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had ello, everyone, i'm john berman in for ashleigh banfield. we start in florida. the blast shot 20-gallon propane tanks into the air. one nearby resident said it felt
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like there were bombs going on. adriana hauser is live for us. do officials now how it all started? >> reporter: they're starting to have an idea what could have possibly caused this massive fire that began with a series of explosions here in tavares, florida. we know there were no fatalities as a result of had explosion. authorities are calling this a miracle and a blessen, given the huge fire and the series of explosions that took place here last night around 11:00 p.m. authorities say the focus now is the investigation. there is no conclusion yet, but they're starting to believe, john, the cause could have been equipment failure or human error. we won't know for sure until the investigation is concluded, but that is what authorities hear are starting to believe.
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let's take a listen. we had an opportunity to listen to the fire chief of tavares. >> we don't think that there was any act of sabotage or anything like that. we honestly think it was probably an equipment failure with a combination of maybe human error from one of the staff. >> reporter: john, eight people were injured, some of them were flown to local hospitals. we don't know the extent of their injuries. we also know there were 24 employees inside the plant at the moment of the explosion. the fire chief also said these employees were actively manipulating the cylinders. we had the opportunity to tour the facility and what we saw fortunately no longer in the fire, but we did see piles and piles of canisters of the 53,000 canisters that officials say
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were inside the plant at the moment of the explosion. some were scattered, some had obviously exploded, but you can see the debris as you approach. now we're waiting for the conclusion of this investigation, that it's involving not just local but also state officials and authorities, john. >> adriana hauser in florida for us. so dramatic to see those pictures. it could have been a lot, lot worse. thank you for the report. back here in new york, he's dropped to fourth place, but anthony weiner says he will not drop out of the race for mayor of new york city. this morning he joined other candidates to talk about small business issues. rosa flores joins us from new york. the question -- was he able to avoid the sex tinge scandal and keep the discussion on the issues? >> he always tries to start the conversation about, you know, hi
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message to the middle class, things like affordable housing, safer streets, and it always diverts somehow to the sexting scandal. he just can't avoid it. earlier today, sydney leathers, who is his online sexting partner had an interview with howard stern. in this exchange, she gave him a little timeline. the best way to describe it is it's just tmi, too much information about their sexting exchanges. while most is not fit for tv, not to television, we did find a small g-rated tidbit where she's talking to howard stern about anthony weiner sending her lewd photos of himself. >> i was flattered that he trusted me enough to send them in the moment, and also just completely baffled that someone
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so book smart could be so stupid in life. >> reporter: there's been one bombshell after another. he's been trying to separate himself from all the drama associated with his sexting spree. that's why he's been waking up early, staying up late, hitting the campaign trail. the candidates this morning talked about issues impacting food vendors, the mobile food trucks that sell hot dogs and pretzels in new york city. >> i say to my colleagues, there already are concessions for slenderers in the park. i happen to like the hot dog guy, buying the coffee because i don't want to dine in a fancy place. the difference is there's an manhattan ethos and outer borough ethos. >> it's heart not to chuckle when you hear him saying things like that. we've been keeping an eye out for huma, but she was spotted
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dining with hillary clinton's spokesperson. everywhere he goes, he's greeted with applause. it makes you think that's probably why -- >> greeted with applause, but no doubt everywhere he goes greeted by more questions and perhaps some snickers at well. rosa flores on the story for us. appreciate it. checking on the stories we're following. bob filner fighting accusations are sexual harassment says hess as going to get two weeks of intensive counseling next month, but he wants taxpayers to pay the expenses. city council meets today to decide what to do. the black in fp ripped the walls off the two houses next door. fire officials say it started when a contractor was lighting a hot water heater in the home which was being ren nated. in washington police have a suspect in custody in connection
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with vandalism any national cathedr cathedral. two areas were splattered with green paint. police are looking into whether the woman may have vandalized other areas. the judge in the bradley manning court-martial is expected to hand down the vertebra in about two hours. manning faces up to life in prison. and in arkansas, just some amazing video of a jailbreak. deputies were dealing with one inmate when the other jumped over the counter, crawled through the glass window and ran out the front door, there he goes. he's off. derek costill took off in a waiting car. you can see the officers going after him. authorities say he is considered armed and dangerous. stunning images. we know that reality tv seasonal always that real, but
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as we all know on "the real housewives of new jersey" it's all about money and meltdown. we could be on the verge of a epic meltdown. two stars on the show are allegedly in trouble for not playing fair with their very real money. they were in court this morning. michelle, there were just a few people there when they walked into court, right? . >> reporter: one or two or 50. you know, when they walked into federal court this morning and walked in to see the judge, they were very quiet, they sat right now. they didn't say much. the only thing they spoke to was to tell the judge they did understand the charges. basically this reality couple's
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real live is getting very real. >> reporter: a reality series that's famous for bringing the drama. a u.s. district has indicted them on charges. they're accused of exaggerating their income on a loan, then hiding their fortunes in a bankruptcy filing after the first season aired. the federal indiamond alleged that the giudices lied to the bankruptcy court, the irs, and a number of banks. up to 30 years in prison, and a million dollar fine if convicted. joe giudice was also charged with failure to filed tax returns between 2004 and 2008, a time when he earned nearly 1 million, adding to an already
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checkered legal past. >> we've been hearing rumblings for years, and it's all come to a hut with these latest charges. however, teresa's attorney told cnn she will plead not guilty. adding i am submitted to my family, which includes continuing my career. result, i am hopeful we will roe solve this as quickly as possible. with the show in its fifth season on bravo, teresa's future with the show is potential in jeopardy. >> you can't really shoot the level of glamour from behind bars. >> because this was an initial appearance, not an raiment, they -- there are some stipulations that the judge put on the giedices today.
