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mark zuckerberg, they joined me to talk about a pressing issue in silicon valley, efforts to bring more diversity to the industry in silicon valley. take google as one example. 79% of its leadership is male. it's an important, important issue. you'll find that online in just a moment. you don't want to miss it. and that's all for us. >> "legal view" with ashleigh banfield starts now. if he really believed his co-workers were cannibals and the men he killed were hybrid pig people, would that actually make him insane? that is a much tougher question than you might think as you're about to hear in the closing arguments of the american sniper trial. make-or-break testimony in the aaron hernandez murder trial, all about guns and cash and contradictions.
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and if you really want to know what goes on in a star athlete's home, you might think about asking the maids. it's what they did in court. also breaking this hour, passenger train, the cars go tumbling off the tracks after a metrolink smashes into a truck and there is what was left behind. hello, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield. welcome to "legal view." i want to begin this hour in that southern california city you just saw in those pictures, oxnard, in west -- just west of los angeles. it's where a metrolink commuter train flew off the tracks after it hit a produce truck that was just sitting there on the tracks at a crossing. take a look at what happened afterwards. the aftermath, cars are just scattered and on their sides. the people who were inside those cars as you can imagine were hurt and some of them hurt very badly. two dozen at least are being treated in hospitals at this hour. the truck driver not hurt because that driver was not in
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the vehicle when it was smashed. the driver is in custody, though, not under arrest at this time, though. cnn's kyung lah is making her way to the scene and joins me now by phone. and rene marsh is on the investigation. she's in washington. kyung, first to you, the very latest on how this happened, why it happened and what the story is with this driver who took off. >> reporter: yeah, the story with the driver is really what investigators are zeroing in on, ashleigh. it's about three hours since this first happened. so they're still trying to piece together exactly what the entire steps were. what we do know is that this is your typical morning train. it happened about 6:00 a.m. local time. the train had made two stops picking up people heading towards the city of los angeles. this is a train that ends in los angeles county. 51 people aboard those trains. and then there was a vehicle that suddenly was stopped in the middle of the train tracks.
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from what we are hearing from officials on the ground, it is that the conductor did see that truck. we're a little unclear if it's a tractor-trailer truck or a service vehicle. but the conductor saw the truck, hit the emergency brake, people aboard were bracing for the impact. and then they collided. it's a little unclear also exactly how fast that train was moving. speeds in this area are about 79 miles per hour. it is common to have these type of service vehicles throughout this agricultural area. the people aboard, 28 transported to hospitals. and the injuries are neck and back injuries, significant head trauma, some broken bones. but it is the driver of that vehicle that was just disintegrated found a mile away from the collision. police very interested to find out exactly why he took off, what led up to him just leaving that vehicle on the train tracks to collide with this commuter train. ashleigh? >> kyung, don't go anywhere just
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yet. rene, you're tracking the federal response to this. they've at least got a response team of some sort on the way. what will be the involvement of the feds? >> reporter: we know that both the ntsb and federal investigators from the federal railroad administration, they're en route to this crowd site. the ntsb investigative go team will be leaving in about another hour from now, set to arrive there on the scene at around 6:00 p.m. local time there in california. the other federal investigators we just got word, some are already on the scene, additional ones on their way as well. they're going to be looking at multiple things. they're going to be looking at the train, they're going to look at the tracks. they're going to want to speak to the driver of that truck. they'll also want to speak to the engineer of the train. lots of interviews will be done and they'll try to get a full picture here. but you can look at these pictures and we now know -- it
