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alive. and flood waters are swamping a town in minnesota. people are finally getting a look at the scope of the damage. roads and bridges are washed out and the flood is estimated to have caused $100 million in damage. the atmosphere in cairo is tense as thousands wait for results of egypt's presidential election to be announced. the results were delayed thursday and the uncertainty has drawn out a huge crowd. now the country's election commission says it will make the announcement tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. eastern. riot police are gathering in front of the election commission, gearing up for possible violence when the results are announced. a once revered coach has been brought to justice and now jerry sandusky is facing the real prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison. he's in protective custody this hour under suicide watch in a
pennsylvania jail. he was convicted late yesterday on 45 counts of child sex abuse. cnn's jason carroll is at the courthouse. prosecutors got their conviction, but this case may not be over yet. it seems as if the legal team is laying the ground work for an appeal. what can you tell us? >> reporter: i can tell you a source close to the defense told me that just a few days before this trial was to get under way, they felt like they needed six months still to prepare for the trial. just earlier today, carl robbinger went on a radio show and spelled it out. he said they specifically asked to be removed from the case because they felt as though they were not ready. >> we actually asked to resign from the case, and that was done in secret. joe amendola and i asked the judge if we could withdraw from representing jerry sandusky because we felt we were ethically unable to go forward. >> when did you ask to resign
the case? >> we did that the morning before jury selection started. we got an informal ethics opinion from the bar hotline and we were told that under rule 1.16, if i'm quoting it right, an attorney has an ethical duty to be prepared. in he can't, he must asked to be withdrawn from the case. we did that and it was denied. >> reporter: last year jerry sandusky waived his right for a preliminary hearing where some of these issues may have been able to be brought up. so it remains in question whether or not this appeal has any validity. >> what about community reaction? >> reporter: yesterday outside here, you obviously heard some of the community reaction. you heard people out here cheering when the guilty verdicts came down. out in jerry sandusky's
neighborhood, there was one of his neighbors, sue strauss. she said in the beginning she believed in jerry sandusky's innocence. but as she began to learn more about the case, her opinion changed. not only about jerry sandusky but -- >> there's going to be a day, whether it's today, next week, it has. happened yet, but there will be a day when she wakes up and she says for 4 1/2 decades, the marriage was not what i thought it was. and that will be a tragedy. >> reporter: it is strauss's belief that jerry sandusky suffers from some sort of disorder that prevents him from admitting or feeling or seeing the truth. meantime, jerry sandusky continues to maintain his innocence. don? >> jason, thank you very much. one of the jurors from the trial is speaking out. he tells the "today" show that the witnesses who took the stand were believable and that their testimony helped seal the verdict.
>> it's hard to judge character on the stand, because we don't know these kids. but most were, you know, very credible. i would say all. but then also the fact that we saw this corroborating story between all of them. it was very convincing. >> that same juror said that sandusky showed no reaction to the verdict and that the former coach's expression only reinforced his belief that jerry sandusky was guilty. coming up here on cnn, we'll talk live with the lawyer for victim number four, and he'll tell us exactly why his client wanted justice and wasn't just after money. but first, we have a new tropical storm to tell you about. debby reached tropical storm strength about two hours ago and this is the first tropical storm to form in the gulf of mexico this hurricane season. a live look now at petersburg, florida where conditions have
deteriorated over the last several hours. looking at a live shot now from our affiliate bay news 9. the system is spawning tornadoes already in southwest florida and dumping a lot of rain. and this is from mobile, alabama where riptide warnings have been issued. the entire gulf coast is keeping an eye on the storm as it gets closer to land. warnings are up for much of the gulf coast as tropical storm debby heads west. >> i'm meteorologist bonnie schneider, tracking thunderstorm debby which has formed in the gulf of mexico. the track moves westward over the next few days. gulf coast residents need to be on alert, because it is coming close enough that we have the cone of uncertainty, stretching out to louisiana and texas. we don't know exactly where it
will hit when it makes landfall or how strong it will be. that's why it's so important to keep monitoring cnn to let you know the track. in the meantime, the immediate threat right now, tropical storm force winds and heavy rain, occurring in the next 36 hours. so a tropical storm warning in effect westward to morgan city, louisiana. that does not include the city of new orleans. don? >> bonnie, thank you. take a live look now at cairo's tahrir square. huge crowds have packed the square just hours before we learn the outcome of egypt's presidential election. and here's a live look at the beverly hilton in beverly hills, california, where the stars are arriving for the 39th annual daytime emmy awards. they're getting ready. we'll check in on all the action for you.
