Crime & Punishment

A Fair Trial?

Hi all. It's Cheryl Corley, sitting in Michel while she takes some time off.

After we went off the air, we learned that Tim Russert, the host of NBC's Sunday Talk Show "Meet the Press" had died of a heart attack while at work. It was a shock wave for our industry. Russert was a journalist who loved his job and what we do - reporting, investigating and talking to people. He was one of the country's best known political reporters on television and we join the rest of our industry in honoring his life and his commitment .

Today's show was a mix of politics, religion, and court rulings. For example, if you think everyone has a right to a legal hearing if they get arrested, it seems the Supreme Court agrees! Today, we talked about the court's 5-4 ruling giving detainees at Guantanamo Bay a right to challenge their detentions. Our two guests, Cully Stimson with the Heritage Foundation and Shane Kadidal at the Center for Constitutional Rights have decidedly different views on Guantanamo but they agree we're not likely to have a more pragmatic detention policy until there's a new administration.

How best to mix politics and religion, if poverty is the subject? That was the question for our three guests, Iman Malik Mujahid, Alexia Kelley and Reverend Kip Banks. They joined us to talk about the discussions being held between religious leaders and a congressional caucus over the country's priorities. They say religious leaders have a moral responsibility to make sure issues like poverty stay in the forefront of the political arena.

And it's Friday, so the Barbershop Guys had a lot to say about Barack Obama's "fight the smears" website, the big Spike Lee/Clint Eastwood argument over World War II movies, plus the squabble between our own Barbershop guy Ruben Navarrette and CNN's Lou Dobbs. Check it out.

And of course we heard from you, which we always love.

Have a great weekend. We'll talk more Monday.

Cheryl

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Tell Me More,
I applaud you & Cheryl Corley for doing the piece on Albinos that live in Tanzania. I had read the story & seen a video segment earlier in the week about the plight of the Albinos from another news source.

I was deeply moved & disturbed by the story, especially after I viewed the accompanying video with the piece. To think of being hunted down like an animal for your body parts, was beyound anything I could imagine,just because one is albino ! The story with the picture of the teenage girl that was killed, along with others Albinos haunted me all week, I could not shake the story & video from my mind.I was glad that "Tell Me More" picked up the piece to give voice to these young men & women.

Not only is the Sun an enemy, but their own country men. They are referred to as "zero" by other Tanzanians, because they feel they are nothing;but at the same time are prized for their body parts including their skin & hair, because of the belief that the parts bring good fortune. It made me think has the value of "Whiteness" so diseased the minds of these people, that they would kill others in their own community for a perceived value to bring them luck, was very distressing to me. Thank God, for Jakaya Kikwete becoming a member of parliament!! Again, Thank You for the story.

Sent by Robert H. | 3:42 AM | 6-14-2008

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