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time now to check your top stories making news right now. from cnn center this is cnn saturday morning. it's 8:00 a.m. in the east. 5:00 a.m. in the west. hello everyone. i'm randi kaye. our top story the reaction to trayvon martin's death, the teen gunned down by a neighborhood watchman in sanford, florida last month. i'll talk with a florida legislator who helped write the controversial stand your ground law and we'll look at another controversial case where the law was used. >> what person brings a gun to a park? when there are children? >> also later the pope makes his first visit to mexico and is calling on catholics to resist the temptation of violent drug traffickers. a lot of mobile apps allow us to keep up with our friends. now some new ones want to help you cozy up to strangers.
we'll see how coming up. you're watching cnn saturday morning where news doesn't take the weekend off. >> from cnn's world headquarters bringing you news and analysis from across the nation and around the globe, live from studio 7, this is cnn saturday morning. our big story that we investigate from all angles to give you context and analysis, our main bar, the death of trayvon martin. as the national fury grows vigils and marches are spreading throughout the u.s. demonstrators wearing hoodies and holding skittles have become the trademark symbol for people demanding justice for trayvon. george zimmerman admitted shooting martin saying he aktded in self-defense. since the shooting last month zimmerman has been out of sight but last night his attorney broke the silence. here's what he told our anderson cooper. >> what has your client told you about the night he shot trayvon
martin? >> that i believe he -- he should have made a statement to the police at that time. i think he did. i don't know for a fact. i haven't seen the police reports on this case. i have not discussed the evening, what occurred at that time. i think that'll come out through the investigation process done by law enforcement. >> you haven't discussed any of the details of that night with him? >> no. >> now, let's get you up to speed in the shooting of trayvon martin. here's a quick timeline of the events. >> reporter: the story starts in sanford, florida near orlando. on february 26th, 17-year-old trayvon martin was shot and killed by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman. witnesses told police they heard a scuffle, a cry for help, and a gunshot. when police arrive on the scene, they found this man, george zimmerman, holding the gun that killed martin. he had a bloody nose and a wound on the back of his head.
zimmerman tells police it's self-defense. the only thing in trayvon martin's hand was a bag of skittles. on march 9th, 12 days after the killing, trayvon's father publicly called on sanford police to arrest george zimmerman saying justice hadn't been served. on march 13th, police wrapped up their investigation. they say no arrest has been made because they have no evidence to contradict zimmerman's self-defense story. two days later, witness mary kucher speaks. >> we believe in our hearts a hundred percent it was not self-defense. >> reporter: march 16th the next day police release 911 tapes from the night of trayvon martin's death. here's one exchange. >> something's wrong with him. yep, he's coming to check me out. he's got something in his hands. i don't know what his deal is. >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> okay. we don't need you to do that. >> okay. >> reporter: on march 18th
several hundred people gathered in nearby titusville, florida, calling on the state attorney to file charges in the case. the attorney later announced that a grand jury will review the case. the justice department stepped in the next day, saying they'd investigate whether there were any civil rights violations. then on thursday sanford police chief bill lee stepped down temporarily, saying he had become a distraction to the investigation. he had become the lightning rod for critics of his department's handling of the case. take a look at this map. this is where we've seen rallies for trayvon martin and his family. next hour we'll take you live to sanford, florida for the very latest on events planned for trayvon martin today. the story of trayvon martin is also resonating on the campaign trail. here's what president obama and some of the men who hope to replace him in the white house had to say. >> if i had a son he'd look like trayvon. and, you know, i think they are right to expect that all of us
as americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and that we're going to get to the bottom of what exactly happened. >> the shooting of trayvon is a terrible tragedy -- unnecessary, uncalled for, and inexplicable at this point. what we've heard from the media reports suggest that it's entirely appropriate for the district attorney and to be looking into this and to have called a grand jury and to find out what the facts are. we hope that justice is done in this case. >> every young american is endowed by their creator with certain rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. we have to as a movement, a concerted movement, as a party the republican party has to be concerned about the quality of life and the sanctity of life of every american of every background. >> a horrible case. it's chilling to hear what happened and of course, you know, the fact that law
enforcement didn't immediately go in and prosecute this case is another chilling example of horrible decisions made by people in this process. >> keep it right here on cnn where my colleague don lemon will have special coverage of the killing of trayvon martin and the controversy that sounds his death. that begins tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. polls are open right now in louisiana. voters are making their choice in the republican presidential primary. rick santorum is favored to win. an american research group survey shows santorum with a double digit lead over mitt romney and newt gingrich but with a delegate gap that keeps getting wider in romney's favor some say santorum can't just win. he has to win big. the u.s. army sergeant charged with killing afghan civilians could be sentenced to death. staff sergeant robert bales now faces 17 counts of murder. a nato spokesman says even though 16 people were initially thought to have died in the attack investigators feel they have enough evidence to charge bales with an additional death.