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at the trial. ben, you were the only attorney -- that was called to the stand to testify. what is your client feeling today, relief, happiness, what? >> i think initially he felt vindicated. but later in the day, i think he kind of echoed the sentiments of one of the mothers of the other victims who said there's really no winners in this case. so it is a tragic situation, and i think that started to settle in and come to be a realization for him after the verdict came in a couple hours later. >> the defense part of their claim is that it was financially motivated. what about the claims that your client was financially motivated? >> that was one of the most difficult things sitting on the sidelines, hearing repeated allegations that this was financially motivated. you know, i have a question that i think i would love to hear answered by the defense.
i pose it as a statement. my client testified before the grand jury in the summer of 2011. at the time he testified and swore under oath and gave that testimony to the grand jury, he had no clue that there was a coverup at penn state. therefore, he was not aware of these -- the conspiracy which could give rise to a civil claim. so it's frustrating for me sitting on the sidelines knowing he had no clue what happened at penn state at the time that he's testifying. he learned about the coverup at penn state at the same time everyone else learned, and that's after the grand jury report came out. so it's unfortunately that issue has never been brought up, and i don't know how the defense would be able to maintain this theory, that there was some financial motive. did he have a financial motive, did he know he could have sued jerry sandusky? well, probably. but do you really think that someone would be willing to put themselves on center stage for
the opportunity to sue jerry sandusky? i don't think that's practical. >> you've been criticized, as well. the defense says that you were coaching your client to agree and have his testimony go along with the other -- the other young men who said that jerry sandusky molested them, which was really rape. that's what it is. so what do you make of that? >> yes, it's interesting. i think the allegations were generally directed more towards the police officers that were involved in the case. you know, i have to tip my hat to the defense, because they were able to introduce a piece of evidence and pull that piece of evidence out of context. and that was a tape recording. what they did is they took about 15 minutes out of a tape recording in which i was speaking with a police officer and the police officer and i were discussing how we could put my client at ease, because he was so uneasy and felt so
comfortable talking about these things. and the thing that's interesting to note is before that tape recording was played, you know, there was a recording, had the defense played the five to ten minutes before this, they would have heard about the graphic details and how he was talking how mr. sandusky sexually assaulted him. so essentially it was a good move for the defense from a tactical perspective. it's unfortunate that it wasn't able to be put in context. >> just to clarify, victim number four in his testimony was talking about in graphic detail about what happened and afterwards the state trooper went out for a break and you guys were caught talking. i just want to clarify. >> it was victim number four who went out for the cigarette break. yeah. >> so this is what i want to know.
