tv Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield CNN December 31, 2013 8:00am-9:01am PST
♪ ♪ ♪ >> i'm john berman in for ashleigh banfield. it is tuesday, december 31st. it is the last day of 2013. and welcome to "legal view." we mentioned it was the last day of 2013 on the other side of the world, it is the first day of 2014. they're ringing in the new year in hong kong, beijing and taiwan. let's listen in. ♪ ♪ ♪
fireworks and counting so far in these locations. some of the most amazing fireworks we have seen in these cities. stay with cnn throughout the day. we will keep bringing you these celebrations. in four hours it will be midnight in dubai, and that city will try to set the world record for the biggest fireworks display ever. it has 400,000. you heard that right. 400,000 pyrotechnics ready to go off. that will be amazing to see. and on the subject of amazing, be sure to watch "america's new year's celebrations" right here on cnn. anderson cooper and kathy griffin host a three hour eshow. you can't get enough of these pictures in these celebrations. a very happy, happy early morning on the other side of the world. it is late morning here and the last day of the year in the united states. we'll move on now to the news of
the day. there are major new taent terrorism efforts right now in russia. police in the city of volgograd have detained dozens of people but the attacks have the world wondering about the safety of the upcoming olympic games. >> reporter: there is a huge security sweep going on in the city of volgograd. around 5,000 security officials checking on buildings and checking people's documents. this as the investigators continue to sift through the debris and evidence trying to piece together what happened. they discovered a link between the two bombings in volgograd. on monday a trolley explosion killing 16. and on sunday, another explosion. and 22 pounds of tnt was debt
toe nated killing 18. they say both bombs contained simil simil similar shrapnel. >> all of the olympic sites will have physical and electronic security. everybody will be screened. i think it will be difficult for someone to set off a bomb inside the village or venue. >> reporter: russia's president vladimir putin is personally involved in the security in sochi. but they say they will not change the security measures already in place, confident that they'll well prepared. u.s. authorities have offered full support in rambling up security measures. in that statement the united states olympic committee says in part, we're always concerned
with the safety of our delegation and these games are no different in that regard. an effort by the committee to avoid a repeat occurrence at the olympic games in 1992 in atlanta. >> what concerns me you often force the terrorists to select softer targets when you harden targets. that makes everything else vulnerable. >> reporter: targets like transportation hubs where tourists and athletes will travel to and from the games. putin's claims that he can protect the olympics rests on part on whether he can -- cnn, moscow. >> thanks to you. a fireball shot into the air when a train carrying crude oil crashed into another train in north dakota. a passerby got this jaw-dropping
video. no one was hurt. but the smoke coming off the burning oil is said that it could be harmful. the sheriff advised people in the nearby areas to evacuate. 74 people stuck in antarctica will celebrate new year's eve there. the helicopters can't get to them because the weather has been so bad. 22 crew members will stay with the ship. formal one racing star michael schumacher has improved slightly after a head injury. they were able to do surgery yesterday but it is too early to know too much else. he hit his head in a skiing accident on sunday. this video to show shows him being air lifted off the slopes. he ran into a rock and sent him flying and landed on another
rock. beyonce is defending her use of the nasa. that clip is from moments after the space shuttle took off in 1986. the widower of the commander calls her use of that audio, disappointing. in a statement, she says it was intended as a tribute to the challenger crew. in just a few hours, adults in colorado can buy marijuana in retail stores. what message is this sending to kids? we will go inside the school to hear from students. plus talk to a former advisor to drugs. who says this is a bad idea for kids and community. stay with us. ♪
teenagers. >> reporter: colorado schools this a pot problem. how many people around your age do you know who have smoked marijuana? >> almost i'm going to say nine out of ten students. >> reporter: it's that prevalent? >> yeah. >> now that it's legal, everybody is just getting it. >> reporter: while still illegal for people under 21, younger people are finding ways to get their hands on marijuana. >> i see people selling it. i think it's easy for people to get now. >> reporter: even for somebody who is underage? >> yeah. >> reporter: do you know of anybody who comes to school high or gets high on lunch break? >> definitely. it's not uncommon at all. there's a bunch of people that come to this school high. >> reporter: while some teens seem to think it's okay, schools are trying to send a message that it's not. pot is now the number one reason students are kicked out of colorado public schools.
