know he pleaded for
temporary asylum after being holed up at the airport for three weeks. but putin says tice between russia and america are far more important than a fugitive scandal. combine it with humidity and it feels like a suffocate 1g 10 degrees in some places. here's cnn meteorologist indra petersons petersons. >> reporter: this week alone the heat has taken the lives of 20 children left alone in hot cars and amid all of this heat, thousands of residents near washington, d.c., are waking up to a water shortage it's hot, number one, and i'm concerned about personal hygiene and i have babies in the house very crews shut down a major
water main for repairs last night. with temperatures reaching 100 degrees last night they're anxious for the water to get going. >> we expect it to be three to five days. >> reporter: and the scorching conditions aren't letting up along the eastern seaboard. at new york city thousands tried to stay cool at the major all-star game where temperatures soared into the 90s. hot spots popped up all over the city. that's hot. that's fun. that's 134 degrees of steaming concrete in my face. 96 degrees. ouch. >> temperatures in the 90s combined with humidity will make it feel like it's passing the 100-degree mark. >> there's sweat on just about every sense of the body so it's pretty gross. >> i love her comment. but i guess, indra, maybe the bright spot is the entire
country will be dealing with this soon. >> yeah. i mean that appears to be what's going on. we see the spread all the way each into the midwest. we're talking about major metropolitan cities here. southern new england and new york. we know that stands right here in it. now philadelphia, and not even ohio but minneapolis. can you imagine that? minneapolis 95 feeling like 100 degrees with the humidity. i feel like a broken record when i say please don't leave your children or pets in the car and yet we just reported, 20 people. in ten minutes you go from 80 to 100. we're starting at 95. you know what a death trap it is. >> it's happened to me, i know. it's nasty. indra petersons, thanks so much. coming up, how one woman's
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while florida's "stand your ground" law did not play a direct role in the george zimmerman case, it's playing a big role in another florida trial. melissa alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a jury convicted her of grag vaagd assault. she fired a gun into the air after fighting with her husband. the law would not allow her to use stand your ground. john zarrella explains why. >> reporter: in the wake of the george zimmerman verdict florida is about another case. her name, marissa alexander and now she's got high-profile supporters including jesse jackson who visited her inside jail tuesday. she was prous cuted by angela cory's office, the same office that handled george zimmerman's
case. unlike zimmerman, alexander is doing time. a lot of it. 20 years mandatory. and she didn't kill anyone. she says it was self-defense but last year alexander was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. >> he managed to get the door open and he strangled me. he put his hands around her neck. >> she's talking about her husband rico gray. she was in the bathroom when he came in. she made it to the garage, fired, striking the wall. during an interview with cnn -- >> what if you went around him and out the door. your life would have been easier. >> reporter: she feared for her life. i believe when he threatened to kill me, that's what he was going to do. >> reporter: but the court denied her prosecution.
her attorney said she had a legitimate self-defense claim based on the abuse of her spouse. he ultimately testified, quote, i begged and pleaded for my life when she had the gun. alexander's motion for bond pending appeal has been denied. >> john zarrella joins us now from miami. so is there any way she can get out on bond while she awaiting her appeal? >> yeah. you know, that's what they're trying to do. they just had the bond hearing last week, carol, and the judge said, no, you're staying in jail. there's no telling how long it's going to be before her appeal is actually heard by the appellate court in tallahassee. one florida congresswoman came out very strongly and said if ever there was a case when "stand your ground" should be applied, it was this one. but as we know, it was not. >> were the complicating factors
that it was a domestic and it seems that those cases are judged differently, and, two, both individuals in this case are alive. >> yeah. i talked to her trial attorney and he said there was never any doubt in his mind that they had a very, very strong case for stand your ground. bottom line they were shocked they were not allowed to use that. >> john zarrella, thank you so much. a year ago the cause to concordia ran aground. the latest on this cruise ship disaster next. sues related to m. by earning a degree in the field of counseling or psychology from capella university, you'll have the knowledge to make a difference in the lives of others. let's get started at capella.edu.
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and causes personal injury to the 150 passengers hurt in the accident. joining me by phone from italy is journalist barbie madieu. she's covering the trial. what was the first day like? >> it was very dramatic. they detailed how each of the 32 victims died, where they were found, whether they drowned, and whether they were wearing lifejackets which, as you know, it was a recollection of the event. there was a 5-year-old girl that lost her life, and those details brought back the reality of the disaster. it was a day of general housekeeping. for the 200 plaintiffs who are also being heard during this criminal trial. italy trials and criminal trials are heard in tandem.
