This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The firing of Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell for leading a one-man crusade against a gay college student, Chris Armstrong, featured; a statement from Shirvell attorney Philip Thomas against the liberal media quoted; details given about Shirvell's blog against Armstrong with examples quoted. [On CNN on September 28, SHIRVELL - explains his tactics as a private citizen about what Chris stands for.] [On CNN on September 29, Michigan attorney general Mike COX - explains why Shirvell is still employed: the First Amendment and Supreme Court cases protecting civil servants' free speech; admits Shirvell's actions are offensive, but "conduct unbecoming" is vague.] The earlier legal actions against Shirvell by Armstrong and his university and Shirvell's ties with Cox reviewed; a statement today from Cox quoted.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Armstrong attorney Deborah Gordon† and CNN's Jeffrey Toobin. [GORDON - says it is time for Shirvell to take responsibility; notes there is zero politics here; calls Shirvell a loose cannon; comments on the investigation of Shirvell by the attorney general's office; states Shirvell's behavior against Armstrong is inexplicable.] [TOOBIN - comments on the Shirvell firing and First Amendment rights.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier discussion held with CNN's Paul Carville and Erick Erickson about Paul's position on earmarks. [CARVILLE - says it looks life a reversal; notes Washington tends to absorb people who come in.] [ERICKSON - says Senator Mitch McConnell has said Republicans will not go for an earmark ban, but the idea is a big Tea Party idea.] A statement from Representative Spencer Bachus criticizing former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for costing the Republicans the Senate quoted. [ERICKSON - says he does not think the Republicans would have taken the Senate this year anyway, so Palin is not to blame.] [CARVILLE - comments on the "walking back."]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) An explanation from Paul's office about the "Wall Street Journal" on earmarks presented.
(Studio: Joe Johns) President Obama's support of India's bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council; the confrontation between White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and Indian officials over press restrictions on Obama's meeting with the prime minister; the investigation of BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the junk food diet experiment by a Kansas State professor in which he lost weight based on caloric intake reported.
(New York: Randi Kaye) Why the jury decided on the death penalty for the murders reviewed; Petit family photos and surveillance videos shown. ["In Session"'s Sunny HOSTIN- says the evidence was heinous; explains how Hayes could have decided not to be involved in the murders.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Hostin about the case; photos of Hayes shown. [HOSTIN - says Hayes is happy with the verdict and wants to die; comments on the appeals process in Connecticut, on the timetable for the trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky and on what Dr. Petit said about "closure."]
(Studio: Joe Johns) The testimony from Elizabeth Smart at the trial of Brian Mitchell for her 2002 kidnapping; the slander trial in Italy for convicted murderer Amanda Knox for defaming Italian police; how the White House has teamed up with monster.com about jobs and the dance by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in India reported; scenes shown of the Obamas boogieing.