officials say bales walked off his kandahar base and into a nearby village where he opened fire. at a minimum he could be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. stand your ground. the controversial law could play a big part in the trayvon martin case. coming up i'll talk with one of the florida lawmakers who wrote the law. what is he saying now? stay with cnn saturday morning where news doesn't take the weekend off. [ male announcer ] the next generation of lexus cannot be contained. [ clang ] the all-new 2013 lexus gs. there's no going back. see your lexus dealer. but proven technologies allow natural gas producers to supply affordable, cleaner energy, while protecting our environment. across america, these technologies protect air -
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when david james an iraq war veteran escaped combat in the middle east unscathed his wife breathed a sigh of relief. >> i would worry about him. i'd think he was safe here. >> reporter: she was wrong and now wants to know why trevor dooley a 71-year-old retired bus driver shot her husband in broad daylight right in front of their 8-year-old daughter. dooley says it was self-defense. kanina james calls it murder. >> what person brings a gun to a park? when there are children? i mean, he killed my husband. he could have just talked to him. >> reporter: whether or not trevor dooley fired in self-defense is at the heart of this case. also central to the story is dooley's defense, florida's stand your ground law, which
allows a person to stand their ground and use deadly force if they fear someone could seriously harm them. here's what witnesses say happened on that september sunday in 2010. 41-year-old david james was playing basketball with his daughter here when witnesses say dooley, who lived right across the street, started yelling at a teenager who was skateboarding to get off the court. that's when witnesses say james intervened. james yelled back to dooley asking him to show where any sign said no skateboarding. dooley then crossed the street to the park to confront james. a tennis player at the park, michael witt, testified things turned ugly when dooley reached for his waist band. witt says james then lunged at dooley. the two men struggled on the ground before james was shot once through the heart. on the 911 call, witt is heard trying to help. >> sir, can you hear me? sir, can you hear me? sir, can you hear me? he's shot in the chest, ma'am.
>> and he's not breathing? >> he's not breathing. >> mr. dooley, what do you want to say about what happened? >> no comment. >> reporter: dooley tells a different story that contradicts the witnesses. he says when he took the gun out of his right front pocket, james saw it and knocked him to the ground. at a hearing to get the charges dismissed, dooley testified, quote, he was choking me to death. >> you agree you do not want to go to prison for killing david james, correct? >> i don't think i should. >> yes or no? >> no. >> reporter: dooley's lawyer told us his client turned to walk away toward home and that james was the aggressor. he said dooley did pull a gun but didn't use it until he felt his life was threatened. he says the charges against his client should be dropped, given the stand your ground law. kanina james says her husband of 13 years had never been aggressive, that he was a gentle family man. she believes he was trying to protect himself and their daughter danielle after he saw dooley pull a gun.
>> he loved danielle so much. that breaks my heart that trevor dooley took my daughter's best friend away from her. she'll never have her daddy. >> reporter: danielle's testimony about how and why the situation turned violent is key in a case that hinges on self-defense. danielle, now 10, recalled how her father asked dooley where the signs were that said no skateboarding on the court. >> my dad got on top of him so he could keep him down so he could get the answer. >> where were your dad's hands? >> on his arms. >> on the man's arms? >> yeah. >> reporter: the little girl then recalled her father's last moments. >> i think the guy pulled out the gun then. >> reporter: did you hear
anything? >> yeah. >> reporter: what did you hear. >> like a shot. >> you heard a gun shot? >> yeah. >> did your dad say anything then? >> yeah. >> what did he say? >> call the ambulance. i've been shot. >> reporter: when kanina james got there her husband was already dead and her daughter was crying, asking, why isn't anyone helping my daddy? so now for our second side bar of the morning, a closer look at stand your ground. florida's current governor is now calling for a review of the law after the shooting of trayvon martin. there's also been some confusion about how stand your ground may be used as a defense in this case. joining me now is florida state representative dennis baxley who co-authored florida's stand your ground law. good morning, representative. let me ask you this. >> good morning. >> do you agree that this law needs to be reworked? >> no, i don't. i think it's always appropriate to review. i mean, nothing is ever finished in the legislature and it is always appropriate to look at things, but i think we were redeemed last night. i've been saying from day one in
the case in sanford that this doesn't apply. there's nothing in this statute that provides you the authority to pursue and confront people on the street. and in that sense it simply does not apply. this statute, this statute is simply about authorizing and empowering an individual who's under a violent attack to defend themselves and their family from harm. and so this was a misapplication. and last night it was verified. on this interview with zimmerman's attorney he said he is not using stand your ground. he will try to build a self-defense argument but this law does not apply to that. this law is all about standing with law-abiding citizens who are doing nothing, who are under violent attack. i think if anything good can come out of this terrible situation in sanford, it could be a clarification. i think the problem has been the
application of this law. there always has to be an investigation and examination. a lot of people are going to try to claim that defense. but the fact it's all about standing -- law-abiding citizens who are under violent attack. >> let me get your reaction to former governor jeb bush who signed the law into place as you know back in 2005. he actually says the law also may not be used or appropriate for this case. listen to what he said. >> it appears to me this law does not apply to this particular circumstance. stand your ground means stand your ground. it doesn't mean chase after somebody who has turned their back. >> so it sounds like you certainly agree with that. it's not about pursuing someone? >> that is correct. and i think there are some misconceptions maybe on the part of law enforcement of when this law applies. the general population has been protected and many lives saved
because people are empowered. what we've seen is if you empower people to stop violent acts from occurring they can and will and they have. >> what do you think, if anything, george zimmerman should be charged with if he can't use this as a defense? >> well, i think the facts of the case -- in fact, we have a template here. we don't need to speculate anymore. i think there was appropriate outrage because nothing was being done. in fact, this outrage has yielded a template. we need to let this grand jury work, fully investigate. we have a fresh investigator on this, a prosecutor to review all the facts. after the work of that is done we now have a task force to see if anything legislatively needs to be done. it may have to be a different form of legislation come out of this task force. it may be we need some more prescriptive guidelines of what crime watch is about. but, clearly, every case has to be investigated and every case does not apply to this statute.
