December 3rd, 2013
10:58 AM ET

'Archie' Boss Says White Men Not in 'Protected Class'

The CEO of Archie Comics is in a controversial lawsuit.  

Nancy Silberkleit, who took over the company when her husband died in 2008, has been accused of sexual harassment by five employees but she says they do not have a case because they are white men who are not part of a “protected class."

Legal Analyst and Criminal Defense Attorney Danny Cevallos says, “All of us are members of a protected class, that's why I'm a little confused by this court filing. The bottom line is this, you can hire and fire people for any reason in the world, unless, and it’s a big unless, it’s based on your membership in a protected class. But white males are members of a class, just like any other race, any other gender and any other religion. It's not that you have to be a historically disadvantaged member of the class, but that you are treated differently because of your membership in a particular class."

Silberkleit has allegedly been referring to her male employees by their anatomical structure. Although that seems like the main reason in the lawsuit, there has been a history with Silberkleit and the employees of this company.

“This whole story, if you do a little bit of digging, and it doesn’t take much, it’s a hot mess," says "New Day's" Michaela Pereira.


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October 25th, 2013
10:16 AM ET

Sources: Teen Followed Danvers Teacher Into Bathroom, Killed Her With Box Cutter

How was Danvers High math teacher Colleen Ritzer killed?

With a box cutter the suspect, 14-year-old Philip Chism, had brought into school, a source close to the investigation says.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

What happened to her body afterward? It was stashed in a recycling bin, rolled outside, then dumped about 20 feet into woods behind the northeastern Massachusetts high school's athletic fields, adds another source. It was left there - not buried, not even covered.

And where did the alleged killer go afterward? After changing his clothes, he went to a Wendy's fast food restaurant and a movie, sources say, before police in a neighboring town saw him walking on a busy road under the pitch-dark sky early Wednesday.

But what many are asking, is why did this happen and what will Chism now face as charges. CNN Legal Analyst Paul Callan tells "New Day's" Chris Cuomo, “Massachusetts has a very strict law. If you’re 14 and you commit a crime as an adult, you will be tried as an adult and that’s what’s happening now in Massachusetts.”

Watch the video for more on what Callan thinks will happen with this case.

October 10th, 2013
10:48 AM ET

When Drunk Driving Is Considered Murder

A N.Y. Court of Appeals is set to decide whether drunk drivers should be eligible for the highest punishment for murder.

Three people in the state are convicted of second-degree murder while driving under the influence. It is obvious they were too drunk to be driving, but now they are arguing that they were too intoxicated to be charged with murder.

Although drunk driving murders have been treated as manslaughter or unintentional murder in the past, they are charging these particular cases as outright murder. The defendants could each be facing 25 years to life in prison, depending on the charges.

Anne Grady, a Staten Island assistant district attorney to the New York State Court of Appeals, says "This is not just a human tragedy. A hurricane is a human tragedy. But a hurricane doesn't make choices. These defendants did."

CNN’s Senior Analyst Jeffery Toobin discusses the issue with Chris Cuomo. Cuomo argues that if they do win this case, the court will basically “reward the defendant for being so messed up that they can’t think straight.”

Toobin says, "The question is intent. What counts as murder? ... The question in these cases is.. was their behavior so awful, was it so reckless, so depraved that it counts as murder, that we should punish it like murder, that's what the court is trying to decide."

Watch the video above and let us know, what do you think the outcome should be?



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October 1st, 2013
09:50 AM ET

Lawmakers Keep Getting Paid, Even If You're Not

With the shutdown in effect, many people aren’t going to work today and aren’t getting paid.

But members of Congress will continue getting their paycheck and people are mad about it, CNN’s Athena Jones reports.

Jones asks Representative Paul Gosar what he thinks about getting paid while some federal workers will not.

Gosar says, “Nobody is above the law, and that means the President, the attorney general, as well as us. All of them ought to be putting that on hold until it’s resolved.”

Although some lawmakers will be depositing their check as usual, Representative Tulsi Gabbard says she will not be accepting the check and writing one straight back to the U.S. treasury so she will be “standing in solidarity with everyone else who's wondering when the government is going to be functioning again.”


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