there's supposedly an incident that apparently dottie sandusky interrupted a hotel room in texas at the alamo bowl during an attempted sex act in a bathroom and she said that your client was wrong, and that she only walked in and that jerry was yelling at your client for missing a dinner, which was an expensive ticket for them to get. and she said that your client was troubled that he off took things out of context or exaggerated events. >> well, you know, it's extremely unfortunate. i stand by my client's testimony. i think it makes sense of what happened. i think mrs. sandusky did probably what any wife would do and she stood by her husband in this case. but you've got my client, who is saying she walked in the door, essentially turned her head, looked over and they were getting ready to be in a compromising position and knew something strange was happening. she said, what's going on in
here? then you have her testimony which she says they were outside -- or she was outside, came in and heard they were fighting. one of the things that's interesting, which i think common sense supports my client's version. he's alone, no parents, at the alamo bowl in texas. he loved going to these banquets and meeting with the player. he was obviously hungry. what is he going to do, sit in that room and let jerry and dottie go by themselves? doesn't make sense. >> the reason i ask that question, and i want to get your response, do you think that dottie sandusky says she didn't know about any of this. do you think she had knowledge of these events and is covering it up or not allowing herself to admit that she knows? >> well, i'm not going to presuppose i know exactly what
she knew, but i think it's fair to say that i think she had knowledge that jerry was doing these heinous -- performing these heinous acts. but to a certain degree, it could be argued that she turned the other way and didn't want to know what was going on. >> ben, i think you were correct in the beginning of this when you said there are no winners in these situations. thank you for your time. >> thank you. from dualing banjos to white water rapids, find out why many people in one north georgia county would rather forget their big screen claim to fame.
>> we need to get off the focus of charters versus traditional public versus private. i am not a charter school advocate or a mag nat school advocate. i'm a good school advocate. we have to find out where the best and brightest educators are and track them. the same money we were wasting on a failed school, we can take that money and put nit a successful school. so many parents have the misfortune of living in a community where most of the schools are underperforming. more parents need to fight to make sure the school choices is the order of the day. you have to fight, not just as a parent of your child, but as a parent of the children in your community. and as a tax payer in your community, for school choice. school choice that extends beyond the local public schools, but if necessary, to private schools.
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"deliverance. qupts >> it started the white water 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. many locals signed up to be extras, only to be horrified by what emerged from hollywood. the infamous "squeal like a pig" 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 hill billies. and that stuck with us through all these years. and in fact, that was probably the furthest thing from the truth. >> reporter: he's right. raven county is a second home to many wealthy southerners. >> this would be a dream come true. >> reporter: the average house costs $2 million to $3 million.
this one nearly $10 million. >> when people build houses, they need art on their walls. >> reporter: the area has dozens of trendy gal ris and more than 80% of the residents are high school graduates. actor ronnie cox who played drew is sympathetic. >> for a lot of people it became a tough pill to swallow, but they missed the artistic value of it. ♪ >> reporter: and then there's billy redden. 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 let it go and let it just be a
movie. that's all it is, just a movie. >> reporter: martin savidge, cnn, clayton, georgia. >> billy, thank you. wise words. members of a north carolina church are calling it a gift from god. grandview baptist church owed $345,000 to the bank and they were facing foreclosure. just as they were moving the last items out of the church, a man walked in with very good news. he offered to pay the balance to the bank. >> i shouldn't be surprised when you ask the lord for a miracle and he sends it. but it's a bona fide miracle of epic proportions. >> reporter: the man didn't want to be identified but he made his mark in this community. you know, the jerry sandusky case comes a whole new focus on horrors of child abuse. and we're going to visit a camp where the healing for victims
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also. mitt romney, fund-raising in park city, utah this weekend and he meets with several donors in four other states next week. the campaign stops is blasting president obama's economic policies. and president obama is taking the weekend off from the campaign trail but back to the grind on monday with several stops planned in new hampshire and massachusetts. today, he goes south to georgia and the key battleground state of florida. former penn state assistant football coach jerry sandusky is under suicide watch. he will be sentenced in about 90 days on 45 counts of child sex abuse. he wore a blank expression following last night's guilty verdict. defense attorneys say they will file an appeal, quiting "questionable court rulings." earlier, cnn doubt a glimpse of
dottie sandusky. and a juror says that the witnesses who testified helped seal the deal. >> it's hard to judge character on the stand, because we don't know these kids. but most were, you know, very credible. i would say all. but then also the fact that we saw this corroborating story between all of them. it was very convincing. >> that same juror told "today" that jerry sandusky's reaction to the verdict reinforced his belief that sandusky was guilty. how do you empower children who have been through the horrendous trauma of sexual abuse? lisa sylvester visited a police of refuge for abused children in virginia. she says for the 60 kids there, it is a police where they can begin to heal. >> there are some 80,000 reported cases of child sexual abuse every year, but experts say that's a mere fraction of the actual cases.