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a little further and want to introduce you to potential new friends. one way they do it may feel a little bit like cyber stalking. mario armstrong hln's digital lifestyle expert joins me from washington. good morning, mario. >> good morning, randi. how are you? >> i'm well, thank you. you were at the conference, people discovery apps were a big deal there. >> yes. >> one that is getting allot of attention is one called highlight. so tell me about that. >> this one in particular is a people discovery and what that means is you use your phone and download the free and the phone uses your gps to know your location. what it can do since you're signing in through facebook, it can alert you when other people that also have the app are near you. so it helps you with this thing called people discovery. helping you search and find others around you. maybe you know them. maybe you don't. and i think this is something that a lot of people are looking at in social settings that can be used for ice breakers, to meet new people.
there. any that you like better? >> yeah. i like one called banjo better for two reasons. number one, you and i, randi, don't both have to be on banjo in order for us to get some benefit out of it. i like that. number two, the other thing i really enjoy about banjo is i can zoom in on a particular area and then i can type in a key word to see the conversations, social discourse that's actually happening in that area. so, yes. it does alert me to friends if i want to know who's nearby and all of those people discovery things but a quick example if i wanted to know what people in sanford, florida are actually saying about the trayvon martin case, i can zoom in to sanford and type in trayvon and see what people are saying that live there, that are from there, not other people talking about it. >> wow. that is really cool, a great way of getting information. >> it is. >> finding out what is going on in other communities. >> on a lighter note we did it for d.c. my wife is like cherry blossoms, d.c. and we knew exactly by looking through the app where to go and get cherry blossom experience. >> how was it, lovely?
>> awesome. you got to get it. >> good. i'm so glad. nice to see you. pretty cool stuff. join us every saturday at this time as our digital lifestyle expert mario armstrong gives us the scoop on the latest technology. parts of the midwest and the south are recovering after dangerous storms tore through half a dozen states friday. take a look at this video. a tornado touching down in elkville, illinois. another twister flung a mobile home across the street killing a woman inside. several people were hurt and a number of homes damaged. reynolds joins me now. any better weather i hope in store for the weekend? >> well, for the midwest, yes. they're going to be in the wake of the damage. they have a cleanup day today. now we're seeing the brunt of the rough weather begin to move toward the piedmont region of the carolinas. plain as day you can see it on radar. light to moderate showers. a few heavier spots west of richmond, west of washington. what you're going to be seeing is the rain kind of intermittent with a few dry spots as well.
so first it's going to be the heavy rain and a little respite and then more development but by late afternoon when you have the moisture and the daytime heating we'll see more convex, more thunderstorms forming. with that there is a very slight chance you may have a few tornadoes, isolated, strong storms also. i would say it's going to stick around through a good part of the day. out to the west we're seeing another storm system this one making its way onshore along the coast at lower elevation. it's all rain but higher elevation it is going to be a snow event and some places could see up to a half foot of snow about 3,000 feet and higher mixing with the cold air aloft not only for places like shafta and the foot hills but along the length of the sierra nevada even as far south as big bear near the san gabriel mountains outside l.a. for the center of the u.s. we'll be dealing with beautiful conditions. high pressure, very sunny in spots like dallas where high temperatures are going to go to the 70s, a few 80s here and there in dallas and houston. 73 in minneapolis. 65 in chicago. chicago was dealing with record heat over the last couple days but today will be a difference. in new york 62 will be the expected high.
