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the u.s. ambassador to egypt become being the symbol of what critics say is obama's failed egypt policy. "newsroom" starts now. good morning. thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. happy fourth. what a better way to celebrate independence day than starting this hour with an amazing picture. lady liberty. she's back open this morning after being closed eight months. the huddled masses are coming back but they better come with tickets. passes to get into the crowd sold out until nid august. today's opening follows a massive restoration project that was completed one day before sandy hit and damaged liberty island. we'll have a live report for you in just a few minutes. in our nation's capital, washington gets set to host a huge birthday celebration. final preparations are under way
for the thousands ready to party on the national mall. the culmination of america's 237th birthday will be a gigantic 17-minute fireworks show that can be seen across washington and also in parts of virginia. cries of freedom and independence also echo is at a company scarred by chaos, corruption and confrontation. look at this picture. could be any city in america. right? columbus, ohio, memphis, tennessee, or phoenix, arizona -- but it is not. had this picture is from cairo, egy egypt. while we're celebrating independence day here in the united states, marked by fireworks an waving flags, on this july 4th, egyptians are focusing on their freedom. just hours after egypt's military toppled an unpopular government, it placed ousted president mohamed morsi under arrest. just a year ago morsi became the country's first democratically elected president and that creates a diplomatic minefield for washington. anti-american passions in egypt
already high, as you can see from this protest sign. targeting the u.s. ambassador of egypt, ann patterson. roughly translated, it calls her a nasty old woman. and future u.s. relations could be imperiled by another word. if washington labels the overthrow as a coup, it may be forced to cut off aid to egypt. so opposition leaders are tip toeing around that word coup as you'll hear in this testy exchange with cnn's anderson cooper. >> i must say there is a clear message that has to be delivered to the american media and to the united states administration -- you are do iing battle with the egyptian people. >> sir, i'm -- my job is not to do pr for you or anybody else. i'm not taking any sides here. we are talking about the use of the word coup. you clearly do not want to use that word. just because you don't want to use it doesn't mean i or the u.s. government doesn't get to
use it. this is what we debate in america. this is how our democracy works. i appreciate you being on and i appreciate i gave you plenty of time to voice your opinion. >> we'll talk more about that exchange. and also about the new political uncertainty that's looming over egypt and washington's important alliance with it. fareed zakaria is the editor at large of "time" magazine and host of fareed zakaria gps. we played that clip because protesters say, look, in egypt, democracy is at work. but here in america, if we don't like the leader of our country, we hold another election and we vote that leader out. you can't have it both ways. >> look. whatever they want to call it, it was a coup. a coup is the ouster of any democratically elected government by the military. this was military force, military decrees. look what's happened subsequent
to it? you've arrested the former president. many, many opposition leaders have been jailed. television stations have been shut down. now you can make the case that it is a coup that is going to lead to the restoration of genuine democracy, but in order to do that, what we now need to see are actions that suggest that. not that the shutting down of tv stations, but rather the restoration of individual rights, the writing of a better constitution, the scheduling of elections pretty soon. in other words, there is a path here where we could see this as a setback temporarily, but a restoration of genuine democracy. but so far we haven't seen anything other than arrests of muslim brotherhood leaders, shutting down of their tv stations. that's not a good sign. >> president obama released a statement about the situation in egypt and he did not call it a coup. can you explain to our viewers why? >> the legislation that
authorizes aid to any country in -- from the united states has within it a clause that says, "if a democratically elected government is removed by the military or by a military decree, all aid must stop." that means military aid, that means civilian aid, but it also means military to military contacts. so washington is clearly debating how to proceed with this. we in the media have an obligation to tell it straight. it is a coup. the question as to whether the u.s. government calls it that has certain legal implications so they are trying to not rush into it because i would trigger the cutting off of aid to egypt and as you know, that has larger implications because the aid to egypt is part of a package which egypt got when it made peace with israel. egypt is one of only two arab countries that have made peace with israel so that's the kind of hornet's nest that gets stirred if you use the word coup. >> wow. i want to talk a little bit
about the u.s. ambassador to egypt, ann patterson. protesters made it clear they do not like her in light of what happened in benghazi. how dangerous is it for patterson to remain in egypt? >> i don't think very dangerous. i don't think that those protests are -- these are not al qaeda type people who are trying to target her in any kind of violent sense. what they're saying is stop interfering in our democracy, don't be the puppet master behind egyptian democracy. it is not an accurate charge. she gave an interview in which she said military intervention was not the answer. this was few days ago. which perhaps, she should have just stayed silent but i think that the u.s. government thought this was a way of telling the military don't rush in to this. >> fareed zakaria, thanks for joining us this morning. don't miss "fareed zakaria gps,"
it airs sunday morning. george zimmerman getting a break this holiday as court is in recess but jurors will be back friday for emotional testimony from trayvon martin's mother and brother. yesterday the jury saw what's become a symbol of the tragic story of martin and george zimmerman -- the hoodie. jurors got to see the gray hoodie worn by testimony on the night he died with his tattered hole created by a single bullet. firearms analyst amy seaward saying just how close george zimmerman's gun came to the teenager's body. >> when you conducted the distance tests with the kel tec pistol and the hooded sweatshirt, what did you determine about the distance between the muzzle of the gun and the material at the time the gun was discharged? >> the closing displayed residues and physical effects >> meaning the muzzle -- or the
