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he's going backwards. mr. winters! clearly i missed something. >> all right. well, on that note that will do it for us today. >> that was inspiring for a moment for me, too. >> i'm not doing what i'm supposed to be doing if mr. winters is -- >> oh, my god, you don't want to see me a roller skates. >> me neither. >> but that was great, nonetheless, that was very inspiring. you have a great day. did you say good-bye? did i barge in on your conversation? >> you take it. >> all right. have a good one. >> you, too. >> thanks. a lot straight ahead, everyone. beginning with this -- the man accused of espionage after leaking sensitive information about the nsa could be packing his bags. we'll tell you which countries say they're ready to welcome edward snowden. in egypt, supporters of the deposed president clash with the military in the streets of cairo. we'll have the latest on the political upheaval in that country. and who was screaming on the 911 tape on the night trayvon martin was killed?
the mother of both martin and george zimmerman testified it was her son on that tape. we'll have the details. all right. let's begin with one of the most wanted men in the world, edward snowden. now has two offers of asylum in south america, venezuela's president said yesterday that his country would grant snowden asylum, that came just after nicaragua said it would offer asylum if the circumstances permit. but as far as we know, snowden is still in a russian airport today. frederik pleitgen is live for us right now in moscow, so is there any indication where snowden may end up? >> reporter: well, at this point it seems like his best bit seems to be venezuela, the president came out and said he believed snowden did exactly the right thing and he was, in fact, going
to offer him political asylum. he's been one of the big supporters of edward snowden. he is, of course, also fiercely anti-american and he did have a big anti-american rant when he announced that he would give snowden asylum, let's listen in to what he had to say. >> translator: i announced to the governments of the friendly nations in the world that we have decided to offer the international humanitarian right to protect edward snowden from the persecution that has been unleashed from the most powerful imperialist in the world against a young man who only spoke the truth. >> reporter: so, there you have nicholas maduro's view, and now the big question now that he said that if, in fact, snowden is go to go to venezuela how is he going to do that? we believe at this point in time he would probably try to take a commercial flight out of moscow that would probably go through havana. there's not a commercial flight today. there is one leaving in the early afternoon hours tomorrow, but still at this point in time,
fredricka, it still is anyone's guess whether or not he's going to be on that flight because as we also know he does not have a valid passport after the u.s. revoked his passport, so he would have to get some sort of travel document presumably from the venezuelas, fredricka? >> what about russia? is russia commenting thus far on why it continues to hold him if it's assisting or why it wouldn't grant him asylum? >> reporter: well, the russians commented on this very quickly and it's interesting they did so so quickly because it shows snowden is increasing becoming a headache for the putin administration. the head of russia's parliament came out with a tweet and said he think it is a wonderful idea for him to go to venezuela and he said, quote, that snowden couldn't live inside the airport lounge, so they're fairly keen to have him move on. a lot of people believe that this is really weighing on the putined administration. at the beginning it looked good for putin to have snowden here for a little while, it would
show a little bit of defiance to the u.s. but wouldn't antagonize the u.s. that much. however, the longer this is dragging you on, it's becoming more difficult. putin cannot hand snowden over to the u.s. because he would be humiliated in russia but on the other hand he doesn't want to destroy ties with america and it's becoming difficult and it stands to reason that the russians are hoping that he'll soon be on a flight to venezuela. >> frederik pleitgen, keep us posted from mouscow. 30 people in egypt are dead and over 1,000 wounded in clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed president mohammed morsi. both sides are accusing the other of thwarting democracy. reza sayah joins us live from cairo. it has been indeed been a very bloody night. what is the situation like today? >> reporter: well, fred, if anyone thought this tumultuous,
dramatic political conflict in egypt was over, they probably need to think again. because there's a whole lot of egyptians who have something else in mind. they feel that their democratically elected president mohammed morsi was unjustly ousted. now they're back here out on the streets in force to send a message that they're not going to take it. let's show you where we are. we're out front in the headquarters of the presidential guard. mr. morsi has been held in custody inside these headquarters and starting yesterday many of mr. morsi's supporters and supporters of the muslim brotherhood marched here to send a message. they say they're going to stay out here until they get him out and send them back to where he belongs. that's the presidential palace and what we've had over the past 24 hours is that very tense face-off where on the right you see about a couple thousand demonstrators. on the left some barricade. behind the barricade the large
wire which is [ inaudible ] right now things are -- yesterday it turned violent. they turned -- >> all right, clearly reza sayah's audio is fading and you can hear the crowd and he's standing outside the building where it's believe mohammed morsi is being held. it's not the presidential palace. that's where a number of morsi supporters prefer him to go. all right, cnn's ben wedeman is following developments in cairo. take a look at what happened to him and his crew while finally a live report near tahrir square. >> reporter: come to an end and i'm told -- we're told -- we're having some problems here. they're trying to take away our camera. >> and apparently the soldiers did take away the camera of the
crew that ben wedeman was working with. ben says that they later agreed to return it. the officials there. but they returned it without any video footage inside. all right, in the meantime, a riveting day of testimony in the george zimmerman murder trial. the mothers of both zimmerman and trayvon martin testified. both moms say ig it was her screaming on the 911 tape on the night zimmerman shot and killed martin. martin savidge wraps up the emotional testimony. >> an amazing day to be either in the courtroom or either watching on television. it had always been anticipated that the prosecution would put trayvon martin's mother on the stand but i don't think anyone ever anticipated you would have her and george zimmerman's mother testify in the very same day. >> reporter: just who will the jury believe? grieving mother who lost her youngest son or the mother who stands to see her son possibly spend the rest of his life behind bars. >> what is your -- >> there's gunshots.
>> you just heard gunshots? >> yes. >> reporter: sybrina fulton trayvon martin's mother stoically listened to the screams and gunshot the night her son died. then was asked what has become a key question? >> that screaming or yelling, do you recognize that? >> yes. and who do you recognize that to be, ma'am? >> trayvon benjamin martin. >> reporter: hours later gladys zimmerman george's mom listened to the same 911 call and was asked the same question. >> do you know whose voice that was screaming in the background? >> yes, sir. >> and whose voice was that? >> my son george. >> and are you certain of that? >> because he's my son. >> reporter: other family members also testified. jahvaris martin said he was certain the pleas for help were from his brother trayvon. and zimmerman's uncle said he
felt it was george zimmer man. >> i felt it was george. >> reporter: much of friday's testimony centered on the autopsy of trayvon martin. though shot in the heart, the doctor said it was possible the teen didn't die immediately. >> it is my opinion that he was still alive. he was still in pain. he was still in suffering. >> reporter: bao said trayvon's only other injury was a small abrasion to a finger which she called shuruperficial. there were procedural missteps and it didn't help the prosecution when the medical examiner repeatedly said he had no memory at all of martin's autopsy. >> i do not remember anything. >> reporter: the day's final drama came as the prosecution announced it was ready to rest. the defense immediately asked the judge to dismiss the case arguing the state had not proven second-degree murder. judge debra nelson listened carefully then gave her answer, motion denied. the defense will carry on monday
morning starting at 9:00 a.m. eastern time. as to what witnesses may be called, it could be a little bit of witness deja vu. some of those that testified for the state actually sounded like they were testifying for the defense. they may come back and you can expect the defense will have their own experts to refute some of the science in this particular case and maybe this case could be in the hands of the jury by thursday. martin savidge, cnn, sanford, florida. >> wow. in the end this appears to have been a very rapid case. after the trial resumes on monday you can, of course, get a recap of the key moments from our anderson cooper. he'll have an "ac360" special report "self-defense or murder" monday night 10:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. all right. wet and rainy, well, it's been the story for so much of the u.s. so far this holiday break. but in the northeast, they have been getting hit with a heat wave. temperatures soaring near 100 degrees. karen maginnis is here with the headlines, so let's start with the rain, who's getting soaked.
