tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN June 22, 2012 7:00pm-8:00pm EDT
him from going to the highly anticipated euro 2012 soccer match today. greece took a shellacking from germany. germany was favored to win. the bookies only gave greece 17-2 odds. so the outcome was predictable. sort of like the break-up of the eu. italian prime minister mario monty warned today of the apocalypse. saying there is only one week left to save the euro zone. that's after the leaders of germany, france, spain and italy met today, to once again say we're going to do whatever it takes to strengthen our monetary union. the problem is they talk a lot and they don't do much. they have not done that yet. no one expects them to do anything soon. it will be of magnitude enough to solve the crisis. what is the obsession with keeping europe together? does it add up to more trouble than it's worth? we've been telling you "outfront" for weeks that the financial price tag to bail out europe could be as much as $6 trillion. that's according to several
analysts. $6 trillion would be about eight t.a.r.p.s. does anyone think greece or spain will pay all the money they have borrowed back, ever? heck, does anyone expect the united states to pay our dealts back? we have a debt crisis around the planet. europe, maybe it's time to grease the wheels and break up, even though it's hard to do. after all, the eu has only been around since 1992. they only got that currency in 2000. it's not hard to imagine life without it. sure, it would be horribly painful. it would be a terrible break-up. but it might add up to less pain than forcing a union that simply can't cut it. "outfront" tonight, the president of the american action forum and former director of the congressional budget office. great to see you as always. >> miss erin. >> what's the issue here, is europe in denial? >> i think so. you know, the real obsession with keeping the union together is a political obsession. it is a deep belief that as individual countries, european countries will not have a big influence on international
affairs. by holding the union together, they hope that they can remain a force in the future of global affairs. the trouble is, the economics don't add up. and they don't have the money to make it happen. >> yeah, i know that number, $6 trillion, is -- i mean, very smart people have put it out there. but other people say it will cost a lot less. even a lot less is $2 trillion, $3 trillion. this is an incredibly huge sum of money. it's pretty fair to say, right, that a lot of these countries are not going to pay it back, ever? no matter whether it's euros. >> yeah, no, it's quite clear greece will not repay all its debts. they've told private sector lenders to get ready for a so-called haircut which means you're not getting all your money back. the real problem has been that early on it was clear that greece needed a big check. and -- to keep them in the union. and they were unwilling to write that check. by kicking this can down the road for quite some time now, the check's gotten bigger. portugal's in trouble. spain's in trouble. unless they take decisive
action, next week's summit is going to be a disappointment. >> what's going to happen? is it inevitable? i'm sure there's days where they say, look, we're going to give european deposit insurance and everyone's going to cheer and markets around the world will surge. that would be a great day. a few days later, they'll do something that isn't perfect and markets will plunge, right? so is it inevitable that they lose this fight? politically commit to it now but they're going to lose? >> they have two different problems. they're related. one is their banking system, which has real serious problems with lack of capital and, now, people insecure about it and taking the money out. you might make the european central bank the chief regulator and allow it to provide deposit insurance and do some things to shore up the banking system. that wouldn't solve the fundamental noncompetitiveness of the greek economy or the portuguese economy. and the fact that their debt burdens are too high for them to ever realistically pay off. so they can perhaps make some headway on one problem. but they're not going to solve the sovereign problem at all. >> so, doug what is the bottom line? the other thing is of course bill gross has been talking
about, look at france, france has problems. a lot of the -- off balance sheet. the way i like to say it is hiding loans from the rest of the world. germany hase s thathat. i'm not saying the countries are in the same sort of spot but there's issues everywhere. i mean,going to eventually be more painful for the united states, given our tight ties to europe, for them to stay together or to muddle along and either desperately get it together at the end or break up? >> i'm deeply concerned about that. in addition to france, spain, it turned out, had all sets of regional dealt debts no one kne about. if the clock ticks and the break-up is very disorderly, we know what happens. european growth goes away. that hurt us. the european banking system becomes suspect. our overseas business gets hurt. if investors will wide panic, there's simply no good news. there's some real risk not just for europe but for the global economy. >> bottom line, doug, could they say, swallow their pride, because that really seems to be