end of the barrel of the gun was up against the sweatshirt when it was fired? >> correct. >> another dramatic moment -- the gun. a 9 millimeter glock. the witness showed the jury how to cock the gun in open court. >> i'll use my left just so you can see. >> it is certainly an attention grabber but doesn't it matter. a criminal defense attorney joins me now. good morning. so, it was emotional just to see the symbols of this trial, the hoodie with the bullet hole through it and this gun, this 9 millimeter glock. but in the end, will it matter? >> the forensic evidence that we heard yesterday doesn't really prove the prosecution's case. it doesn't show when george zimmerman shot trayvon martin. what it does do though is it
helps the prosecution prove that some of the things that george zimmerman is saying about that incident may not be true so it goes to the credibility of george zimmerman's statements that we heard earlier in the week. so i think it helps the prosecution in that regard. >> are you specifically talking about they found no prints from trayvon martin on george zimmerman's gun, and he said at least one time that martin actually tried to grab his gun. i'm talking about zimmerman, obviously. but there are no fingerprints on the gun. >> right. i think you would expect some fingerprints or at least some dna showing that trayvon martin had his hand on some part of gun if what george zimmerman said back then was true and we can't show that at this point. >> so testimony is set to resume tomorrow. for the first time it probably will be very emotional because trayvon martin's mother will take the stand. you got to believe that that 911 call will be played again in court and trayvon's mom will say from the stand that's my baby. >> it is going to be very powerful, very emotional
testimony. but my question is, is it enough? will it be persuasivive most jurors expect the victim's mother to come in and say great things about her son and certainly try to put a spin on the case as much she can. jurors will expect that. i wonder what jurors have already made up their mind. they've heard so much evidence and almost every prosecution witness has at least been neutralized, if not completely turned into a defense witness by these lawyers. if you're george zimmerman, i think are you feeling pretty good right now. >> page, you'll come back at the half-hour and have more discussion about trayvon martin's mother taking the stand. there is new evidence found in the murder case against aaron hernandez and it is shock. a flop house, a man who faces charges in the case told police about an apartment. a condo hernandez leased. a search of that apartment turned up .45 caliber ammunition. hernandez is charged with murder
in the shooting death of his friendodon pleaded not guilty. the yarnell fire is now 45% contained after burning 8,500 acres. firefighters believe they'll have the blaze fully contained in about a week. fallen firefighters will be remembered at a memorial service tuesday in prescott. an ohio woman lucky to be alive after a 20-foot-deep sinkhole opened up in toledo and literally swallowed her car. fire crews were called in to help rescue the woman. she was not injured. police believe a broken water main caused the sinkhole. it is a tale of weather extremes for you on this fourth of july holiday. the southwest remains dry and blistery hot but much of the united states is getting drenched by damaging storms creating hazardous travel conditions and putting a damper on fireworks displays. meteorologist chat meyers joins us live from new york and i know a lot of firework celebrations are canceled here in atlanta. >> carol, why do i have to come
to new york to be on your show? they're still separating us. you ever notice that? vy to fly 2,000 miles to be on your show. rain in atlanta. we have the big peachtree road waist going on right now. it is raining everywhere. a lot of things are canceled in the deep south because of the flooding. 14 inches of rainfall in inlet beach, florida, yesterday. in 24 hours there was 14 inches of rain. it is still raining there this afternoon and tonight. big cities, boston, 94. that sounds great. the problem is the humidity will be about 60% and it will feel like 103. new york will feel like 99. d.c., the same. it will feel like 75 and it will be 75 in atlanta. boston to atlanta, it is going to feel 29 degrees -- 28 degrees warmer up there in boston than in atlanta, georgia for the fourth of july. out west it is still going to be hot and dry. vegas, winner at 114. 111 in scottsdale.
something else you get whether it gets so hot in the mountains, can you get thunderstorms. carol, this is hail. they had to use the plows -- this is santa rosa, new mexico. they got plows out to move the hail away from the thunderstorms that we had yesterday out there. just randomness all over the country. >> that's just wrong! >> i know. >> chad, thanks so much. it is great to see you. call it a special birthday gift to america on this fourth of july. lady liberty reopens after much of its island was damaged by sandy. just minutes ago the very first ferry began arriving at liberty island. pamela brown is there for the special celebration. good morning! >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. just awe inspiring to be out here at the statue of liberty on this independence day. you see here behind me the sun is illuminating this patriotic symbol of freedom. there is a crowd pouring in here to liberty island. they are the first visitors here in eight months, ever since super storm sandy hammered
liberty island. 15,000 people all together expected to make their way to liberty island today. lady liberty is once again ready to face the masses yearning for a closer look at one of america's most iconic figures. >> it is a big thing in new york. one of the things we were looking most forward to seeing. >> it lit the way for to us have a better life and it is important for my children to see and experience that. >> reporter: hurricane sandy forced lady liberty's closing just a day after her 126th anniversary. while the statue itself emerged unstated, storm surge socked almost three-quarters of liberty island leaving bricks ripped up, docks destroyed and debris everywhere. adding insult to injury, the statue had just re-opened the day before the storm after a year of renovations. cnn got rare access inside for the re-opening, all the way to her crown. the trek up a steep 377-step
narrow spiral staircase leads to spectacular views high above new york's har bow. the 305-foot tall statue was a gift from france symbolizing the friendship between the two countries and their shared love of liberty. dedicated in 1886 after ten years of construction, more than 3 1/2 million people worldwide flock here every year. park officials worked around the clock to make sure the island reopened just in time for this independence day. >> coming here and seeing visitors from all over the world standing out in front with tears in their eyes or excite because she's not only our statue of liberty, she's the world's statue of liberty. >> reporter: people from all over the world will be visiting the statue of liberty today. the crowds are already starting to pour in here. now even though liberty island is reopened as of today, there is still a lot of construction taking place here. it is still a work in progress.
