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this is cnn breaking news. >> hello everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield. welcome to legal view. to be a fly in the wall in the white house right now but also at the four seasons hotel in new york city because there are two pivotal meetings taking place at those two locations right now. on your left the gathering at the oval office between president obama and senator bernie sanders. the one-on-one potentially winding down after this walk just 45 minutes ago. aides telling cnn the president
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is nudging senator sanders towards accepting hillary clinton as the democratic party's nominee. he will not directly ask him to exit the race. and then meantime in new york city, the presumptive gop nominee has brought together a large number of the rnc's top campaign donors. the money men. trump is looking to firm up his fundraising operation. the meeting marking the first time that this group has all been gathered in one place but certainly not the first time conversations about donald trump and raising money for an election has been raised. and there is a lot to debate about that. all of the democratic superdelegates that bernie sanders would like to flip, the guy he is meeting with right now in washington has to be pretty much tops on his list. president obama has the opposite goal, to gently flip bernie sanders instead into the hillary clinton camp now that secretary
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clinton has a lock on the nomination and senator sanders progressive revolution has reached what could be called a cross roads. the fourth conversation in just the past month comes hours after the president reflected on the bruising in primary season and the healing that he is sure is about to follow. president spoke to jimmy fallon for tonight show segment that will air this evening. >> my hope is that over the next couple of weeks we are able to pull things together and what happens during primaries is you get a little ouchy. everybody does. when hillary and i ran in 2008, your staff and supporters, they are popping off. did you see what that -- and they start spinning stuff up. so there is a natural process of everybody recognizing that this
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is not about any individual but about the country and the direction we are going to take. i think we are going to have a great convention and do well. >> it is going to air tonight and white house correspondent joins me now with more on the visit. i am always fascinated to watch the walk. is there anything we can get from that? this is not really a surprise what is happening. take me inside. >> i think it was interesting that the president used the word ouchy. you have to wonder how this meeting is going to be. you use the word gently nudging. i think it is telling in that the white house won't publically say at this point that hillary clinton is the presumptive nominee. after that speech she gave the white house emphasizes and emphasizes again respect. respect for the process. respect for bernie sanders and especially all of those supporters who might have a really hard time letting go but
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ultimately who the white house wants to support hillary clinton. we were interested to see the video, too. you think this is now the place that bernie sanders will not inhabit. that has to feel very difficult for him to walk through with the president, all eyes of the world really on him right now and on this meeting. but you can see how relaxed it seemed to be. they were laughing together and now that meeting is underway, should last another 20 minutes or so. >> so then it's not the first meeting high level democratic meeting. senator standers is busy today. >> it is interesting to hear from top democrats. he is going to meet with senator reid later. we have heard from nancy pelosi saying they want to hear sanders out. they don't want to strong arm him into stepping out before his decision making process is over.
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everybody knows where this is going. everybody knows what everybody is thinking. nobody wants to push him and be unduly rough in this process because unity is what they are after. the president, they want to talk to sanders about what he wants moving forward, as well. what does he want in the senate? what does he want to see as the democratic party comes together? they want to involve him and engage him in the process even though he won't be thenee. >> following the story fors live at the white house. thank you for that. i want to go north up to new york city where jeremy diamond from cnn staking out a different kind of meeting. donald trump meeting with top gop fundraising officials from all 50 states. i am fascinated by this story because the story up until today and i don't know if it will change has been so many of these donors are so hands off, so
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worried about this particular controversial candidate that they have been keeping purse strings tight. if the money is going to fly it will go towards senate races which are contested and not necessarily top ticket candidate. are you hearing differently? >> that certainly is the thinking of some donors thinking they will at least put money towards the races that republicans are up against in tight battle ground states. donald trump is bringing along top ticket donors in the field. he is rallying some of the top. and some of the other top tier gop donors. we saw several gop donors and donald trump's chief operating officer walk into the building here. governor chris christie who has been a key figure as far as building the bridge between donald trump and more establishment donor wing of the republican party. this is one of the meetings of the minds where donald trump is
