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>> pelley: tonight, the monsignor takes the stand. the highest ranking catholic church official ever charged in the child abuse scandal blames a higher power, the former cardinal of philadelphia. the head of the secret service speaks out for the first time about the prostitution scandal. >> these individuals did some really dumb things. >> pelley: but was it an aberration or a pattern? nancy cordes on a contentious senate hearing. he helped the u.s. track down osama bin laden but now he's being sent to prison as a traitor. bob orr has his story. and death at the top of the world. brian rooney on this week's traffic jam on mount everest. >> some people have a mindset of oh, i'm going to go conquer everest. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: tonight, the monsignor takes the stand. the highest ranking catholic church official ever charged in in a philadelphia courtroom today, the first catholic clergyman to face criminal charges for covering up child sex abuse said he was following the orders of a cardinal. monsignor william lynn described a code of silence as priests suspected of child molestation were transferred from parish to parish in the hope that no one would notice. elaine quijano was in the courtroom. >> reporter: monsignor william lynn testified he had no choice but to follow the directives of his superior, the late cardinal anthony bevilacqua, including withholding information from parishioners about why predator priests were moved out of their churches. >> reporter: cardinals are the highest ranking clergy in the
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catholic church. they answer only to the pope. lynch was in charge of recommending priest assignments and investigating child sex abuse allegations against clergy for 12 years. today, lynn testified he did not have the power to transfer priests from church to church, telling a philadelphia jury he only had the authority to remove priests if they admitted to abusing someone. "every time you put the victims first?" an assistant district attorney asked? "i believe in my heart i was, yes," the monsignor replied. his argument is that he was just following orders. that he couldn't do more than he did. >> that's what they said in the nuremburg defense. i mean, aren't we tired of that defense, "i was only following orders?" >> reporter: former philadelphia district attorney lynn abraham first began investigating the archdiocese in 2002. >> this is a jury's decision to make, they'll listen to it and decide whether monsignor lynn endangered children by not going to the authorities by telling the cardinal, look, if you're going to continue on this path, i need to... i need to leave here. i can't do this anymore. you can do it, i'm not going to
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do it. >> reporter: monsignor lynn takes the stand again tomorrow morning when prosecutors resume their cross-examination. if he's convicted he could face up to 21 years in prison. >> pelley: elaine, the monsignor took the stand today in his own defense. how risky was that for him? >> reporter: you know, it was a risk, legal analysts say, because prosecutors now have a chance to poke holes at monsignor lynn's defense. now some here say this trial could go on for another two weeks and if that's the case, that would then give his defense team an opportunity to repair any damage. >> pelley: elaine, thanks very much. in washington, the director of the secret service appeared publicly for the first time to address the biggest scandal ever to hit the agency. mark sullivan told a senate hearing that his agents and officers who caroused with prostitutes in cartagena, colombia, did what he called "dumb things" but he said their mistakes did not represent the culture of the service. nancy cordes was at the hearing and joins us now from capitol
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hill. nancy. >> reporter: scott, good evening. the director tried to convince members of the homeland security committee that this was a one- time incident, but they weren't buying it, especially now that they know more about exactly what happened that april night. >> i apologize for the misconduct of these employees and the distraction that it has caused. >> reporter: longtime secret service director mark sullivan told senators he is more convinced than ever that the cartagena case was an aberration. >> i just think between the alcohol-- and i don't know, between the environment, these-- these individuals did some really dumb things. >> reporter: but the committee's top republican, susan collins, of maine, argued the circumstances suggest this was part of a pattern. >> they don't try to conceal their actions in any way and that suggests to me that they weren't worried about being caught.
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>> reporter: almost every single senator shared her view. wisconsin's ron johnson. >> it's just hard to believe this was a one-time occurrence. >> reporter: driving the committee's skepticism was a new report in the "washington post" citing unnamed current and former secret service employees who said sexual encounters during official travel had been condoned under an unwritten code for years as part of a culture they jokingly referred to as "the secret circus." >> the notion that this type of behavior is condoned or authorized is just absurd. >> reporter: but sullivan did acknowledge there have been a few similar cases, one on-duty agent was arrested in d.c. in 2008 for soliciting a police officer posing as a prostitute. at the winter olympics in salt lake city in 2002, three agents were caught partying in a hotel room with alcohol and under-aged women. >> we have a zero tolerance for this type of behavior.
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>> reporter: sullivan told the committee two of the nine agents who were forced out in the wake of the cartagena incident are contesting their punishment, and that means, scott, that the agency is not going to be able to put this incident behind it any time soon. >> pelley: nancy, thanks very much. remarkable history was made today for the first time in the arab world, a presidential election is being held and no one knows ahead of time who's going to win. millions went to the polls today in egypt to experience their first real election, which will have big implications for the middle east and u.s. policy. elizabeth palmer is in cairo tonight. >> reporter: determined and patient, people waited for hours for their turn to cast a ballot for one of 11 candidates. after so many years of dictatorship and rigged elections, egyptians are basically thrilled with one simple but novel idea-- this time, they've got a real choice. >> freedom.