but officials really wanted to make sure that the statue was open to the public today on independence day and we're told, carol, no surprise here, that all the tickets for today are sold out to the statue of liberty. again, 15,000 people making their way here today. back to you. >> that is such a beautiful shot. pamela brown, thank you so much for bringing that to us on this fourth of july. we'll have much more in the "newsroom" on the fourth. we'll be right back. i'm here in afghanistan. i just want to say happy fourth of jufl to my grandma, betty blanchard, my mom kimberly parker, my best friend keasha flanders, my daughter senai harrison and my brother montel jones and all my family. love you. the great outdoors...
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top stories at 19 minutes past the hour -- egypt has a new leader this morning. adli mansour has been sworn in as interim president. comes a day after the military deposed president mohamed morsi but the move isn't being called a coup just yet by the u.s. government. if this is labored a coup, then the united states would have to cut off the billions of dollars in aid it sends to egypt. bolivian president has some harsh words for the united states after his presidential jet was delayed in europe because of rumors nsa leaker edward snowden was on-board. morales said the u.s. would never be able to intimidate or scare bolivia.
then called on european countries to liberate themselves from the empeerialism of the americans. snowden was not on the plane. as far as we know he is still in the moscow airport. he's applied for asylum in 21 countries, including bolivia. the u.s. postal service photographed every single piece of mail processed in the united states. it is not known how long the government keeps those images. you might want to grab an umbrella on the way to watch fireworks. much of the eastern part of the country could see some rain today, stretching from alabama to pennsylvania is expected to bring several. of rain. andy murray moves on to tomorrow's men's semi-finals at wimbledon after surviving a scare. murray dropped the first two sets of his match before storming back to be win the next three and advance to the next round. murray is trying to become the first brit to win the men's
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ammunition and a sweatshirt matching a sweatshirt hernandez was seen wearing the night odon lloyd died. cnn's deborah fair ic deborah f through those hours. >> reporter: the murder took place just off this busy street. many use this air a yas a shot cut. this is less than a quarter mile if you draw a straight line to his home. you'd have to circle around -- >> without a doubt, less than a quarter of a mile. >> reporter: jay's lived in this area for 25 years. he knows a lot of people and asked we not use his last name. he showed us the surveillance cameras at this corner gas station which prosecutors say spotted the nfl player's rented silver nissan around 3:20 a.m. monday morning, seconds after it turned off i-95. prosecutors say hernandez and two friends had driven 64 miles round trip to dorchester to pick up odon lloyd.
they turned down this road through an industrial park and businesses monitored by surveillance cameras. so at this point he's getting nervous. >> i would say right about here is where he got the text. >> reporter: right about here he sends a final text to his sister at 3:23 a.m. telling her he is with nfl, his nickname for hernandez, "just so you know," he texts. >> right here is -- >> when he fell. >> -- they shot two more times, hit him in both sides of his chest. >> reporter: jay says he saw the crime shocene short laf prly af processed. >> the tarp was here, the red carp there. it was rectangular in shape leading one to believe that the body was this way. >> clearly it would be the size of a human. >> correct. >> reporter: the car drove into the pit at 3:23, according to prosecutors. cameras show the car leaving about four minutes later at 3:27
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good morning. thanks so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. it is 29 minutes past the hour. in the news this morning -- millions of egyptians are celebrating their own form of independence just hours after toppling an unpopular heavy-handed government. the military has placed ousted president mohamed morsi under house arrest. just a year ago morsi became egypt's first democratically elected president. cnn's ian lee is in cairo where yesterday's massive crowds have thinned. good morning, ian. >> good morning. yesterday's crowds were quite celebratory. i want to paint a picture for you. last night when they announced that the army was taking power from former president mohamed morsi, tahrir square erupted
with cheers. also fireworks that looked somewhat like the fourth of july all over cairo, fireworks shooting up into the air. people celebrating on the ground. you saw people waving flags, driving their cars around, playing music. quite celebratory atmosphere. something i haven't seen before. we also saw police officers waving flags and dancing in the street. a lot of people celebrating, but also people very angry at the pro-morsi rallies. they say they felt cheated and they felt that their legitimate leader had been removed illegally. >> ian, what happens now with the government? there's an interim leader that is been put into place. will egypt hold new elections? >> reporter: so the interim government, we have a new president now, adli mansour. his job is going to be to create an interim government of te technocrats to solve some of the
economic and security issues. buttal el abtasked with getting a new constitution together. after that we expect president lengths and parliament elections, really a clean slate for egypt and the now new president has said that this new election will respect the egyptian people's will and also the january 25th, 2011 revolution that ousted president hosni mubarak. he says those new elections will honor that revolution as well. >> ian lee reporting live from cairo, this morning. other top stories this morning -- senator john mccain is in afghanistan. the senator arrived overnight in kabul for an unannounced july 4th visit. he's expected to meet with u.s. troops, of course. mccain's visit comesa alt u.s. prepares to draw down forces in afghanistan. a 22-year-old man facing charges after police say he tried to defraud the one fund boston. that's the group raising cash
for victims of the marathon bombings. the man claimed his aunt lost two limbs in the bombing which could have qualified him to receive more than $2 million. prosecutors say aunt had been dead for a decade and the man had faked doctor's letters in his application. a listeria outbreak may have killed one person and sickens four others. fda says the outbreak is linked to a cheese distributed by crate brothers farmstead classics in wisconsin. more information including safety tips at cnn.com/health. now to your holiday weather. it's still very hot and dry in the west. boy, are we getting drenched in the southeast, chad. it is nasty. >> you have a conveyor belt now from the gulf of mexico. it is right over atlanta, right over asheville, nashville, knoxville, and on up even into columbus, cincinnati and pittsburgh today. if you look at where this conveyor belt was earlier in the week, it was from florida right on up into new york city and into boston. it's just been pounding with
rainfall. at least five. inches of rain in some spots. the pattern has moved to the east now so the pattern goes down, it grabs the jet stream, goes down and picks up moisture. as it turns the storms up here, the conveyor belt is now to the west. right over atlanta. mississippi. alabama. indiana and into ohio. what that does, that allows the heat to be in the east. the heat to be in the west. i put not as hot because it is going to be like 114 instead of 119. can you tell the difference? but at least it is still not as hot. that's a truthful statement. it is just not very helpful. here's the rain are you dealing with now. there are runners out there in the peachtree trying to get through this. it's just wet, flooding all over the place. you may want to call ahead to see whether your fireworks will even go off tonight. many fireworks across the south are canceled because of wetness.
