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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 theirs churches. >> reporter: cardinals are the highest ranking clergy in the 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 degree asked? "i believe in my heart i was, yes," the monsignor replied. his argument was he was following orders. that he couldn't do more than he did. >> that's what they said in the nuremburg defense. aren't we tired of that defense. >> this is a jury's decision to make. they'll listen to it and decide whether mob 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 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 says, because prosecutors now have a chance to poke holes at monsignor lynn's defense. 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 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 be the-- the environment, these-- these individuals did some really dumb things. >> reporter: but the committee's top republican, susan collins, the 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. >> 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 scepticisms 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 underaged women. >> we have a zero tolerance for this teach behavior. >> reporter: sullivan told the commit they two of the nine agents who were forced out in the wake of the cartagena incident are contesting their punishment, is 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. that's the thing is freedom. >> reporter: it was in february 2011 after weeks of demonstration in cairo a 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, he 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 mr. mubarak's old cronies? >> if they come through fair elections, i'm not worried because they're going to be held accountable. >> reporter: he became a celebrity when during the revelation he broke down, weeping for the protesters 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 teaching of the
koran. >> if there are those who 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-- some sort of an updated, modernize sharia law that would recognize equality? >> i think so so. >> reporter: no one knows what the new democratic egypt will look like exactly. it's a work in progress. being shaped, said ghonim, being shaped 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, dictatorship is over. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer is joininginous 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 hat 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 cia 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, pakistani doctor shakil afridi visited the bin laden compound. afraid he was secretly working for the cia, reportedly running a phony vaccination program, aimed at collecting d.n.a. approach that could verify bin laden's presence.
shortly after the navy seal's ready, afreedy was arrest and have had charged with treason. now u.s. officials are calling for his release. defense secretary leon panetta, who as cia 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: pack taken officials say afridi 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 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, neither government trusts the other. >> pelley: was a drum major a willing participant in the hazing that killed him? potential for disaster as hundreds stand in line to climb mount everest. and taking the plunge without a
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ritual. major to death in a hazing ritual. how did it happen? investigators made some of their interviews member 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. 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 goffs 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 chid at the hospital from internal bleeding and blunt force trauma. shawn johnson testified some fellow bandmembers tried to cover up their role in the death. >> it kind of amawses me how the people in the band are mad at people that are telling on things that are happening in the band and they're not mad about his death. >> reporter: pam and robert champion sr. , his parents, today claim band members are still involve invola cover-up. >> 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. hp'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. slow progress. the library of congress is choosing voices to preserve for history. we'll tell you which ones. next.
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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 upon 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 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 broadicate caste to create what he called a scrapbook of the ear. >> the forces of germany have surrendered to the united stateses 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 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.
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mount everest. four climbers died over the weekend, and brian rooney tells us the risk is growing. >> reporter: this is the line of hundreds of adventururers 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 froes base camp. >> i spoke with one guy 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 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 creates an enormous traffic jam. >> reporter: the bottleneck is
in what is knownals 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 champ, i heard people 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, 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. >> 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. brian rooney, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.orgwñ
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