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>> i commend everyone to read this. gabrielle giffords and mark kelly, it's a story of courage and hope, and it is, courage, hope and great inspiration. thank you. >> thank you, piers. we begin tonight with breaking news. syracuse university associate head basketball coach bernie fine has been fired. this after explosive allegations of sexually abusing two former ball boys. after the firing, head coach jim boeheim, who had earlier defended fine, issued this statement. quote, the allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. i am personally very shocked because i have never witnessed any of these activities that have been alleged. i believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. what is most important is that this fully be investigated and anyone with information be
supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. i deeply regret any statements i made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse. espn has released a secretly recorded conversation in 2002 between fine's wife, laurie fine, and one of the coach's accusers, bobby davis. on it, potentially damming evidence that suggest fine's wife not only knew about the abuse but allowed it to go on. we to want play some of that for you now. >> i know everything that went on. you know, i know everything that went on with him. bernie has issues. maybe that he's not aware of, but he has issues. and you trusted somebody that you shouldn't have trusted. >> yeah. >> bernie is also in denial. i think that he did the things he did, but he's somehow through
his own mental telepathy has erased this. you know what? go to a place where there's gay boys, find yourself a gay boy and, you know, get your rocks off. have it be over with. >> yeah, but -- >> you know, he needs a -- that male companionship that i can't give him nor is he interested in me. and vice versa. because i care about you and i didn't want to see you being treated that way. >> yeah. >> it's hard for me. if it was another girl like i told you, it would be easy to step in because, you know, you're up against. your accuser, but when it's another guy -- >> we'll play the entire espn report in about 20 minutes. laurie fine told a local newspaper, which declined to report the story at the time, that davis had recorded multiple conversations with her and may have edited them to appear more inflammatory. bobby davis and his step brother mike lang say fine molested them back when they were ball boys. davis claims laurie fine had a sexual relationship with him when he was 18.
today affiliate wcsh spoke to a third accuser who has come forward against fine, 23-year-old zach tomaselli says fine abused him. he has his own problems. he assaulted a boy in maine in 2009, and his own father calls him a fine. and he denies letting him take a trip with the coach. bernie fine's attorney released this -- mr. fine will not comment on newspaper stories beyond his initial statement. any comment from him would only invite and perpetuate ancient and suspect claims. mr. fine remains hopeful of a credible and expeditious review of the relevant issues by law enforcement. our deborah feyerick is in syracuse and spoke with mike lang. one of the alleged victims. what is he saying now in light
of all this new information coming out, including those tapes? >> reporter: well, to set the scene, we want to tell you michael lang and bobby davis, the man who made those tapes, they are stepbrothers. both are alleging they were sexually abused by the coach, bernie fine, but they were abused to different degrees. i spoke to michael lang earlier this afternoon. he told me, in fact, the two boys revered bernie fine as a father figure. they were so close that as teenagers they were actually invited to bernie and laurie's wedding. that's how sort of close they were to the family. michael lang telling me that when he heard the description by laurie fine on television on the tape today, describing the relationship that she had with bobby davis and the relationship that her husband had with bobby davis, michael lang told me his hands started shaking because the account, what he experienced, was simply so similar to what his brother had experienced as well. really, it's the whole penn
state scandal that kind of got this all going, where both men realizing they had to come forward and say something. lang, we tried to call. we tried to call bernie fine several times. he did issue a statement saying he's going to let the investigation run its course. we tried reaching out to his rife, laurie fine. repeated calls did not go answered so we went to the home, knocked on the door, the lights were on, but no one answered the door. there is a sign outside the home and it says, quote, we believe in your innocence. we support you 100%, dad. but that was before he was fired just a couple of hours ago. the chancellor, nancy cantor, sending an e-mail to the whole community basically telling them they are shaken by what has happened. they did not have a copy of that audiotape back in 200 5 when they conducted their own investigation. that tape is now in the hands of syracuse police, who have
launched their own investigation. so, really, people are trying to get to the bottom of this as to why the initial allegation wasn't taken seriously, but, you know, we're also told when bobby davis placed the original call to syracuse police, they said the statute of limitations had indeed, run out but they said he should come in and talk to them directly. that's not something bobby davis followed up on. instead, he decided to record this phone conversation with laurie fine. that tape was then given several years ago back to espn as well as the "post standard". ted? >> deb feyerick for us on the ground in syracuse. as we mentioned, a third accuser against bernie fine has come forward. this one, however, may have some credibility issues. let's bring in susan candiotti who has been working that part of the story for us. what did zach tomaselli tell you? i know you talked to him on the phone. >> i did. zach is now 23 years old but
when he was 13, he says, bernie fine molested him. tomaselli says he told police all about this just a few days ago and tonight tomaselli tells me that after meeting fine at an autograph signing in 2002, his dad told him he could go by himself to see a game in pittsburgh. he says his dad put him on a bus with syracuse fans and when he got to a hotel, fine says that -- he says that fine took him to his hotel room and molested him several times during the night. this is what he told our affiliate wcsh. >> i was in the hotel room and he was -- he would put his hand down my shorts whenever i was sitting there watching tv. and he would basically fondle me four to maybe even five times. and it would go in spurts between 10 and 15 minutes. and it would stop for a couple hours.