fireworks across the west are canceled because of the dryness and they just don't even want to put a firework in the sky in case it hits the ground and starts a fire. vegas today, 115 to 117. even if you get to death valley. we were 127 by saturday we're 1 20. congratulations, you're only going to be 120. carol? >> but it is a dry heat! >> yeah. except for phoenix where it is not right now with these monsoon rains that are going to come in today. they'll be fine. a brief recess in the george zimmerman trial. but when court resumes tomorrow, jurors will likely hear from a very powerful witness -- trayvon martin's mother. we'll discuss that next. how'd you d9 out of 10.iz today? 9 out of ten? that's great. ♪
after a series of witnesses, detectives and forensic evidence, the state of florida is preparing to rest its case against george zimmerman. until now, we haven't seen a whole lot of strong, emotional testimony. but that could certainly change tomorrow when trayvon's mother is expected to take the stand. here's what she said to anderson cooper last march shortly after trayvon martin's death. >> you've heard the 911 call where you hear somebody calling out help. do you believe that is your son's voice? >> yes, i do. i believe that's trayvon martin. that's my baby's voice. every mother knows their child.
and that's his voice. >> joining me now, page pate, a criminal defense attorney. jason johnson is an hln contributor and chief political correspondent for politics 365 and a political science professor at hiram college. tanya miller is a former prosecutor. good morning to all of you. so, so we saw trayvon martin's mother. and certainly that's probably what she's going to be like on the stand tomorrow. how powerful will that be, page? >> i think it is going to be very powerful. i think the jury expects to hear a lot of things about trayvon martin. i think the jury will then start to connect with trayvon martin. i really think though this type of a witness may have been better for the prosecution earlier in the case. go ahead and get the jury thinking about who this person is, this life that we have lost. i think that would really have focused them in more on the prosecution's case. but regardless of when it happens, it is going to be powerful. >> tanya, would you think they would have put trayvon martin's mom on the stand right after they played the 911 call at
trial. >> i would have put his mom on the stand first thing. you're lucky as a prosecutor when you have the ability to put the victim's mother or family member on the stand because oftentimes they don't have any legally relevant testimony to give the jury. in this case, the mother does have legally relevant testimony. i would have started with the mom, start strong always. >> jason, what do you think? >> i completely agree but i think what's also more telling is how does the defense react to having a mom? you can't really cross examine a mother. she's going to have to tell stories, i heard trayvon screaming once when he skinned his knee helping his younger brother. i think the defense should just leave it alone. there are five mothers on this jury. >> page, if it's don west, the defense attorney, he won't leave it alone. i can see him cross examining trayvon martin's mom. >> someone needs to chain him to
the chair. if the mother gets on the stand and testifies as we expect she will, you won't make any points with that witness. you don't cross examine that witness. make the jury realize this is mr. martin's mother, you respect that, i'm not going to go up there and confront him, i can't gain any traction from that, no cross compassion examination ise best cross examination. >> before the show we were thinking about what was the biggest moment in these eight days of trial. because the prosecution will probably rest tomorrow. so in your mind, jason, what was the strongest, most compelling moment? >> the most compelling moment brought me back to the opening statement when john guy said, you will hear in george zimmerman's own word that he killed trayvon martin. when they played the interview tape with detective serino and zimmerman heard the 911 tape, he says that doesn't sound like me screaming. if you don't hear your own voice screaming, then the screaming stops when you shoot? it means you shot a guy that was calling for help. >> i agree.