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going to try to ease concerns that these donors and fundraising team have and forge a path ahead and figure out what the plan is to be able to raise the millions and millions, hundreds of millions of dollars need today compete. donald trump yesterday in an interview said he sees no reason to raise over a billion dollars which was the watermark established in 2012 and what hillary clinton is expected to raise. certainly donald trump trying to form a plan here trying to ease nerves that donors may have. we will have to see what happens inside of this meeting. >> live on the sidewalk waiting for those to exit so he can ask questions. we will tap into you to find out what you can find out. i want to remind our viewers that unease much has come from kinds of comments donald trump has made on the campaign trail and most recently about the federal judge in his trump university case alluding to the fact that his mexican heritage, he is a u.s. citizen, but his
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mexican heritage may be a problem for him to continue sitting on the bench. there has been no motion for recusal. no lawyer asked the judge to recuse himself. the statements have been made and made a lot of people in the republican party very nervous. the speaker of the house paul ryan said those comments are just racist and then this morning the speaker of the house had something different to say about that, as well. have a listen. >> do i think that these antics are distracting? yeah. i have spoken clearly about it. >> so there you go. these are fresh on the minds of those who may be walking into meetings with donald trump. there is also that comment donald trump has made about $1 billion may not be necessary. he may be relying on the media do give a lot of that coverage for him. you don't have to spend a lot of
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money on political ads when you have cnn putting news conferences on the air. that will be dynamic that donors will have to assess. wouldn't you want to be the fly on the wall. we will continue to do politics but we have this remarkable story. we have new documents from the prosecutor in the stanford rape case revealing the rapist lied to the judge in that case. what he didn't want the judge to know about his past, what the judge found out and what the prosecutor said about it is next. you pay your car insurance
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prosecutor in the stanford rape case and court documents obtained by cnn reveal that the convicted rapist lied. he lied about his past history with drugs and alcohol. he didn't just lie somewhere. he lied in the court to the judge because in his letter to the judge, he paints himself as a young man inexperienced when it came to partying. but now we are learning from court records that he conveniently left a couple of things out like a past drug use history. i want you to take a look at this portion about the time he was at stanford. i was an inexperienced drinker and party goer so i accepted these things that they showed me as normal. living more than 2,000 miles from home i looked to guys on my swim team as family and tried to replicate their values in how
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they approach college life. well, then there was the prosecutor and a sentencing memo with text messages from turner's own telephone. and those text messages depict him using alcohol and drugs not only during his time at stanford but before that during his high school days in ohio. if you want to know what it said here you go. there were many references to smoking, buying and sharing weed from as early as april 1, 2014 when the defendant was in ohio. the memo also shows text messages referenced as doing acid or trying to find a hookup to purchase acid both in high school and while at stanford. also new today we have learned that turner had a prior arrest and was charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol. joining me now with more on this
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is dan simon. the details are not escaping people. people want to know so much about this case they are combing through documents. the internet is on fire with these kinds of revelations. and what effect is that having out on the street? >> well, first of all, let me explain where i am. we are in front of the city jail where brock turner is serving that six month jail time. it is basically your standard jail allowed two visitors a week. we talked about that letter. what is clear for reading it is that he does not admit that a sexual assault took place. that is one of the reasons why there is so much anger especially on the stanford campus where i spent a lot of time talking to students. they feel that it is a miscarriage of justice. they are glad to see that the
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victim's statement is getting the national attention that it has but they are really upset about this. here is a sampling of what we heard. >> i was really disgusted because there are witnesses and we are so proud that we are able to witness it and stop it. yet there wasn't enough justice. we think he got an easier sentence because he is a white male. >> human being who is violated in the most disgusting possible way. he has shown no remorse, admitted to no crime and is now paying a considerably shorter sentence than he should be. >> well, it is a bit ironic that this judge who is in the middle of this fire storm basically just secured a brand new six-year term because on the ballot on tuesday he was uncontested. there is this recall effort underway approximately 70,000 signatures will be needed from
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santa clara county residents to get his name on the ballot in november. in terms of whether or not they will get it that remains to be seen. as of this point we haven't heard many defenders but we did speak to a guy named gary goodman, a seasoned public defender in the area. he says this was a fair sentence and says that the recall is really unfounded. listen to what he had to say. >> i think it is absurd. the man is an excellent jurist. he does things the proper and correct way and i hope it doesn't have an effect on other judges around the country that are voted for that if you make a wrong decision people will come after you and try to make you change your decision. when those people have no idea of what happened at that trial. >> we should point out that the judge got a recommendation from