230 expelled last year because of marijuana according to the colorado department of education. pot proving to be a bigger problem than alcohol, disowe paidance or weapons violations. >> the message we would like to get out is we really need parents to talking to their children about the risks. >> the evidence is very clear it's addictive. >> reporter: dr. paula riggs says one out of six who tries marijuana as a teenager will become addictive. compared to the 1960s, the marijuana sold today has a higher concentration of thc. she says a developing brain is most vulnerable. >> daily or near daily use can be associated with 6 to 8 point reduction in the adult iq. you don't get that back. >> a former adviser to the white house drug czar sees the new colorado marijuana law as a
threat to teenagers. he joins us now from los angeles. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. i appreciate it. >> what's your major concern here? is it just about a teenager that we're sending the wrong message to them? >> that's a huge part of this. i congratulate you on that segment. i think if voters had a kansas to see what was going on in the schools at the time they voted for this law, they might not have voted for it. the drug legalization movement is starting off to medical marijuana and now marijuana legalization and end state is overall drug legalization by desensitize the american population. i'm a father. i like to deliver this message to president obama as a father. our president has got to get out
in front of this issue. while other drugs, alcohol, tobacco are down, marijuana use is skyrocketing amongst our youth. we've got an epidemic amongst up. we need leadership now. >> you said this is like big tobacco. i'm not sure i understand what you mean there. the tobacco companies are a huge multi million dollar corporation. >> absolutely. and there's a lot of people behind the marijuana movement who intend to make a lot of money. there's a former microsoft executive who has looked at launching a business. you can look at all of these things infused with marijuana. this is about generating lots of money. and just like tobacco, some argued that it targeted kids for a population. we now see a lot of the products made with marijuana are marketed towards youth. this is about making money. we've got to worry about domestic marijuana cartels in
our communities, colorado, washington. and sadly, maybe other states, unless we turn the tide. >> but the laws are in place to keep it out of the hands of teenagers. it's decriminalized for people over 21. i'm sure you hear this all the time. but how is this different than alcohol? >> and that's a huge problem is the marijuana movement has a number of talking points. and one of those is about alcohol. look, our message is, we've got enough problems already with alcohol and dui, spousal abuse, domestic violence. why do we need to cross a bridge into another product. once we go down this road, it's going to be hard to turn back. let me be critical for a moment of the obama administration on this. the ferm government could have gotten involved in colorado and washington. they chose not to. they could have sued. however, what they've done, look
at other states, they've sued texas over immigration laws. but yet they've turned a blind eye in what's happening in these states. >> they didn't really turn a blind eye to it. this law doesn't go into place for another few hours. we don't know what affect it will have. but the attorney general has made it clear that they would not oppose the federal laws. but let me remind you what colorado voters say. 58% there, that's a lot more than the majority, 58% said they wanted to legalize pot. that's a far cry from 1995 when just 25% were in favor of legalization here. do you feel the argument slipping away from you as more and more americans seem to be saying pot is okay? >> yes. absolutely. it is slipping away. and it's slipping away because, again, big marijuana.
they've got lots of paid lobbyists. they've got billionaires that fund their marijuana legalization initiatives. it's hard for us to count their message in the media as well as commercials. it a big reason the american population is following this is they say, let's tax it and regulate it. they're looking at taxing at around 28% in colorado. who is going to come in behind that? it's going to be the black market, which is going to explode. i write about this in my book. we're going to see, i think more of this. let me mention to you briefly, in california, in my home state, we've seen the marijuana money corrupt local elected officials by bribes. we're concerned that this drug money is going to be the same thing in these other states as well. >> thank you for joining us. i appreciate your perspective on the eve of this major change. >> thanks, john. >> we're going to talk more
about the legal implications of this as the new colorado law goes into effect in about 14 hours. what will happen inside these states? how will law enforcement react to this? joining me now danny cevallos and joey jackson. let me start with you, joey, he brought up the dichotomy between the federal law and state laws. he says the president has got to make some kind of statement about marijuana. but hasn't his administration already made a sort of statement by the attorney general saying we're not going to impose the federal law there? >> right. that's a nice statement but again it creates a constitutional crisis. it's not enough for them to say, i'm not going to enforce a well established federal law. if anything, that's a dir gags of his duty. we currently have federal law that outlaws marijuana.
colorado and washington are literally disregarding federal law. it's nice to know that 58% of the voters want to legalize marijuana. but that is legally irrelevant while there's still a federal law outlawing marijuana. and nowhere is this more apparent than at the airport. you can see this meeting head to head at the denver airport. the fact that eric holder is saying, well, i'm not going to enforce federal law, that's not good enough. it's still illegal. and i really, in a way, does not have the discretion to severally disregard existing federal law. this crisis has to be resolved first and right away. >> joey, what about some of the other issues, some of the other grey areas that people see here legally. especially including 18 to 21 year olds. for them in colorado, marijuana
has become decriminalized. you're not going to go to jail if you're caught with pot. you'll get fined. is that just another strange twilight figure here? >> it's a major problem. i have a teenage son, i'm frightened to death, the message that can to potentially send. but just on the issue itself, in terms of the federal government and what they do, i see the federal government as being differential. as a result of every state being a sovereignty, they have an elected legislature and governor. it's up to each state. whether it be discussion relating to gun control or pot. no matter what it is, every state picks its poison. this state has decided it will do this. the federal government has opted to be deferential and say we're going to respect the sovereignty its people. and it hasn't gone into effect. it's a few hours away.