i think that was huge but i think the biggest moment for the state so far has been that forensic evidence. the dna evidence that was not there. no zimmerman blood on trayvon martin's sweatshirt. no zimmerman blood under trayvon martin's nails. no forensic evidence connecting trayvon martin to that gun. so all of these things are discrediting what george zimmerman has said about that fight and that's very good for the prosecution. >> all that's important but for the defense, let me tell you, the critical thing, when serino said he believed george zimmerman. now i know the judge has said jury disregard that fact, but it has not left their minds. when you have a law enforcement officer, someone you expect to be objective, someone jurors trust, say i talk to him, i did my job, and i believe him. that's very powerful. >> so many of the prosecution's witnesses kind of turned into defense witnesses. you have to wonder after the state rests its case tomorrow, who will the defense call? >> boy, that's a tough call. you always wait to the very end of the state's case to make that
decision. have you your client, george zimmerman, could testify. don't think you put him on at this point. jury's already heard his statement. you've got his story out there through these other prior interviews he's given. i'm not sure. maybe they have other people to talk about george zimmerman, to talk about the facts. but if things are going the way they have been, i think as a defense lawyer you simply rest. >> well, you could put members of george zimmerman's family on the stand. >> sure, you could. >> and i think that actually would be helpful. >> it's helpful if they can speak to what kind of person he is. but i don't know at this particular point if that's going to matter. i thought that the college professor yesterday was probably the nicest advocate for george zimmerman's character that you can put out there. this guy was a good student, seemed like a regular guy, the best friend says he was a nice person. if you start bringing out zimmerman's parents and wife and everything else like that, everyone believes they're going to say nice things. that's not as moving. >> but still, it makes george zimmerman perhaps more human because -- i don't know, the jury really only knows him as
the guy who shot trayvon martin and the guy who might have been a wannabe cop and overzealous. they don't really know him as a warm human being. >> he doesn't look very warm in the courtroom. i think this demehis demeanor h helped him in this process at all. i disagree a little bit with page. they need to put george zimmerman on the stand because the prosecution effectively through the introduction of all of those statements that george zimmerman has given in this case, they have shown that his version of events is contradictory, it's implausible and it doesn't comport -- >> i don't agree with that at all. i think he's been pretty consistent actually zblep has major inconsistencies. >> calling him as a witness, how is that going to clang? then you get to see the prosecution confront him with all these inconsistencies. he's squirming on the stand. how are you going to get around some of the things that he said that aren't clearly inconsistent? i don't think you put him through that. as a defense lawyer you don't just have to think, well, this witness will benefit me in one, two, three different ways.
i also have to be concerned about cross examination. if they trip my witness up in cross examination that's very damaging. >> we have to end it there. it will be interesting testimony tomorrow, that's for sure. i know you two will be back tomorrow. we enjoyed having you, tanya. please come back. in just 15 minutes, i'll talk to the attorney for one of the trial's most memorable witnesses, rachel jeantel. his name is rod vereen. he'll join me in the 10:00 a.m. eastern hour. also this morning -- egypt celebrates and the world shudders. why the government overthrow may start hitting your wallet.
protest sign in cairo calling her a nasty old woman. the state department has ordered all non-essential diplomats to leave egypt, but for now patterson will remain in the country. we have new details about the american family missing at sea off the coast of new zealand. new zealand officials have released an unsent text message found in a satellite phone system. june 4th message reads, in part "storm sail shredded last night. will update course info," end quote. transmission is important because it could help search teams determine where the boat was when that message was sent. congratulations are in order for kerry washington. "scandal" star got married in a june 24th ceremony in idaho. according to e news. publicists for the couple told cnn they do not comment on their client's price of lives. weather putting a damper on some fourth of july fun. rain in the forecast for much of
the eastern part of the united states. parts of the florida panhandle saw 13 inches of rain yesterday and could see another six inches today. if you're on the road this holiday weekend, gassing up for the trip will probably cost you more than it did last year. u.s. oil prices have surged to a 14-month high, thanks, in part, to the political uncertainly in egypt. alison kosik is tracking that story from new york. good morning. >> good morning, carol. the interesting thing about watching these oil prices go higher, because of egypt, is that egypt is not a big oil producer. it doesn't export oil. but, it does control the suez canal and that's a major choke point for the flow of oil coming from the mideast and going to the rest of the world. more than 4 million barrels of oil move through that canal every day. here's the worry. the worry is that egypt could close it and cause a huge oil delivery disruption. but reality is, it is unlikely because the suez as a transportation hub is a big revenue source for egypt. it brought in more than $5 billion a year. the canal in fact stayed open
throughout the uprising back in 2011. as far as oil prices go, you look at oil prices now. they've gone up 16% over the past two months. they closed above $101 a barrel yesterday at the highest levels since april 2012. part of the reason you are seeing those prices go up are egypt and worries about what's happening in egypt, spilling over into other mideast countries. but you look at the longer term, it is about a stronger u.s. economy. that's good, because a better economy means americans are going to use more oil. that is kind of the up side to seeing oil prices move a bit higher. carol? >> so let's talk about the possible downside. what does it mean for gas prices? >> that means we're going to be paying more. so expect to pay more for gas this july 4th compared to last year. at $3.48 a gallon verse us $3.3a gallon a year ago. prices yesterday ended a 21-day streak of increases. aaa prices hit summer lows about this time in 2011, 2012.