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the probation department that recommended the sentence that he went along with it. we should point out that brock turner will have to be a registered sex offender for life. there is severe punishment on that front. it's clear that this issue is not going away. we know that they are having their commencement ceremony this weekend. they feel so outraged about this that they are planning some sort of demonstration during the commencement. so that will take place on sunday. >> and i'll guarantee there will be cameras that will capture some of that. thank you. appreciate it. as we have seen there are two contradictory sides to the story. the prosecutor in the case keyed in on that. in fact, writing in her sentencing memo that turner, quote, was not truthful with the probation department or this court about his experience with drinking and partying. joining me now is former new
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york state supreme court justice leslie crocker snyder. madame justice, this is critical. i was always under the impression that if one lies to the court you are lying to the judge, judges don't like it. >> we don't like it. we are outraged. this entire sentence is outrageous. it didn't effect the judge in this case at all which is very hard to believe. but the only conclusion i can reach about the sentence is that he doesn't get rape as a crime of violence and desecration of the victim. otherwise he would not have sentenced the way he did. >> he was aware. this petition from the prosecutor was made in open court. he was made aware that brock turner's words on paper did not match the evidence that the prosecutor found on his phone. pictures that showed somebody who was well seasoned in the party culture at the age of 19. >> pretty outrageous but no one
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could comprehend the sentence and appeared the judge had made up his mind despite everything he heard. he got a ton of letters but most of the time we don't really pay that much attention. >> i wanted to ask you about that because there were upwards of 40 of these letters written. one letter has gotten a lot of traction from his father. let's see. a former federal prosecutor was on that list, wrote a letter and described him as respectful and fragile, a friend, sort of went after the rape victim and said these people aren't rapists. there was a lot that outraged our viewers about that. and i wanted to know what happens when you get those on your desk. >> you read the letters but you understand that a defendant only has people who like him and who are going to say good things. you also hope that the lawyer has screened the letters. so for example how did this father's letter which is so outrageous, also, and got
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everybody's back up, who cares if his son liked to eat rib eye steak? the lawyer should have screened it out. >> that is shocking that it made it in, that many elements in the letter made it. >> perhaps the defendant's behavior is not as surprising when you hear from the parents what their attitude is. >> what is so fascinating about this case, if anybody takes anything away from it is issue with consent. when a human being is not able to give consent. when you are aneeb reeated you cannot legally give consent for sexual relations. brock turner argued in this case and lost. the jury found unanimously he lost the argument. he is not sure when she became unconscious. in whatever you want to call what happened between them that night. i want to show you things we have discovered in terms of what first responders had to do when they found her the way she was, the same way that witnesses
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foupd her. they did a shake and shout method. they did a physical pain stimulant on her to try to get her to regain consciousness and had to place an iv in her. with those methods to get the survivor to respond she was unconscious, taken to the hospital unconscious and it was upwards of three to four hours before she regained consciousness. the reason i bring up that fact is because brock turner said at some point i don't know where she became unconscious. and i just don't understand how it could escape that you don't go from perfectly consentable behavior to that condition without stumbling, falling, tripping. >> it's a ridiculous argument that the defendant's entire case might have been somewhat absurd. what i find fascinating we all know that college campus rape and sexual assault has become a
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huge issue because it has been so badly handled. this is a case where i have seen by stander intervention. >> witnesses. >> you need by stander -- most people don't want to get involved. this is what has to happen. by standers have to intervene. >> let me ask you, what drives me crazy is that the judge seemed to be okay with the notion that the survivor may never get the answer. the judge had to be okay with it even though the judge found it as fact. close to a million signatures does not recall a judge. what does recall a judge, 600 signatures forwarded and a candidate can be on the ballot in november. what else could do it is somewhere around 80,000 can recall a judge. i know that that is chilling for judges like you to hear. if you are elected and you