in new york we have a lovely shot for you. the statute of liberty looks awfully nice. off in the distance you can see parts of new jersey. a beautiful day there but expect more cloud cover. by the time the day is over possibly a few scattered showers. that's your forecast, randi. back to you. >> that is a beautiful shot. thank you for bringing us that. we'll check back with nu a moment. >> talk to you then. all right. new information this morning in the search for a maine toddler missing since december. details coming up when we check top stories after the break. get ahead of it! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap a day helps defend against digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. hit me! [ female announcer ] live the regular life. phillips'. your finances can't manage themselves. but that doesn't mean they won't try. bring all your finances together
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apps. it is 27 minutes past the hour. there is a lovely look of downtown atlanta for you this morning. welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. thanks for starting your day with us. checking top stories now the attorney for the man accused of fatally shooting unarmed teenager trayvon martin tells cnn that florida's controversial stand your ground law doesn't apply to the case. he says it's a matter of self-defense. former florida governor jeb bush also says the law should not apply because it, quote, doesn't mean chase after somebody who's turned their backs. bush signed the stand your
ground law back in 2005. voters in louisiana are making their choice in the republican presidential race today. polls are open in the primary there. rick santorum is looking to make up ground after last week's losses in illinois and puerto rico. recent polls showed santorum with a double digit lead over mitt romney and newt gingrich. at least 100 volunteers are combing through parts of waterville, maine right now renewing the search for 20-month-old ayla reynolds. she's been missing since december 17th when her father told police he found her bed empty. new video just in to cnn shows the chaotic scene inside the apartment where a french gunman made his final stand. mohammed merah who was shot dead by police was wanted for the killings of seven people including three children. his brother is currently being questioned by authorities. pope benedict is making history this weekend as he begins a six-day trip that will take him to mexico for the first time. the vatican calls the event, quote, a journey of hope. the mexican government is
sparing no expense to make the pope feel right at home. >> reporter: near a colonial city, and the historic architecture it is a project of celestial proportions. construction workers have labored for months to build an altar worthy of a pope in an outdoor venue that can accommodate 700,000 people. >> translator: we have already received people from states throughout mexico and also other countries as well as north and south america. we've had requests from people with an open spirit and anxious to meet pope benedict. >> reporter: this is bicentennial park in the heartland of mexican catholicism. pope benedict xvi will celebrate mass here next sunday on his first visit to mexico. the government has spent millions to get ready. >> translator: we are coordinating at the three levels of government and security with the presidential guard. >> reporter: even the drug cartels have promised to cooperate, officials say, hanging banners pledging to keep
the peace for the pontiff's stay. the pope's visit will be a blessing for mexico in more ways than one. the mexican national confederation of tourism estimates that 540,000 people will travel there and spend roughly $80 million in meals, transportation, shopping, and lodging. a renowned mexican artist has been working for months to create the symbolic artwork that will be used in the mass to celebrate the occasion. creating an altar, he says, out of nickel, silver, and ceramics. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: tourism officials hope the papal visit will put the area on the map. billboards herald the special celebration along highways throughout central mexico. bands have been hired to serenade the pontiff at his arrival. cnn, atlanta. the coroner says heart
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the los angeles coroner says heart disease and cocaine use contributed to whitney houston's death. she drowned this a bath tub. many people aren't aware heart disease is the number one killer of women around the world. we'll talk much more about this disease. good morning, doctor. let's talk about this. it is such an important topic. certainly for everyone. but especially for women. whitney houston certainly didn't look like the typical heart disease patient. can you tell us a little bit about what the coroner found to come to that decision? >> you're exactly right. she was a normal weight, healthy looking woman so you wouldn't think she could have heart disease. but as you mentioned the coroner found that it was a cardiac or heart event that was complicated by cocaine use. so the cocaine contributed to existing heart disease. >> so the drugs found in her system especially the cocaine, that obviously can make something worse. is there anything else that can contribute to heart disease? >> yeah, there are lots of
factors to heart disease, but in this case, you know, the narrowing of her coronary arteries probably was survivable but when you add cocaine to it, it can cause high blood pressure, which makes your heart work harder and can also narrow already narrow arteries and your heart's not going to get enough blood and you can have a heart attack or an irregular heart beat. so there is no question that cocaine contributed to what was probably survivable but preexisting heart disease. >> and we certainly don't know if whitney houston had any symptoms or any awareness that she might have had heart disease. what symptoms should other women look out for? >> this is important. symptoms in women are very different than in men. women aren't going to have the crushing chest pain we often hear about. women may have more a discomfort in shoulders or neck or even in the upper abdomen or in their upper back. they can also feel some nausea, vomiting, possibly be a little
bit dizzy but they may not have the classic, crushing chest pain. it can be very subtle. >> you know, we hear this and it's described as the number one killer of women but there has to be something we can do to prevent heart disease. >> you're exactly right. you can't fight your genetics but you sure can control your environment because family history is a big risk factor. a lot of things we can control. one thing is maintain a healthy weight. like whitney did. if you're at a healthy weight that's going to decrease your risk. exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day. that's going to help decrease your risk. have a healthy diet, one low in saturated fat. definitely don't smoke. limit alcohol. and, you know, you may be a candidate for aspirin therapy. it's good to contact your health care provider to find out and we heard a lot about aspirin this week that it might even help prevent certain kinds of cancers. so an aspirin a day may help prevent heart disease in this case as well. >> all right. aspirin getting a lot of attention this week for sure. thank you very much. enjoy your day in chicago there. >> thank you, randi.