but the problem is, expect to see prices start to climb. >> okay. well, at least you warned coming up in the newsroom, in the courtroom he sits just a few feet away from george zimmerman. no one is more associated with zimmerman than his attorney, mark o'mara. we'll take a closer look at the face of the defense when we come back. if you're living with moderate to severe crohn's disease, and it feels like your life revolves around your symptoms, ask your gastroenterologist about humira adalimumab. humira has been proven to work for adults who have tried other medications but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief, and many achieved remission. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lymphoma, or other types of cancer, have happened. blood, liver and nervous system problems,
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in a courtroom in sanford, florida, all eyes are on mark o'mara, this long-time florida lawyer is charged with defending george zimmerman. o'mara is the lead defense attorney in a trial the entire nation is watching, so just who is he? george howell digs deep to find out. >> reporter: he's been described as brilliant, a tactician, hallmarks of a skillful trial attorney. >> if we were to take pathological liar off the table for the purpose of this next question, you think he was telling the truth? >> yes. >> there's always one more thing. >> reporter: mark o'mara, in the spotlight like never before, defending a man once described as the most hated man in america, george zimmerman. o'mara's resume is long, nearly three decades of lawyering experience, mostly as a family attorney operating out of the
small unassuming bungalow in orlando, but o'mara was also a prosecutor, handling everything from petty crimes to death penalty cases. outside the courtroom, mark o'mara leads a quiet personal life. a native new yorker from queens, raised catholic, he says his biggest inspiration was his father, a world war ii veteran who later raised five children on a fireman's salary. o'mara married his wife jen later in life. they are often seen riding on his harley together. they have no children. he's a big fan of his law school alma mater, florida state, and an avid sports fan. o'mara loves dogs, seen here in this youtube video with his german shepherd, timber. he has also skills too, clocking time as a legal pundit during the casey anthony trial. >> we bring in our legal expert mark o'mara. pretty good cross section, ages
all over the place. >> i don't think there's any argument this is not a cross sectioned jury. >> reporter: a friend is quoted as saying o'mara doesn't mind taking on those kinds of cases that come with media scrutiny, like he did in 2004 when he defended a man accused of killing a nurse with his car while trying to evade police. facing second-degree murder, but was later convicted of a lesser charge, dui manslaughter. it's a good thing o'mara doesn't mind the bright lights, because right now there's no trial more in the public glare than that of george zimmerman. george howell, cnn, sanford, florida. coming up in the newsroom, the boston celtics dip into the college ranks to pick a successor to doc rivers. bleacher report coming your way next. with the fidelity american express credit card, every purchase earns you 2% cash back, which is deposited in your fidelity account. is that it? actually... there's no annual fee and no limits on rewards.
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13-0, andy scholes. >> we're going to talk about this boston celtics coaching search, because it was a pretty big deal. no one saw this coming. it had been a pretty quiet search. celtics didn't tip their hand in what they were going to do, then they announced butler's brad stevens would, in fact, be their next head coach. stevens has no nba experience, but he is considered one of the game's brightest and up and coming coaches. after leading butler in 2010 and 2011, he had multiple offers to coach a bigger program, but stevens would decline those offers, however, a chance to coach the boston celtics, too good to pass up. stevens will sign a six-year deal worth $22 million. he will be introduced tomorrow. there are plenty of fourth of july traditions taking place around the country today, one is the 44th running of the peach tree road race through the streets of atlanta, largest 10k race in the world.
more than 70,000 people register each year, but only 60,000 are selected to run in the race. participants dealing with wet conditions today. kenyan won the women's, congrats to everyone who participated in this year's race. the dodger's young phenom experienced the highs and lows of sports yesterday, named the n.l. rookie of the month and player of the month. last year against the rockies, great catch, slamming into the wall here, but he would bruise his left hip on the play. he had to leave the game. an inning later, he's now considered day-to-day. now, carol, to your favorite story of the day. no pitcher in baseball is hotter right now than the tigers' max scherzer. came in last night with a record of 12-0, but as any pitcher will tell you, you're only as good as your defense. check out the catch from austin ja jackson. that saved at least one run.
scherzer improves to 13-0. he's the first pitcher to do that since roger clemens back in 1986. if you remember, clemens went on to win the mvp that year and i would say scherzer is on track this year, just like verlander a couple years ago, win the mvp and the cy young. >> wouldn't that be fantastic? you know he has two different color eyes. >> he's a pretty interesting guy to look at. kind of not know which eye to look at. >> it is strange to talk to him. one is very dark brown and the other is very light. he's a terrific guy, too. andy scholes, thank you so much. i really enjoyed that, as you can tell. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com happening now in the newsroom, happy birthday, america, and what a gift to the country. the statue of liberty back open this morning after being closed since sandy. plus, sinkhole survival, a 60-year-old woman being rescued from a 20-foot-deep sinkhole
that opened up and swallowed her entire car. also, what can arguably be the symbol of the george zimmerman trial, trayvon martin's hoodie front and center in the sanford courtroom. and chaos in cairo from half a world away to the front steps of the white house amid protests and power grabs, the u.s. ambassador to egypt becoming the symbol of the u.s. failed egypt policy. "newsroom" starts now. good morning. thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello and happy fourth of july. cries of freedom and independence also echoing in a country scarred by chaos, corruption, and distrust. take a look at that picture. it could be any picture in america, but it's not. it's cairo, egypt. just hours after egypt's military toppled an unpopular
government, it placed mohammed morsi under arrest. a year ago morsi became the country's first democratically elected president and that creates a diplomatic minefield for washington. diplomatic passions in egypt already high as you can see this sign targeting the u.s. ambassador to egypt, ann patterson. and future u.s. relations could be in peril by another word. if washington labels a coup, it may be forced to cut off aid to egypt, so opposition leaders are tiptoeing that word, coup, as you'll hear in this testy exchange with cnn's anderson cooper. >> i must say, there is a clear message that has to be delivered to the american media, you're doing a hell of a bad p.r. with the egyptian people, you're aligning yourself -- >> sir, i'm not a p.r. -- sir, my job is not to do p.r. for you or anybody else. i'm not taking any sides here,
we're talking about the use of the word coup. just because you don't want to use it doesn't mean i don't get to use it or the u.s. government doesn't get to use it. this is how we debate in america and how our democracy works. i gave you plenty of time to voice your opinion. >> the overthrow in egypt poses daunting challenges for the obama administration, because of that word coup, because president obama, athena jones, isn't exactly calling what happened in egypt a coup either. >> that's right, carol. he's given a carefully worded statement after his meeting yesterday with the national security team. he said that the president is -- excuse me. he said that the president is -- >> no worries, take your time and put it on and start over and i'm going to talk until you get your microphone on. i'm telling you, athena, it's happened more than once, but it's embarrassing and people get over it and people like you more for being a human being, at least that's what i always hope.