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they were both released on a $500,000 unsecured appearance bond. they also had to surrender their passports. they are restricted to travel in new york and new jersey, and one interesting thing that came out of this, joe or giuseppe giudice is not a u.s. citizens. at the end of this, he did have to acknowledge the fact that he could possibly be deported back to italy. he's an italian citizen. the judge said he had the right to talk to the italian embassy throughout the process and consult with them. i did walk out with them in the middle of the media scrum. i asked them questions, how did they feel? they were tight-lipped. however, joe's attorney did answer a couple questions the i asked why didn't he take a plea in the other case? and he said simply because hess client is not guilty. back to you. >> a whole lot of reality.
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real-life michelle turner, great to see you there. >> an interesting case here, a laundry list of charges. if this couple is found guilty, this el do face a hefty sentence. mid win charms and -- hampton. how much jail time. could we be talking hooer? >> my goodness, they are looking at a totality of at least 55 years. that's if they're lucky. the problems is they were -- we all know that the irs, bankruptcy courts do not like it when people are not forthcoming. there are starts sitting in jail as a result of that. they run the gamut.
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so it does not look good for them, and if i were them, i would be trying to settle and work out an arrangement as soon as possible, if possible. how do you go about defending them? consider they're a very public couple 1234. >> they're claiming she was not employed. in 2009 she started the show. the whole world practically knows teresa was employed. i agree with mid win, talking about a plea would probably be a good idea. i think it's interesting that they have no, sir said yet. teresa's lawyer -- they have separate attorneys, which i think is a good idea. joe's lawyer hasn't spoken to the issue. perhaps joe will plead to some of these charges. >> look for some kind of deal.
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stay with us. we'll be talking again in a business. just ahead a father is sentenced to life for killing his 14-year-old stepdone and now he other son joshua young goes on trial for the same brutal beating that killed his stepbrother. we will have this tragic story, next. [ female announcer ] take skincare to the next level with new roc® multi correxion® 5 in 1 proven to hydrate dryness, illuminate dullness lift sagging diminish the look of dark spots and smooth the appearance of wrinkles high performance skincare™ only from roc®
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the death in louisville. this is joshua young. he's 17 now. he was 15 at the time, and he's charged with complicity to murder and complicity to tampering with evidence. the possible sentence he now faces is life in prison. opening statements are expected to start today. at first his father told police his son killed trey swigger with a baseball bat and then changed the story and said he acted alone. he said he killed in revenge. >> well, his mother aborted my kid. i tried to let it go. i couldn't.
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i didn't think it would be like this. i didn't think -- it's one murder. it's not like it was a bunch of murders. i never thought he would be persistent with it. you know, the she killed my kid. she knows how i am. we're even. >> that is chilling. joining me to talk about in mid win charles and heather hansen. they say that he led hess son astrayed. what kind of impact could that have on the jury? >> he was spending time with his foster parents and was doing well. when he got back with his father he stopped going to school and started doing drugs. i have a tough time with this
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case, because the only evidence against him is the father's words. you've heard, though chilling, the father's words have differed over and over again to how this murder happened until he ultimately confessed. this case is just a travesty. >> mid win, if you are the defense, what do you do to separate this son from this father? >> what i would do is focus on the son and build him up as a person, and get the jury to understand what kind of person this man is. he's a young person, and i think jury oftentimes feel several thinkic for a defendant who is really, really young. i found that tape to be shocking, saying he doesn't understand why people are so persistent that this is a murder. i think it's the best way to try this case.