we know there are many instances that never go reported to authorities and it's such a tough burden for children to carry around. we found one place that's helping abused victims heal. it's the first day of summer. >> it's a little warm out here. >> reporter: something so normal, for children who have been so traumatized. >> yeah! >> the worst you can imagine that people are capable of, these children have experienced. >> reporter: 60 boys and girls who live at a residential camp in rural virginia, ranging from ages 5 to 14. >> yeah! >> reporter: they're all victims of physical or sexual abuse. >> probably 75% to 80% of our kids have been sexually abused. >> reporter: they live here, eat here, and hope to heal here. >> you need to eat what you got before you come back.
>> most of the kids don't come out and report that somebody did something to them, because there's that whole shame factor. >> reporter: the children's stories at the child help residential center are almost too difficult to hear. >> the scope of the problem is huge. >> reporter: but you can see their angst. >> you can see where the kids are struggling with some of their identity and in some of the pictures. >> reporter: subject to physical and horrendous sex abuse. sometimes at the hands of a parent, a step parent or another trusted person in their lives. lancaster says child sex abusers choose their victims carefully. >> if they walked into a room, they could pick out which kids they can groom and victimize. it's their loner in the classroom or the child that often isn't included in part of the groups. >> reporter: and sexual predators manipulate their victims. >> to convince the child they're lul friends, everybody will hate you, to things as drastic if you tell, i'm going to do something,
you know, horrible to your family. >> reporter: the advice for parents -- >> listen carefully and believe what your child is telling you and to enquire be you see them acting differently and to avoid what's all too easy, which is to discount concerns because priests would never do this or coaches would never do this. >> this is such a healing place. you've got this 270 acres that used to be a horse farm. >> reporter: the horses have staid. and now are part of therapy. >> i think four-legged therapists are better than any two-legged therapists. very confidence building, especially for kids who have been victimized. it gives them a sense that bow, i'm not as small and powerless. >> reporter: when the children leave the center, they leave behind their hand prints at the stables. >> some of these hand prints are so small, this one is about the size of my son's hand print, and
he's not even 5. small hands. hopefully leaving behind huge burdens. parents and other caregivers really need to play a role, starting with look for any red flags. children who are being sexually abused may withdraw or not want to go to a neighbor's house or a sports practice or may start regressing behavior such as wetting the bed. parents need to talk to your children to prevent abuse. explain there are proper boundaries, things that are appropriate and things that are inappropriate. and they need to have these conversations at a young age. >> lisa, thank you very much for that. bracing for violence no matter what the outcome may be. riot police are ready as thousands pack tahrir square in cairo waiting to kind out who their next president will be. will the losing party accept defeat? where ? where ? it's getting away ! where is it ?
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turkey that the jet may have strayed into syrian air space before it was hit. the turkish president says planes off drift across boarders unintentionally. >> translator: we are now trying to determine exactly where the jet was shot down. after this discovery, all necessary measures will be taken. when we think of the speed of these jet planes flying above the sea, crossing over boarders and flying back again, it's a little bit routine. >> meantime, the u.s. state department says these four syrian military officers are part of an accelerating stream of high-level defections. as for the latest violence in syria, at least 75 people were killed across the country today. roadblocks in the streets. rocks hurled through the air. signs of anger in the capital of sudan over government austerity measures and soaring food and fuel prices.
the african nation has seen a wave of social upheaval over the past week with protesters calling for the ouster of the president and security forces are shoeg zero tolerance for the demonstrations. sudan has lost billions in oil receipts since south sudan became independent last july. amazing video from central china where torrential rains are causing big problems. several people were trapped, but eventually rescued. the rain also triggered land slides. it is expected to continue raining in central china for the next 24 hours. ahead, steve karel and keira knightly answer some of our questions about life, love and careers.