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is clear that the scene is stabilized. so the next phase is trying to investigate what caused this terrible derailment. ashleigh? >> kyung lah and rene marsh, thank you for that. if you could stand by for a moment, i want to bring in mary schiavo, aviation analyst and the former inspector general at the u.s. transportation department. mary, thanks so much for being with us on such short notice. when you look at those pictures and you see the cars on their sides just scattered amid the tracks, i was shocked to hear there were no fatalities, at least certainly not yet. i know there are some critically injured people. but when you look at the pictures, do you see something i'm not seeing? >> well, yes, and there's something that you really can't see from the pictures that's going to make this train crash extremely important to federal rail administration in washington and to train safety everywhere because about a year ago, metrolink was -- took the step forward and was fitted with something called positive train control which uses gps and it's
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state-of-the-art. they're supposed to use gps and technology on the tracks to alert them if something is on the rails. and also this train and this railroad invested in collision energy management, meaning that when they repaired the train cars and made additions to the train cars, to make them more crash-worthy. so more people could survive. even though those train cars are lying on their sides and it looks like a horrific crash and we certainly hope everyone recovers, the government will be interested in learning if these improvements spelled the difference between life or death. >> so the positive -- i get it. i get that they made these positive train control moves. but at the same time, a spokesperson for metrolink -- i'm going to use their words. it just didn't make sense to me really. it said, this crash could not be avoided from a rail standpoint. i'm not sure i understand the
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significance of that statement. >> well, i think probably what they were getting at is they did have positive control, positive rail control on this train and they did have any kind of information to the train and the train is supposed to then with this positive train control slow automatically. but they'll be looking at whether this train had it, whether it was effective, whether it was working. or if the vehicle went on the tracks just too abruptly or too close to the approach of the train to slow it or to stop it. and of course the speed of the train will be an issue, too. although 79 miles an hour on this stretch might possibly and probably is legal. there are some places in the united states where you can go certainly well above 80 and some places even above that. >> mary schiavo, thank you. i want to make sure our viewers are aware, this is a developing story. so things are changing. kyung lah reported 91 people were on board the train cars. 28 were transported to the hospital.
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at one point, we heard that four were reportedly injured. but this is just in its infancy as we try to assess how much damage was actually a part of this crash and what effect that had on the people riding. at 6:00 in the morning, it had made two stops and picked up a number of people. so we'll keep watching that and give you updates throughout the day here on cnn. and there's this other story that's been developing. it's really coming to a head now. did he really believe that pigs were taking over the world or was he faking that story to try to set up some kind of an insanity defense in his murder trial? it's a huge question, especially in the wake of the movie "american sniper" because the injury and the real story in the courtroom is getting ready for two big performances, you might say huge, the performances of that man's lifer, his lawyer is about to close the case and the prosecutors are about to close the case. and we're on the case next.
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chris kyle, what a famous name. despite some really bad weather where this trial is under way right now in texas, that american sniper trial did get back into the courtroom this morning. it was postponed yesterday because of all that snow and ice and the treacherous driving conditions. but not today. prosecution's expected to actually wrap its rebuttal case up today and the closing arguments might even begin soon after that. after eight days of testimony, yes, only eight, in a capital murder trial, there are questions still lingering about why eddie ray routh killed former navy s.e.a.l. sniper
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chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield. routh has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. i want to bring in cnn's martin savidge who's at the courthouse and jeffrey toobin, cnn's senior legal analyst. martin, we've had serious delays in this trial. but tell me what's happening now that they're back in that courtroom. >> reporter: it looked like on friday, we were tying things up and heading to some kind of conclusion. then the weather derailed that. and now it appears it may not come as fast as we thought. this morning, we have the defense, the prosecution and the judge all in the courtroom. but for a long time this morning, the jury was not because they were querying a potential witness for the prosecution. so while they figure out if that witness could testify, the jury was left out. we've just been told this witness has been cleared to testify. so the jury's been brought back in. about this witness, interesting person, crime scene investigator instructor who specializes in shooting incident reconstruction.