what it's about, swallow their pride and come up with a set of rules to break up, an orderly break-up, is it possible? >> the sooner they announce what they're going to do i think the better. they could have a disguised break-up where they have essentially two euro, one for the noncompetitives, the other for the northern economies. the status quo is unsustainable and they need to acknowledge that. >> thank you very much. see if they put politics aside and do what appear to be the right thing. still "outfront" with big cuts in america's defense coming, lawmakers are getting cold feet. will they rise to be heroes or are they just not mature enough to make the big decisions? that's how my mother used to say that word when she was mad at me and i hated it. that's congress' words, not mine. john boehner warns republicans. are they about to get a huge political win? and then, that's a clown question, bro, but it's also potentially a big moneymaker. (phone ringing)
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our second story "outfront." a new ruling tonight on president obama's health care reform law? >> had a brief moment of celebration because the supreme court ruled obama care is unconstitutional. don't think the fight is over, because it isn't. >> the problem is is the supreme court actually didn't make a ruling yet. and isn't expected to make a ruling on the president's health care bill till next week. now, the man you saw there was
richard murdoch, the indiana republican nominee for the u.s. senate. getting a little bit "outfront" of the decision, the ad was posted on his website temporarily yesterday and then removed, maybe, because house speaker john boehner warned republicans not to do any touchdown dances for fear of looking inconsiderate while americans struggled to pay for health care. if the court strikes down all or part of the president's health care reform law, there will be no spiking of the ball. james carville, rahim saleh are with us. there is still premature celebrating going on. >> yeah, think that's deeply unwise. i think that as a policy matter, i might be sympathetic to the idea that the mandate really stretches the constitution. but what people have to understand is the individual mandate piece was the way that president obama tried to win over the health insurance industry. there are a lot of folks who believe if this goes down, an
equity analyst at barclays confide capital said health insurance stocks would go down by as much as 30%. this sent shockwaves through the system. before we get too quick about this, recognize the health insurance industry has tremendous power and influence. they're going to be disappointed if the mandate piece of it is unspooled. >> i find it hard to sympathize. most americans do. >> absolutely. >> james carville what do you think, though? obviously, the american public hugely divided on the health care bill. 51% say they'll be unhappy if the entire law is left in place. i mean, deeply split when you look at the american people. so if it's struck down, is this an opportunity for the president to motivate his base and say, look, he needs us now more than ever? >> that's kind of a question. why do we think if they strike it down 5-4 that's going to be a good thing for republicans? i don't necessarily believe that. it may. once this thing hits, these
numbers are going to change dramatically one way or another. i've always said, look, from a strictically political standpoint, i think a 5-4 decision striking down individual mandate, which would probably mean a whole -- the whole bill would become unworkable, then the republicans own the issue. i think it's a good bill. trust me, policywise, i agree with the bill. politically, 5-4 decision against the democrats, i don't know why anybody would want to spike the ball if they're republican. i'm not sure that's very good politics for them. >> why? go ahead, james. why wouldn't it be? a win's a win. >> well, no, it's not. first of all, it looks like it's a deeply partisan thing. second, a lot of parts of that health care bill are really popular to people. it's going to look like -- and people don't like the idea of the supreme court overturning an act of congress. it may be a win. i'm just saying i'm not certain that it is. i tend to think a 5-4 against would actually help the democrats ever so much. >> he's got a good point. in terms of it would be perceived as partisan. the democrats certainly could make the argument. >> look, i think that democrats
who take that view, for example, president obama's tried to campaign against citizens united, for example. there's a small number of progressive democrats who pay attention to such things. the question is will there be a larger number of independents or swing voters who are going to say wow the president devoted a big chunk of two really big critical years to passing this law. and it uturns out it's unconstitutional. what many people will say is the house law was far more bulletproof in constitutional terms than the senate law. after scott brown was elected that complicated the politics of it. they had to scramble through to get through a senate bill that was really problematic. that's what a lot of folks on the hill will tell you . i think that's one thing you can say. he didn't think to make this bulletproof. i do agree with james, though, this is not necessarily a slam dunk for republicans. it really means chaos. it really bheens things could move in all kinds of different directions. >> is there something to be save about rahim's point?