the island is suing the kay tap for damages for causing the problems on the shore and the italian environment ministry who's seeking damages for the environmental disaster that was in the mediterranean. it was really day of lawyering, carol. >> how is the captain going to defend himself, like he abandoned ship and took one of the lifeboats. >> reporter: one of his lines of defense is there may have opinion 32 death bus there were survivors. he steered the ship so they could almost wok on the iraqs off the ship. he also said he wasn't -- he didn't abandon the ship, that in the chaos he was pushed off the ship. so one of the things his defense lawyers are really trying is
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sugar. they say they were going for repair. here's the rub. they're banned from importing or exporting magazines. rolling stone is giving the rock star treatment to a terrorist. they're facing an online fire starm for featuring this doe-eyed dzhokhar tsarnaev. the comedian and cbs correspondent mo rocca asked who knew "rolling stone" was the ma zone for dreamboat terrorist cover boys. should rename it tamil tiger beat. in florida, protesters think the "stand your ground" law should be eliminated. they plan to visit the governor's officer day to get
rid of it. i spoke to one who said there's not a problem withstand your ground. >> i think we want to empower law-abiding citizens to defend themselves from attack. we actually have a shared goal with our critics. we'd like to see a reduced number of victims of crime and unfortunately i think this is a distraction. >> attorney general eric holder is coming out and saying stand your ground laws is trying to fix something that was never broken. trayvon martin as you know is dead and one of the jurors who acquitted george zimmerman says george zimmerman was justified when he fire thad gun. here are more comments when she was interviewed by anderson cooper. >> george zimmerman did not testify but his testimony was brought in through the trial by
videotapes. how important were those videotapes to you? >> i don't really know because, i meerngs watching the tapes, there's always something in the back saying is it right, is it consiste consistent, but with all the phone calls and such, i think he told the truth. i'm sure there were some fabrications, enhancements, but i think pretty much it happened the way george said it happened. >> would you have liked to have heard zimmerman testify? would you have liked to have seen him on the stands so he could have been cross-examined? >> i don't think it would have been any different. i don't think he -- i think he
would have told the story the same way. >> you don't think it would have made any deference. i really don't. i don't. >> do you think if they had gone it into, opening statement, saying manslaughter, it might have made a difference in terms of the end result? >> it wouldn't have made a difference if they gave us the same paperwork they gave us. they gave us the laws and we went by the laws. that's how we found him innocent. they would have given us manslaughter and everything that was attached to it, it would have come out the exact same way. >> did the jurors -- did you all get along well? was there conflict? how was the deliberation process, being together this long? >> deliberation was -- it was tough. we all pretty much get along. it's hard sometimes to let over people, talk, you know, aet one time and then have somebody else talk instead of adding your comments to whatever they were
saying, trying to help figure out what we were trying to figure out. at times i thought we might have a hung jury because one of them said they were going to leave and we convinced them, no, you can't leave, you have to do this, you've been in it too long. >> they were going to leave for personal reasons. >> mm-hmm, mm-hmm. >> when you lie your head tonight on a pillow, in your heart and in your head, you are 100% convinced that george zimmerman in taking out his gun and pulling the trigger did nothing wrong. >> i'm 101 perce% that he was - he should have done what he did except for the things that he did before. >> he shouldn't have gotten out of the car. >> when the end came to the end.
>> he was justified. >> he was justified in shooting trayvon martin. >> we're also hearing from some of the other jurors who returned that not guilty verdict and they are backing away from the blunt words you just heard from juror b-37. here's the statement from four of her five fellow jurors, quote, we the undersigned jurors understand there's a great deal of interest in this case but we ask you to remember that we're not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives. we also wish to point out that the opinions of b-37 expressed on the anderson cooper stow were her own and were not anyny way representative of the jurors listed below. they only identified themselves by their jury pool numb weres and not by name. a young unarmed man man was shot and killed by a cop. we'll talk with the director about the movie and the striking similarities to the trayvon martin shooting.
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an unarmed young blackman was shot and killed by a police officer, an incident sharing similarities. oscar grant died new year's day 2009 after a shooting at a san francisco area trans station. now it's the basis of a new movie called fruitvale station, a documentary on how he died. a fight on a train and an officer who mistook his gun for a taser. >> get off the train now. >> put that phone down.