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that gives you a heads-up that this is a person who is likely to break down very clearly and technically how this shooting took place. that's something we have not heard so far in all the testimony. in other words, how did two men who we know both had 9-millimeter loaded weapons on their body get shot so fast, knocked down so quickly, neither man able to respond to the person who was shooting, eddie routh. how did that happen? we might get that information coming in testimony for the prosecution. it should be very interesting. >> remind me, procedurally, we're done with any kind of rebuttal witnesses from the defense side now, is that it? >> reporter: not necessarily so. it's anticipated that what we've had since friday is a series of prosecution rebuttals. i don't think that the defense is going to feel comfortable letting the jury end it there. so maybe there could be some defense rebuttal. then after that, we could get the closing arguments, either
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today or tomorrow. and then of course it goes to the jury. >> martin savidge, you've been doing a great job and it's freezing cold out there. thank you for that. jeffrey toobin, if you could step in for a second, i want to ask you a little about the kinds of witnesses you should be bringing if you're a defense attorney and you're trying to tell 12 people that this man is legally insane by the law, the definition is so hard to make that convincing argument. but before i do that, what do you have to do in closing arguments -- if you've only had an eight-day case, what do you have to do on both sides to make your case and seal it and make those jurors know what their job is? >> this case is actually fairly simple for the jury. it's not an easy case. but the issue before the jury is very simple which is, was routh legally insane at the time he shot these two people? this is not a who done it. there's no real dispute about the facts of what happened. but it is very difficult for jurors always to determine what's inside someone's head.
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the prosecution has to say, look, this is a fairly straightforward matter. he knew he was killing someone. he knew the difference between right and wrong. and he knew that it was wrong to shoot these two folks. the defense has to ask the question -- and it's a very hard question to answer. why did routh shoot them? i don't know what the answer is to that. and that will be, i think, his best argument. >> this is the key because these are 12 average people. i always say mechanics and hairdressers and gas station attendants -- these are people that maybe just don't know the schooling of law and they sure as heck aren't inside that man's head. so it is the defense attorney's job to tell them through experts who know about people's heads why he's insane. and yet we only had one guy, we had one doctor on that stand. one other one was disqualified because apparently he wasn't licensed to practice in texas. and to me that says, where's the
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rest of them? >> well, it would certainly -- probably -- i'm not in the courtroom. it would probably be better for the defense to have more experts saying, based on my examination, routh is insane. however, the judgment of not knowing the difference between right and wrong, that's not necessarily a sophisticated psychological judgment. that is a judgment that is entrusted to these ordinary folks. they have seen the evidence. they have seen at least some evidence that routh was truly delusional around this time. he does seem to have weaved in and out between sanity and a much less sane condition. so i don't think the expert -- >> would you close -- if you were his defense attorney, would you close by suggesting to this jury, it sure looked like he wasn't insane after the crime, ladies and gentlemen. but he was absolutely in a fit of insanity at the moment he shot those two men? >> that's the argument.
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jurors are very skeptical of insanity defenses. they usually don't work. but that's the argument he has to make. >> jeff, thanks so much. we have another case we're following as well. this testimony is getting a little messy. maids have taken the stand. the maids usually know a lot about your house and your behavior because they're there in the background, aren't they? so this lovely lady had some telling. and she told a lot. and you're about to find out why it could be very damaging for the football player whose home she cleaned for weeks and weeks, including after the victim was killed.
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have you ever wondered who goes on inside somebody's house? just ask the maids. they're there working in the background. and the women who cleaned aaron hernandez's home have been testifying for a couple of days now about what they saw, what they found and what they put back where they found it inside his home. including this, hernandez's fiancee carrying a black trash bag the day after odin lloyd was murdered and then putting that trash bag in the trunk of her sister's car. prosecutors are alleging that she was removing evidence from that home, potentially really important evidence like a murder weapon. susan candiotti is outside the courthouse in fall river, massachusetts. hln legal analyst and defense attorney joey jackson is here with me in new york. first to you, susan, update me
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as to what else these maids have been telling the court about what they saw and what they thought about what they saw. >> reporter: i'll tell you, one of the latest things they talked about is what you just mentioned. we've heard about the existence of this videotape but now we're seeing it for the very first time. and prosecutors used one of the maids who cleans the house to talk about it. on this videotape, you see shayanna jenkins, hernandez's fiancee, walking out of the house carrying what appears to be a heavy black trash bag. when she gets to the end of the sidewalk, she -- driveway, actually, before you get to the garage, she puts it down. and you see her put what appear to be clothes on the very top of it. then she puts the bag into the trunk of her car and you see the maid who's driving a white van -- and she had to move her car to get out of the way so that shayanna could put that bag
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into the trunk of the car she was borrowing from her sister. then she leaves the house. and when she comes back, the maid is asked to describe how shayanna jenkins was acting. listen. >> i saw her speaking on the telephone. i saw her looking out the window. i saw -- she was crying. she was nervous and she was walking back and forth. >> now, remember, before a grand jury, we have learned from prosecutors that shayanna jenkins said that she took that bag and drove it to a dumpster and got rid of it. but she told them, she doesn't remember where that dumpster was. again, prosecutors suspect that the murder weapon was in there because, they say, aaron hernandez sent her a coded message giving her instructions about that. but the jury has not heard that part yet, ashleigh. >> well, yet and maybe never, right? >> reporter: well, that's right.