that some will say, you spent two years on this and we're here and you could have spent the time on something economic? bring that frustration back? >> number one, the supreme court has held since they've been pulling. secondly, it's a 5-4 thing. citizens united has had a lot to do with. look, if this thing is knocked down 7-2 that's another result. i think it's going to be received differently. if it's 5-4, five republican judges knock it down, i'm not sure that people are going to say it doesn't matter what obama's going to do, they're just going to be against him no matter what. i'm not positive that that is, but that is one result that could happen. again, you have the supreme court overturning an act of congress. which to some people that's not going to sit well. >> -- any number of outcomes, right? it could be that independents are going to think, gosh, this is yet another sign of a failed presidency. you could be very right. people could focus on the
supreme court. >> i'm not -- understand what i'm saying. people just saying it is not a given a 5-4 against hurts democrats. it may. i'm just saying it's not a given. we shouldn't assume. >> i agree with you completely. it could motivate donors. in a way that winds up being useful. >> the bottom line, america knows we have a major health care problem. an ap poll today says 77% of americans if this bill is struck down wants congress to go back the next day and start working on a new health care bill. interesting point. still "outfront," what does this make you think of? [ "deliverance" them playing ] why the impression of one georgia town doesn't add up. then -- >> i'm not answering that. that's a clown question, bro. >> that young ball player may have hit a home run with that answer. in here, heavy rental equipment in the middle of nowhere,
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[ "deliverance theme playing ] ♪ the film follows four friends on a canoeing trip that turns into a terrifying struggle to survive. it was shot in northern georgia and sparked a tourism boon for the whole area. it also painted local residents as backward, unsophisticated and inbred. martin savidge went back. >> reporter: every year, hundreds of thousands of people come to north georgia, thanks, in large part, to the movie "deliverance." >> essentially started the whitewater rafting industry in the southeast. >> reporter: annually, tourism brings in $42 million to the area. when the movie was made, it brought cameras and excitement to raven county. many locals signed up to be extras. only to be horrified by what emerged from hollywood.
the infamous "squeal like a pig" male rape scene was especially shocking here in the heart of the bible belt. 40 years later, there's still anger. >> we were portrayed as ignorant backward scary deviant redneck hillbillies. that stuck with us through all these years. in fact, that was probably the furthest thing from the truth. >> reporter: he's right. raven county is actually a second home to many wealthy southerners. >> this would be a dream come true. >> reporter: the average house cost $2 million to $3 million. this one, nearly $10 million. >> when people build houses and they come here, they need art on their walls. >> reporter: the area has dozens of trendy galleries. rather than toothless sociopaths, more than 80% of the county's residents are high school graduates. >> my show starts -- >> reporter: actor ronnie cox who played drew is sympathetic.
>> there are a lot of people, that became a really tough pill to swallow. i think some people missed the artistic essence of it, the value of it. >> reporter: and then there's billy redon. you remember him. ♪ you think if anyone would be angry, it would be billy. he's not. and he can't understand, after 40 years, why others still are. >> i think they just need to just let it go and let this be a movie. that's all it is, just a movie. >> pretty amazing. i know, martin, you were saying the weird thing is, he didn't even play the banjo in real life. you've got the 40th anniversary. how are locals reacting to that? happy or angry? >> reporter: you know, it
depends who you talk to, erin. there are still some people you can talk to here, that movie still brings some real pain. when they tried to pull together the funding for the festival, they were afraid they wouldn't be able to do it because of the emotions that are running here. but it's going ahead. in fact, tomorrow night, they're going to show the 40th anniversary version of the movie "deliverance." we'll let you know how it goes. >> i'm looking forward to it. thanks so much to martin savidge. okay, this is bryce harper. show you who he is. good looking outfielder for the washington nationals. earlier this month, he was in toronto for a game against the blue jays when a reporter asked him if he planned to enjoy any canadian beer while he was there. harper, look at this guy, i mean, come on, can't you tell he's a mormon who doesn't drink? he responded like this. >> i'm not answering that. that's a clown question, bro. >> maybe it's just the delivery,
too. it's a clown question, bro. the phrase quickly went viral. dozens of people posted that clip on youtube. now more than 1 million people have looked at it. even senator harry reid used the line during a press conference. >> i don't want to answer that question. that's a clown question, bro. >> fellow mormon. of course people are trying to cash in on the line's popularity it the nationals are in colorado on monday. and so this is actually pretty cool. we can exclusively unveil this. the denver beer company releasing a limited edition of clown question canadian las vegas lager. there are a ton of shirts. this is why i love america. look at all these entrepreneurs. we got all these "clown question, bro" shirts in two days. this is crazy. that brings me to tonight's "number." 86 -- not 876. okay, 85651210.