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behave in a manner in office shouldn't you be allowed to be unelected? >> when you get a case this outrageous your natural instinct is to say the judge should be recalled. one principle is the independent. do you want judges afraid to make independent decisions? >> we want them to reflect our current -- >> you want them to reflect the factors in a particular case. everything good and bad about the defendant and the crime. what is startling here is vicious nature of the crime. every judge should be independent and not be afraid to make a decision that he or she feels is right. >> this was a terrible decision. >> i think there are a lot of people who agree with you. thank you so much for your time and your wisdom and bringing it to us today. i appreciate that. this has caused a conversation
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to become electrified. that is a good thing. make no mistake. there is no controversy in talking about this, talking about this especially if you are a parent. today there are high school students planning to stand along 5th avenue so they can read the letter out loud. this coming after new york's mayor hosted a live reading of that letter. mayor de blasio was joined by his wife and celebrities and government leaders. i want you to take a peek. >> we are here today to read the statement of the woman who was raped by brock turner. because we are her allies. because everyone needs to hear her story mptd. >> i had dry blood and bandages on the backs of my hands and elbows. >> my underwear was missing and i felt too empty to continue to speak. >> the night after it happened he said he didn't know my name. he said he wouldn't be able to
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identify my face. >> you said i want to show one night of drinking with ruin a life. one life, yours. you forgot about mine. >> joining us now is elizabeth cohen. this is a learning moment, a teaching moment for everyone who has seen this story and who is talking about this story to educate about the key issues of this story and stop this story from repeating. >> that's so right. i have been talking to parents about what their plans are for their sons and daughters with this letter. i have been talking to parents of daughters. the letter is this incredible gift in a way from this woman. it is a silver lining, if you can think of it that way of the horrific experience that she has had and a great opportunity to show your daughters you are
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young and feel invincible and at a party and you think that you are among friends and that may be true but it may also be true that something like this could happen to you. this -- it's very difficult to teach teenagers that something bad can happen to them, but this letter, if anything can this letter would be it. it is possibly the most powerful piece of writing ever about rape and having this available to everyone on the internet can be useful teachable moment for parents. >> i will go one step further. teachable moment for parents to share with daughters and read to their sons. if their sons believe that because a girl is amorous with them it means consent, not if she is drunk, period. not if she is drunk. the law will not be on your side. prepare for it now. don't put your keys in the ignition if you are drunk and do not go forward with a young woman if she is drunk. the law is not on your side. repeat it in your families.
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repeat it to your sons. tell your daughters. this is true. it is happening. this is a crisis. you can stop it. we are expecting to hear from senator bernie sanders at any moment after a significant meeting you can only say at the white house with president obama. we are going to bring it to you live. a boy who spent more than eight years in prison, i did say a boy, for a crime he didn't commit and he was just 14 at the time. took the blame for the murders of four people in detroit but yesterday finally he was freed and this is what it looked like. look at that smile. he is going to talk to us next about how this happened. after a long day, jen stops working, but her aleve doesn't. hey mom! because aleve can last 4 hours longer than tylenol 8 hour.
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i'm never going back to a manual brush. everything that we can to oppose the drift which currently exists for an al gartic form of society where a handful of billionaires exercise enormous power over our political economic and media life. this is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. we should not be having millions of senior citizens and disabled veterans struggling to put food on the table because of inadequate social security benefits. we should not have the highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any major country on earth. we should not be having americans in inner cities, in rural communities, on native
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american reservations who have life expectancies lower than many people in third world countries. we should not be having many of our young people leaving college deeply in debt. we should not be having in this great country an infrastructure which is crumbling while we have millions of workers prepared to rebuild that infrastructure and in the midst of all of that we should not be having a situation where wall street, corporate america and billionaires are failing to pay their fair share of taxes. these are some issues that many millions of americans have supported during my campaign. these are the issues that we will take to the democratic national convention in philadelphia at the end of july.
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donald trump would clearly, to my mind and i think the majority of americans, be a disaster as president of the united states. it is unbelievable to me, and i say this in all sincerity, that the republican party would have a candidate for president who in the year 2016 makes bigotry and discrimination the cornerstone of his campaign. in my view the american people will not vote for or tolerate a candidate who insults mexicans and latinos, who insults muslims, who insults african-americans and women. needless to say, i am going to do everything in my power -- and i will work as hard as i can to make sure that donald trump does not become president of the united states.