well, you've got fountains behind you. plus it's raining a little bit, right? >> reporter: well, typically during the summer here at centennial olympic park you would see hundreds and hundreds of kids as well as adults playing in the fountains, but this particular year we've seen so much cloud cover and temperatures that have been running about 5 to 10 degrees below where they should be for this time of year. so, why the heat in the northeast and so much rain across the southeast? let's go ahead and show you. there's a ridge of high pressure that lies just off the coast, but look at these temperatures. if you were going to boston, new york, or washington, d.c., those temperatures are expected to be well into the 90s. but wait until monday. then we can expect readings hovering just within a few degrees of normal. generally speaking in the mid-80s. chicago just about normal as well. atlanta, way below normal for this time of year. so, what's happening is we do have that ridge of high pressure
offshore. it has built in. but we get this steady slow of moisture which is coming in from the gulf of mexico and has rained nearly continuously for the last several days in panama city, florida. they had some damage and some flooding problems reported there yesterday. and in russellville, kentucky, in just about a four-hour time period they said that they saw some flooded homes there with over 5 inches of rainfall. and still, fred, there's heat across the west and the southwest, but it's not that 120, 125 degrees. it's a little more normal. 110, 115. a little bit of a break. >> a chill. a cool front moved in. >> reporter: that's right. >> and the folks in new york are complaining about near 100 degrees, they need to, right, check out those desertlike temperatures so they really know what's hot, right? >> reporter: right. >> all right, karen, thanks so much. >> reporter: see you in a little bit. >> appreciate it, see you soon.
meanwhile tankers full of crude oil are still burning after a train derailed in canada this morning miles from maine. police say the fire is now contained. they tweeted this picture in the last hour, in fact. hundreds of people in the area have evacuated. earlier the flames spread to nearby buildings destroying apartments. and people say some who have lived there have not been accounted for. there is no information yet about the deaths or injuries. all right, overseas, again, as the crisis in egypt widens, how should the u.s. react? we'll have our experts weigh in later on this hour. in the george zimmerman trial the prosecution rests its case by asking these two mothers if it was their son's screams on the 911 tape. one mother testifying for the prosecution. the other for the defense. what was said coming up next. i'm shaq. i wake up cool.
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911 tape the night martin was shot and killed by zimmerman. so, what can we expect when the defense resoup sumes its case o monday? jean casarez joining us live from sanford, florida, for more on that. a powerful day with the two mothers, the prosecution might they have known that one of the first witnesses would be the mother of george zimmerman? >> reporter: you know, i think we knew that because the experts had said who had testified that the only really way to identify a voice that is a screaming voice is by someone who personally knows the person and that paved the way truly for trayvon martin's mother and also for george zimmerman's mother. but yesterday also had a lot of emotion when it came to the medical examiner. this is one of the most critical witnesses for the state's case in chief because of a substantive nature they testify as to the cause of death, the gunshot wound to the chest, the manner of death homicide which is death by another.
and dr. shipping bao took the stand. he's the associate medical examiner for seminole county, volusia county, he's been in the united states since 1992, testified multiple times. and he testified that he believed trayvon martin could have been alive between one and ten minutes after he was shot and the pain and the suffering and the anguish that she could have experienced. now, he'd originally said one to three minutes and he changed his opinion about three weeks ago, but then it all sort of turned around because when the defense began that cross-examination, it was all about his memory. take a listen -- >> i do not have any recall. i do not have any memory of the day of autopsy. i cannot answer your any question about that. all i hear is the notes i have. okay? >> let me be sure i understand. >> without notes i cannot tell you any fact. without notes i cannot tell you any opinion. >> okay.
what you're saying today to me and to the jury -- >> yes. >> -- is that you have no memory -- >> yes. >>-- of any of the events surrounding the autopsy itself. >> yes. i try very hard. >> is that true? >> it's true. 100% true. >> reporter: so, fredricka, i think you can say this witness was very honest. he admitted he remembered nothing about the autopsy at all. but when he started testifying yesterday, i saw his head was down and he was listing his credentials, where he'd gotten his education. i said to myself, i think he's reading this but i thought i must be very mistaken. well, he was actually reading all of that. it was his notes and that became a focal point because he hadn't told the prosecution they had notes but if you're reading from notes on the witness stand then both sides are entitled to them. that was sort of a stall in the whole thing and then his testimony got going again but the jury is left i think to wonder how much credibility should we give to someone that doesn't remember too much about this whole thing. >> well, one has to wonder what the jury would be thinking
because might they just be thinking he handles an awful lot of cases so he wouldn't remember. this wasn't an especially memorable case for him because he's doing cases all the time, it's six weeks after that murder that trayvon martin's name became notable and so he would naturally have to refer to his notes just to call some reference or memory of any case. is that not reasonable for a medical examiner? >> reporter: i think that's a great point. i think that's a great point. maybe he's the one medical examiner who actually honest saying, do you know what, i don't remember a thing about this. medical examiners do not testify in that way, they testify on what they know versus what they don't know or don't remember, so maybe they can say this is someone that has a lot of credibility because he told it the way it was. >> quickly before i let you go, any idea who may be called for the defense once court resumes on monday? we've heard from the mom and the uncle -- >> reporter: yes. they're going to have a forensic
pathologist which is what dr. bao was and this is vincent dimaio out of san antonio, he's a former bexar county medical examiner and he relied on the book written by vincent dimaio discerning the gunshot wounds to trayvon martin and now the defense will call him as their witness. >> jean casarez, appreciate it from sanford, florida. in the middle east, the chaos continues as supporters and detractors of president morsi clash on the streets. and the duchess of cambridge is due any day now. we'll go to london to see the crazy souvenirs they are selling for this royal birth.
egypt has been a close ally of the u.s. and it's one of only two erabb countries that has a peace deal with israel, but as cnn reports things are tenuous as israel remains silent on the upheaval. >> with the removal of egypt president mohammed morsi by the military, world leaders ranging from u.s. president barack obama to saudi arabia's king abdullah have all weighed in on the developments but one regional power has remained silent from the sidelines, israel. so far there's been no official statement from tel aviv, but an analyst with the israel project a think tank with offices in jerusalem and washington, d.c.,
says israeli officials believe that egypt's future should be decided by its people without regional influence. >> israel, first of all, needs to be in sync with the united states and this is a very important point, but it has to stay out of it. this is an internal egyptian issue and we should let egyptian decide their own future. >> reporter: but they say privately hani israeli officials are encouraged that egyptians have protested the policies mr. morsi and the muslim brotherhood tried to implement. at the end of the day no matter how events play out in egypt there's one concern that matters most to the state of israel, its security. >> so, this is i think what official israel is interested in. security mostly. and fighting terror. >> reporter: but on the streets of jerusalem the mood is cautiously optimistic. >> on the one side i think it's a great thing that they're coming out to the streets and
it's, like, it's been a big revolution and this past year where people can say their opinions out loud and especially in these countries where usually you can't see that very much. >> reporter: and while israel may not be talking officially, from the look of things egyptians will continue to voice their opinions out loud on the streets of cairo and across the country. cnn, jerusalem. as egypt goes through a second revolution, the turmoil has left the u.s. in a quandary with its middle east ally, to what extent does the u.s. get involved? cnn's senior political analyst david gergen has worked for several presidents, republican and democrat. david, good to see you. >> thank you, fredricka. >> so, the president's statement, president obama's statement, did a couple of things. it omitted the use of the word coup and it stated, quote, the best foundation for a lasting stability is a democratic political order, end quote, as it pertains to egypt.
