On CNN Friday, Chris Cuomo spoke with criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson, who explained why Roddie Bryan, the man behind the footage of the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, could end up doing hard time.
“People are wondering, I’m sure, what is felony murder?” said Jackson. “In the event that someone dies while you’re committing a felony, even if you don’t mean them to die, it’s felony murder. What’s the felony? We all have the freedom of movement. Trying to detain me against my will, that’s false imprisonment, underlying felony. Someone died as result of your behavior, the warrant describes that he apparently, Roddie Bryan, was blocking Arbery in for 20 minutes to contain him. False imprisonment felony, he died, hence felony murder.”
“From what you understand, what do you still need to know and what will this case pivot on?” asked Cuomo.
“Number of things,” said Jackson. “We have to make clear that the defense will argue that mere presence is not enough. Everyone should know you can videotape something that occurs, crime in progress. That’s not a crime. You can look at it, determine what happened. However, in the event that you go beyond video taping and you know — what do we know in this case? Whether or not he knew the McMichaels, I want to know. What was the nature of the relationship? Did they plan to do anything with Ahmaud Arbery, was he asked to participate to block Arbery in? Did he engage or otherwise participate in blocking him in?”
“To the extent he might have been involved, conduct, over period of time, what specifically did he do, those are the questions that will get him convicted if he’s guilty,” said Jackson. “If he’s merely present, it will not. If he actively participated, he’s in a world of hurt.”
‘He still doesn’t get it’: White House source tells CNN’s Acosta that Trump refuses to take the pandemic seriously
CNN's Jim Acosta on Wednesday reported that President Donald Trump this week attended a meeting with his own White House Coronavirus Task Force -- and it quickly became clear that the president is still not taking the pandemic seriously even after the deaths of 156,000 Americans.
“He still doesn’t get it,” the source told Acosta. “He does not get it.”
Acosta's source says that during the meeting on Tuesday, Trump frequently tried to change the subject away from the coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that the entire purpose of the meeting was to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Have you ever heard someone whine as much as this man?’ CNN’s Anderson Cooper tears into Trump’s COVID excuses
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper slammed President Donald Trump after his Axios interview in which he said of coronavirus deaths, "It is what it is."
"For a man who seems to have strength and power, have you heard someone as allegedly powerful and strong as he claims to be — have you ever heard somebody whine as much as this man?" said Cooper. "'It is what it is.' Let me play the last portion of that first exchange again, because he says something telling."
"It is what it is," said Trump in the clip. "But that doesn't mean we are not doing everything that we can. It's under control, as much as you can control it."
‘You’re saying a bunch of crap’: CNN host battles Trump adviser Mercedes Schlapp on mail-in voting
CNN's Brianna Keilar on Monday tangled with Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp on the issue of mail-in voting.
In an appearance on CNN, Schlapp opposed the idea of mail-in voting even though President Donald Trump had declared earlier in the day that "all" people should vote by mail in Florida.
Schlapp insisted that mail-in voting would lead to "fraud."
"It's statistically insignificant," Keilar pointed out. "It's not fraud, Mercedes. There is no evidence of fraud."