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>> it was chilling to hear the father talk about that like that. joshua young is 17 years old right now. he was 15 when the murder was committed. his appearance, he does seem so incredibly young. that is what the jury will be looking at. a very young man, but how much of the father will they see in the trial? how much of that other image, heather, is likely to get into their heads? >> that's what the prosecution is going to have to do. plaintiffs a suppression hearing to keep out of the some of the statements of josh young. it would be interesting if he admitted to some participation, it will have a big impact. not only from the defense side, but the prosecution was saying he's his father's son. unfortunately that may sway the
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welcome back. this is an e-opening look at fraud and abuse. the rehab clinics get medicaid money for each addict, but over the past year an investigation by cnn and the center for investigative reporting have found a system riddled with fraud and poor oversight.
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we are talking about big, big money here. our investigative correspondent drew griffin is keeping them honest in part 1 of this series. >> mr. oluno, drew griffin with cnn, how russ? george oluna have -- in original california for the past six years, which is surprising, because for the past 11 years he's been on a list of people banned from billing medicaid. convicted the student loan fraud, he should never have been allowed to even open this clinic called gb medical. you seem to be at the center of fraud allegations here. >> no, no, no. >> reporter: have you been faking signatures on to sheets
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of paper and billing the state for the money? guess what else? he's facing felony criminal charges for ripping off the state, allegedly getting paid by taxpayers to rehab drug abusers who weren't even there. >> excuse me, sir, how can you bill the state for clients who don't exist? mr. ilouno? just one second, sir? we never saw ilouno again. the business here in southern california has been part of the largest medicaid program in the nation, paid for with federal and state dollars. a one-year investigation by cnn and the center for investigative reporting found the rehab portion of that program called drug med i-cal is rival with fraud, has operators who bill the government for made-up
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clients, and often get away with it. >> joy jarpus saw plenty of fraud in the nine years she spent as a supervisor. >> i believe that the word got out that there was easy money to be made in the outpatient drug-free system. >> how bad? is it. >> it was real bad. i left state service about three years ago, and we would have with you provider that would bill over a million that we believed was 100% -- >> and over and over, we found examples of fraud, not hidden fraud. this was happening in plain side. >> along with her mother and
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three sisters. it's against the law to pay -- miles said he paid her and other clients $5 each time they signed in for group counseling, all so he could charge med i-cal between $28 and $61 per signature. >> at first i didn't know what the legal -- i didn't know knowing about it. i just thought it was a thing you were supposed to get paid, until people were like, georgia, don't speak out loud about the money. >> reporter: what did she do with the money given to her? she bought drugs. >> we were just going to get the money to buy weed. so my whole thing is like they were paying us to get high. >> reporter: the day after our interview, the state charged ilouno and three of his embroilees with grand theft in connection with more than 2,000
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phony bills for rehab, dating back to 2009. he's pled not guilty, but record shows your tax dollars still paid him even after he was arrested. his attorney blames the building practices on counselor and employees who were not well supervised. the attorney says ilouno was a certified counselor himself who was allowed to bill medicaid. despied that the clinic voluntary shut down july 1st, without explanation. cnn and the center for investigative reporting reviewed thousands of records in california's drug med i-cal program. we analyzed patients billings, even watch clinics under cover. the result we found in the last two fiscal years half of the nearly $186 million better $94
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million, went to clinics showing question practices. case in point -- the man with the cigar, a convicted felon named alexander bergmann. >> bergmann was the organizer. this is the lead investigator for running a texas-based crime syndicate that staged car crashes, ripping off big insurance companies. >> he listed his occupation as a driver of. >> ferredman pled guilty to organized crime and was sentenced to seven years in a texas prison. he served just one year, was let out early for good behavior, and ended up in california. even though felons are barred from running drug med i-cal centers, ferredman opened a rehab clinic. taxpayer-funded drug rehab has been easy money for alexander
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ferredman. his california drug contract is now worth about $2 million a year. his salary, $180,000, even after a 2011 review by los angeles county found evidence of what it considers to be fraudulent practices at his bick, ferdman was allowed to expand. >> drew griffin with cnn, could i ask you some questions about your business? >> i really don't have time right now. >> reporter: can you explain, how can a guy with a record like you be operating a drug rehab clinic in california? you've been convicted of major car crash scheme in texas. >> i was convictioned, but it's not what it seems, second, whatever happened 50 engineering, what relevance does it have? >> reporter: does the county know about his record?