take care. the man accused in the trayvon martin shooting now has a lawyer. does he have a plan? coming up i'll speak with criminal defense attorney holly hughes about the potential strategy for george zimmerman's team. but first, our travel insider. reynolds traveled about an hour north of atlanta to check out one of the oldest gold mines in the country. >> let's go. >> reporter: first stop, georgia, the consolidated gold mine in dahlonaga. it is what is below ground that really captures the imagination. you this wasn't dug just yesterday. it's been around since 1898. and this is d. harbor the general manager of the mine. how long have people been digging for gold in this part of world? >> gold was first discovered in
1828 and in just one year 13,000 people showed up looking for gold and it became the first major u.s. gold rush. this is hard rock mining. >> there are other types? >> absolutely. we can grab a gold pan and head out to the rivers and streams. >> reporter: all right. show me how this is done. >> fill it up with water. heavy gold is falling to the bottom. if you do your job right you show a find right there. >> reporter: gold. check it out. i've got sand. >> you better keep your day job. >> reporter: unbelievable. thanks for your time. >> thanks for coming. come back to dahlonega. >> all right. we got to hit the road. if you are one of the millions of men
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time for another side bar in our top story of the day. the death of teenager trayvon martin the man at the center of the shooting is george zimmerman who has been staying far from the public spotlight almost since that incident. some neighbors describe him as just another guy but a look into his past reveals a complex individua individual. >> reporter: george michael zimmerman, 28 years old. until a month ago he was his neighbor says just a guy who cared. >> george was a caring, passionate -- he had a passion for the safety of our neighborhood. and he demonstrated to the rest of us that one person could make a difference. he was an average guy just like me. >> reporter: we know him only from what people say of him, from a couple pictures there are of him, and from his voice on the 911 calls he made february 26th, the night he shot and
killed trayvon martin. >> this guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something. it's raining and he is just walking around looking about. >> reporter: zimmerman says the shooting was self-defense. he has not been charged with a crime. what we've been able to piece together about george zimmerman's life you might say is a contradiction. in 2005 he was arrested for resisting a police officer without violence after an incident at a local bar. he pleads not guilty but later he enters a six-month pretrial diversion program as part of a plea deal. as this document shows, it's extended two months because, quote, my program participation has not been satisfactory. later that year, zimmerman and his ex-fiance both file for protection against domestic violence after each alleged there was pushing and hitting. none of this sounds like the boy george and kay hall knew. zimmerman was an altar boy in
the catholic church. he didn't move to florida until after he graduated high school here in manassas, virginia. in this house across the street from hall. >> they were a tight knit family, very good with their children, the children were very well behaved. they didn't run around loose or anything. they were faithful, active in the catholic church. >> this is the george zimmerman, just the guy side, trying to make something of his life. the side george hall knew. zimmerman was a part-time student at seminole state college, studying general education, but today the college withdrew him for safety reasons. he's worked various odd jobs, security for a home party company, and for a time around 2008 he worked at car max. the same year zimmerman applied for and was accepted into a citizens outreach program run by the sheriff's department, which introduces participants to law
enforcement procedures. before he is accepted zimmerman has to explain his 2005 arrest. he writes in part, quote, i hope law enforcement officers in the highest regard as i hope to one day become one. end quote. in fact, a couple years ago, he called his old neighbor george hall asking for a letter of recommendation for a law enforcement application. >> a very positive one. i mean, i have nothing but the strongest positive feelings for the whole family, including the boys. >> reporter: we don't know what happened to the application, but when he volunteered for and became the neighborhood watch captain, a couple years ago, it may have been george zimmerman's way of walking a beat. the trayvon martin shooting has put new attention on the stand your ground law that we spoke about earlier this hour. it is the law in 21 states and its impact on florida is evident. according to the state's department of law enforcement,
florida averaged 12 justifiable homicides a year in the five years before the law's approval. in the six years since that average it's nearly tripled to 33. joining me now is criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor holly hughes to talk more about this. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> earlier in the show we played some sound, a sound bite from former florida governor jeb bush saying the stand your ground law is not applicable in this case and zimmerman's attorney is already talking about self-defense. does that sound like that's the track that they're going to go? >> they don't have any other choice because we know for a fact that george zimmerman is the one who shot trayvon martin. the problem that i see happening here is the police are deciding what the facts are of a court case, which should be a court case. this law was enacted so a jury can decide, is this your defense at trial? did you in fact commit this crime but were justified doing so? so what is happening here is we're having a breakdown. it's not the law necessarily
that's terrible because i agree with ex-governor bush. it doesn't apply here. we need to look at who was the initial aggressor. >> you're right. in a way it sounds like they're figureting out on the street instead of in the courtroom. >> exactly. they're taking it out of the hands of the jury. that's what the jury system is for. >> zimmerman's attorney also said his client has no history of racism, that he's actually mentored two african-american teenagers. how much do you think his history in the black community might play into this? >> i think it will be a huge role, randi, because what we see is we see him following a young man who has done absolutely nothing. now, he is saying while he is on the 911 tape these expletive -- he uses a curse word -- always get away and i'm going to follow him and he just looks suspicious. and we know from the facts that this young man just had on a hoody, right, that's become a big deal. >> right. >> and was carrying a bag of skittles. so why did he target this young man? we need to ask ourselves had
this been a white young man in the same circumstances dressed the same way would he have reacted the same way? absolutely people are going to look at his history. they're going to see if there was a problem. did he target, it's what we call racial profiling when the police do it quite frankly. >> zimmerman has said he was attacked when he went back to meet the officer at his truck but yes. that's what we're trying to figure out. >> yes. >> you mentioned the 911 call. there is some question about whether or not zimmerman used a racial slur. we had it -- we had an audio expert try and analyze it. it is very hard to hear. if they indeed did and we figured that out, does this elevate it then to a federal hate crime? >> it absolutely could, yes. because, again, when you're talking about a hate crime the difference between a hate crime and every other crime on the books is typically it's what did the defendant do. okay? he shot somebody. that's murder. but when you're talking about a hate crime you're asking the jury to get into the head of the defendant and say, but why did dethis?
typically prosecutors never have to prove motive. when you're talking about a hate crime you have to prove motive. >> so that's a pretty critical piece of tape. >> it's a very critical -- >> to find out what's there. >> absolutely. i've heard it as well and i can't make out what's being said. i don't know if there is or there isn't. but everything that he did and didn't do, let's look at this. after he's told we don't need you to follow him by the police, he continues. so he is the aggressor in this situation. even if trayvon, even if and i'm not saying it happened, did swing out, trayvon was defending himself. zimmerman has a gun and trayvon has a bag of skittles. th that's not equal force and at no time interestingly enough from any of 911 callers do we hear anybody say the neighborhood watch guy is following. zimmerman never identifies himself as i'm neighborhood watch, man. can i just talk to you for a minute? >> right. >> why not? it sounds to me like you're spoiling for a fight. you're chasing a young kid down.