we'll see how it plays out. but it could be problem mattic between the 21-year-old group and the 16-year-old group that it's hands off for. we'll see how it's enforced within this particular state. >> maybe a case where the laws are catching up to societal norms here. thanks so much for your insights on this. stick around for me, please. as you are toasting and celebrating the new year, get ready for the next round of elections. 2014 could bring a change of power to congress. we'll have a look ahead when we come back. we're aig. and we're here. to help secure retirements and protect financial futures. to help communities recover and rebuild. for companies going from garage to global. on the ground, in the air, even into space. we repaid every dollar america lent us. and gave america back a profit. we're here to keep our promises.
i want to start with the current president. president obama in the center of conversation in the year ahead. the big question a lot of people are asking is what kind of president will we see, especially at the beginning? will he be confrontational or accommodating? what are you predicting? >> presidents need to walk a line between being realists and identi idealists. a lot of liberals that whenever presidents reach out to conservatives it's been like lucy and the football. >> let's talk about congress. we have a republican house and democratic senate. what will the chances of either of these houses dpliping? i think the action is probably
in the senate where republicans need to pick up, what, six seats to flip it? >> i'll dust off my crystal ball for you. but i think the most likely outcome is the margins in both houses will shift. those six seats in the senate, that's where a lot of the action and attention will be. many of them are democrats fighting to hold on to seats in republican states, particular in louisiana, arkansas, north carolina. some democrats are playing defense. republicans will probably pick up seats, but will they pick up enough. that's the huge question. whether they'll are a united republican congress or whether it will look for like bill
clinton's. >> they're playing defense both geographically and playing defense on the issues many of them defending the obamacare issue. i want to move on to 2016. the big question is when or how will the presidential race seep into this year? >> oh, god. i mean, start your stopwatch right now. the way the presidential cycles work, you know you will see speculation until the mid terms. and basically the day after that, november 5th, you'll see candidates declare. remember the iowa caucuses are just a year. it opens seats on both sides. republicans and democrats will be competing intensely. and you'll see the leading contenders campaign heavily in
2014. chris christie will be heavily involved in trying to gain pickups. and hillary clinton will -- but that race will be the day after the mid terms are done. >> you might see the christies campaigning hard in certain states like iowa or new hampshire just by coincidence. >> yeah. but they happen to be swing states as well. >> thank you for joining us. thanks and happy new year to you and yours. >> thanks. >> the markets are set to close out 2013 with a bang. here is a look at the big board right now. the dow jones is up 52 points today. over 16,550. not bad. the s&p and dow have both hit all-time highs this year. they're on track as the best gains in a year since 1997. more trouble for target. this time with gift cards. they say some gift cards are not
activated probably meaning they might not work at checkout. but target says it will honor the cards and it affects less than 1% of gift cards sold. is this you're looking at right now the work of aliens or very talented pranksters? someone or something has created an elaborate crop circle in a california field. two friends say they witnessed strange burst of green light on the horizon sunday night. now crowds are gathering to see it all for themselves. the truth is out there. so whether you're buying a new pet, lighting the cigarette near your baby, new laws may restrict what you do and where you do it. we'll have the legal view on these new laws, next.
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laws taking effect starting tomorrow. re rosa flores gives ug the highlights. >> reporter: 2014 will ring in 40,000 new state rules. here are the highs and lows. smoking a reefer in colorado is legal. oh, but don't toss the butt of a cigarette in a public street in illinois, it's considering littering. you could pay in cash or jail time. and don't even think about lighting one in a car with a child in oregon. the beaver state won't allow it. >> first wetds can you smoke in this part of the restaurant? then we said, can you smoke outside? then we said, can you smoke down the street. then we said, can you move to another state? we do not like regular smokers. meanwhile, when it comes to maurn, it's fast becoming a legal substance in the united states.