and then he would start that all over again. >> and this is what he also told me. he says almost a year later in 2003 fine invited him and his dad to a postgame party at fine's house. his dad didn't go but tomaselli says his dad allowed him to stay overnight. he was not assaulted that night. last night he called syracuse police and met with detectives wednesday. he says they grilled him for hours and pressed him to describe the inside of fine's home. a couple days later, federal agents and syracuse police searched fine's home and trash and removed file cabinets. tomaselli has his own troubles. as you heard, he's accused of sexually assaulting a minor in the state of maine and has a trial coming up. however his own father calls his son a liar. first he denies his son's allegations that he abused him. and he says his son is making this whole thing about bernie fine up.
>> i brought him to two or three games in syracuse. never brought him to a game in pittsburgh or let him go to a game in pittsburgh. never went to any afterparties. never let him alone doing that kind of thing. we ent to a few games and always in the nosebleed section. never got good seats down near within shouting distance of bernie fine. and never talked to bernie fine or ever met him. and zach hasn't either. so it's all fabricated. >> so far tomaselli's father says he has not been contacted by police. obviously, investigators have a lot to sort out, ted. >> why did zach tomaselli come forward now? what did he tell you? >> he said when he first saw the penn state story, much like the other accusers, he also heard about the syracuse university old allegations. he wanted to support those accusers who had come forward.
that's why he said he felt it was time, no matter what, to come forward with his allegations. >> all right, susan candiotti, thank you. up next we'll talk with sports journalists about this story. reporter for "the syracuse daily" tells us how the campus is reacting to all this and then john wertime of "sports illustrated" joins us. that's after the break to break down this case. i was an avionics... tactical telecommunications... squad leader. i think the hardest transition as you get further into the military is... you know it's going to end one day. chase hired me to be a personal banker. i'm a business analyst... manager. i'm very proud to work for chase. when you hire a veteran, you get... great leadership... decisiveness... focus. chase knows, when you hire a veteran, you're hiring america's best. chase is proud to help 100,000 veterans find jobs at home. shouldn't it be given in an amazing way? ♪ the lexus december to remember sales event is here,
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between fine's wife, laurie, and his initial accuser, bobby davis. that apparently prompted fine's dismissal tonight from the university. syracuse students could have never imagined the nightmare penn state has been going through with the jerry sandusky scandal could unfold at their own school. the situations are clearly different but the shock and disbelief may be similar. here to help us understand the reaction on campus is michael cohen, sports editor for "the daily orange," independent campus newspaper at syracuse university. also joining us by phone is "sports illustrated's" john wertime. for michael cohen, first off, what are students saying about fine's firing tonight? it must have been quite a shock. >> yeah, it was quite a shock. i was working on a group project when the announcement came from the chancellor. all three people i was working with were in shock, surprised. and it's definitely something no one was expecting at this point.