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that's the thing is freedom. >> reporter: it was in february 2011 after weeks of demonstration in cairo's tahrir square that president hosni mubarak was forced to step down. wael ghonim, a young google executive, was one of that revolution's most powerful leaders. then he urged these crowds to opt out of egypt's corrupt old political system. today, though, ghonim says he has happily opted back in. >> i have a personal belief that at the end of the day it doesn't really matter who is coming to office. >> reporter: really? >> yeah. >> reporter: even if one of mr. mubarak's old cronies? >> if they come through fair elections, i'm not worried because they're going to be held accountable. >> reporter: ghonim, became a celebrity when during the revolution he broke down, weeping for the protesters
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killed by mubarak's men. this spring he used that celebrity to support the moderate islamist candidate dr. aboul fotouh, who believes egyptian law should be based on sharia, the teachings of the koran. >> if there are laws that have anything to do with sharia, it will only be the ones that ensure that the country fights poverty, fights corruption, fights ignorance. >> reporter: so it would be a a-- some sort of an updated, modernized sharia law that would recognize equality? >> i think so. >> reporter: no one knows what the new democratic egypt will look like exactly. it's a work in progress. being shaped, said ghonim, by the order people who showed extraordinary courage. >> i will be very proud of all the brave egyptians who took to the streets, who broke the fear, who resisted, who insisted on making sure that it's over,
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dictatorship is over. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer is joining us in cairo. liz, of course, the army has been running things this last year and a half. i wonder what's the way forward here for the election and the role of the army? >> reporter: well, the supreme council of the armed forces has promised to give up power on the first of july-- sort of. they've already floated the idea that a new civilian government won't have oversight over the military budget, so, clearly, there are some big power struggles ahead. >> pelley: a lot to sort out. elizabeth, thanks very much. a pakistani doctor who helped the c.i.a. pin down osama bin laden's hideout was convicted in pakistan today of treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison. u.s. officials say the man is a hero and ought to be set free. we asked justice correspondent bob orr to fill us in. >> reporter: 11 days before osama bin laden was killed in his abbottabad hideout,
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pakistani doctor shakil afridi visited the bin laden compound. afridi, was secretly working for the c.i.a., reportedly running a phony vaccination program, aimed at collecting d.n.a. proof that could verify bin laden's presence. shortly after the navy seal's ready, afridi was arrested and charged with treason. now u.s. officials are calling for his release. defense secretary leon panetta, who as c.i.a. director oversaw the bin laden raid recently spoke with "60 minutes." >> i'm very concerned about what the pakistanis did with this individual. this was an individual who in fact helped provide intelligence on-- that was very helpful with regards to this operation. >> reporter: pakistani officials say afridi's vaccination ruse carried out without their permission, helped the u.s. confirm the location of the world's most wanted terrorist. this nurse who worked with
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afridi told cbs news no one answered the day they knocked on the door of the bin laden compound. and u.s. officials won't confirm pakistani claims that afridi eventually secured d.n.a. samples from bin laden's relatives. but a senior u.s. official told us today afridi helped save pakistani and american lives. his activities were not treasonous. they were heroic and patriotic. the obama administration insists afridi was never asked to spy on pakistan. he was only asked to locate al qaeda terrorists, something panetta said was clearly in pakistan's interest. >> and for them to take this kind of action against somebody who was helping to go after terrorism, i just think is a real mistake on their part. >> reporter: there is no sign to this point that the pakistanis are even thinking about releasing afridi, and that's frankly put a further strain on bad u.s.-pakistan relations. the fact is, scot, neither government trusts the other. >> pelley: bob, thank you very much.
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>> pelley: tonight, we're hearing for the first time from members of the florida a&m band who are accused of beating a drum major to death in a hazing ritual. how did it happen? investigators made some of their interviews public today. >> reporter: at least 18 band members present during robert champion's hazing ritual last november gave recorded sworn statements to investigators, three of them, including keon hollis, told them champion was willingly hazed. >> reporter: band members described what happened next, a violent chaotic hazing ritual called "crossing bus c." a band bus was parked behind an orlando hotel after a football game last november. champion had to push his way from the front of the bus to the back, roughly 20 people punched and kicked him and hit him with drum mallets. halfway down the aisle he got
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what was called the hot seat. band members sat him down, covered him in a blanket and continued beating him. drum major jonathan boyce claimed he tried to protect champion but was later charged with felony hazing. >> reporter: some band members carried champion to the front as others called 911. >> reporter: champion died at the hospital from internal bleeding and blunt force trauma. shawn johnson testified some fellow band members tried to cover up their role in the death.
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>> reporter: pam and robert champion sr., his parents, today claim band members are still involved in a cover-up. >> i can't say what the charge should be because i'm by no means a lawyer, but, clearly, my son was murdered. >> reporter: 11 band members face arraignment next month on felony hazing charges. scott, they could face up to six years in prison. >> pelley: mark, thanks very much. the news on the economy was a mixed bag today. the bad news was in the announcement by hewlett packard that it's eliminating 27,000 jobs. no word on how many are in the u.s. h.p.'s personal computer business has been hit hard by the popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices. the better news is in the housing market, it's showing some improvement. the government reported today that sales of new homes increased more than 3% in april, and the median price was about 5% higher than a year ago, nearly $236,000.