so, what do you suppose is being discussed in terms of how far the u.s. might want to be involved? the meetings between the white house, state department, joint chiefs, what's happening? >> well, they're trying to sort out exactly what's happening and how the united states should react. so far they've been rather ambivalent and i might say that they've been very gingerly in their comments and may be leaving all sides a little less unhappy. this kind of crisis and bloodshed, what's really important in a white house is to keep an eye on the long-term interests of the united states, and in this case that is the emergence in the middle east of a moderate, stable, democratic, inclusive government and hopefully the countries join the 21st century economy. and it's not been so clear that the united states has had a steady eye on that. if i may say so, my own suggestion right now would be to follow the advice of american diplomat martin endic who has
previously been ambassador to israel and is well respected. he said, look, keep a quiet relationship with the army and egypt. they're the power right now. they've had the power when mubarak was thrown out. they've got the power now when morsi's thrown out. i understand they're going to shape the future. but in addition i would add it's important that the united states send a clear signal that it's on the side ultimately of the people who want democracy there and want a moderate state. morsi did not represent the u.s. values. the islamic brotherhood did not represent the values of the united states support. the people -- 14 million people or so came out to protest on june 30th and helped to bring this government down. are oural allies in all of this and we need to be clear about all of that. >> there's still so much uncertainty the u.s. would be unclear about what the objective is for the military rule in egypt right now, so why would the u.s. want to continue its
billion and a half dollar funding of egypt especially now when there is so much uncertainty? >> because that -- most of that aid right now goes to the military. the military is the stabilizing force in egypt. we cut ourselves off from the military, relationships we built up over more than 30 years and they have been our friends, especially in dealing with israel and other things. that would really be, i think, a terrible mistake. i'm sorry to see senator john mccain apparently now is moving in that direction. rather than trying to cut off the aid, we need to keep it going and offer additional incentives for the military to bring a democratic government into power as quickly as possible and to be kind to and respect a lot of the morsi supporters. this bloodshed could lead to a civil war if we're not careful. we need the military to help reduce the bloodshed and move toward a democratic transition. and that is in our interests. and so i think to cut off the aid would be a terrible mistake right now. >> you talk about the region
but, you know, it's been long said as goes egypt so goes the region, so one has to wonder to what extent does the u.s. try to assure other allies that there is -- that this kind of unrest i guess is not contagious? >> well, you know, the interesting thing is if you look at a lot of our strongest allies in the region, they are generally moderate regimes. some of them are not democratic to be sure. but they felt that the islamic brotherhood was beginning to pose dangers in their countries. and most of those countries today, most of the arab countries especially the sunni countries are quietly celebrating the downfall of morsi and quietly celebrating especially the fact that the islamic brotherhood proved incompetent and showed its true colors, it was not very democratic in egypt during this last year or so. so, we ought to be listening and talking and frankly secretary of state john kerry is spending a lot of time on the phone doing just that. >> okay. suns you brought him up, i guess that's in between being on or
off the yacht. much ado about nothing, or should a secretary of state be allowed even during a crisis half a world away allowed to be on the yacht enjoying the fourth holiday. you saw the photograph, right? >> well, yeah, i saw it fredricka. i thought the state department spokesperson blew it by denying he'd been on the yacht. without really fully checking it out. and then the pictures came out and they had to backtrack and say, well, in fact, he was on the yacht, but by the way, he was only on there a short time. give me a break. it was not right to do it that way. but to be fair to secretary kerry, he has been going through a grueling time. he came back from a 15-day trip to the middle east. "the boston globe" is reporting he's spent more time in the last four months with israeli and palestinian leaders trying to get new peace talks started than hillary clinton who, of course, traveled worldwide was able to spend with them for four years, he's trying very, very hard to
make sense of the middle east. i think we ought to give him a break on this. i think if he wants to go out on a yacht with his grandson for a couple of hours, more power to him. he needs a break after the four or five you trips to the middle east. here is a guy who is really trying to shape american interests and to bring more order and more stability and more moderation to the middle east, so i think -- i think he deserves a break on this. >> all right, david gergen, thanks so much. good to see you. appreciate it. >> thanks, fredricka. take care. >> all right. all right. the northeast, guess what, it's getting baked by this heat wave. but other parts of the country are getting soaked. the holiday weekend forecast straight ahead. and the most unexpected wimbledon's women's final was played out in london today. we'll tell you who won after the break. plus, a royal baby due any day now. we don't know if it will be a boy or a girl, but we'll find out what names are topping the list of favorites. i think farmers care more about the land
than probably anyone else. we've had this farm for 30 years. we raise black and red angus cattle. we also produce natural gas. that's how we make our living and that's how we can pass the land and water back to future generations. people should make up their own mind what's best for them. all i can say is it has worked well for us.
this offer comes a day after both venezuela and nicaragua said they would grant asylum to snowden. still unclear which country he might choose. and there's also big news to give you in the world of sports right now. all-star center dwight howard announced he is leaving the lakers. jeff fishell is here with more in this bleacher report. >> fredricka, thank you. the lakers don't get turned down by many superstars but dwight howard says he's going to the houston rockets. he says that's where he thinks he has the best chance of winning an nba title and howard says he's betting $30 million on it. that's how much less superman will make playing for the rockets instead of staying with the lakers. the big man announced his decision on twitter with this, quote, i've decided to become a member of the houston rockets. i feel it's the best place for me, and i'm excited about joining the rockets. i'm looking forward to a great season. i want to thank the fans in los angeles and wish them the best.
kobe bryant, unfriended dwight howard on twitter, take that. and kobe's probably happy he missed d-12's latest tweet. howard added an instagram picture with teammate harden, the message, houston, we have liftoff. contained the last 40 minutes. >> that's andy murray throwing a bit of a hissy fit at wimbledon. he was upset wimbledon stopped in the middle of the semifinals so the roof could close, the umpire said it was getting too dark. the lights needed to come on. fantastic tennis. it did not stop britain's great hope he won in four sets and he faces novak djokovic who played the longest semi in wimbledon history to win. a brit has not won wimbledon in 77 years. check this out it's a yao ming wedding cake. it's not yao's wedding. a houston couple had that made for their special day.