you know, with, obviously, the new information that came out today, people's opinions started to change a little bit, but still, for the firing to take place on a sunday evening was surprising for everyone. >> michael, do you think the comparison to penn state is a fair one? >> no, i really don't. you know what we had at penn state, and i was down there reporting on that as well, what we had was a three-year grand jury report that produced a 23-page report that -- and there were charges filed against jerry sandusky. what we have to keep in mind, there are still no charges as of this point filed against bernie fine. that's something that's very important to consider. that's one of the biggest differences. you're also looking at eyewitness accounts at penn state, whereas we haven't had any eyewitness accounts here. just three accusers coming forward. very different situations. while i can see why comparisons would be made i don't think they're warranted at this point. >> is there anything to suggest that syracuse coach
jim boeheim acted inappropriately? relating to this case. the sense that he made such a strong statement of support early on here. what's your take on that? >> yeah. i don't think there was any indication of anything inappropriate in the case of penn state where administrators knew allegations but i think jim boeheim may have been a bit too forceful with his initial statements which not only supported bernie fine, which is totally understandable but seemed to strongly imply there was extoers here. he could have said, i'm not jn joe paterno. if you read his statement, after bernie fine is fired, he takes a conciliatory effect. he even says, i regret if i said anything that has a chilling effect. i don't think jim boeheim did anything inappropriate in terms of complicity or anything like that, but i think he probably
wishes he would have been a little more judicious with that first statement. >> let me ask you this, do you think his job is in jeopardy? >> you know, i think this is one of these situations where it's going to keep evolving. i mean, even in the last 24 hours a lot has changed. right now, i don't think so. again, there's nothing to suggest that he knew any of this. but we saw with penn state, we had this day by day, public opinion. you know, this is a much different situation than it was even 48 hours ago. i think that tape is sort of a game-changer. i don't think jim boeheim is in trouble sunday night as we talk but we saw at penn state how quickly public sentiment can change so this is something to watch the next few days. >> what do you think of boeheim's original defense of fine and do you think his job should or could be in jeopardy? >> well, i think his initial response was incredibly strong, as we've just touched upon. the fact he came out in support of bernie fine didn't seem to surprise anyone in the community because they've been friends and coworkers for so long, 35 years together.
that's a long time. as jim said, that buys a lot of trust with someone. i don't think his job is in immediate jeopardy right now, obviously, because as we just discussed it seems like he didn't know anything at the time. obviously if that changes on a day by day basis, you know, things could be different but as of right now i don't think there's any reason why his job should be in jeopardy if it's true he didn't know anything as he suggested in many of his comments. >> michael cohen, john, thank you for joining us tonight. coming up in our next half hour, we'll have the complete espn report of the secretly taped interview with fine's wife that apparently prompted bernie fine's firing tonight. next, total strangers pull together to save the lives of two people trapped on a california freeway. wait until you see this video. it's incredible. to a patient in time for surgery may seem like a trumped-up hollywood premise. ♪ but if you take away the dramatic score... take away the dizzying 360-degree camera move...
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mark schwartz is the reporter who broke the story about bobby davis secretly recording a conversation in 2002 with bernie fine's wife, laurie. we want to play that entire espn report for you right now. espn says an independent audio analyst has confirmed that the voice you are about to hear is, indeed, that of laurie fine. a warning, what you are about to hear contains some graphic sexual content. here's espn's mark schwartz. bobby davis says he knew of one person who could validate that he was being sexually abused by bernie fine. that person was fine's wife, laurie fine. >> hello? >> laurie? >> yeah. >> how are you? it's bobby. >> hi, bobby. >> reporter: davis says in october of 2002 he recorded a conversation with laurie fine without her knowledge. a legal act based on the
location of both parties. during the call, fine, seen here in hidden camera video from 2003, discussed the alleged sexual molestation of davis by her husband. syracuse associate head basketball coach, bernie fine. >> what did he want you to do? you can be honest with me. >> what do you think? what he always does. >> what? he wants you to grab him? >> no, he's trying to make me -- he's first of all grab me and touching me. >> you never had any oral sex with him? >> no. >> no. >> i think he would want to, but -- >> of course he would. >> reporter: after bringing these allegations to a syracuse police detective in 2002 and get -- and getting nowhere, davis says he was determined to confirm his story. he says he hoped laurie fine would disclose on tape the
details of her own knowledge of the abuse he says started when he was 12 and continued for more than a decade. so what were you hoping to accomplish by recording it? >> laurie was a person i talked to a lot about the situation as i got older. she was there a lot of the times and seen a lot of the things going on, you know, when bernie would come down the basement in his house at night, when i was laying down there. she had to see him every night do that but laurie was the only one else that knew about what was going on and saw things that were happening with her own eyes and that we talked about it. >> you know, i know everything that went on with him. bernie has issues. maybe he's not aware of but he has issues. and he trusted somebody he shouldn't have trusted. bernie is also in denial. i think he did the things he did but he's somehow through his own mental telepathy has erased them out of his mind.