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you remember, shayanna jenkins has received immunity by prosecutors. so when she takes the stand, we are, of course, waiting to see what she will say. is she going to say, i didn't know what was in that bag or is she going to say something else? that's what we're waiting to find out. >> susan, make sure you keep us posted as to what else they come up with. i love it, all of a sudden, when the people in the background are brought into the forefront and they're put up on the stand to talk. susan is covering the trial for us there. joey jackson doing the analysis for me here. when we saw that clip of the made, she wasn't speaking because a translator was giving us her testimony. but that really, to me, could have cut both ways. you're seeing a woman crying and nervous on the phone a day after her fiance's friend is murdered and her sister's boyfriend is murdered. isn't it plausible she could be upset? >> it's a great point and that's certainly the argument that the
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defense is going to make. but, remember, you can't view a trial in isolation. and that jury will be reminded that every piece of the puzzle matters. let's unpack the puzzle. you're carrying out a trash bag but yet you have a maid. so if it's garbage, does not the maid deal with the garbage? so you're going to make the argument, the defense will, that it's just garbage in the bag, right? but you have maids that deal with that, so the issue then becomes, does it make sense? if it's not garbage, what else might it be? that comes on the heels of -- we saw that coded text message, go back and pick something up from hernandez to his fiancee. which right there again, you see it, go back in the back -- and he's communicating with her, the prosecution says, in code, in order to get her, his fiancee, to get that bag and get it out of the house. and so the implication is, we know what's in that bag, ladies and gentlemen of the jury. and in that bag was the murder weapon. and we don't have a murder weapon. don't hold that against us. hold it against him because he got his fiancee to get rid of
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it. >> when you're a big football star and you live in a big fancy house and maids, don't you also have garbage pick-up? >> you sort of do, yes. and the jury will be reminded of that. to your very good point which the defense will spin, wait a minute, someone's dead here. when she comes back from removing that trash, she's upset. yeah, but you can spin it the other way, that she knows something is amiss and she knows that aaron hernandez is involved in that. and, remember, this is one piece of many pieces of the puzzle. circumstantial evidence, it's becoming a mountain. it's up to the defense to poke holes. >> susan candiotti, can you add to that? >> reporter: the important thing also to remember about when this videotape was made, this is the day after odin lloyd's murder. just one day after. that's when this is removed from the house. and the other thing, ashleigh, is what the other maids have testified to in the last two days. and that is, they testified about seeing a gun in a basement
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bedroom that was hidden underneath a mattress where e n ernest wallace was staying, he's also charged in the murder. and two maids testified that they saw a silver handgun fall out of one of his pants pockets when they were straightening up the room. what does this have to do with anything? they're not believed to be the murder weapons. but, according to prosecutors, they are trying to show that aaron hernandez had access to guns, ashleigh. >> yeah. susan, thank you. i think my favorite part of yesterday's maid testimony was that the maid said, i got paid my check that day, the same day the fiancee asks for her sister's car to go get cash to pay the maids. oops! yeah, never good. >> more to come. >> like a verdict. susan candiotti keeping on the job for us as well. the details surrounding the shooting deaths of a las vegas mother of four, they're getting very disturbing.