see if they just waited they could have gotten a dwight howard one instead. yao's been retired actually for a couple years but clearly the love for yao ming lives on. and, fred, my question for you, is that romantic? hmm, i don't know. >> really. i don't know. i'm not feeling the romance there, especially as the knife goes right down the center of the head, huh-uh, no, no romance, thanks, jeff. for the very latest news in sports, go to bleacherreport.com. there's more news from sports, wimbledon has a new women's champion from the country of france, marion bartoli beat germany's sabine lisicki on center court. it's the first grand slam win for bartoli. it must have been a very exciting match. >> reporter: indeed, it was an exciting match. it's been a long time coming for marion bartoli at 28 years of age, but in the end she made pretty short work of clinching that first grand slam title. she'd been in the final here
before, back in 2007. had really struggled to make an impact against venus williams. she certainly wasn't going to let this opportunity slip. this time around. and she burst into action on center court. taking the first set six games to one. really even before lisicki had managed to realize that she was here in her first grand slam final at just 23 years of age. you have to give her a little bit of credit, though, she was 6-1, 5-1 down facing match points and through her tears on court she managed to stage something of a fight back to 5-4, but in the end bartoli's experience and determination shone through, so she's celebrating the venus rosewater dish. she said it's a dream she's had since she was 6 years of age, and it tops off a very emotional year for bartoli. she split with her father who had been her coach throughout her career in february.
this was the first wimbledon tournament that he hasn't been at to watch her progress. he was here today. and after winning she very quickly run up to the players box and gave her father a very emotional hug. >> oh, i always love moments like that. that's tweet. in the meantime, moving on to the men's, i'm embracing the women's moment there. taking a moment. now to the mens. the men's final andy murray, of course, a big favorite there and novak djokovic, but both have incredible personalities. it's kind of hard to choose i guess unless you're a brit you're going for murray, right? >> reporter: i was going to say you wouldn't be the only person here to gloss over the ladies final. all the papers today are covering andy murray back in the final for the seventh straight year. it's fair to say he's had quieter practice sessions than the one he had earlier today. he was absolutely mobbed as he approached the courts. all sorts of people wants
autographs with him. all the media wanting a quick word from him. fans started queueing here, fredricka, on friday evening for tickets for sunday morning to get in to be there what they think might be a moment of history. as we heard in the bleacher report there, he's aiming to become the first british man to win the title here for 77 years. it was an incredibly hard-fought semifinal day here. both murray's match which took four sets and the novak djokovic match was an incredible five-set near five-hour epic. the question is how much of a big part that will play when it comes to the two players squaring off on sunday. they've played each other all of the way through their careers. they used to play doubles together. >> oh, wow. >> reporter: these two. they know each other's game inside out. >> oh, this is going to be good. >> reporter: this will be anybody's game. it is. i love the fact. brad gilbert, one of murray's former coaches, described it as a popcorn match, he said
basically it's too close to call, just sit back, relax and enjoy. >> wow, that will be an extraordinary match. of course, we'll all be on the edge of your seats, of course. i guess murray's come close before, maybe this is the time. i know he's always kind of looking to the sky. we'll see what happens for him. thanks so much. you got your fingers crossed, okay, i'm not taking sides. amanda, appreciate it, thanks so much. keep us posted. all right, the world in the meantime especially those in london, again, they are watching for another reason. many are waiting the arrival of the newest member of the british royal family. the official due date for the duchess of cambridge is one week from today. and the child whether it's a boy or a girl will be third in line to the throne. cnn's aaronclaughlin is watching it from london. people are excited. you got wimbledon, you got a baby on the way. how do they contain themselves? >> reporter: that's right, fredricka. people here pretty excited. there's the merchandise, the betting, there's even a special
coin. the countdown to royal baby is well under way. the duchess of cambridge is due to give birth any day. london is on baby watch. >> this is the first time i can see a royal baby and i'm alive, so i would love to take pictures to show my children, say i was there, i experienced it. >> it will be fantastic, a fantastic occasion for everyone here. everyone is talking about how much it's costing, but we love a party here, so why not. reporter: final preparations are under way at this hospital where the duchess is expected to give birth. and the world's media is poised for the big event. ladders and tape litter the press pen outside. there are more than 150 camera positions so far. then there are those that are cashing in. with royal baby bibs, plates, and cups. >> the response to the royal baby has been unbelievable. >> reporter: there's even a royal baby training potty. complete with music. london's bookies are taking bets. people here seem to think the
baby will be a girl. the name alexandra is currently topping the list with the odds of 7-2. and what would a big royal event be without its own coin? british babies born the same day will be eligible to receive one of these, a 2013 silver penny. it's a british tradition to give a bit of silver to a newborn baby as a sign of good luck, so they've produced some 2013 of these coins every day here in the uk some 2,000 babies are born, so a little bit of silver, a little bit of tradition. a little bit of luck. not just for the royal baby but for babies across the uk born on that very special day, fredricka? >> oh, yeah, they're going to be really proud to have the same birthday possibly as the royal baby, that's cool stuff. all right, erin, thanks so much. all right. here in the states a holiday weekend has been a washout for so many parts of the country.
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all right. the state of arizona has felt all of it in just such short proximity. we're talking about hot, extreme, dry water to this, too much rain friday in tucson a monsoon simply rolled through the area flooding roads and in one instance a family had to be rescued from the current. they were rescued by the fire department, so either it's lots of heat, lots of rain. it's been quite the strange weather story particularly for arizona. let's check in with karen maginnis in the severe weather center, so arizona has really experienced the extremes on both ends. >> they really have, yeah. >> they're kind of representing a lot of this country right now, though, right? >> yes.
you would expect hot temperatures in arizona, but also are in the monsoon season now and all of that was part of the monsoonal moisture that they've seen across the region. they had a 70-mile-an-hour wind gust there. it only takes about this much rainfall for all those washes to fill up. i used to live in tucson and the weather was fairly predictable for long periods of time, but, you know, then it wasn't. all right, we've got this pipeline of moisture which is moving up across the southeast, but look at these they have been in place for the better part of two weeks and what we expect is this high pressure's going to shift a little bit. as it does, that hot weather's going to prevail across new england. still hot across the desert southwest, not as hot as it has been. with the hot, sizzling temperatures across the west, but not looking at the record setting temperatures like we had been. chicago makes it to 83 today. salt lake, i think you stay well into the 90s at least for another week or so. and if you're traveling to the northeast and new england, heat
advisories and warnings out as temperatures both for today and into sunday, well into the 90s, but you get a bit of a break on monday, but guess what happens when you get that break? you get the wet weather. showers and thunderstorms could be heavy at times an for chicago, temperatures hovering around the mid to upper 80s, so have a safe rest of the weekend and we'll see you back in the next hour. >> thanks, karen. straight ahead, he leads george zimmerman's defense team. we'll learn more about the man trying to keep zimmerman out of prison.
following nine days of testimony, the defense now presents its case. leading the defense team of george zimmerman, mark o'mara, a long time florida lawyer. cnn's george howell digs deep into why he, who he is and what his style of litigating is all about. >> he's been described as brilliant. a tactician. hallmarks of a skillful trial attorney. >> if we were to take
pathological liar off the table just for the purpose of this next question, you think you're telling the truth? >> yes. >> one more thing. >> mark o'mara, in the spotlight like never before defending a man once described as the most hated man in america. george zimmerman. o'mara's resume is long. nearly three decades of lawyering experience. mostly as a family attorney operating out of the small unassuming bungalow in orlando, but o'mara was also a prosecutor cuter, handling everything from petty crimes to death penalty cases. outside the courtroom, he leads a quiet personal life. a native new yorker from queens, he says his biggest inspiration was his father, a world war ii veteran who later raised five children on a fireman's salary. he and his wife are often seen riding on his harley.