>> reporter: davis who periodically stayed here at the fines' former home beginning in the seventh grade and at one point had his own room in their basement says laurie fine told him she was aware that her husband was sexually abusing him. >> do you think i'm the only one that he's ever done that to? >> no but i think there was something about you. might have been others but it was geared to you. >> one time she told me about incidents where she saw him through the basement window and she left the blind open one night and she was acting like she was taking the garbage out and she was watching through the window. >> what did she see? >> bernie grabbing me, touching me. she said the next day, you know, bob, you've got -- you know, this is when i was a little older, probably a junior in high school. you got to step up to him. you have to say something. you got to be a man. >> reporter: during the phone call, davis explained to laurie fine that when she was about 27 years old, in the late '90s, he
asked bernie fine for $5,000 to help pay off some student loans. >> when he gave you the money, what did he want for it? you wanted you to grab him or he wanted you to -- >> he wanted me to do me, he wanted me to touch him, too. he tried to make me touch him a couple of times. he'd grab my hand and then i'd pull away. he put his arm around -- >> right, right. he just has a nasty attitude because he didn't get his money nor did he get what he wanted. he didn't get -- >> it's not about the money. >> it's about the [ bleep ]. i know that. so i'm telling you for your open good you're better off staying away from him. >> reporter: during the call, laurie fine suggested to davis what her husband should do with his need for male companionship. >> you know what? go to a place where there's gay boys. find yourself a gay boy. get, you know, your rocks off. have it be over with. >> but -- >> you know, he just needed that male companionship that i can't give it to him.
nor is he interested in me. vice versa. >> reporter: at one point lawyer -- laurie fine seems to say that he was not the only adult in the household that betrayed davis' trust. >> much more of that report and that secretly taped conversation ahead. bobby davis claiming a twisted relationship with the wife of his alleged abuser. ni-i-i-ck. oh... i thought those were put out for me. i did it again. no worries, nick. [ sighs ] say, nick, you must be busy this holiday. oh, yeah, with all the great savings we got going on, it's been crazy. ooh, i got to dash away. customers lining up. ♪ [ male announcer ] this holiday, chevy's giving more. ♪ no, i wouldn't use that single miles credit card. hey, aren't you... shhh. i'm researching a role. today's special... the capital one venture card.
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we the to play the rest of it. we want to warn you what you are about to hear contains graphic sexual content. >> reporter: at one point, laurie fine seems to say that her husband was not the only adult in the fine household who betrayed davis' trust. he said he had no business doing what he did with you. you know what? david and i -- maybe i helped screw you up a little bit too. >> reporter: he says he and laurie fine had a sexual relationship that she initiated when he was 18 and a senior in high school. >> were you ever with her sexually? >> yes. >> slept with her? >> yes. >> reporter: had intercourse with her? >> yes. >> reporter: does bernie fine know about that? >> i did tell him when i was older. i thought he was going to kill me. i told him about it, what was
going on with me and laurie. didn't faze him one bit, honestly. >> reporter: later in the call, laurie fine tells davis she wanted to come to his defense, but she just wasn't capable of it. >> because i care about you and i didn't want to see you being treated that way. and it's hard -- it's -- if it was another girl it would be easy for me to step back because you know what you're up against. but if it's another guy you can't compete with that. it's wrong and you were a kid. you're a man now but you were a kid then. >> this is about a kid who was abused and adults who didn't help, who didn't step in, who, in fact, sort of allowed it, created a space for it to go on. >> reporter: danielle roach, who has been friends with davis since the second grade, says as a teenager she served as a fine's babysitter for about three years. recently, roach listened to the conversation again.