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i will, of course, be competing in the d.c. primary which will be held next tuesday. this is the last primary of the democratic nominating process. the major point that i will be making to the citizens of the district of columbia is that i am strongly in favor of d.c. statehood. the state of vermont which i represent has about the same number of residents that washington, d.c. has except we have two united states senators and one congressman with full rights while d.c. does not. that does not make any sense. also, i look forward to the full counting of the votes in california which i suspect will show a much closer vote than the current vote tally. i spoke briefly to secretary clinton on tuesday night and i
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congratulated her on her very strong campaign. i look forward to meeting with her in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat donald trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1%. thank you very much. >> and there you have it, an hour plus meeting with the president. if you were expecting to hear some kind of concession from one senator bernie sanders, you did not get that. but what you did get was a commitment to the platform that he wants, the issues that he still stands for and a commitment against the election of the democrat's opponent, donald trump, the presumptive nominee. the last thing he said which i was waiting was that he spoke
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with secretary clinton on tuesday night but that he looks forward to a meeting to work together with secretary clinton to defeat donald trump. you can read that anyway you want. it doesn't say to help her defeat donald trump. it may be so that together she can help me defeat donald trump. one other issue that he brought up, a statement that i think again would be that he intends to take these issues that he spoke of, life expectancy for native american indians is lower. college debt is out of control. infrastructure across the country is crumbling. wall street corporate taxes and billionaires failing to pay taxes is his issue. he says the issues i will take to the convention in philadelphia in july. how? does that mean by continuing to fight for the nomination or does that mean by edging these things
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on to the democratic platform? these are critical questions we have been waiting to have answered and particularly after this meeting with president obama which we were assured the president would not outright ask senator sanders to step out of the race but said it would be an encouragement, a discussion and clearly there is no decision based on what we just heard from senator sanders. i know you were listening in. give me your take. >> sounds like he is going to stay in but only up until the end of the election process until the d.c. primary t. sounds like he is out after that. he talked about working with secretary clinton moving forward, working to prevent donald trump from being president. i was surprised he didn't take questions. when he was here at the white house in january for what was a little bit of an awkward meeting after certain things were said on either side in places where sanders and president do not connect he took questions then.
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he had a lot to say. i think he really stated his position here. he wanted to get those policy points out and he wanted to get them out in the strongest way possible because this in a sense his last hooraw. he does have an important meeting this afternoon. they are talking about a way forward, what he wants to do in the senate. then he has a rally tonight in washington, d.c. so i think it will be interesting to see the tone of that. he will be able to speak out but now the sense is he is not working for himself and for his own campaign. he is working for the ultimate goal of the democratic party which is to see hillary clinton in office and defeating donald trump. >> thank you for that. i want to bring in our cnn senior political reporter. so again the interesting notion here was that there wasn't full throated effort to say i'm behind senator clinton's efforts. instead it is i'm going tathe
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last primary. i will continue to fight for d.c. statehood and then be in philadelphia. one thing he said right off the top regarding president whom he thanked for the meeting and vice president biden. he said what they said in the beginning is they would not put their thumb on the scales and kept their word and i appreciate that very much. your take on the rest of it. >> i think it was vintage bernie sanders sounding a lot of things he has been sounding for the last 40 years about income inequali inequality, infairness, injustice, even the idea of d.c. statehood who a lot of democrats breathing a sigh of relief. this was the big story. what would bernie sanders do? what does bernie sanders want? it sounds like he is going to take the issues and concerns to the convention. he didn't say anything about a contested convention which is what he had been talking about for months and months until this
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point. i think we also saw something of the bernie sanders that was giving democrats heart burn this idea that he still wants to have that final count in that california race that he lost i think by 13 points and something like 400,000 votes but still wants to -- every vote counts. he wants to go into that convention with as many, many millions of voters that he can so he can make his case. i think we will see a more ra, ra, raspeech about hillary clinton and maybe them standing arm in arm talking about democratic party values and the way that bernie sanders wants the party to but for now i think this is a move that a lot of democrats want to see. we will see others but they are closer now i think democrats to being the kind of united party that they wanted to be going into this convention in philadelphia. >> i don't know why i don't feel that. >> i don't feel that.