they have no children. he's a big fan of his law school alma mater, florida state, he loves dogs, seen here in this youtube video with his german shepherd, timber. he has other skills, too, clocking time as a legal pundit for a local orlando tv station during the casey anthony trial. >> bring in our expert, mark o'mara. see the list of jurors. pretty good cross section. >> yes, it is. i don't think there's any argument that this is not a cross section jury. >> a friend is quoted as saying o'mara doesn't mind taking on these kinds of cases that come with media scrutiny, like he did in 2004. he faced second degree murder, but was later on vikted of a lesser charge. dui manslaughter. it's a good thing o'mara doesn't mind the bright lights because right now, there's no trial in the country more in the public
lair that than of george zimmerman. >> and of course, the case is being closely watched for so many different reasons. criminal defense attorney richard herman and avery friedman are enthralled about this case as you are. the three of us will be talking about this case later on in the next hour, so gentlemen, what intrigues you most about how this trial is shaping up so far? richard, you first. >> fred, i think the last final witness for the prosecution summed it all up. he was unprepared, incompetent, inept and disgraceful and that's my opinion of the prosecution of this case. >> avery, you think it's just as reflective? >> i think the focus is on the heart grabbing testimony of trayvon martin's mother or the heart grabbing testimony of george zimmerman's mother, which witness will the jury find more appealing. we've got the answers and more coming up. >> excellent. look forward to hearing from
both of you. in about 20 minutes from now, richard avery. thank you. meantime, a massive sinkhole swallows a car. can you believe these images? the woman behind the wheel, we'll show you the remarkable rescue operation next hour. and a teenager's online posting causes big trouble. he calls his comment a joke, but now, he's sitting in jail. the next hour starting right after this quick break. hey kevin...still eating chalk for heartburn? yeah... try new alka seltzer fruit chews. they work fast on heartburn and taste awesome. these are good. told ya! i'm feeling better already. [ male announcer ] new alka seltzer fruits chews. enjoy the relief!
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>> the egyptian military has overturned the vote of the people of egypt and we cannot set a precedent which frankly we will make, let me put it this way, we cannot repeat the same mistakes at other times in our history by supporting the removal of freely elected governments. >> that was senator john mccain calling on the white house to suspend aid to egypt. meanwhile, supporters of deposed president mohammed morsi are protesting in cairo right now. they say he is being held by the military at the republican guard headquarters. 30 are dead and over 1,000 wounded in clashes across the country. it has been a bloody night. how are things panning out
today? most of the people behind you are in support of morsi? >> reporter: all of them are. all of them say they're in support of morsi and say we should support the democratic process and they believe what happened last week with the ouster of mohammed morsi violated the most basic principles of democracy. we believe according to state media, mohammed morsi, the ousted president, is is inside the headquarters of the presidential guard and that is why yesterday, thousands of supporters of mr. morsi marched here to extract him and putting him back in the palace where they say he belongs. when these demonstrators arrived here, they came face to face with heavily armed soldiers, armored personal carriers and there was a lot of tension yesterday and some clashes. the military tried to use tear gas, several people killed.
today, things are much calmer. a few thousand people here and they just held a mock funeral. if anyone thought this conflict here in egypt was over, the critics had gotten rid of them and now, the path is clear for them to establish a government of their liking. there's a lot of people here in egypt who have something to say about that. they're not happy with what has happened. they say they're determine ed t stay here until the armed forces declares mr. morsi president once again, which seems very unlikely at this point. >> and what about the military leadership? is anything from them? what's next, what they would do with mr. morsi? >> there's all sorts of indications that the military
wants to keep a very low profile. obviously, there's a lot of controversy surrounding what they did. there was a massive uprising against mr. morsi. there were millions who didn't like him, but in came then the armed forces and it was ultimately their decision to remove him and put in place an interim president. they want this not put in, not to be viewed as a military coup and that's why after mr. morsi's ouster, they declared an interim president and have kept a low profile. now, moving forward, they could play a key role in resolving this conflict because both sides here are digging in. they say they're not going to go away, they're not going to stop demonstrating until mr. morsi is reinstated again. >> thank you so much from cairo. now, three countries have extended offers of asylum to edward snowden, the man behind the nsa leaks. bolivia just added its name to
the list today. the country's president called it a fair protest after four european countries restricted his flight this week. yesterday, nicaragua said it would offer asylum if the circumstances permit and venezuela gave snowden the okay for asylum. frederick has more now from moscow. >> the president of venezuela has said that he would be willing to take edward snowden in. now, of course, the government of venezuela is very antagoni antagonistic towards the u.s. and they from the beginning, have been very sympathetic to snowden. in a speech last night, madoro said he would be willing to allow snowden to come to venezuela and to give him asylum. >> translator: i announced to the governments of the friendly nations in the world that we have decided to offer the international humanitarian right to asylum to protect this young
edward snowden from the persecution that has been unleashed from the most powerful in the world. the young man who only spoke the truth. >> one of the few countries willing to give snowden asigh lum. another country that's come out and said they might be willing to let him in is nicaragua. we're still waiting to see whether or not they firm that up, otherwise, most country he's applied to have said they're not going to let him in either on technical grounds or merritt. so at this point in time, it seems as though venezuela might be his best bet. the big question is now lodgistics. when can that happen? that's still up in the air and how. is he going to take a commercial flight possibly here from russia to cuba and then to venezuela? the next flight would leave sometime around noon tomorrow local time, so we'll wait and see whether or not he's going to be on that flight, whether or not he's going to have the necessary travel documents because we also know that the
united states has revoked his passport. certainly, the russians will be very happy to hear this. they have been getting more antsy by the day. it seems as though they're very uncomfortable with snowden's presence here. one of the things that's a big problem for vladimir putin, he can't hand him over to the u.s. because that would cause absolute humiliation and also, he can't really let this drag on for a long time and risk threatening the relationship that he does have with the obama administration. so the russians will be very happy to see this come to an end, but we're still not sure how long it's going to take. >> thank you for that. the george zimmerman murder trial resumes monday morning with the defense continuing its case. defense attorneys are trying to prove zimmerman shot martin in self-defense. prosecutors calleded 38 witnesses to try to prove other wise. let's bring in jean casarez from
sanford, florida. the strategy of the defense, call the mother of george zimmerman on the same day the prosecution called trayvon's mom. this now gives the jury a lot to think about. >> this jury of mothers, right, because it is women at this point that will be the deliberating jurors. five out of the six are mothers. and as i said in this courtroom and sabrina was the first to take the stand. i just thought where does she get the strength. she tweeted yesterday asking god to give her the strength and she did and the jury got to learn a little bit about her. college graduate, major was english. she has worked for miami-dade for 24 years. george zimmerman's mother also had the elegance up on the stand, but the pivotal question for both, when you listen to that 911 call and you hear those screams, can you say under oath who that voice is? take a listen. >> ma'am, that's screaming, or
yelling, do you recognize that? >> yes. >> who? >> trayvon benjamin martin. >> do you know the voice in the background? >> yes. >> whose voice? >> my son, george. because he's my son. and that was it. that was the testimony. as a mother, they said they knew the voice of their son but it was interesting on the cross-examination of sabrina fulton, there were at least eight to ten people. that's when she heard the 911 call. when she believed it was her son's voice and the point of the defense was you were under pressure. you had to say you believed it was your son's voice, but as the mothers on that jury listened to that, they may also say sa mother knows the sound of their child's voice. >> right, but then now these
jurors, five of whom as you mention, are mother, have determined which mother, you know, to believe, because both of the mothers think they heard the voice of their sons there and it seems as though, prosecution might have felt, maybe some gratification from the testimony of sabrina fulton, that perhaps of all the testimonies prior, the 38 testimonies thus far, this is going to be the one that sticks with the jurors, but then defense rolls out one of its first witnesses and it is the mother of george zimmerman, so you have to wonder if the jurors have almost forgotten what they were hit with earlier in the day by sabrina fulton, only now to have the lasting memory of george zimmerman's mother. >> right, so then what you're saying is will the jurors be left with the evidence, the juror's statement and the 911 call and they will discern for
themselves who was crying out in imminent fear of death. >> powerful, powerful case. thanks so much. defense resuming with calling of its witnesses on monday. jean casarez, thank you. and after the trial resumes on monday, of course you're going to want to know what happened throughout the day. we're going to recap it for you. the key moments from our anderson cooper later in the evening. he'll have an "ac 360" special report. self-defense or murder, monday night, 10:00 p.m. eastern. new england patriots fans are giving up jerseys today all because of the name on the back. we'll have the latest on the aaron hernandez investigation. prosecution has rested and the defense has begun. we'll talk more about the george zimmerman case. we'll ask our legal team what they expect next. in this trial. how much protein does your dog food have? 18 percent? 20? new purina one true instinct has 30.