davis first played the call for her after recording it in 2002. >> this tape tells me that laurie knew and watched it go on, knowingly that it was going on in her home for a long time. >> reporter: roach, who is now a mother herself, says she cannot imagine how any mother could know sexual abuse was happening in her home and not act. >> it's amazing that she can say some of the things she said to bobby but couldn't pick up the phone and say, this isn't a place for your kid. maybe he shouldn't be here. >> reporter: at the time davis says he questioned whether anyone would ever believe his story, yet laurie fine tells him, she's already warned her husband one day his alleged molestation of davis might become public. >> i said to him, you know, bobby i and talked and i know some things about you that if
you keep pushing are going to be let out. >> yeah. >> he didn't even flinch. >> i know. that's what i'm saying. >> he says, beautiful, let him go ahead, sure. let him go right ahead. >> he doesn't think he can be touched. >> no, he thinks he's above the law. >> a striking report from espn but davis first gave the tape to the network in 2003. why did espn sit on it for eight years before reporting on it today? fredericka whitfield posed that question and others to the reporter who broke the story, mark schwartz. >> we interviewed bobby davis extensively in several locations for dozens of hours, both on the phone, in camera, on camera, and we had what we thought was a very credible story. however, what we did not have at the time was someone to corroborate the facts of his story. another alleged victim of the
same abuser, the alleged abuser in this case, bernie fine. we did have the tape at the time, as you say, and we had bobby davis, one victim, but only ten days ago, on thursday the 17th, did a second victim actually come forward and appear on camera, that was 45-year-old mike lang, who is the older stepbrother of bobby davis, who alleged a very similar pattern of abuse from bernie fine. so, at that point our goal was to, first of all, get a voice recognition expert who could verify, as much as possible, that this was, indeed, the voice of laurie fine. and we also spent time reaching out to the fines beginning early last week, wanting to get their comment. we reached out to them through their attorneys. we did not hear from them. in fact, we got the same release that you did today, saying that mr. fine will not comment on newspaper stories beyond his initial statement.
>> so what did you authorities say, if anything, when you went to them, if you went to them, and said, hey, we have this tape. while we can't get anybody else to corroborate the information on this tape, what can you do with this information? >> well, you know, we don't see it as our job to go to authorities with evidence that we collect. we did not go to the authorities with the tape. the authorities did speak to bobby davis before the tape was made in 2002. he spoke to a syracuse police detective who he says spent about five minutes on the phone with him and didn't even do a detective report. told him the statue of limitations had come and gone. that is why, bobby davis says, that he recorded the tape to try to at least corroborate his story this way. he was determined that laurie fine, who he says had a window into this abuse, in fact literally at one time saw the
abuse going on in the home through a basement window with her husband and bobby davis. and she alleged that actually did happen on the tape. once the interviews were done five days ago, that tape then got into the hand of the police department and it's evidence in this case and the district attorney bill fitzpatrick in this case has a copy of the tape. >> follow november 17th is what -- is that what alerted you or espn to get voice recognition. why was that not done before? >> it's important to do this if we were going to air the tape. these are grave charges. we had to do everything we could to confirm the voice was, indeed, laurie fine. bobby davis, of course, told us it was laurie fine. you hear on the tape he says, hello, laurie. she says, hello, bobby. in this kind of a case you have to confirm it. that's why we wanted to, before airing it, take the extra step to run it by a voice recognition expert who says, yes, that is the voice of laurie fine.
because we compared it to other voice of laurie fine, examples we were able to provide. >> who shot the videotape of her behind a counter? >> we shot hidden camera video in 2003, which is one of the areas we had, you know, her voice on tape. so, we're able to compare her voice from 2003 and the call from 2002. that's how the voice recognition expert was able to verify for us that that was, indeed, her voice. >> now, talk to me about the legality of why that audiotape recording, why bobby davis was not breaking the law the way in which he did it? >> okay. bobby davis made the call from st. george, utah, and the call was received here in syracuse, new york. now, both of those states, utah and new york, are one-party states. what that means, by law, it is legal to record a conversation with someone without the second party knowing.