got it? really important. it's the serial number of the trademark registration for, quote, that's a clown question, bro. on june 13th, the day after bryce harper first used the phrase, his quick thinking attorney went online and paid $320 to trademark the phrase. that attorney should get a raise. that is impressive. which means now if you try to use the phrase on any sort of apparel without permission, bryce harper's lawyers will have some tough questions for you. and there's nothing funny about that, bro. all right, ahead tonight, a member of congress says his colleagues are not mature, mature enough to solve this country's financial crisis. another member strongly disagrees. comes out front. and the jerry sandusky case. the jury comes back over and over to ask the judge questions.
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we start the second half of our show with stories we care about, where we focus on our own reporting from the front lines. tonight, there are conflicting reports about which presidential candidate has won egypt's crucial election. those conflicting reports sparked unrest in cairo's tahrir square today. those pictures reminiscent of when the revolution began there. the semiofficial news site
reporting that ahmed rafik, the last prime minister under hosni mubarak, very much an insider with the military and old guard, will be named the country's new president on sunday. other reports say mohamed morsi, the muslim brotherhood candidate, is in the lead. many reports across the middle east say he'll be declared the winner. we are hearing there could be some serious issues in egypt in terms of the response of the electorate. an electoral official tell us authorities are still reviewing about 400 violation reports submitted by the candidates about things they said went wrong in the elections. for the first time, a high-ranking official in the u.s. catholic church has been convicted for handling sexual abuse claims. this afternoon, a jury convicted philadelphia monsignor william lynn of one count of child endangerment. prosecutors claim that lynn, who was responsible for investigating abuse claims, they say he played down credible accusations and reassigned known predator priests to other
parishes. he's scheduled to be sentenced on august 13th and faces up to seven years in prison. terrence mckwernen, who runs the websitish about shall acredibility.org told us this is a watershed moment in the catholic abuse crisis. and three russian warships apparently heading closer to syria. a u.s. official has told our barbara starr that paperwork has been filed for the ships, declaring their intent to move from the black sea into the mediterranean by next week. over the past several days, the ships have been spotted at a port where they were being loaded up with weapons and supplies. russian officials have denied the ships are headed to syria. they deny they are arming syria. but obviously this -- it could be a watershed moment. general motors recalling nearly 475,000 chevrolet cruzes in the u.s. and canada. this includes all cruzes made in the u.s. from september 2010 through now. the recall is to modify the engine. they say there could be oil trapped there, creating fire
hazard. there haven't been injuries or fatalities reported but the national traffic highway administration opened up investigations. keep in mind gm has four mentions in the national highway transportation safety authority monthly recall report just this year so far. it's been 320 day since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? well, stocks today shrugged off yesterday's sell-off. the dow ended the day up by 67 points. now or fourth story "outfront." buck mckeon says he expects congress to, quote, kick the can down the road. we're all going to come together and have a kumbaya moment on this? i don't see it. let's get together now and say we're not mature enough to handle this. and make some decisions right away. in other words, tell the american people they're going to delay those defense cuts because congress isn't mature enough to do a grand bargain and deal with the broader spend and
entitlement issues. mckeon is a decent bargaining position. even if you think this country is way too reliant on defense spending, the numbers don't lie. even before the looming sequestration cuts coming at the end of the year, the pentagon agreed to cut a lot of money. nearly $500 billion. those cuts alone, according to the u.s. treasury, hit it country's growth, just in the first quarter of this year, we grew 1.9%. when you're below 2%, that means you're not getting jobs. that's the whole problem right now. if the defense cuts weren't in there, we would have grown 2.7%. that means a lot of jobs. this really, really moves the needle for this country. so should congress kick the can down the road with the short-term solution? just before the show, i spoke with democratic congressman loretta can shez of california. she's a member of the house armed services committee. i asked her if she's okay with mckeon's idea of kicking the can down the road. >> well, think it's wrong. we've known about sequestration
now since last august when the majority of republicans proposed that and put forward that for a vote and it is the law. we have known that the super committee didn't get its work done now since before january. and so we've had plenty of time. i've asked plenty of republicans on the committee. sit down with us. talk to us. work with us to find the extra cuts we need to find. i don't think there's another $500 billion or $600 billion to be cut from defense. but i do believe we can still find some more money. >> where? >> i agree with him in the sense that we're already on a path of cutting about $480 billion even prior to that. >> right, where would you find the $500 billion that doesn't come from defense? >> excuse me? >> where would you find $500 billion to replace the defense see quest they're doesn't come from defense? >> well what some of our proposals have been, for example, you've heard chairman
