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CNN hosts left speechless by assault victim’s scathing response to accused Baylor fratboy rapist walking free

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CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto were momentarily left without words following a Texas reporter divulging more details about the fall-out over a Baylor fraternity president walking away with a slap on the wrist on rape charges.

On Monday, a judge in Waco, Texas, accepted a plea deal agreed to by prosecutors and sentenced Jacob Walter Anderson, 24, to three years of deferred probation for a reduced charge of “unlawful restraint”of a fellow student in 2016. Under the terms of the deal, Anderson must also pay a $400 fine, seek counseling and his criminal record will be expunged if and when he completes probation.

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According to CNN reporter Ed Lavandera — who is based out of Dallas — tension inside and outside the courthouse ran high before he read, on air, a portion of the transcript of the victim’s statement to the court following the ruling.

“I’ll read you a little more of what the victim in this case also went on to say during that court hearing yesterday,” Lavandera began. “This is from our affiliates down there in Waco, saying, quote, ‘If I had the courage to come back to Waco’ — referencing this because apparently the prosecutor and the D.A.. did not appear in the courtroom yesterday — she said, ‘If I had the courage to come back to Waco and face my rapist and testify, you could at least have had enough respect for me to show up’.”

“‘You both will have to live with this decision to let a rapist run free in society without any warning to future victims,'” the CNN correspondent continued reading. “‘I wonder if you will have nightmares every night watching Jacob rape me over and over again.'”

“According to the victim’s attorneys in this case, they basically said that Jacob Anderson had left this victim to die, choking on her own vomit and that’s why this victim was describing this in such emotional terms,” Lavandera added.

The stunned hosts sat speechless for a moment before Sciutto offered, “Just heartbreaking,” as Harlow sat silently with a look of distress on her face.

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‘These are massive glitches’: CNN anchor explains how Trump’s small business loan program is failing

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President Donald Trump is insisting that his administration's implementation of an emergency lending program for small businesses has been "flawless," but CNN anchor Julia Chatterley explained on Tuesday morning that the president's rosy assertion isn't close to being true.

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