Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including the jury in the Michael Jackson trial; Michael Jackson fans outside the courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif.; Tom Sneddon, Santa Barbara County Prosecutor; Dr. John Thogmartin, Medical Examiner, Pinellas County, Fla., where Terri Schiavo died; Jay Cohn, cardiologist at the University of Minnesota, BiDil researcher; Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute; Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld; Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois.

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From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Unidentified Woman: We, the jury, in the above entitled case, find the defendant not guilty of a lewd act upon a minor child as charged in count two of the indictment dated June 13th, 2005.

(Soundbite of protesters)

Unidentified Man: MJ, innocent; MJ, innocent; MJ, innocent...

Mr. TOM SNEDDON (Santa Barbara County Prosecutor): I'm not going to look back and apologize for anything we've done. We did a very conscientious, thorough job, as did the sheriff's department investigating this case.

Dr. JON THOGMARTIN (Medical Examiner, Pinellas County, Florida): Her brain was profoundly atrophied. The brain weighed 615 grams, roughly half of the expected weight of a human brain. This damage was irreversible. And no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons.

Dr. JAY COHN (Cardiologist, University of Minnesota): We discovered that this drug therapy was remarkably effective in black patients and that led to the new trial, which has recently been completed, that showed the dramatic benefit of this drug combination in African-American patients with heart failure.

Dr. FRANCIS COLLINS (National Human Genome Research Institute): It would be wonderful to understand if there is a difference between response in dark-skinned vs. light-skinned individuals. What is that really all about? Because I bet it has nothing to do with their skin.

Secretary DONALD RUMSFELD (Department of Defense): The United States government, let alone the US military, does not want to be in the position of holding suspected terrorists any longer than is absolutely necessary. But as long as there remains a need to keep terrorists from striking again, a facility will continue to be needed.

Senator DICK DURBIN (Democrat, Illinois): If I read this to you and I did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis or Soviets and their Gulags or some mad regime.

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