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hernandez was cut from the team after he was charged with murder last month. investigators in the case are now talking with a man who was also arrest. carlos ortiz. susan candiotti is watching this investigation. >> not much is known about carlos ortiz, but what we know is intriguing. the district attorney identifies ortiz as one of two men in the car with accused aaron hernandez the night odin lloyd was gunned down execution. >> there was a conversation in the car when he gets into an argument with the victim. >> how might investigators know what about what went on? ortiz is cooperating with authorities, but won't go further.
>> if ortiz isn't cooperating, that's a big, big break. >> right now, he faces an illegal weapons charge. ortiz pleaded not guilty to the gun charge. his attorney declined comment to cnn. according to a search warrant, ortiz told police the day after lloyd's murder, he and hernandez drove to this two bedroom apartment. police call it a flop house. documents show the football player leased it almost 20 miles from his luxury home. no explanation why. >> no suspicious activity, no girl, nothing other than just typical guy stuff. a little bit loud. little bit of cigarette smoke. maybe pot, but nothing that you wouldn't expect from a bunch of guys. >> hernandez has pleaded not guilty. lloyd's murder investigation is
now moving to the grand jury stage. cnn has learned a grand jury is calling witnesses. susan candiotti, cnn, new york. >> all right, the legal guys are next and we're talking about the latest in the george zimmerman trial, two moms, one voice, two very different reactions. that's next. ♪ [ male announcer ] you wait all year for summer. ♪ this summer was definitely worth the wait. ♪ summer's best event from cadillac. let summer try and pass you by. lease this all-new cadillac ats for around $299 per month or purchase for 0% apr for 60 months. come in now for the best offers of the model year.
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let's bring in our legal guys, a civil rights attorney and law professor in cleveland. joining us from las vegas, good to see both of you, gentlemen. >> hey, fred. >> before we talk about the testimony that we witnessed during the week an capped off with the two mothers testifying, richard, you first. did the prosecution do a good job in your view before resting the second degree murder -- >> the prosecution is absolutely disgraceful. every single witness testifying for the prosecution, they were unprepared. they were converted into defense witnesses. the prosecution put the self-defense claim of george
zimmerman, there's no way he's going to testify now. he doesn't have to. the jury has seen four or five interviews and each one is substantially similar. every witness was really an abomination. they were just horrible. they were unprepared, the information they gave to the jury not going to be believable. it's not credible, except for one witness, mr. good, the neighbor, who came out and testified unequivocally. he said trayvon martin was on top, zimmerman was below. he saw martin pounding him and here's a self-defense case. it's over, fred. they should never have charged second degree murder. it's really a sham and shows how politically motivated this prosecution was. >> avery, you just agree with everything that richard says. >> well, no, no, not everything. >> yeah. >> look it, the fact is, as prosecutors, you're stuck with what you got and indeed, there
was discrepancy in this prosecution. no doubt about that. the judge nelson would have granted that motion for acquittal. >> part of a process. >> the jury has -- the jury has to consider it. it was not an acquittal. at this point, what has to happen at this point and i think the jury is going to consider this. we saw the quiet dignity of trayvon martin's mother. we saw the quiet dignity frankly of george zimmerman's mother and how the defense actually convinced the judge to end the day with that was really an amazing tactic and we will now hear and this is very important, the forensic pathologist specialist who is world renowned. indeed, dr. bale, the prosecution relied on, using his book in drawing conclusions, so while i'm in accord with some of the statements made that many of
these witnesses were not good for the prosecution, ultimately, this is going to be a jury question and then we'll see what happens, but the defense i think starts out in pretty good shape right now. >> what does the defense need to do further then next week when court resumes? >> not much. you're going to see a minimal defense here, i believe, at least i'm not with them, but i believe it should be a minimal defense. they put on dr. demayo, who will educate this jury on forensics and how a medical examiner should value the victim, not like the jokester they put on the stand who is reading prepared questions and answers. he was a jokester. >> aren't you being a little hard on him? >> i'm not. >> of every examination that you do, when you were doing you know, dozens in one week at a time and trayvon martin wasn't necessarily a notable person for his memory until publicly, everyone started learning the
name of trayvon martin and this situation. and for that -- >> that's exactly right. >> this man, this man -- >> you can't expect a coroner to know every body. >> want to know something? maybe he could have been better prepared, but he testified honestly, forthrightly. ultimately, the jury makes the decision. not the judge, not you, not me, the jury will make the decision. >> we know the jury makes the decision, but he's a professional witness. he testified that he has been approved as an expert in 20 other trials. mr. zimmerman's life is on the line here. he had an obligation to prepare his testimony so when he came in, he could speak with knowledge of what he did and what we learned, no protocalls, he doesn't know anything. he change d his mind.