>> reporter: but now moms in oregon can get away with this. taking their placentas home from the hospital. if you're wondering why do that in the first place. some experts think eating it has positive health benefits. >> as long as they're not giving it to other people to eat. i suppose it's okay. >> reporter: and talking about health, no more tanning beds for some teens in illinois and oregon. you'll have to be 18 to tan in a salon in those places. but you don't have to keep your new pet if it's sick. illinois's new pet lemon law allows people to return a pet if an illness was not disclosed by the seller. in california, gender will no longer determine what bathroom children can usa. >> the student who ideas as a different gender may feel comfortable. what about all the other students? i think you'll see parps really revoting against this law. >> reporter: serious moves could
have serious consequences in illinois. the maximum penalty doubled to six years prison time for organizing a violent flash mob using social media. rosa flores, cnn, new york. >> i want to bring in danny cevallos and joey jackson. i want to start with the new law in california about gender identity. we heard from you, danny, in rosa's piece. but i joey, i wonder if i could get your take on that. >> the reality is if you're now a woman, you use the ladies's room. if you're now a man, you use the mens' room. it's all good. this was something that they figured they needed to do and so we respect the law as it's written and as it will be implemented. >> moving on to marijuana. danny, you were noting that cigarette laws have become stricter and stricter.
you can't smoke hardly anywhere anymore. but marijuana, we're starting to see it become legal in colorado and washington and probably in other states soon. why the dichotomy there do you think? >> the same with alcohol. alcohol is legal in your home, but you can't walk around on the street with a solo cup. when it comes to tobacco, there are many different places you can and cannot smoke. and marijuana can be ingested a number of different ways beyond just smoking. there is very little rhyme or reason except that it's based on our history and traditions. make no mistake about it, they're the only reason alcohol is so much more legal than marijuana and other controlled substances. believe me, if cocaine and in the bible, we would have legalized cocaine. but it does not. therefore we don't have it legal. it goes to our history and traditions. but ultimately, very
schizophrenic approach to controlled substances. >> can you both weigh in on the 40,000 new laws coming into effect. what kind of challenges does this pose to you, as defense attorneys, when all of a sudden there are thousands and thousands of new things that we have to deal with? >> it certainly poses a challenge to our individual practices in that perhaps we'll be busier. i think there will be a decision made by law enforcement as to what's going to be enforced and what is not. we saw that with the marijuana law in terms of the federal government whether they opted to enforce or not to enforce. it's going to be up to law enforcement to decide where to allocate their resources most appropriately. >> our thanks to body of you. happy new year. >> happy new year. >> now, this is a conspiracy
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program could not get any more unsettling, this is this. a day after the german magazine reported that the nsa is installing spy wear on laptops ordered online, a security access to just about all of your iphone dat to through a program. it's a software implant that can push or pull files from your phone remotely, including your contacts, voicemail, camera, pretty much everything it sounds like. you hear that, and you may wonder who are these people potentially spying on me anyway? you might be supervisrprised to out. >> reporter: a typical error message from microsoft tell you of a bug in your computer. many of us get them all the time. but for some users, that message maybe a way into their computer or an elite unit inside the nsa.
>> this is nsa's hacking organization. it's 1,600 men and women, military and civilians, average age, mid-20s, early 30s. it's a very young, very tech savvy organization. >> the unit is called tailered access operations or tao. the magazine says some of the hackers are based in this building in san antonio. aside from getting in through an error message, they say they can access cookies. those tags that pop up showing a computer's favorite websites. and they can redirect users to a dummy page. it looks like a real page, but it's a fake one controlled by the nsa. >> this is a dummy facebook page. when you go there, what does the nsa want to find out? >> one would be to simply intercept and sniff your traffic. for example, i would be logging into this page and they would be able to see, now they have my
user name and password and get into my account and help them in other attacks. but in this scenario, what they want to do is infect my machine. >> reporter: according to the magazine, they physically intercept computers being delivered to plant spay wear. and ill fill trait offices to and usb plugs.n monitor cables - the agency was concerned enough about the connecting cables on edward snow deposit's computers that it removed them after he leaked nsa documents. according to the magazine, this nsa hacking unit targets potential terrorists, foreign security agencies, and he corporations. >> from an eaves dropping perspective, this is a gold mine. if i can gain access to your computer, now i have access to all of your secrets. >> reporter: in response to the report, the nsa said tailored
access operations is unique and it's on the front lines of nsa to defend the nation and its allies. the magazine says they work with the cia and fbi to fly some places an use operatives to place spy wear on computers and other things. the cia wouldn't comment. and the fbi says that it only uses legal tools in this. >> we're now about 12 hours away from the new year here in new york and times square is the place to be. anderson cooper and kathy griffin preview the night's events after this quick break. we're aig. and we're here. to help secure retirements and protect financial futures. to help communities recover and rebuild. for companies going from garage to global. on the ground, in the air, even into space. we repaid every dollar america lent us.