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>> they probably do. >> reporter: what happy, ferdman said, happened in texas should stay in texas. >> i chose a smaller sentence, because i could have a much worse, but there was no fraud and there was no record of it in any way. it's a very long story. >> it's a huge case in texas. >> that's what they tried to pursue it, but it wasn't what it seemed and what they said it was. >> reporter: could you tell me how you left texas and decided to come here to get into the business? >> i don't want to talk about it right now. >> with such apparent widespread falls, the former supervisor says it's not just taxpayers who are being cheated.
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>> i'm not the employees any more, but i'm a taxpayer that knows this is going on, and it angers me. and there's story after story after story about medicaid dollars being cut from people who need the services. >> reporter: that's our drew griffin reporting. this investigation is already getting attention. we have confirmed that alexander if. erdman is one of 16 operator temporarily suspended by the state of california, his clinic shut down last week. the investigation continues tonight as drew uncovers teens being labeled with fake addictions. each signature at the rehab equals taxpayer dollars, watch it tonight on ark 360, and you can reach out to the investigative unby going to a woman in kentucky could get the death penalty. her wife could be sent to jail
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today in kentucky a landmark gale for gay rights will be frond and central. it's up to a judge to decide if a woman will be forced to testify against her wife in an upcoming murder trial. john zarrella explains that the stakes are incredibly high. >> reporter: prosecutors say bobbi jo cleary is a murderer. she says it was self-defense,
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claiming she was being raped, fought back. if convicted she could be septembered to death by lethal injection prosecutors say geneva case is the only other person that knows the truth. >> reporter: why is it that you don't want to testify. >> because i have the right -- our relationship is our relationship. i feel i should have equal to everybody else. it should be the same. i should be the same as you. i love her, and i think that we should have the same opportunity as anybody else out here. >> reporter: the case is involving spousal privilege, commonly used in court cases to protect spouses from testifying against each other. case talked exclusively, but would not discuss what she knows about the killing. she says she and cleary were separated at the time, but it was just a spat. >> so you still love bobbi jo? independents yes, i do, very much. >> even after all this.
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>> even after all this. i'll always love her. >> reporter: the two women entered into a civil union in vermont a decade ago, but the problem is this isn't vermont, it's kentucky. here same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned. prosecutors would not talk with us before the hearing, about you in a court filing they wrote, the husband/wife privilege which protects spousal testimony and marital communications is not applicable in this case, because the marriage is not a marriage in kentucky. they are asking the court to order case to testify. if she refuses -- >> you can go to jail? >> no. i'm not. >> reporter: it doesn't bother you? you'd go to jail rather than testify? >> i'm not going to say i will go to jail, but i want to get it
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across that this is -- we should all be equal. >> reporter: experts say the supreme court ruling that california's prop 8 banning same-sex marriage was illegal doesn't change things in kentucky, but attorneys representing case and clary says it opens a pathway. >> i think it helps us. the way it helps is it shows at the federal level, especially at the supreme court level, is willing to take a hard look at issues that affect the social makeup of our society. >> reporter: case told detectives during an interview two years ago that clary admitted to killing, but said it was self-defense. case told detectives that she saw her spouse cleaning blood out of a car. ultimately this may be her only words on record in court. >> bobby jo clary's trial is supposed to start one month from
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today. i want to bring in midwin charles and heather hansen. first of all, midwin, what can the judge do here? since same-sex marriage is not recognized in kentucky? >> i think this case is very straightforward. i think the judge is probably going to demand that this woman testify. if same-sex marriage is not legal in kentucky, i don't understand how she can invoke marital privilege here. it almost seems as though this argument is not at the proper venue. this is more a legislative argue, something they should take to lawmakers in kentucky. this is a criminal case, and criminal cases require courts and judges to follow existing law, not law that they want to have that assists them in a defense. so i think this judge is going to require that this woman testify. if she doesn't testify, she'll probably be held in contempt of court. >> this falls right in between this sort of gray area in these supreme court cases that were
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decided this summer between the overturn of doma and prop 8. only partial action or inaction on prop 8, which majors gay marriage effectively legal in california. heather, how do you think this case in kentucky might affect other couples across the nation, or will it? >> well, john, it will if case ultimately decides to bring this to the supreme court. she said in that interview with you guys last night that she doesn't like the idea of going to jail, and who does? i think if she's forced to testify, she could bring in case to the supreme court. i agree with midwin that the law seems straightforward, though in maryland, a similar case happened and the judge there actually recognized spouse although privilege even though there is mo same-sex marriage in maryland, so this opens a pandora's box and hits the exact