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>> i love this story. >> me too. this is the time when we look at our favorite stories of the day or even of the week or weekend and this one really caught our eye. this is the porn star. >> yes. >> the story out of minnesota. this is really something. all right. it's sort of a bizarre twist on an old rite of passage. this 18-year-old high school student mike stone was looking for a special lady we'll say to bring to the prom. well, he sent hundreds of tweets and they went to porn stars and even celebrities like snooki and he got pretty lucky didn't he, reynolds? >> he certainly did. 19-year-old adult entertainer megan piper agreed to be his date. >> here she is. >> the only thing she didn't have is transportation to get to the date itself and what happened, what was the final outcome? >> she tweet ed if you can get e there yes. the tartan high school officials said no way. >> yeah. >> not going to happen. right? >> who didn't see that coming?
mike stone, you're 18 years old, time for a little intervention. i have to give this to you. three things you have to know. i know you're 18, about to leave home but three things you need to know especially when it comes to your parents. first tell your parents you love them every day. always return the car with a full tank of gas. number three, don't invite a porn star to your prom. those three things and life will be easier. >> can you believe she actually said yes? >> i have to respect her for that. that is a good sport but not exactly the smartest move for mike. mike i love you though. you're 18. come on. >> oh, boy. i hope mike is watching this morning. if you are, send me a tweet at randi kaye cnn and let us know what you think about reynolds' advice as well. that was fun. >> unreal. on a much more serious note, to politics now 20 delegates at stake today in the louisiana primary. mitt romney's already got a win this week. our paul steinhauser standing by live to tell us why one win may be all he gets. you're watching cnn saturday morning where news doesn't take the weekend off.
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to take you back live to camp hill, pennsylvania. rick santorum is speaking at a leadership conference. let's listen in for a moment. >> the people of pennsylvania didn't always give me what i wanted but they always gave me what i needed, and it was a great in many respects for me a great gift to get away and separate out, to get back and involved in the private sect or and have a little distance from washington to see what was going on. it was a painful night in many respects that night but it was a night that i felt that i needed
to sort of reassess and take a good look at me and my family and being a husband and father and take that responsibility a little more seriously as the life of a senator that was not one that was necessarily conducive to that. but the greatest gift from a political point of view was that distance, being able to look from the outside in and what was going on. and begin to see the frustration that i would hear from you, from conservatives as the frustration about what was going on in washington that candidly i'll be honest i just didn't quite resonate with me. because you're in there sort of doing the, sort of doing the sausage making. and it's like, well, they don't understand. and in a sense i didn't understand. and that was really a tremendous gift to be able to see it from the perspective of what really
is going on as opposed to what is going on in the fray. it was an eye opening experience and awakening and i took that as a good sort of self-correction and as i continued on in coaching little league and trying to win father of the year award and husband of the year award i always usually sort of lost a nail biter but i kept fighting. i kept fighting doing the best i could and trying to provide for the family. and then barack obama happened and like so many people who were sitting on the sidelines for so long, a lot of conservatives, a lot of tea party people, who, you know, just sort of saw things as, well, you know, things are just not good but it's not the worst thing in the world. things are bad but they can get worse. well, they got worse. and i saw what to me was very, very clear. i think it is to many people.
that fundamental things are at stake in america today. that this isn't just more of the same but a real turning point in our history as a country. and i think like many of you it was not sufficient to sit on the sidelines and throw darts or write columns or whatever was necessary but you had to get out and do something. so i went out and started crossing the country and particularly focused on one bill, obama care. to me, this was the lynch pin of all lynch pins. this was a lynch pin that was going to change the entire interaction between government and the american people. margaret thatcher said when she left the prime ministership of england that she was never able to accomplish what ronald reagan accomplished in transforming america back from the brink of socialism, really, in the 1960s and '70s. she said the reason for that was
the british national health care system. people's dependency on government. people's direct tie to government on something that was absolutely essential for them, their health and their life. and that once the government has you and has that relationship, they've got you. and here i'm seeing what i thought was an incredible act of hubris. well, it was. but a foolish act of hubris on the part of the president. on shoving this health care bill down the throats of the american people. i thought, why are they doing this? i was in the green room. >> you've been listening to rick santorum speaking in pennsylvania. i want to bring in paul steinhouser in washington this morning. we have the louisiana primary today. and rick santorum is in pennsylvania. why do you think that is? >> yeah. a little amusing isn't it? >> yes. >> there's a little logic here. this is a conservative conference of republican and
conservative activists. newt gingrich as well a fellow rival for the gop nomination speaking there a little later today. pennsylvania has an important primary coming up on april 24th. both santorum and gingrich have spent most of the past week campaigning in louisiana so it's not like they weren't thinking about it. santorum goes on to wisconsin and wisconsin has a primary a week from tuesday. >> does he think he is doing well enough in louisiana to not have to be there? >> it's interesting because none of the candidates are there today. they've all moved on. we've seen that a lot in the last couple weeks. they campaign in the state and move on. take a look at the polls. here is a recent one from yesterday. american research group. well, this one indicates a double digit lead. look at that. 16 points for santorum over romney with newt gingrich at 20%. this is a people likely to vote in today's primary. two other polls that came out in the last week also indicate the same thing. a double digit lead for santorum. it's a conservative state. we saw he won mississippi and alabama a week and a half ago
and for mitt romney he hasn't won in the deep south yet and is not expected to do so today but the bigger question is will it really matter? will the santorum win in louisiana really change anything? because the conversation really changed after romney's big win in illinois the other day and it seems like he is now becoming more and more the inevitable nominee. >> santorum really hasn't let up. we heard earlier this week he made the comments about, you know, if mitt romney were to be the nominee he might as well keep obama in the white house. he is trying to walk those back a bit. you expect any fallout to hurt him? >> interesting. that was quite a controversy. that played off the etch a sketch controversy that centered on mitt romney. but santorum did walk back the comments and here is what he said last night. take a listen. >> everybody knows full well my passion about defeating barack obama. and yet we see this ridiculous kinard that is trying to be perpetrated by the romney campaign that somehow or another i would vote for barack obama.