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lasting legacy to shape this generation and the future, what would that be? >> what's it going to be? >> how am i going to shape the world? i don't know. i think i've always tried to make pieces of work that i find really interesting. not necessarily characters to look up to, but always characters who i try and empathize with and who i want to see the world through their eyes. if you can produce a character or a story that makes people think about things in a slightly different way, it makes them look at their lives or a situation and question that, and possibly have more empathy for others, then i think that's a really positive thing. >> it's really nice. >> is that all right? >> that was awesome. >> i was just curious if we're going to get to see steve carell make on another non-comedic role
in the futch snerp >> yes. actually, this movie is a little on the darker side. it's comedic without acknowledging. it's comedic nature, i guess. i mean, the overall tone of the movie is comedic and dramatic. so yes, to answer your question, i'm going to try some stuff that's not so comedic, because you're getting sick of that. >> you can see more fascinating interviews like this one online at our website, cnn.com/interview. and watch for more i-report interviews in the weeks ahead with christie brinkley and amanda beard. hundreds of families forced from their homes by relentless wildfires as flames are forcing firefighters to pull back. and we'll show you how one firefighter uses her camera lens to document the furry. and it's not evidence of life on another world, but some believe they are seeing a famous house on the planet mercury. how math and science kind of makes the world work.
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there's a man on the moon, a mouse on mercury and an elephant on mars? it's a stretch to us, but sochl saw this shape as a mermaid on mars. the most famous martian face. and check out big bird formed by the dark spots in the sun's corona. remember when mork offered inter-planetary travel advice? turns out mercury is the mickey mouse plan eet. inspiring plenty of headlines. >> do you think disney is colonizing mercury? >> well, they would if they could. >> well, disney might want to put a copyright on that. >> hey, disney might as well milk it. after all, disney bought mickey
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conditions are only getting worse out west tonight. flames in some areas 200 feet high. the biggest of these fires, the high park fire has burned more than 75,000 acres and forced hundreds to evacuate. >> two weeks of fire being established in there still trying to come alive. the resistance to control the persistence of these fires is pretty unusual. >> utah firefighters have their own fires to worry about. it's consumed more than 4,000 acres and forced thousands to evacuate as well. as wild fires burn in the west, a group of men and women are along the front lines, capturing the sheer size and power. let's talk with one of the photographers who gets up and close with fires. >> first and foremost, i'm a trained firefighter. photography is my tool. my name is kari greer.
and i'm a wildland fire photographer. when i'm in the middle of an active fire, right over the shoulder of an active fire fiel fighter who is actually fighting that fire, i feel like i'm right there experiencing and i feel the heat. i feel the smoke. and my eyes are watering with everybody else's. and i'm sweating. probably pretty badly. those giant walls of fire are rare to see up close and personal. the sensation is complete awe. i think it's definitely like a family that people who do this have a passion for it. they have that ethic of hard work, long hours and kind of loving it for the fact of what they're accomplishing. that is my main objective as i feel it professionally is to show what does it really look like out there.
>> well, how do i do this? more often than we like, life delivers us some really terrible circumstances. and it did just that for our cnn family this week. our colleague passed away on wednesday. daniel was one of the kindest people you'd ever want to meet and was one of our tech experts who never lost his cool. even when we asked him some pretty silly questions like "why isn't my computer working?" he would just walk over, press the power button and smile. i say daniel knew more about me than my closest loved one because he knew all of my phone and computer pass words. he was a huge falcon's fan and was quite a snappy dresser. our thought ts and prayers go out to his family and to his loved ones. daniel was just 29 years old and we miss you already. see you back here at 3:00. good night. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com