levin, over on the senate side, saying, i think we can find another $100 billion to cut from defense. but that means we're still talking about $400 billion. we've told them in order to do this, you have to sit down and you have to help us find revenues. meaning that some of those loopholes have to go away. that corporations are doing. some of the moneys that go way overseas. in the cayman islands and other places. we have to do away with those loopholes in order to find the revenue we need to continue to have a strong military. but they have refused to put any revenue on the table. >> well, i'm a little confused by that. mike lee's been on this show. senator rand paul's been on this show. they have been categorical they would allow loopholes to be closed. a lot of them would affect the wealthiest americans. yesterday rand paul said yes, i'd close some of those. so it sounds to me like you
should be able to get a deal done. >> well, i would hope that we would. i mean, i'm willing to sit down right now. i know that we've had several of us on the committee, democrats. we've also sat down with some of the republicans. we've had some of them say, listen, we understand revenues need to be put on the table, but we don't know how to broach this. we don't know how to bring this to the table, if you will. so, i mean, we're trying to find ways in which, you know, it's not about we won or they won, it's about getting the thing done. >> what about -- so when we looked at analysis from the congressional research service about closing loopholes, if you close all the tax loopholes in this country, you get $1.1 trillion. we're only bringing in $2.5 trillion in tax revenue a year. it is an incredibly large sum of money. even if you kept the earned income tax credit, child credit, things that helped the poorest americans, you're still going to get $800 trillion. that does mean the wealthy will
pay more. is that a deal you would be willing to do? >> well, i think every loophole should be looked at and everyone should be considered. i know there is money there. as you've said, we've estimated there's over $1 trillion in loopholes. you know, we should not be rewarding companies who are deciding, for tax reasons, because they don't want to pay taxes, that they're going to go out of the country and put up some fake, you know, jurisdiction in the cayman islands or some other place, so they can stop paying taxes to america. we shouldn't have the kind of things like the facebook guy who moved to singapore so when he told his shares in facebook he would not have to pay taxes to america. it's just the wrong way to do business. >> it may be, but that's not where the money is. the money is the credits that employers get for health care. they take those away, it could affect health care for americans. it's the mortgage interest deduction. it's the deduction we all get for our state and local taxes.
that's where the money is. is there a willingness to close those loopholes? >> well, i will tell you, as an american who applies the alternative minimum tax to my taxes, i don't get credit for those, because i end up paying the alternative minimum tax. there are plenty of americans who are making under $200,000 for example who are paying anyway. it's the upper americans, it's the americans making $1 million or more, who are actually finding ways to effectively bring down their tax rate. so yeah, i would say let's eliminate some of those loopholes. >> all right, well, congresswoman sanchez, thanks so much. still "outfront," breaking news, a turkish plane shot down and the country that has now admitted to it tonight could surprise you. plus, an unbelievable thing happened in the jerry sandusky trial. his defense attorney told reporters how he'd react if his client was found not guilty.
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down by syria. the syrian government says it entered syrian airspace. the governors of both countries are searching for the missing turkish pilots. ivan watson live tonight in istanbul. what's the risk this could lead to further violence between syria and turkey? it seems serious, to shoot down a fighter jet. >> reporter: very serious. and these are two neighboring countries that have basically severed diplomatic relations between each other over the syrian crackdown on the revolution there. what's remarkable is that despite the fact they don't have ambassadors in each other's countries, they're working together right now to search for the two missing turkish air crewmen. despite the fact that the syrians have conceded their anti-aircraft shot down the turkish warplane when it was about less than 1 mile, they claim, off of the syrian shore in the eastern mediterranean. the turks have confirmed that the syrians shot down their warplane. they, too, are saying syrian vessels wi s wits are working w
ships to search for the two missing turkish pilots. it looks like both sides, despite the deadly seriousness of this incident, are trying to play this down. and if you need any evidence, just look at when they waited to release the information of the shootdown, after midnight on a friday night local time. erin. >> pretty amazing. of course ivan is still there to get the information. thanks so much to ivan. now, let's check in with anderson with a look at what's coming up. i know you're going to have more with ivan, right? >> yeah, we are, more on this breaking news. it's really important news. we're going to try to figure out what the next move for nato is. and for turkey after the jet was shot down. we'll have an update from the pentagon. also tonight, keeping them honest report on -- drew griffin has been trying to get answers from a powerful republican congressman, florida's buchanan. federal investigations are looking into his business practices as well as his campaign practices.