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shooting and killing a mother of four apparently in a road rage incident says that his client was actually fearing for his own life. erich nowsch's attorney is also claiming, this is strange, that police allowed the 19-year-old to smoke marijuana during a stand-off before he was arrested and then went ahead and questioned him while he was high. the lawyer is also denying that the road rage was actually anything that led to tammy meyers' death, they're saying something completely different than that. cnn's sara sidner is sorting all of this out and has the latest details in this very disturbing shooting. >> reporter: when erich nowsch walked into the courtroom, robert meyers was right there to look into his eyes. >> i'll be here on every court date. >> reporter: the case initially was billed as a road rage incident with a stranger that turned deadly. but then it turned out the victim and suspect knew one
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another, a fact the family knew but police say only found out the day of the arrest. robert meyers telling cnn he didn't think it was worth mentioning to police because they didn't suspect nowsch was directly involved until the day he was arrested. now for the first time, we hear a few details of the shooting suspect's side of the story. his attorney, conrad klaus, sat down with us. was this a case of road rage? >> we can say with some confidence there was no road rage. >> reporter: can you tell me anything about what he's saying happened? >> what we know is that a story kept changing. that it was an illogical story. there's a sequence of illogical and untruthful stories that come out one after the other that just lead you to the inescapable conclusion that you cannot depend upon what the meyers family is saying occurred that night. >> reporter: the meyers family says it is the defendant who's lying, not them.
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police are still investigating the case. the prosecution says this is not a simple case, but a case of murder nonetheless. >> i don't want to get into the specifics because it would take me about 30 minutes. it's not a straightforward case. it is not a garden-variety, run of the mill case. we all know there are certain nuances to this case. but at the end of the day, this young man is charged with a senseless, stupid act of murder and we intend to prove it in court. >> reporter: are you going to say that this is self-defense? is erich nowsch going to say, i was defending myself? >> yes. >> reporter: which indicates he was there, i mean, he was in that car at some point. did he indicate that he was afraid for his life? >> yes, he was afraid for his life. >> reporter: the suspect's attorney says someone pointed a gun out of the window at nowsch before anyone started shooting. robert meyers did admit to going over to the suspect's house the day before he was arrested but says he nor his son threatened anyone.
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defense attorney conrad claus said his client did get death threats and says the story in the police report doesn't add up. >> what i'm saying is for one oo reas reason or another, according to brandon meyers, tammy asked brandon to forego calling the police and to go out with her to look for somebody, somebody that we now know they knew was erich nowsch. we know that later after the police were questioning brandon as to why they went out looking for erich, that the reason th that -- after the fact, the story they're providing, because of this fake road rage situation. there will come a time when we are going to be a bit better prepared to present an evidence-based version of these events. >> reporter: sara sidner, cnn, las vegas. >> so his client, the guy he's
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talking about, mr. nowsch, is charged with murder and attempted murder and assault and firing a gun from a car. tammy meyers was killed on february 12th. we'll keep you updated when more details come out about this very strange case. here's a line that a lot of kids are tossing around these days, have you seen molly? it isn't cute. it's deadly. and it's about these deadly pills, drugs, fun little highs that lots of kids are doing. they're synthetic party drugs. two college students are fighting for their life right now after a whole bunch of them ended up in the hospital. we'll tell you the real danger of these synthetic drugs after the break. gets. ♪ wouldn't it be great if hiring plumbers, carpenters and even piano tuners were just as simple? thanks to angie's list, now it is. we've made hiring anyone from a handyman to a dog walker as simple as a few clicks.