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slow progress. the library of congress is choosing voices to preserve for history. we'll tell you which ones. next. >> the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. let's go. from the crack, off the backboard. [ laughs ] dad! [ laughs ] whoo! oh! you're up! oh! oh! so close! now where were we? ok, this one's good for two. score! [ male announcer ] share what you love with who you love. kellogg's frosted flakes. they're gr-r-eat!
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kellogg's frosted flakes. >> pelley: every year, the library of congress designates
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25 sound recordings cultural and historic treasures, and it preserves the best available copy for future generations. this year's choices announced today include an 1888 hand- cranked recording of "twinkle, twinkle, little star." prince's "purple rain," "a charlie brown christmas," and one that caught our ear. >> franklin d. roosevelt stood beside chief justice hughes on the steps of the capitol on that raw afternoon of march 4, and a nation with 15 million unemployed listened. >> let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. >> pelley: the recordings is called "i can hear it now." 13 years of history from f.d.r.'s inauguration in 1933 through his funeral and the end of world war ii in '45. narrated by edward r. murrow. >> a city watched, a nation
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listened. arthur godfrey, an old washington hand, described it. >> and now just-- just coming past the treasury, i can see the horses drawing the caisson. >> pelley: the project was the brainchild of cbs news producer fred friendly. when a musician strike left columbia records in need of material, he went through 500 hours of radio broadcast to create what he called "a scrapbook for the ear." >> on may 8, president truman announced that another promise had been kept. >> the forces of germany have surrendered to the united nations. the flags of freedom fly all over europe. >> pelley: colombia released the five-disk set in 1948. it was an immediate hit, in just six weeks it sold 125,000 copies now a video recording that made
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some history today when a stunt man in england dove from a helicopter. gary connery did not use a parachute but his custom-made jumpsuit did have wings. he had a choppy ride of speeds up to 80 miles per hour, but connery landed cleanly on a pile of card board boxes and walked away without a scratch. daredevils of a different kind of are lining up to scale mount everest days after four climbers died. that's next. 8% every 10 years. wow. wow. but you can help fight muscle loss with exercise and ensure muscle health. i've got revigor. what's revigor? it's the amino acid metabolite, hmb to help rebuild muscle and strength naturally lost over time. [ female announcer ] ensure muscle health has revigor and protein to help protect, preserve, and promote muscle health. keeps you from getting soft. [ major nutrition ] ensure. nutrition in charge!
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>> pelley: this evening, hundreds of climbers are waiting for a chance to reach the summit of mount everest, elevation 29,035 feet. four climbers died over the weekend, and brian rooney tells us the risk is growing. >> reporter: this is the line of hundreds of adventures and guides trying to get to the top of the tallest mountain in the world. this video was shot last week by a climber. outside magazine writer greyson shaffer tried to reach the summit monday but turned around in bad weather. he called us from base camp. >> i spoke with one guide who said that his team waited for three and a half hours at the hill hillary steppe, the last cliff face before you get to the summit, waiting at that altitude for three and a half hours, not
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moving, your body is cooling down. >> reporter: dangerous weather this spring has limited the number of days for climbers to reach the summit. now with possibly only a week left in the season, there's a rush to the top, but there's only one line up and down. >> everybody has to go at the speed of the slowest climber. what that does is it creates an enormous traffic jam. >> reporter: the bottleneck is in what is known as the death zone, the thin air where climbers become sluggish, even breathing from oxygen bottles. temperatures can be 35 below zero. >> every time a team summits they radio down to base camp and you'll hear this celebration, people clanging on oxygen bottles, ripping bells, cheering. at the same time, in another camp, i heard people openly weeping for their lost climbers. >> reporter: among the four climbers who died last weekend were 33-year-old shirya shah from canada and eduard schaaf of germany. both insisted on reaching the top despite being told by guides to turn around. they died of exhaustion and exposure on the way down. shah's body lies near the frozen remains of an american guide,
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one of eight who died in similar circumstances in 1996. >> some people have the mindset of oh, i'm going to conquer everest. >> reporter: johnny strange made it to the top in 2009. >> they have a desire to get to the top they disregard their judgment and keep going and that's where you get the problem. you have to be prepared to not reach the top. >> reporter: it's so crowded that experienced climbers are leaving earlier in the night. their head lamps look like christmas lights. despite all the risks, as many as 200 climbers are planning to make their attempt starting friday during what may be the last good weather for the year. they're risking everything for a few minutes at the top of the world. deft 5
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>> >> good evening i am dana king >> i am alan martin. air force one due to a touchdown in the bay area minutes from now. president obama is poised to cash in on another huge campaign hall with a pair of high dollar fund-raisers. he will head first to a private event at the home of philanthropist we such conduct was goldman. after that they will attend a rally at the redwood city fox theater. the president is scheduled to two arrives moments from now. >> we hear from his people that he's supposed to be on time here at 6:10 p.m.. the tarmac is still empty but what we did see half an hour ago was his very large motorcade that came by. polls for the campaign looks very close. the latest from abc's and the washington post showed that if voters hit the ballots


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