we'll tell you what he's accused of and what it could mean for his career. also tonight, my conversation with the bus monitor relentlessly bullied by seventh graders. what she thinks now of her newfound fame, and her reaction to my interview with the father of one of the children who tormented her. we're going to talk to that father tonight. karen is going to react after that interview. we'll also talk to a police officer who's been investigating these kids to see what, if any, kind of punishment they may face. a lot more at the top of the hour. >> thanks, anderson. now, our fifth story "outfront." verdict watch tonight in the sex abuse case against former assistant penn state football coach jerry sandusky. the jury is sequestered. they began day two of deliberations by asking to rehear some testimony from key witnesses. including mike mcqueary. they asked the judge to clarify a question about circumstantial
evidence. sandusky is accused of molesting ten boys over 15 years. the charges, there are 48 counts of abuse. sara ganham is outside the courthouse. i wanted to start off with the pretty shocking news today. according to reporters, the defense attorney, joe amendola, gave an impromptu briefing to reporters. and said, quote, he'd die of a heart attack if sandusky beat all the charges and got off as innocent. that is an incredible thing, right? the. >> i've been covering amendola. i was not surprised at all. he can be very chatty, very charming. we saw this from him in his interactions in the courtroom. with witnesses, with jurors. this is kind of just his personality. that he would say something like this off the cuff. i know it's a shocking thing. sounds like a shocking thing to say. but he can't resist.
he walks into court every day. he can't resist saying something. we heard a couple days ago he compared a trial to a soap opera and mentioned the soap opera "all my children," which is something people talked about all day long. he says things like this. i think -- maybe he thinks it's funny, i don't know. this is kind of his personality. >> where do you think they are in terms of a verdict? do you expect something to happen tonight? you can get a little bit of a sense based on what they're asking about what victim and about what count as to how far down the charge sheet they are, right? >> right. we know they have been going through some of the -- the two cases where there are witnesses. and no alleged victims. the accusers didn't actually take the stand. the people who took the stand were witnesses. and those are two of the cases that the defense really went through and attacked and said there really isn't enough evidence here. those are the two questions they asked, regarding those two cases.
they did just come back from an hour dinner break and the only word we got is they went back to deliberate. their sequestered. they get to set their own schedule. could be another last night. they could decide to go into the weekend. i'm just not sure. it's going to be up to them. >> thanks very much to sara. we appreciate it. now, thomas kline. the attorney for victim number five who testified last week he was sexually abused by jerry sandusky in the showers at penn state university. also in pennsylvania waiting for the verdict. good to see you, sir. let me just start by asking you, what's your reaction to what joe al men dole la told reporters, that he would die of a heart attack if his client was found innocent. i know sarah says that's sort of the way he talks. as someone watching this, i was rather shocked to hear a defense attorney speak like that. >> am i on? >> yes, you are. >> i'm sorry. >> that's okay. >> i'm sorry, what's my -- we're
in a large compound as you know. my reaction -- >> yeah, your reaction to joe amendola. >> go ahead. well, joe amendola has been colorful throughout this whole thing. before he was gagged. it sounded to me like a lawyer who knew something about something. he obviously knows what the jury wanted read back. i'm questioning whether there have been questions that the jury has been asking which have been fielded in this back and forth. i don't know. but it sounds to me like amendola knows something about something. >> thomas, what about your client, victim number five, as he is known, who had testified about being sexually assaulted by jerry sandusky in the showers at penn state university? where is he? where is he awaiting this verdict? >> he's awaiting the verdict at home. he's had an enormously supportive family, a wonderful girlfriend, a lot of friends who