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and our old internet just wasn't cutting it. so i switched us from u-verse to xfinity. they have the fastest, most reliable internet. which is perfect for me, because i think everything should just work. works? works. works! works? works. works. so at last check, four people were still in a
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connecticut hospital today, two of them in critical condition after some really bad reactions to a drug you may have heard called molly. this happened at wesleyan university. two students were hospitalized after a party at a coed residence this weekend. molly is a cute name that refers to a bad little ingredient normally found in ecstasy. it's mdma. but the feds say that molly isn't so pure anymore. it's primarily a toxic mix of chinese-made knock-off drugs that ravage the central nervous system. not so cute. more from my colleague jean casarez. >> reporter: the real priority at this point is twofold. first of all, those that remain hospital iszed here at hartford hospital, their health continuing to get better. and it is the police investigation, middletown police department is looking at, to try to understand why students from
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wesleyan university went to a party and suddenly that next day were rushed to the hospital, some in critical condition. the police department tells me the investigation should take some time because many units aren't able to talk right now. they've got to have time to c convales convalesce. but when i asked what evidence they're collecting, the response was, we have a lot of things. now, as the investigation continues, we can tell you that it really came to light sunday morning when many started calling fire ems with symptoms throughout the day on sunday, ambulances picked up students, took them to the hospital. those in critical condition here at hartford hospital were actually medevaced in. some students verbalized that they took molly. that's when the testing began. it was a urinalysis test to see what chemicals were there. further testing is being done to aid law enforcement right now at the connecticut state crime lab to see exactly what was in the
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pills that were taken. it will take time but the ultimate question is who distributed and/or sold drugs to students that is thus responsible for this? i spoke to the electred state attorney who told me he's aware of what's happening but at this point, he's concerned about those students that are so seriously ill. jean casarez, hartford, connecticut, back to you. >> thank you, jean. here's the worst part. these kids think it's just so pure. in a letter to the student body, wesleyan's president writes, please, please, please stay away from illegal substances, one mistake can change your life forever. it is just so clear. silicon valley, mecca of modern technology, right? but when it comes to women's rights, some say it's still in the dark ages. the legal view on the latest sexual harassment suit next.
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valley and focus once again, this week, a trial begins, the plaintiff is ellen pow, a former partner at a prominent investment firm known for backing titans like google, facebook. now she's the ceo of reddit. but she's filing suit against her former employer saying she experienced discrimination. the complaint details sexual harassment, the loss of business opportunities and compensation due to gender and failure of management to act on her complaints. pow claims that she faced career-altering retaliation after ending a romantic relationship with a colleague. she says she received less computation than men and less shares from investments and she says she was excluded from important dinners because another partner claimed women, quote, kill the buzz, end quote. in another incident, pow says she received an inappropriate gift from a senior partner on valentine's day. pow is seeking $16 million in damages. in a statement to cnn, the
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company says the firm has a well-established record of championing women in the overall industry. we look forward to clearing our name in court, a spokesperson tells us. in a file briefed, the company questions pow's credibility and cites poor performance reviews and an inability to lead others. so at the heart of this trial, it's the treatment of women in silicon valley that's such a sensitive subject. in light of multiple lawsuits and continued criticism over a male-dominated culture, companies face serious allegations of female harassment. and here's the thing. most of these cases are settled before they can play out in court. but this trial could highlight one of the increasingly pressing issues in silicon valley. gender. laurie segall, cnn money, new york. >> i want to bring in danny cevallos to talk about the significance of this case. so that lady is a princeton undergrad, a harvard law graduate and a harvard mba.