he changed his opinions. >> something else is interesting that you said, you talk about preparing your witness. you can only go so far to prepare your witness. is that the case? we also heard that the defense was a little upset about racial -- and they asked her very point-blank, were you prepared did you talk to those attorneys, you can only prepare a witness so far or perhaps, not at all, which is the case. >> you're supposed to prepare a witness. it's okay for a lawyer to say by the way, before you took the stand, did you review your notes so that your testimony would be meaningful? that's an entirely appropriate thing to do. whether or not he did a good job, that's a different question. he's not going to commit his notes and information to memory. there was nothing wrong with that testimony. the question is, will the jury credit it. >> he will not credit it. he will give him a big, fat
zero. discard everything he said because he was a joke. he was unbelievable. just like dr. ral testified too, they're going to disregard her also. these people are coming in with agendas and they're not believable. they're not credible. >> what possible agenda. that's not fair. what agenda? >> the conviction express. that's all it is. they work for the state. they're supporting the state just as the jokester. she's bending over backwards to help the prosecution here. >> as a matter of law, murder two should have been dismissed. they utterly failed. >> and it was not. >> but it didn't. the jurors now have to try to extrapolate all they've heard from this testimony. they have to figure out what's believable, what's credible and by hearing the two mothers on this final day before the weekend, something tells me they are indeed considering the testimony of glad is zimmerman
as well as sabrina fulton, trying to ascertain which voice that may have been heard on that 911 call. >> fred, one thing. miss zimmerman's testimony though was corroborated by the neighbor, mr. good. that gives her a slight edge over miss fulton. i'm sure it was devastating for both of them and i wish -- >> that's the only thing i agree with. i wish miss fulton would have had some tears coming down to show some emotion, which she didn't. i think miss zimmerman gets it for the mother. quiet dignity. >> we're not done with you guys because we want to talk about a couple of other extraordinary cases in about 20 minutes, but we enjoyed hearing your recollection of this trial thus far. so, you're going to be back. >> are you sure? are we coming back? >> please, come back. we've got a couple more cases. you might not be able to you know, get you as riled up over
these case, but that's okay. this one's involving a teenager who's now sitting in jail because of something he wrote on facebook. this might be a lesson to everybody out this. and how about this question. the royal baby. what do you think? a boy, a girl? does it matter the you avery and richard? it matters to everyone else, particularly in london. the parents don't even know, but we'll tell you why science could be giving us some clues. and with a week of big stories around the world, some political stories here at home. we'll kind of bring you up to date now on those. for fast relief of itchy summer skin,
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karen mcginniss joining us now. are things going to look up for us there? >> they are stuck in a monsoonal flow now, meaninging they can see those afternoon thunderstorms pick up. this is where the farmers and growers receive the bulk of their rainfall. very dry, very hot northeast. look at the temperatures now. new york city is 89 degrees. boston is already at 91 degrees. as a high pressure ridge, the high still in place, it may shift a little bit. producing torrential down topou. just got an update that since tuesday at inlet beach florida, they have seen almost 22 inches of rain. temperatures are going to be hot across the west as you would expect, there is still that monsoonal moisture sweeping on into arizona and new mexico,
colorado and into utah. new york city, today, about 93. for boston, 92, but looks like it may be warmer than that. still in the 90s coming up for sunday, but then by monday, 86, but with the cooler temperatures in the northeast and new england, you'll also see the rainfall and it could be heavy at times. chicago, temperatures in the 80s. 70s and 80s for cincinnati. enjoy the rest of your weekend. >> quite the variety there. we're wearing the same color. how did we do that? >> our stylists. >> color of the day. the george zimmerman trial, the crisis in egypt and the deadly wildfires dominated news this week, but there were some pretty interesting political stories that flew under the rad radar. here's paul steinhauser. he's catching us up. >> hey, fred. it was the biggest domestic achievement president obama's had in the white house, but
tuesday night, the administration announced it was delaying by a year, a key part of the president's sweeping health care law. the mandate for businesses with 50 or more employees to provide their workers with health insurance or face fines now won't kick in until the start of 2015. the news came as mr. obama was on board air force one, flying home from africa. it involved opponents of obama care and renewed calls by many republicans to try and repeal the health care law. state lawmakers in texas came back this past week in a special session called by governor rick perry to once again try and pass a controversial bill that would ban nearly all abortions after 20 weeks. >> we pursued policies to protect unborn children. >> the bill died a week and a half ago after a filibuster by a democratic state senator. >> that filibuster grabbed national attention.
fast forward gabby giffords monday firing a weapon at a gun range for the first time since she was severely wouned in a shooting two and a half years ago. giffords and her husband, mark kelly, are on a seven-state tour trying to increase background checks for gun sales. >> thanks so much, paul. all right, all eyes are now on london. the official due date for the royal baby is next saturday. we don't know the gender. boy, girl, who knows? neither do the parents apparently. prince william and the duchess of cambridge. elizabeth cohen explains from london that science can actually give us some clues. >> will she give birth to a boy or a girl? a prince or a princess? londoners love to guess. what do you think, boy or girl? >> it's going to be a girl. >> i think she will have a boy. >> a girl, looks like a very elegant, feminine bump.
>> most people think just 50/50 chance they will have a boy or a girl, totally random. but apparently, it's not true. >> no, absolutely not true. >> she says there's real evidence that the royal couple is likely to have a daughter. first, there's the tiny pre-pregnancy waistline. women who eat less are more likely to conceive a girl. >> one idea is that maybe boy babies or boy embryos need to have a much richer food simply. >> then, prince william's daring rescues as an air force pilot. >> it's physical, very demanding. >> those men are more likely to have girl infants than boys. >> and perhaps most telling of all -- >> the duchess has been admitted to the hospital suffering from severe morning sickness.
>> that means she's 80% more likely to have a girl according to one study. >> that's right. >> are these all old wives tales or real science? >> no, this is all real science. >> it might be too soon to paint the royal nursery pink just yet. we'll find out for sure when it's posted in the buckingham palace courtyard, just like when prince william was born. >> fascinating. we're at the edge of our seats. in this country, a texas teen says it's all a misunderstanding. he says he was only joking, but the teenage's been in jail since march for something he wrote on facebook. we'll ek ploer this case with our legal guys and a missive sinkhole swallows a car. [ whimpers ] - hugs from beneful baked delights... - [ barks ] are crispy, oven-baked dog snacks with soft savory centers, made with beef and cheese.
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everyone agrees it was the theme, but led to a remarkable rescue in toledo, ohio. a huge sinkhole swallowed a woman's car while she was in it. it's hard to believe that this happened. >> that's exactly what was going through her head. how can this road just open up? probably the most terrifying experience for pamela knox. something that you don't expect is going to happen to you while you're traveling down to road.
she gives all the credit to god. >> as the car was rolling, i just kept calling the name of jesus and i just kept saying jesus, jesus. >> hard to believe. that's what 60-year-old pamela knox thought as she sat in her trapped car. she had plumeted nearly 60 feet into a sinkhole on a busy toledo street. frantic witnesses called 911. >> yes, a car just fell, a car just fell from the street -- a hole opened up and it -- >> listen -- >> i don't know. it is in the hole. it's sunk in. >> it wasn't like and then that was over. no, it was falling and rolling. >> knox doesn't remember how long her car was stuck on shaky ground in the sinkhole before a team of firefighters rusheded to her rescue, they helped knox
climb up a ladder to safety. a city official blames the collapse on an outdated sewage system built with brick. they are trying to find the source of the failure. knox says she survived unharm because of her strong faith. >> thankfulness. just thankfulness. just thankful that i am a child of god. just thankful. >> knox's husband was outside the sinkhole watching the whole situation develop. he was worried about a pile-up. he says the fact his wife survived, well, he's calling it a miracle. she joined kate bolduan for new day this week and told us what it was like to go through this whole experience. >> i'm doing a lot better today. i'm just thankful that i did not sustain any serious injuries. just a lot of soreness and just simply taking aspirin or
ibuprofen for that and other than that, i'm doing okay. i was you know, i had just finished doing some errands and as i was driving down the street and it's an area that i've driven down before, you know, over many, many years. all of a sudden, the street underneath me caved in and the street gave way and i found myself falling in my car into this deep, deep hole. >> what did you think at this point? >> i couldn't understand what was going on. i didn't know what was happening, oh, my gosh, i'm actually falling, is this really happening to me? and as i was falling like that, you know, i just started calling out on the name of jesus. you know, i just kept saying jesus, jesus, jesus, you know, over and over again. because you know, i didn't know. at first, i was very an hen
sieve about looking at it. i really didn't want to watch any of it, but then you know, i got better with that. and i started looking at it and it was just so unbelievable. so incredible and you know, thank the lord you know that my strong faith kept me in sound mind during that time because while i was in that hole, i also heard you know, the sound of rushing water and i turned around and looked back and the backseat of my car was filling up with water. so, apparently, when i fell, you know, water line -- >> definitely hit a water line. >> had broken, yeah, you know and all this water started pouring out and it was filling up my car and i'm like, oh, my gosh. i could possibly drown in all of this.