have put him through this whole ordeal. i think he is an exam particular of the other young men. he and i text regularly. the last that he and i went back and forth, he told me this has been really painful for him, really painful. >> has he wanted to or taken the opportunity to speak, spend time with some of the other victims who testify? >> he has not. one of the themes during this trial was that these young men somehow conspired and defense counsel for mr. sandusky had repeatedly tested that in the courtroom. but the fact of the matter is that my client, a terrific young man, with a terrific family, has really looked to them for support. there has been, to my knowledge, no contact. at any time since he first heard the police knock on his door. he's looked to his family for support. >> i know your client is now 23
years old. was assaulted when he was 12 or 13. there's a crucial part about that assault, which is that it happened in the penn state showers after mike mcqueary had seen another boy assaulted, after he told joe paterno about it, after penn state management was aware of it. you've been very open that you are going to pursue legal action, financial action, against penn state, right? >> i have been. and i think that there is absolutely nothing to apologize for. penn state themselves have already admitted, as much as a, quote, cover-up, by at least one trustee. we're going to wait for the report. we've been promised it will be open and honest. we're going to evaluate it. then we are going to pursue penn state. there is no doubt that penn state was the enabler here. there is no doubt that young men like this, victims like this, are entitled to recourse in the civil courts. there's no doubt that civil courts are exactly where we can conduct the same kind of
investigation that's been done by the attorney general's office. >> all right. well, thanks very much -- >> so i -- my pleasure. it's been nice to be here. >> all right, thank you. everyone, you know what, i bet you wouldn't aware of this, but if you watch this show, you won't be surprised to learn it here. it's international camel day today. let's drink a toast. i brought the wine. next. [ tires squeal, engine revs ] ♪ ♪ ♪
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june 22nd. one of the longest and, this year, apparently hottest days of the year. the day ken griffey jr. broke babe ruth's records for most hum home runs. most importantly, it is international camel day. i know you've been waiting for this since june 23rd, 2011. that brings me to carmel winery. a vineyard i visited in israel. just south of haifa. they had a camel problem but figuring out how to solve it one po pour at a time. israel is proud of a lot of things. but wine? >> ooh, israeli champagne. and it's vanilla. >> maybe bad wine. not exactly your best.
carmel has been working hard to change that. wine obviously a big part of israel's ancient history. people don't always think of israel and wine together but you're saying they'd be wrong. >> well, the rebirth of israel wine industry took place here. the roth childs built two big wineries. and rebuilt the wine industry. >> here? >> israel's biggest and most historic winery. >> the rothchilds invested more in this winery than they did in their famous french chateau le fiq. >> 120 years old. built by the rothchilds to keep a cooler temperature. >> today, carmel has to worry about more than the weather. they're concerned about camels. i heard a rumor in some of your vineyards you have a bit of a camel problem. >> yes in our winery, based in telerad, the big pests there are camels. >> pests? >> well, pests. they come and eat the vines.
eat it like a salad right down to the roots. that's a problem that you get with a winery in the desert. >> a quandary carmel turned into a wine. so how much more opportunity is there in israel in wine? >> israel's a tiny country. it would fit into new jersey. but the wine is improving leaps and bounds. 20 years ago, it was a wine desert. now we're getting wines with scores from robert parker. >> let's be honest, we're all still wondering, just how good is this stuff? robert park, the most influential wine critic in the world. rated carmel among the best in the industry. so this is a 91 parker? >> three times in the last four years it's got over 90 points from parker. it's carmel limited edition 2008. it's a bordeaux blend which means it's made up of five grapes traditionally from bordeaux. i hope you like it.
>> yeah. i did. "anderson cooper 360" starts now. erin, thanks very much. good evening. we begin tonight with breaking news. potentially the spark that ignites a power keg. a very tense moment. a turkish warplane is down. syria says it shot it down. turkey lost track of the warplane reportedly an american-made f-4 phantom over the mediterranean not far from the syrian border. the syrians claim the fighter was shot down after crossing into syria at high speed and low altitude. warships from both countries now searching for the crew, which would be a two-man crew, if indeed the missing plane is an f-4. turkey also flies f-16s, most of which carry a single pilot. the prime minister tonight meeting with cabinet members. the prime minister's office saying turkey would respond devicisively once all the facts are established. this is, as you'd imagine, a