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agree area that you were talking about where the supreme court has left a gap that has to be filled. >> anthony kennedy, midwin seemed to be begging someone to fill in that gap, bring the case to the supreme court, so it could be what's at issue today would not be an issue a year or two down the line. >> exactly. a case like this is a prime example of why the supreme court exists. they exist to give clarity to laws that are different in different states, so everyone can pretty much understand how do we make sure we don't have all this gray area, so that judges, courts know how to following and implement laws. so hopefully this might be one of those cases to do that, into you spousal privileges and same-sex marriages trigger issues such as child custody, divorce, estate planning, so a case like this i think is a watershed moment, i think, for us. >> same-sex marriage, of course,
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legal in maryland, several other states, not in kentucky. this trial begins one month from today. thank you both so much. we want to go to some live pictures from kansas right now. explosions rock a local biofuel business sending flames shooting into the air. firefighters, as you can see, on the scene right now, trying to get out in front of these flames. we'll have the latest details on this effort, next. my asthma's under control. i get out a lot... except when it's too cold. like the last three weekends. asthma doesn't affect my job... you missed the meeting again last week! it doesn't affect my family. your coughing woke me up again. i wish you'd take me to the park. i don't use my rescue inhaler a lot... depends on what you mean by a lot. coping with asthma isn't controlling it. test your level of control at, then talk to your doctor. there may be more you could do for your asthma.
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kell glue now this area of low pressure, flossie is expected s flossie is expected to move out today leaving thousands there without power. our severe weather expert chad meyers joins us now live from the cnn center in atlanta. >> the center of flossie traveling over princeville and kuai. the water is cooler. this will eventually die. it did put down some rainfall totals. this was pretty much flossie was a flop. just very close to the center and now affecting too many spots at this hour. i have to try to say this now,
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kaupo gap at 5.5 inches of rain now. you have to say every single vowel when it comes to that. if i didn't say it, sorry. >> that's astoundsiing stuff. you called flossie a flopsy. our crew said it would have been better in the '20s because it's a 1920s name. here are some other stories we're watching now. you're looking at live pictures of the green energy plant. several explosions rocked this plant a couple hours ago. as you can see they are still fighting the fires there. firefighters from several surrounding cities were called to help battle the blaze. three penn state administrators are back in court today. they're accused of covering up a
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abuse by jerry sandusky. joe paterno admitted the administration screwed up on sandus sandusky. president obama is headed for tennessee today. this is his next stop in a series of speeches about the economy. the president will propose a grand bargain on jobs. they will include a tax rate cut as well as new job investments. we're going to talk about the aaron hernandez case. he's charged with murder and now a long time friend may be cutting a deal for testifying against him.
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a guy who grew up with aaron hernandez could wind up as a key witness against him. before carlos ortiz testifies he may try to cut a deal. he isn't talking but he did appear in court. in connecticut, divers continue to search for the weapon connected with the death of odin lloyd. by many accounts he and aaron hernandez go way back. same town, same schools.
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ortiz was in and out of jail for theft. people who knew ortiz said he would talk about hanging out when aaron hernandez and when his famous friend would call, he could go running. on the night he was murdered. hernandez returns home. prosecutors believer that's ortiz in the dark jacket. hernandez in the white shirt. the former football player appears to have a gun in one hand. according to court papers ortiz told police wallace told him hernandez was the one who shot lloyd. days later in this video obtained by cnn wallace turns himself in in florida. for now ortiz faces only a weapons charge and pleaded not guilty. as a repeat offender a conviction could put him away
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for five years. >> he's doing as expected in this situation. he's obviously afraid. >> reporter: ortiz is trying to cut a plea deal in return for testifying against hernandez. ortiz would not escape prison. cnn legal analyst says ortiz may demand witness protection. >> he would be shaking ng his boots because if he goes into prison as a rat he will be in physical danger pretty much for the rest of his prison career mp maybe he doesn't survive prison. >> reporter: ortiz lawyer will not talk about a plea deal. thanks for watching. "around the world" starts after this quick break. with soft meaty centers and teeth cleaning texture
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we are on verdict watch in the case against bradley manning. he's the army private accused of the largest leak of classified information in u.s. history. if found guilty he could be sentenced to life in prison. this hour italy's former prime minister berlusconi also awaiting a verdict. it's his