>> are you still on the train? we're still at fruitvale. >> why can't you tell me what's going on? what is the problem. >> what did he do? >> oh, my gosh. >> joining me now is the direct over fruitvale station ryan kugler. thank you so much for coming in. >> thank you so much for having me. >> we should say this young man's name. oscar grant. he died that night. in a nutshell, can you tell me what happened? >> yeah. oscar grant was a 22-year-old resident in the bay area. he was a father. he had a 4-year-old daughter. had a girlfriend, a family. he and his friends went to san francisco on a b.a.r.t. train to see new year's eve fireworks and on the way back there was an altercation on the train and he and his friends were pulled off the train and onto the platform at fruitvale and while he was
apprehended he was shot and killed by one of the police officers. >> he was unarmed. >> yes. >> why did the police officer say he shot him? >> he mistook his taser for a gun. >> that's why tragedies like this happen. in your mind is that it? is it that simple? oh it's not that simple, right? >> my prayers go out to trayvon, martin's family as well as the young families who are losing their liefs in this country which was rampant. it was never our intention to promote the film on the heels of this case but i think it speaks to the rapid factor of how often young people are dieing in this fashion and i think it is a
matter of perspective, you know what i mean? i think a lot of times it's a due human -- dehumanization factor. it's through any farrous means. >> that officer that night assumed that oscar's taser was a gun simply because he was black. >> no, no. i didn't say that. >> tell me why. >> what it was was about this man's life and the people that he mattered to, you know, and what their relationship was at the time and why his life mattered to them. so it's basically about those relationships and the human factor of his life and the people that are left behind when things like this happens. >> many people -- i don't know
if this is a pare let. you tell me. we heard a juror say it was trayvon martin's fault that night because he chose to turn and fight. if he had just gone home, nothing would have happened. are there similarities to how oscar died on that train platform? >> to be honest with you is the dissimilarities. there's one huge dissimilarity. the problem is this happened in front of people and they recorded it so it wasn't one person's word against a dead person. they made everybody witness to the footage. that was the biggest difference coupled with the fact that the person who took oscar's life was a law even forcement officer where with the police department it want. he had people there from the bay area there to film with. with trayvon, he had nobody to fill it. >> he had a lot of witnesses. trayvon had one, right?
george zimmerman. >> it's elementary. >> what do you want people to learn from the film? >> i'm not teaching -- >> films are about teaching, right? >> it's about humanity and relationships. so i hope people can recognize a little bit of the structured and be able to relate to him through that, you know, and i hope people can come away with it from a little perspective and why somebody like oscar has a lot in common. >> matter where the background is. >> ryan coogler, thank you so much. i know the film is opening here on friday and other parts. thank you so much for being here. appreciate it. we're still on royal baby watch.
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i have a lifetime of experience. so i know how important that is. i love that music for some reason, i don't know why. the world's still on pins and needles waiting for the newest addition to the british family. kate was due last saturday which means the baby is now four days late. not a very comfortable waiting game for an expectant mom but in this case it makes more time for bookies taking bets. let's bring in katy nichol. she's at buckingham palace. it could happen at any moment now. >> reporter: it could happen at any moment. it's red-hot moment.
everything is in place. the birthing wing is in place. there's just no baby at the moment. >> what is the royal birth plan? i need to know. >> it's actually quite simple. she's going have a natural birth, it will be in its own private wing. she gets her gynecologist on 24/7 call, assistant gynecologist, midwife. everything is in situ. as you say, she's now four days late. i can only imagine that she must be getting pretty, pretty uncomfortable. this isn't fun, this heat. people aren't sleeping at night. when you're carrying that much
weight, it's tough. >> the queen woekt be in the birth room, will he? >> no. the queen won't be in the birth room. the prince will be. there is some speculation that carol might be in the birthing room. she on call to be there. william, the modern father, hands-on father, he wants to be there and be part of it. >> anyone who shares a birthday with the royal baby gets a special gift. what is that? >> they get a very special gift. they're going to get a silver one pound coin. ours are gold but it's a limited edition. if you want to buy one, you can. if you're lucky enough to be born on the same day, you'll be sent one.
all right. let's head to washington. soon president obama will take his place behind that podium. he'll be talking mostly about richard cordray, who was finally the director of the consumer financial protection bureau. finally, i say. he was confirmed in a last-minute deal on tuesday but he's actually been running the agency for a very long time. of course, everybody is hoping president obama will address the george zimmerman case. we'll be watching and waiting. of course, we'll take you to washington then. 55 past the hour. time to check our top stories. the retrial of jodi arias will air in september. on may 8 arias was found guilty
of murdering her boyfriend but the jury couldn't agree on the sentence. thomas george paculis was arrested earlier this month. according to the fbi he e-mailed dean's lawyer threatening to reveal true and daming information if deen didn't pay him $250,000. what a moment last night at the major league all-star game in new york. bottom of the eighth inning, the american league up 3-0, and then this. oh, an emotional moment. future hall of famer mariano rivera got a standing "o" from both teams. he's retiring this season. he called the moment priceless.
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hello, everyone. we want to start you off this hour with some quick headlines. arieliriel castro back in court. he's being arraigned on an expanded 977 charges for kidnapping and raping three women in his home for more than a decade. 648 new charges were added on friday to the existing 329 charges against him. i was incorrect. that is a live shot there. we have not seen ariel castro brought into the courtroom