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i felt that was really couched stuff. our cnn senior political director is with us, as well. just pointed it out. he wants a recount in california. i mentioned it. that is he said he is still headed to the convention in philadelphia in july. why not just say it? why not just say i look forward to working with hillary and discussing her bit? >> i am not hearing this the way you are hearing it. i think sanders fight on is what the banner says. i did not hear that. i heard somebody who wants to go through the last primary and sees his race for the nomination. he clearly i thought could not have been clearer that he was going to after the d.c. primary join forces to focus on defeating donald trump. that means to enforce with hillary clinton. he said he looks forward to
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meeting with her in the near future. i think he restated his fundamental principles fighting against a trend. he restated his principles but in no way -- i didn't hear a word from him that suggested he did not believe that the race for the nomination had been settled. >> and that was my point. i feel like it's not over at all. he is continuing this conversation. i would ask you a million more question physical it weren't for this other thing in new york right now which i have to show our viewers. i say thank you to the three of you and let you know that donald trump has emerged from the giant donors meeting on fifth avenue at his penthouse and his headquarters. went in, effectively i would assume meeting is underway. we said it before and i will say it again, to be a fly on the wall because so many of those
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effective at a cellular level. improve joint comfort. cosamin. for joint health, it's time to start believing again. 23 years old and today he did something he has not done since he was 14. he woke up in a bed as a free person, not as a quadruple murder suspect, not as a convict. yesterday he was like this, leaving that prison free and clear after state police and prosecutors and finally a judge
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accepted that he didn't kill anybody. doubts began just two weeks after he was read his sentence in court, way, way back in 2008. if you are a kid you think about what eight years is like. when police arrested a hitman two weeks after the trial that hitman confessed to the four murders that sanford had confessed to and several more, too. that man now is sentenced to 50 to 100 years. the real killer. why would he have confessed? joined now live by devonte sanford and valerie newman. welcome to you and especially you. i saw you smiling as you walked out. i see you smiling now. just take me to your life right now. tell me how you are doing. >> pretty good. still trying to take everything
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in. one day, one step at a time, but pretty good. you know, good. >> your smile says a million things that your brain wants to but you are in disbelief. i will get you to do the tough work. i know that false confessions happen. i know that they happen with kids. what i don't know is how devonte's false confession was let to stand for eight years when two weeks after he was sentenced someone confessed to this stuff and led them to the gun, the actual murder weapon. why eight years to prove bad policing and false confession? >> well, that is a very good question. and i think there is a lot of reasons. one is the defense attorney in this case failed to challenge
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that confession. so it went into court without any hearing to try and throw it out and talk to the judge about why it was a false confession and shouldn't be believed. other reasons are failures of the system. yes, another person confessed and they found the gun and that person had details that were corroborated where the details in his confessions weren't corroborated. again, it took time to even uncover that. that was not handed over to the defense team. the defense team heard about it, had to jump through a lot of hoops to get access to that information. and so i think that there is a -- they say justice moves slowly, right? >> does it ever. that is an under statement.
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i understand false confessions. i especially understand them when they are elicited from kids. you were 14 when you went through this. i don't know if you can remember that far back because that is a long time for someone your young age now. can you help our viewers understand why you might have said that you did this at the time that they had you in for two days in interrogation? >> manipulating. took advantage of. manipulated and takeb advantage of. preyed upon like just that simple. >> do you remember the feelings that you had when you were being questioned by the police? >> scared, confused, lost, not really grasping, not really being able to grasp the whole situation. it was moving so fast. everything was just like moving
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so fast. everything was just so tense and when everything was said and done like i was sitting in a prison cell with 39 to 90 years sentence. >> it's unbelievable what has happened to you, the suggestion that 14 year old can just go home if they just -- these things happen over and over. i'm so glad that you are seated behind faithful advocate who dedicated her time and team to make sure that you would not spend one more day behind bars. my friend, i wish you the best. apologies from the system and society. go forth and be awesome. >> i don't have no other choice but to make something of myself. >> i sense you will be -- thank you. be well. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> i want to take you to live
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pictures that you are seeing of a prayer service in honor of muhammad ali. he died last week at the age of 74. this is a muslim prayer service but people of all faiths welcome. 18,000 people supposed to turn up today. thas rr the expectation in louisville, kentucky at the expo center. they needed a venue big enough to hold the number of people. this prayer service today is for prayer. tomorrow there is a public funeral and the champ's burial. former president bill clinton, sports caster scheduled to.
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