so, in utah and in new york, the origin and the source of the call, both states are one-party states. the call was then made legally. >> that was mark schwartz, espn reporter talking earlier with our fredericka whitfield. syracuse chancellor nancy cantor says the university was never given the tape by bobby davis during their own investigation that took place back in 2005. well, coming up, an amazing rescue at sea. a military helicopter crew braves gale force winds to rescue stranded sailors. one of the men at the controls was a royal. we'll tell you who. nice, huh? yeah. you know what else is nice is all the savings you can get on cruze and traverse over there. oh! that's my beard. [ chuckles ] it's amazing. ♪ [ male announcer ] this holiday, chevy's giving more. now very well qualified lessees
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now to the big stories coming up in the week ahead from the white house to wall street. our correspondents tell you what you need to know and be watching out for. we begin tonight with the president's plan for next week. >> reporter: i'm dan lothian at the white house. with thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, christmas out the windshield, the first family will be attending the lighting of the national christmas tree on thursday. before that holiday tradition takes place, the president will be focused on the global economy as he welcomes leaders of the european union to to a summit at the white house. on tuesday the prime minister of the netherlands will visit the oval office. on wednesday, the president heads to scranton, pennsylvania, where in a speech he'll push congress to extend and expand the payroll tax cut.
>> i'm chris lawrence at pentagon. on monday the navy celebrates the 50th anniversary of the uss enterprise in norfolk, virginia. the folks who handle the pentagon's budget, no celebrations there. they're facing half a trillion in potential cuts. on one hand they have to work up ways to where those cuts could be made. while at the same time, lobbying congress to keep the budget in attack. >> paul steinhauser. tuesday marks five weeks until the first votes in the iowa caucuses, the first test. with the clock ticking, most of the republican presidential candidates spend this week campaigning in iowa, as well as new hampshire, south carolina and florida. the first four states to vote in the race for the gop nomination. >> i'm poppy harlow in new york and after a short trading week, wall street gets back to work on monday. we'll get readings on housing, manufacturing and then it turns to the all-important november jobs report on friday morning.
this year the u.s. economy has been averaging about 125,000 job gains a month. that is not nearly enough to significantly bring down the unemployment rate, which still stand at a stubbornly high 9%. we'll watch that very closely, track it for you all week on "cnn money". >> a.j. hammer and here's what we're watching this week. sentencing for dr. conrad murray. will the judge throw the book at him? grammy watch, lady gaga, bruno mars. which stars will get all the big nods? catch "showbiz tonight" at 11 p.m. eastern and pacific on hln. snow across parts of the country, rain in others. carrie mcginness has a check of what's happening now and what you can expect for the monday commute back to work. >> there have been big challenges for some of the 42.9 million people who were going to travel over this thanksgiving holiday. but what happens as we go back to work on monday? i'll tell about you some of the bigger challenges, the top five
we're looking at for the commutes. well, for philadelphia, it will be dense fog. we did earlier in the evening have some delays there. thanks to low visibility and fog, now temperature in philadelphia have been running about 10 degrees above normal. in seattle, wind and rain should begin to taper off as that next weather system begins to exit the northwest and move further across the interior sections of the west. well, for cincinnati, rainfall could be heavy at times. as a matter of fact, all across the ohio river valley we're expecting heavy doses of rain and much colder temperature, but cincinnati, i think it could be slow going. number two on our list, is cleveland. for the same reasons. with wind and rain, you'll see reduced visibility. out of the airport there and on the roadways, could see some challenges. and what about atlanta? well, it makes number one on our list. the rainfall could be heavy at times and the wind is already beginning to pick up. we'll see reduced visibility. i'll tell you, our temperature
have been running 10 to 15 degrees above where they should be for atlanta. looks like after the front moves through, we're expecting temperatures to be back near normal situations. well, as we look at the flight tracker, we've got about 3700 flights in the air. just a few minor delays right now. ted? >> thank you. conrad murray faces sentencing tuesday in the death of michael jackson. we'll talk with murray attorney jay michael flanagan coming up next. [ male announce] sometimes, a hint is all the wrapping a gift needs. is that what i think it is? ♪ [ male announcer ] the lexus december to remember sales event is here, but only for a limited time. see your lexus dealer for exclusive lease offers on the 2012 is 250 and, as a gift from lexus, we'll make your first month's payment. to find you a great deal, even if it's not with us. [ ding ]