over my dead body would i vote for barack obama. i guess that's pretty clear. listen, the day before he kind of suggested that if romney were the nominee maybe it would be better for people to vote for obama. that is heresy on the republican side. that's why the romney and gingrich campaign pushed back so hard. your absolutely right. neither gingrich nor santorum say publicly they have any desire or thoughts of dropping out at this time and keep saying they'll go all the way to tampa and the convention. we'll see if that really hams. >> i know you are going to tampa. i don't know about anybody else. >> i will be there. >> all right, paul, thank you very much. nice to see you. checking top stories now. an attorney for george zimmerman says self-defense and not race was the motive in the killing of trayvon martin. the shooting has sparked questions about florida's stand your ground law. former governor jeb bush and the law's sponsors all say it does not apply in the martin case. zimmerman's attorneys agree
saying the statute is mainly used when someone is at home. a grand jury is scheduled to meet on the case next month but a decision on charges could come before that. the u.s. military says army staff sergeant robert bales could face the death sentence if he is convicted in the shooting death of afghan villagers. bales faces 17 murder charges. he also faces charges of attempted murder and assault. he is being held at fort leavenworth, kansas. new video just in to cnn shows the chaotic scene inside the apartment where a french gunman made his final stand. mohammed merah, who was shot dead by police was wanted for the killings of seven people including three children. his brother currently being questioned by police. the african union plans to deploy 5,000 troops to hunt down ugandan warlord joseph kony. his rebel group the lord's resistance army is accused of mass atrocities including killings, rapes, and kidnappings of children. the announcement comes just weeks after the kony 2012 documentary captured worldwide attention on youtube.
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where police pulled over none other than the caped crusader himself or a pretty good look-alike with his very own batmobile. photos of the traffic stop have been posted on facebook. police minority taare not talkie incident. >> our main message is we don't want this in our community because it not only affects the small community but the larger community. >> in stone park, illinois a group of nuns is trying to stop a new $3 million strip club from opening just a few feet away from their retirement home. about 300 neighbors joined the nuns to voice their concerns. they are hoping to convince local leaders and the club owner to move the club someplace else but according to affiliate wgn that is unlikely. the strip club is set to open in april. in western palm beach county, florida scary moments for the pilot and copilot of the sheriff's department helicopter. they suffered minor injuries when the chopper was forced to make a hard landing. no word yet on the cause.
and let's take a check in now with reynolds wolf who is looking at the weather for us today. reynolds? what do you have? what's going on up there? >> you know, i'm still trying to get my mind on weather. i'm still blown away by the bad man story. you figure if you're the caped crusader you would be able to get away out of a ticket if you're going 15 miles over the speed limit somehow but apparently it didn't work for him. go figure. i tell you what. if the caped crusader happened to be in parts of the midwest they'd be dealing with the wreckage yesterday. we did have tornadoes in parts of the midwest. now we're seeing the frontal boundary drive to the eastern seaboard so any person who happens to be in the carolinas you'll be dealing with the scattered showers. everywhere you see the light blue that is very light precipitation but where it's green that is the heavier stuff. it's going to get heavier as the day wears on. out west we're seeing not only rain but snow in the higher elevations so you could have rough driving especially into the sierra nevada mountains. not expecting a great deal of heavy snowfall. only 3 to 6 but that combined with the wind could give you rough conditions out there. keep the lights on low beam. speaking of bad driving
conditions, upper midwest, lower great lakes low visibility less than a half mile due to heavy fog north of the twin cities. also near thunder bay could be very rough but as the day warms up a bit you can expect the fog to dissipate. some other great news, beautiful conditions for the central and southern plains. a round of glofl in dallas, picture perfect. high temperatures for the day only into the very, very, say the 60s, 70s, 80s in a few spots but in parts of the midwest it will remain cool because of the area of low pressure that is going to drift to the east in places like new york where for the time being it's relatively dry. all the rain is coming to you as we fast forward into sunday morning. then as we take a look at your temperatures again, mild air funneling behind that low with 65 your high in chicago. 76 in denver. 50 in san francisco. 60 in seattle. 82 in new orleans. what does this mean to you if you're traveling around the country? you can expect delays. the worst are going to be parts of the eastern seaboard. charlotte could be a problem. all your airports in washington, d.c. could have a few backups there. later on in the day it should get better out west though.