let's go back to the white house. hi, athena. i understand the president is not calling what happened in egypt a coup. >> reporter: that's right, the president met yesterday with his national security team and after that he released a statement saying they are deeply concerned with the decision by the military in egypt to oust morsi and suspend the constitution and went on in that statement to say, i now call on the egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of president morsi and his supporters. of course, we know now from the muslim brotherhood, from morsi supporters, that the former president is under house arrest, but this is one interesting word here, not just what the president was saying, not only said there should be a democratically elected government in place, but he didn't say the democratically
elected government, meaning the government of morsi, but a democratically elected government. that's one choice of words and the other is coup. the president did not call this a coup. under u.s. law in the instance of a military coup, the aid to egypt, we're talking about $1.5 billion in aid a year, might have to be cut off. and so the president did say that they are looking at the law on this and so this is one of the things they are going to be monitoring. carol? >> athena jones reporting live from the white house this morning. there is renewed hope in the search for madeline mckhan, remember her, the girl who disappeared while on a family vacation in portugal in 2007. that's the cute little girl. british authorities are now launching their own investigation and they have now identified nearly 40 suspects across europe. atika schubert is following the story from london. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, this is a very significant development. british police announced they are looking to talk to 38 people
across europe, but including in that list, 12 uk nationals that are believed to have been in portugal at the time that she disappeared. they say they've gone with portuguese police over 30,000 documents. they've made 16 visits to portugal, and this is why they've reopened the investigation. they believe they are making some headway on that. one of the most interesting things about the statement that's come out from british police is this quote from andy redwood, he said, quote, we continue to believe that there is a possibility that madeline is alive, and they have put out a while ago actually an age-progressed picture of madeline mccann as she would look today, she would be 9 years old. >> do they have any sense of whether she might be alive or dead? >> reporter: at this point they are open to that possibility, and there's been a tireless campaign by her parents, kate and jerry mccann.
they've really kept this investigation going, and this is definitely good news for them to see this case being reopened. >> atika reporting live from london this morning, thank you. the trial of george zimmerman set to resume tomorrow morning after taking a recess for the fourth of july holiday. among the highlights yesterday, testimony from captain alexis carter, who taught george zimmerman in a class on criminal justice at seminole state college. >> what sort of things you addressed as it relates to the law in self defense in florida. >> you know, in florida and other states, they have what's called the stand your ground law, which evolved from the castle doctrine through case law. >> and did you cover that specifically? >> yes. >> did you discuss specifically self defense and stand your ground laws in the connection of violent crimes such as murder? >> yes. >> the prosecution is expected
to rest its case tomorrow with the defense ready to take over among their potential witnesses, a forensic expert and members of george zimmerman's family. also tomorrow we're expecting the prosecution to put on trayvon martin's mother and then to play that 911 call in the courtroom and then we expect trayvon's mother to identify the screams on that tape as those of her son. one of the more memorable witnesses from the trial so far is the friend of trayvon martin who was the last one to speak to him before he died. rachel faced a lot of scrutiny since her testimony on the stand because of her demeanor. >> and then we met again the next month. >> no, we met again that friday. when you did not want to interview me, that friday. >> how much more time do you think that you need to finish your cross? >> well, i certainly wouldn't -- i don't know for sure. i would think we should plan on
at least a couple of hours. >> what? >> so, today we're digging a little -- >> maybe if you decided to assault george zimmerman, he didn't want you to know about it. >> that's real retarded, sir. >> i'm sorry? >> that's real retarded to do that, sir, when you don't know the person, trayvon did not know him. >> as i was saying, today we're digging a little deeper into rachel's story with a man that's come to know her well in recent weeks, rachel jeantel's attorney joins me live from miami. welcome, sir. >> thank you for having me, good morning. >> how did rachel come to need an attorney? >> well, i was contacted by an old high school class friend of mine, classmate of mine, who actually was a homicide detective for miami-dade police department and she retired and works with the church that was assisting rachel with getting her clothes and things she needed in order to take the trip to sanford, florida. she had been having contact with
rachel and members of the church believe that rachel did not understand the magnitude she was involved with and would need someone to help her and assist her and understand the dynamics of a courtroom and what she was going to be exposed to once she gets there. they reached out to me and i agreed to assist her. >> what did you tell her, because a lot of people say it appears she was totally uncoached. >> well, i was not going to talk with her with regard to what she was going to testify about. i had not spoken with the prosecutors in the case and did not understand at that time what their strategy was going to be with regard to what they were going to try to elicit from rachel, so i was not going to coach her in testifying. my advice to rachel was just go on the stand, tell the truth, tell it like it was, do not embellish, do not fabricate any evidence. do not fabricate your testimony, and just answer the questions as they are posed to you and try to keep a calm demeanor. she did not understand there was going to be two different dynamics with regard to how she