michael jackson's former doctor, dr. conrad murray, faces sentencing tuesday. murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in jackson's death. prosecutors have asked for the maximum sentence, four years and more than $100 million in restitution to jackson's children. earlier i talked with murray defense attorney jay michael flanagan and i asked him what his client is expecting to tuesday. >> he doesn't really know what's going to happen. you know, what really should happen is he should be given probation. at worst case scenario, low term. i've talked with him a couple times. his spirits are up. but i don't think that he wants to give up on this case. i don't think we're going to quit. and i'm advising him to file an appeal in this matter. >> what will be the base of that appeal? >> there's numerous bases for the appeal. california law provides for sequestration in high publicity
cases. o.j. simpson case, for example, was sequestered. that was probably the highest profile case here in california. just recently, you recall the casey anthony case. that was a sequestered jury. the potential audience for this case involving dr. murray is about 5 million people. there was a billion people that watched this trial. if ever there was a case for sequestration, this was the case. it was covered by all of the talk shows. all of the commentary, a vast majority of it, was very, very negative. the jury being exposed to that. i think sequestration is a big issue in this case. we were also subjected to adverse rulings. the prosecutor david walgren did a very good job. he was able to convince the judge we shouldn't talk about finances of michael jackson. >> you also wanted arne klein.
they said no to that as well. all of those things coming up. do you think on tuesday jackson's family members will address the court? they've been there throughout the trial. do you think someone is going to deliver an impact statement? >> i would think so. we were there in court this last week and david walgren said he thought there was going to be individual speaking. i would just anticipate the only individual they would have speak would be a member of the family. >> how about you, do you have anybody getting up? do you have the opportunity to do so? >> yes, we do. we are -- we are thinking about doing that also. >> you can watch coverage of murray sentencing on tuesday right here on cnn. well, coming up, caught on tape, a dangerous rescue at sea and the royal air force sent its best royal co-pilot. premier of . you know organization is key...
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basketball coach bernie fine has been fired. this after explosive allegations of sexually abusing two former ball boys. espn released a secretly recorded conversation between fine's wife, laurie, and his initial accuser, former ball boy, bobby davis. it's suggested she not only knew about the abuse but allowed it to go on. a utah man faces charges for allegedly watching child pornography on his laptop on a flight from utah to boston. officers said 47-year-old grant smith was seated in first class on a delta flight when another passenger alerted the flight crew on saturday. other passengers reportedly took a cell phone photo of smith watching the video. he's to be arraigned monday in boston on charges of possession of child pornography. and an act of heroism in southern california. nearly a dozen motorists came to the aid of three people whose truck rolled over on top of them.
good samaritans lifted the truck up and got one of the passengers safely out. rescue crews then arrived and helped rescue a second passenger, the driver died at the scene. an occupy showdown in philadelphia. protesters under an order to clear out their encampment in a city plaza are not budging. they're supposed to get out by the end of the day, they were, but right now they're sitting down, arms interlocked. police are surrounding them but not moving in as of yet. as they continue to negotiate, the protesters have been occupying the plaza for the past two months. this year's sales numbers are in for black friday. and it looks like folks shopped until they dropped. retail sales hit record numbers of 6.6% over last year. consumers spent an estimated $11.4 billion on the busiest shopping day of the year. black friday online sales were also up 24% from last year. prince william was one of a
team of rescuers that pitched in to save sailors on a capsized cargo ship. the british royal was the co-pilot on a helicopter that rescued two sailors from a life raft. this is video taken from his sea king rescue helicopter. the swing land went down about 30 kilometers off the coast of wales. gale force winds battered the cargo ship. five sailors are missing. authorities were aware prince william was taking part in the commission. >> the coast guard station today confirmed to me they knew he was on board because they knew his voice but they never thought of him as anything other than just one of the other member of this team going out, doing their job. and that they thought very much to treat him in the same way as all the others but no doubt the work he was doing last night saved these two people's lives and the work going on today by his colleagues and other members of the life boat service and
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