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she is no dummy. how are you then as the company going to fight and say, she just wasn't a good employee, that's why we didn't like her. >> as breathtakingly stellar as her credentials are, it's the at-work reviews that are going to determine this. the defendants have prove a nondiscriminatory reason for her negative employment decisions, then they're in the clear. just because she alleged discrimination doesn't necessarily mean that discrimination occurred. and the defendant company is going to do everything it can to show in its h.r. file that, number one, she was reviewed, and that number two, she didn't get stellar reviews. if she didn't, they're going to hang onto that as the reason -- they won't use the word discriminate against. but why she didn't achieve what she wanted to at her job. >> she's in california. and for her, that is a good thing, why? >> it is. in every state, you can file a discrimination claim both
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federally and under your state law. as it works out in california, the state laws are somewhat more favorable to plaintiffs than the federal laws. i suspect from a tactical perspective, that's why this case landed in california state court and not in federal court. >> and you don't mean they like the plaintiffs are better, it's the caps on the awards. >> these are minor distinctions. but they can be huge. if there are caps on rewards, there can be massive differences when talking about these dollar amounts. and in this case, there are very serious damages at stake. so that to me is an indication strategically why they may have filed in state court. >> we'll keep an eye to see if magically things settle before -- >> they usually do. statistically, they usually do. >> okay. danny, thank you for that. if you want to take a closer look at this, just visit cnnmoney and click on tech. thought you had heard it all
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announced it will not pursue any civil rights charges against george zimmerman in the killing of trayvon martin. you remember he was at trial charged with murder, acquitted of murder. but the investigation continued on a federal level for almost three years to the month now. and that's the news that we're about to get courtesy of our evan perez in washington, d.c. reporting that the d.o.j. is not going after the civil rights charges federally. george zimmerman presumably in the clear for now. other news i want to tell you about. over the last several months, dozens of women has been accusing bill cosby of sexual assault. and you might be wondering why this is coming out now, decades after the alleged crimes. our alisyn camerota found the answer to that question in her special report, "no laughing matter," it airs tonight. but be advised, this excerpt contains some pretty sexual graphic content. ♪
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>> reporter: last fall, the legendary bill cosby was restaking his claim as an a-list superstar at the age of 77. >> bill cosby was really looking at a career rejuvenation. >> reporter: 30 years after his nbc blockbuster, the network was cooking up another cosby sit-com. netflix had plans to stream a comedy special and a 500-page biography was a "new york times" bestseller. >> and then it hits. >> bill cosby under fire. >> new fallout, one project after another getting pulled from embattled comedian bill cosby. >> accused of multiple sex assaults. >> and once it hits, when does it ever hit? >> he offered me a large white pill. >> i remember i had blacked out and cosby mounting me. >> he drugged and raped me. >> you are such a perverted
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creep. >> reporter: bill cosby has not been charged with any crimes. yet he has gone from one of america's most revered entertainers to one of its most reviled. we should also mention that bill cosby has denied our request for an interview. but his lawyers all along have always denied all these allegations, calling them -- saying they're innuendos, fabricated lies and this is just media vilifications. >> but they're not innuendos. these are flat-out accusations. and yet the people who go to the shows seem to brush this off like it's silly. >> at his comedy shows of which he is still booked around the country, he does encounter protesters outside calling him names and with signs. some of the venues have canceled. some have been postponed. but, yes, you're right, there are still some comedy shows that he's doing where he is met with
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standing ovations and applause. >> how many women yet now have we had come forward? >> at least two dozen. so at least 24 women have come forward and said -- >> this happened. >> not only did it happen, they have vivid memories of it. one of the questions is, how could this happen? how could he have gotten so many women if he's alleged to do what they say he did? and tonight is the first time we'll show you methodically exactly what they say happened and sometimes in very graphic detail. >> what drives me bananas is the corroborative evidence, the statute of limitations that don't allow anything to per vail. you have a long day and you're back tomorrow morning, 6:00 a.m. hardest working lady in showbiz. but don't miss "inside the cosby allegatio allegations" tonight. thanks for joining us. stay tuned. my colleague wolf starts right now.
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hello. i'm wolf blitzer. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. we begin with breaking news. thanks very much for joining us. let's get right to the breaking news. just north of los angeles, california, several cars on a commuter train flipped over after the train hit a truck. right now, we're hearing there are no, repeat no, fatalities but dozens of people are injure and they are being treated. joining us now, our own paul vercammen who's in oxnard, not far from los angeles. what kind of trauck did the tran hit? what happened to the driver, paul? >> reporter: i'm ant scene right now. what happened to the driver, they are backing away from saying this was a tractor-trailer truck. they


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