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welcome back everyone to cnn saturday morning where news and of course sports doesn't take the weekend off. sports guru joe carter joining me now. first, good morning to you. >> good morning to you. >> we've been talking a lot about this case about trayvon martin. >> yes. >> now it seems as though a lot
of the anger building around the nation is making its way into the sports world as well. >> we're having this discussion this morning in the sports office and saying a lot of the nba guys are just a few years removed from trayvon's age, and we talk a lot about the whole hoody thing that he was gunned down obviously while wearing a hooded sweat shirt. we're seeing several nba players, big stars as a matter of fact, showing that hoody look with the hood over the top of the head as a form of expression obviously to show support for trayvon and his family and also their anger toward the whole situation. we've just seen carmelo anthony as a matter of fact a knicks star who post'd picture of himself on twitter. it says i am trayvon martin. he sent this out to his more than 1.8 million followers. you got lebron james, dwayne wade, and the entire miami heat team donning the hoodies. they took this in a team hotel. their heads are bowed, hands stuffed in their pockets. the miami heat organization has come out and said they fully support their actions for doing this. and then before last night's
game amari stoudemire during pregame warm-ups donned a hoody here. you see him as he is in shoot arounds there. he is from the orlando area and he says he hopes something positive can come from the whole fire storm. you know, this tragedy that's cause ad fire storm nationally. and even the nba players association has come out and been very vocal about this. they just posted a statement on their website basically saying that they want to see action against george zimmerman, the alleged shooter, as well as action against sanford police. they want the officials to step down. so very vocal from the nba players and the players association. >> it certainly is interesting to see how big it's getting. let me ask you about another story, the whole bounty controversy. sean payton out of the saints organization apologizing? >> well, you know, this week was a huge week in the nfl. obviously with peyton manning and tim tebow then sean payton the most, the stiffest penalty we've ever seen in the nfl. >> right. >> obviously roger goodall is proving he in fact does want to see the nfl be a much safer
game. sean payton is basically, yeah. apologizing for lack of a better word. the nfl did slap him with a one-year suspension for putting bounties on players, on opposing players and we expected maybe a press conference but he actually put out a sfamt and we've got most of it here for you. it says i share and fully support the league's concerns and goals on player safety. it is and should be paramount, respecting our great game and the nfl shield is extremely important to me. our organization will implement all necessary protections and protocols and i will be more vigilant going forward. i am sorry for what has happened and as a head coach take full responsibility. the suspension is going to last an entire year and cost about $5.8 million in salary. >> wow. tiger woods, we were talking about this earlier, he has his game back it seems. >> if you like golf or even if you don't, when tiger is involved it seems that everybody kind of perks up and pay a little more attention. there is so much basketball going on right now. yeah. tiger, we're seeing vintage tiger for the first time in two and a half years tied for the lead. >> wow. >> for the first time in two and
a half years at a pga tour event. it's been a long time since tiger has won at a pga tour event. there was concern he might be injured because he backed out of his last tournament but he looks healthy. he only had one bogey in 36 holes. we did have a gator on the hole yesterday. literally too close for comfort. you see it in the water. it crawls its way actually on to the course. they had to stop play for a few moments but did eventually resume because the gator was like okay. >> those things are fast, too. >> i don't know how much even on a tested speed. >> they can get you. >> you speak from experience? >> i've seen all the signs spending a lot of time in florida. >> gators are dangerous. >> all right. nice to see you. >> you too. >> thank you. armed to the teeth for a little trip. you just won't believe what one guy tried to get on an airplane with. we'll show you next. r ] the next generation of lexus cannot be contained. [ clang ] the all-new 2013 lexus gs.
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checking out stories, an attorney for george zimmerman says self-defense and not rape was the motive in the killing of trayvon martin. the shooting has sparked questions about florida's stand your ground law. florida governor jeb bush and the law's sponsors all say it does not apply to the martin case. zimmerman's attorney agrees saying the statute is mainly used when someone is at home. the grand jury is scheduled to meet on the case next month but a decision on charges could well come before that. a montana man being held without bail after he tried to board an airplane in sacramento fully armed. tsa agents found three guns in his carry on bag. he also had a loaded gun in a holster. authorities also found 192 rounds of ammo and three knives. eight more guns were in the guy's car. louisiana voters will finally get their say as they cast their ballots in the latest republican primary today. it could turn out to be a very big day if you're rick santorum. recent polls suggest the former pennsylvania senator has a commanding lead over the rest of
the field. and president obama will arrive in south korea this evening where leaders from 50 countries are gathering for a nuclear summ summit. on the agenda ways to control the spread of nuclear materials. it is the president's first foreign visit of the year. we'll have live coverage tomorrow morning starting at 5:30 a.m. eastern time. pope benedict xvi is trading the friendly confines of vatican city for mexico. it is the first stop in a six-day tour that will take him to cuba. he'll meet with the mexican president and preside over a sunday mass. coming up on "your bottom line" why some of the brightest minds in the country are saying our ailing education system is leading to a national security risk. then the va von martin tragedy. the investigation is ongoing and so is the emotional debate. at dinner tables around the nation. we'll talk to leann truey the inspiration for the movie "the blind side" the mother of two sons one black and one white. hear how because of the world