November 13th, 2013
10:09 AM ET

Dolphins Owner Delays Meeting With Jonathan Martin

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will wait until an NFL investigator meets with Jonathan Martin before holding his own meeting, the team said Tuesday.

Ross had announced on Monday that he would fly to an undisclosed location on Wednesday to talk to the offensive lineman about why he left the NFL team last month.

Martin's sudden departure two weeks ago ignited a controversy over locker room hazing, perceived bullying and racial slurs among professional football players.

"We want to get to the bottom of it," Ross told reporters in Miami on Monday. "We want to get to hear what the real facts are. There's been so much said and done to date that I don't think anybody really knows what has happened, because nobody has really spoken with Jonathan Martin directly."

The league and Ted Wells, who was appointed to investigate the controversy, asked Ross and Dolphins' President Tom Garfinkel to wait "until they have the opportunity to meet with him," Garfinkel said in a statement to CNN on Tuesday.

Sports Analyst Greg Anthony and  Political Commentator Ana Navarro  weighed in on the Dolphins players  on "New Day" Wednesday.

Commenting on locker room culture, Anthony said,  "There used to be a time where what happened in the locker room stayed in the locker room. Now, that's forever changed."

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November 13th, 2013
10:02 AM ET

Marissa Alexander, Florida Woman in Warning-Shot Case, May Be Freed

She's won a new trial. And now, Marissa Alexander may learn Wednesday whether she can get out of prison while she waits for that trial.

In a Jacksonville, Florida, court, a judge is expected to decide if Alexander will be released on bond in a case that has drawn national attention.

Last month, an appellate court ordered a new trial for Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a gun to scare off her allegedly abusive husband. The case will be retried because the jury had incorrect directions, the court ruled.

Alexander's case gained the attention of civil rights leaders, who say nobody was hurt and the sentence for the mother of three was too harsh.

The case shined the spotlight on Florida's Stand Your Ground law after she unsuccessfully argued before her 2012 trial that she was immune to prosecution because of the law.

But now, Alexander says she's just hoping she can see her children as she waits for her complicated case to be resolved.

Alexander "has not had regular access to her 3-and-a-half year old daughter" since she was 6 months old, her lawyer said in court documents urging a judge for a pre-trial release.

But a lawyer for Alexander's estranged husband, Rico Gray, says he has concerns.

"She had bond once on this case and she went over to my client's house and she gave him a black eye, and got arrested, though she was told to stay away from my client, so I don't think he necessarily wants her to have a bond again," said Richard Kuritz, Gray's attorney.

A police report from that time shows that Alexander was arrested for a domestic violence offense connected to an altercation with Gray.

According to police reports, Alexander had no injuries, but Gray had a bloody swollen eye and told police Alexander had punched him.

Alexander's attorney says things are different now. Her client is finalizing a divorce with Gray and they will have no contact with each other.

The hearing is set for 4 p.m. ET Wednesday.

HLN's "After Dark" Host Vinnie Politan and Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin had a heated discussion on the "stand your ground" case on Wednesday's "New Day."

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November 13th, 2013
09:34 AM ET

Conviction Tossed; Ferguson Freed

Ryan Ferguson was just a teenager when he was arrested in Missouri in 2004, accused of killing Columbia Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt three years earlier.

Implicated by a former friend who said he had dream-like memories of committing the crime, Ferguson was convicted in 2005 for Heitholt's murder and given a 40-year sentence.

Last year, the same friend admitted in court that he lied, as did a janitor who originally placed Ferguson at the crime scene.

For 10 years, Ferguson has sat in prison for a crime he always said he did not commit.

Tuesday night, he walked free, less than a week after an appeals court overturned his conviction, ruling prosecutors withheld evidence in the trial.

CNN's David Mattingly says he's "surprisingly poised" emerging from prison. "He's writing a book. He’s got a girlfriend and friends already say, ‘go into politics.’”

Ferguson's release came hours after Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced he would not retry Ferguson.

He found out about the decision when his lawyer appeared at the prison, holding up a piece of paper behind protective glass. On it she had quickly scrawled two words: "It's over."

Ferguson spoke to New Day's Chris Cuomo saying, he didn't believe he was free until his shackles were removed and he was able to hug his mother. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

Ferguson says it took a decade but he always believed in his innocence and knew this day would come in time.

“I just every day woke up and did what I could to survive, to grow as a human being and to improve my life and get ready for this day to be a free man. So I just kept moving forward."

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November 13th, 2013
09:21 AM ET

U.S. Air and American Airlines Reach Deal With Justice to Allow Merger

The Justice Department has reached a settlement with American Airlines and US Airways that requires the airlines to sell facilities at seven airports in order to complete their planned merger.

The deal announced Tuesday allows low-cost airlines to increase their presence at many of the nation's largest airports.

CNNi Business Correspondent Richard Quest explains it in depth. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

Under the agreement, American and US Airways will sell to low-cost carriers 104 slots at Washington's Reagan National, 34 slots at New York's LaGuardia, and rights to gates at Boston's Logan, Chicago's O'Hare, Dallas' Love Field, Los Angeles and Miami airports.

In August, the Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against the airlines, arguing that the combination would reduce choices for customers by giving the combined carrier a stranglehold at certain major airports. At Reagan National, for instance, the two airlines would have controlled 69% of the take-off and landing slots.

"This agreement has the potential to shift the landscape of the airline industry," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "By guaranteeing a bigger foothold for low-cost carriers at key U.S. airports, this settlement ensures airline passengers will see more competition on nonstop and connecting routes throughout the country."

The court is likely to approve the deal, reports CNN's Rene Marsh. But fliers will not see changes for many months. Other than the  cosmetic changes to come, the integration of the two airlines' computer systems could be a challenge.

Experts say you should be fine if you already have travel booked on either airline because merging the systems will take time, and frequent flyer miles are safe.

With one less major airline, however, royalty programs could become less generous, Marsh says. "Obviously that would be because of lack of competition. But they could start requiring more miles for a flight."

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