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your donations to goodwill fund job-training programs right in your community. feels good to start fresh, right? sure does. narrator: and like that, you're a job creator. >> welcome back, everyone. you are looking live at times square right here in new york. this is the quiet before the big noisy for some people sloppy new year's eve celebration in new york tonight. you can catch it all here tonight on cnn, host anderson cooper and kathy griffin have a hint what you might expect. >> so what are we going to do on new year's eve? >> i'm going to give you a pot brownie right at 9:00. >> no, that's not going to happen. >> i also, by the way, have a written statement from my mother because every year, she is embarrassed by my behavior. >> yeah, i know. >> may i read it. >> sure. >> dear mr. cooper, the vanderbilts, roosevelts and the
entire team at cnn, i am quite thrilled that my fought cath line mary was asked to join mr. bush anderso cooper, taylor swift and miley cyrus for the celebration. >> they're not going to be on. >> i almost also happy that santa claus remains now and forever white. oh, god. she watches fox a lot. i've already begun toasting to your success by enjoying the finest of boxed wines. that's true. please know i will never forgive myself if my daughter shames the griffin name yet again. the only promise i make is i will certainly not be sober during your broadcast. love maggie. there's your beloved maggie that you think is so charming >> i this i she is charming. i think she's lovely. i find it hard to believe that you come from her. >> well, guess what. >> what? >> she's here right now. >> no, really? >> mom? >> are you serious? >> mom? >> oh. >> look over there.
>> maggie, how is it going? >> hi, anderson. how are you doing? >> i'm doing all right. i'm doing all right are you going to watch us on new year's eve? >> definitely anderson. certainly i'm going to watch you. >> what are you looking forward to with anderson on new year's eve? tell him, he's right there. >> there are some things that kathleen mary is not going to do. >> really? >> will do or will not do. >> what's she not going to do? >> like what. >> she's going to be a pillar of elegance. that's for sure. and there will be no transactions. >> transactions? >> shenanigans. >> no shenanigans. >> okay, good. >> yeah. >> but i'm curious about the transactions. what transactions? >> well, as a mother, i can promise you that she'll be fully dressed at all times. thank god. and she it will also not take the lord's name in vain. >> good, well that's good. >> or attempt to disrobe him, attempt to disrobe mr. anderson,
mr. cooper. >> you don't have to call him mr. anderson, okay? that's all you need. >> is she reading from the cnn contract that you were forced to sign? i hope so. >> yes. she is. and we had to put it in real big font and she's doing the best -- she doesn't normally read contracts. >> let me just show, kathy, a little bit of what i'm concerned about given your past behavior? let's show the clip from some of our years past. >> i'm here with, of course, kathy griffin. >> i'm here with not ryan seacrest. let's throw some to the jonas brothers. >> you can't do that. >> you just threw something at the jonas brothers. >> i did. >> wow, i almost wore this. i was this close. >> this is not awkward at all. >> sorry, hi, everybody. take your hands off me. honestly. >> kathy was saying it's like the prom she never had. >> that's right. >> i texted kathy to sing to her happy thanksgiving. >> it was a tweet sweet text.
>> he she texted back, are you drunk? >> i know that's your schtick and what you do, but i am really hoping this year just like, you know, just keep it clean. i mean, just do you remember thing but don't be tawdry. you know what i mean? i got a lot of tweets from people saying you went too far. >> i didn't know it was the roaring is '20s. i'll try not to be tawdry at the speakeasy. you know with prohibition and all. first of all, we're on from 9:00 till 12:30. >> that concerns me, as well. >> by 12:00, you think i'm going to care anymore? >> that's what concerns me. >> well, we should pick like a clean block. so maybe it's 9:15 to 9:30. i'm dressed and then the rest is just go time. >> go time. >> what could possibly go wrong? so tune in tonight for all of it. anderson cooper and kathy griffin, more than three hours of all of this from the platform in times square. it will be live.
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welcome back, everyone. the tournament of roses association is defending its decision to allow a same sex wedding during tomorrow's rose parade. this is after critics called it offensive. the couple will be married atop the aids health care foundations float celebrating victories in 2013 for gay marriage advocates. the couple says they're just excited to have 80 million of their closest friends at their wedding. so car lovers get ready to drool. cnn money's car expert has picked his hottest cars of 2013. this one is going to turn some heads. the lam bore gee neil eventador for the low low price ofs nothi compared to the $4 million beauty right here, the lamborghini venino. who comes up with much for
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