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police didn't think it was funny. a teenager who said he was just joking around on facebook is now in jail and accused of making terroristic threats. miguel marquez has the story from texas. >> i just want my kid back. he's my best friend and i miss him so much. >> jack carter, devastated his teenage son behind bars for months facing up to ten years in prison. >> i just want the tell justin we love him and that everybody's here for him and that everything's going to be okay. this is going to be righted. >> carter is now getting help, a
new legal team taking the case for free. we spoke to the attorney just after meeting his client for the first time. >> he's distraught, confused, he's sad. you know, this is somebody who has never been to jail before. >> justin carter, arrested in february, charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony. the alleged threat says his father came after justin played the online multiplayer game league of legends. in a postgame facebook conversation, the person he was chatting with called him f-d up in the ed. he replied i'm going to -- eat the beating heart of one of them. >> didn't look at the context of what's been put online because if they did, i think they would have seen it was sarcasm. >> made a threat to a woman, a
random stranger. those turned up no evidence of a plot. while prosecutors had no comment on the case, jack carter said justin was offered a plea deal that would have put him in prison for eight years. >> this kid is just beaming with life, just trying to you know, and they took it all away from him. >> real consequences for a comment made in the virtual world. >> all right, so it's a case of free speech colliding with modern media and a kid's future now hanging in the balance. avery, how will justin try to justify his actions? how does he defend himself? >> it was a stupid thing to do. the question is is, what's the law? look at the three elements in texas. you have to show willful. you have to show intent to threaten, then has to be
unequivocal or unconditional. well, jk followed. just kiddinging. the third element can't be reached, the truth is is, that this might be an overreaction because of newtown or chardon or columbine, but at the end of the day, it strikes me that this is way out of line. unless there's more evidence don't know about and that's maybe what the grand jury considered. we need to find out. but in the absence of that, i think this is an inappropriate charge. i think the bond has to be redu reduced. i think the young man has to get help and this has to be put in some kind of context so that free speech is not obstructed. so, richard, do you agree? this is an inappropriate charge and perhaps while police did not seek sarcasm in the dialogue, they went overboard in your view? >> oh, so quietly, he agrees with avery. i'll tell you, fred. this is third degree -- >> it's a rare moment. >> rare. >> third degree felony terrorist
charges against him. he signs off, he said jk, just kidding and lol. you know, laughing out loud. i mean, come on. a canadian woman read it and she's the one that notified authorities. apparently, you know, newtown is very sensitive in everyone's heart and in their minds and this individual happens to live about a half a mile from an elementary school, so you know, i'm sure they investigated his online accounts. if they found any evidence of seeking terrorist information or ammunition or guns or explosives, you would have heard it by now. they don't have it. >> but that's the argument, too, is that in this day and age, you have to be ever so careful and it doesn't matter if you don't have any priors or prior questionable behavior because it could only, it could happen just once and something terrible. >> he's in prison for three
months so far. >> this is a tough one. that's exactly right. >> and he's getting beat up every day there. >> say that again? >> we're agreeing. >> we're actually agreeing. >> what are we going to do? show is over. richard and avery in agreement here. >> wait until the next one. got another one coming up here. >> okay. all right. where are we going next? it's amazing. okay. in your backyard then avery, let's talk about this case of ariel castro and so now, he's finding his way, path to plead now with this trial. he's not insane. no insanity defense in his future. what next? >> remember the casey anthony, jodi arias, month after month after month? the young women escaped in may. castro was charged with over 300 counts in june.
in july, he was determined that he's competent and on august 5th, the case is set for trial. welcome to ohio. that's way it works here. at the end of the day, there are going to be amended charges. the prosecutor here is going to add about 300 more. so instead of an august 5th trial, we might see a september trial, but one way or the other, the end of the day, it's going to be a plea, life without parole. it's kidnap, rape, it is done. >> if you see it that way, then why even waste time? what's with all these formalities? >> that's how our system is is, fred. come on. he is entitled to his day in court. >> of course, but if we're thinking ultimately the strategy is there will be a plea, i mean, that he and his attorneys will say okay, let's change, you know, his defense. what has been entered, then why even go through all these formalities. >> they want to make sure his
constitutional rights are protected. >> can you imagine if you were assigned this case as court appointed counsel? let's tip our hats to these attorneys that are going to do everything they can. this is a very tough case. he's going to prison for life. >> they could have said we, every defense entitle right to council, we are protecting his rights of the constitution. some of these guys are saying oh, he's a wonderful family man. what the heck? it's unbelievable. >> he petitioned for a visitation with his 6-year-old daughter and the judge says, i don't think that would be appropriate right now. >> not right now. >> are you kidding? this is -- >> couldn't come up with screen writers on that one. this is awful. >> this is why you all are the attorneys and i'm not. this is why we defer to you because you've got all the answers. >> well, you're always in the mix, fredricka. >> you're always schooling us. >> you're the judge, fred. you're the judge. >> i don't think so.
thanks, guys. we can always, you can at home always catch our legal guys, we can enjoy them together every saturday at about this time, giving us their take on the most intriguing legal cases of the day. all right, gentlemen, have a great rest of the holiday weekend. coming up next, the defense in the george zimmerman murder case under way. what more can you expect? plus, some big stars hitting stage tonight to help the storm victims who need it most. we'll talk with country star toe by keith. and an after the trial resuming, george zimmerman trial on monday, of course you want to get a recap of the day from our anderson cooper. he'll have a special report monday night 10:00 p.m. eastern right on cnn. the next hour begins right after this.
-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com hello, again, everyone. a look at the top stories we're following for you this hour. a third country has just extended an offer of asylum to the nsa leaker. we'll tell you which countries are willing to take in edward snowden. and two mothers take the stand in the george zimmerman trial with different interpretations
of a 911 call. which will the jury believe? we'll have an update on the case and they're watching and waiting in the u.k. a royal baby is due at any day now. we'll have the latest on what the press is doing to prepare. this is cnn breaking news. and this just in. after a couple of days after the ousting of the democratically elected president in egypt, now, the opposition leader has been summoned to the presidential palace for talks. he is expected to be appointed as the country's next interim prime minister. of course, we get more information on that, we'll bring that to you. >> now, three countries have now extended offers of asylum to edward snowden, the man nsa leaks. bolivia just added its name to the list today. the country's president called it fair and