was going to be questioned, meaning the prosecution, she was the prosecution's witness, was going to ask her questions and they were not going to be hostile towards her, but she did not understand until she appeared in the deposition with mr. west that they were going to be very hostile towards her on the cross-examination, and so what the folks are seeing displayed at the trial was her emotions coming out, because she had already experienced mr. west before, so she already had a disdain for him, as he had for her, so her emotions got the best of her on the first day. she had a chance to calm down overnight so what they saw was a different rachel the next day and she answered the questions in a different manner than the first day. >> there has been so much said about rachel jeantel, much of it not very kind. people are calling her all kinds of names. have you talked with her recently, how is she handling this? >> i speak with rachel at least two to three times a day. we never discuss her testimony, of course. she's aware of what's being said
about her in the media. she reads the blogs, she reads, you know, her twitter. she reads facebook, but she does not comment with regard to what they are saying about her. she takes it all in stride. she's a 19-year-old kid. she was raised, essentially, you know, in an urban america -- >> people are calling her illiterate, worse than that, and it's not all coming from the white community. it's also coming from the african-american community. >> and that's what i find the most depressing about what's being said about her. you know, sometimes you can say, well, i can expect it from white america or hispanic america, but you don't expect it from black america. they have been very, very mean towards rachel. >> give me an example. give me an example. >> well, i was listening to a radio broadcast the other day, there was some town hall meeting that was supposed to be taking place in miami. you had one doctor, psychiatrist or psychologist who had never met with rachel and he sits
there and says it's clearly obvious she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, which i find offensive. other individuals talked about her hair. lolo jones, the olympic star, came out and said based on the way she appeared and acted in court that she's going to burn the dvds of her testimony and sell it as madea goes to court. i find that offensive. these are adults that are doing this, not teenagers making these comments, these are adults that should know better. you can't help ignorance. they decide they want to come across and be that way, they'll have to face the music when the time comes. as many individuals that have come out against her, there's twice as many coming out in her favor. she was courageous, she was brave, her testimony was unadulterated, it was raw, emotional, and gave it to them exactly how she knew it. this is one of the reasons, carol, that individuals do not want to come out and, you know,
testify about things they see, especially in the black community where crime is rampant. >> but you can understand, she was supposed to be the prosecution's star witness, she was supposed to make the case, she was the last person to speak to trayvon martin when he was alive, and a lot of people think that she just made it worse. >> well, i disagree with that, because this is not a one-witness case. if it was, this trial would have been over a long time ago, and she is not the end all of all with regard to, you know, what a jury's going to believe when they go to deliberate over the testimony that has been given in the trial. what rachel's testimony and the reason why rachel's testimony is so important, she is the witness that takes that jury out of the jury box and takes them on the path that trayvon martin took up until the point where he is accosted by george zimmerman and then eventually is killed by mr. zimmerman. so, her testimony was really important with regard to what was taken place before the
encounter, what did trayvon martin relate to her about the encounter, and what she said was the absolute truth. i mean, she said she's on the phone with trayvon while he's walking, it all of a sudden starts to rain, he goes and stands by the mail port. at that point, he relates to her that there's some creepy guy who's watching him. she says, he might be a rapist, you better run. trayvon martin starts running. >> let me interrupt and ask you, then, because she didn't just call -- she didn't just say creepy. we all know what she said. she said cracker, too, then when questioned by don west, she said it wasn't a racial term and she was attacked by many factions of, you know, about that. has she rethought that, have you talked to her about the use of that word? >> well, first of all, i cannot talk with her about her testimony. >> oh, that's right. >> okay. but listen, this is the vernacular that's used by these kids today. it may not be flattering, which it's not. it may come across racist, and
here's the thing about it, she related in her testimony, not only did he use the word, you know, creepy ass cracker, but she also said he used the word on two occasions. this is the language people are using today. we as folks on the outside as adults looking at this testimony say this is racist. these are the words that they are using. if she wanted to sanitize that, she could have easily sanitized trayvon martin's statements, but she didn't. she was asked under oath and she gave the testimony as she recalls it under oath. so we had to accept it for what it is. you did not say this to -- >> just the last question, because i'm going to have to wrap this up soon, just the last question, the relationship between rachel and trayvon martin. i'd just like you to tell people what that relationship was and why rachel was so drawn to trayvon martin. >> as she expressed to me, she and trayvon martin shared a group of friends, and those
friends were often congregate over at her house and that's when she had met trayvon martin again and they began to associate with each other. and as i had said before, trayvon martin was one of the guys that essentially took her in, because as she said, she kept it real. and trayvon martin kept it real. he did not tease her about anything, you know, as you see some folks want to tease her about the way she wears her hair, the way she dresses, her complexion, her weight. trayvon martin never did any of that. he was a good friend to her. they text each other a lot of times. they spent a lot of time on the phone. she said trayvon martin had a great heart and he had a great personality. and let me tell you something, for the time that i spent with rachel, she is a very personal person and she's a loving young lady and i can understand it would be why trayvon martin would want to have rachel as a friend and why rachel would want to have trayvon martin as a friend, as well. >> all right, rod vereen, thank you so much for being with us this morning, we appreciate it.
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words for the united states after his presidential jet was held. morales says the united states would never be able to intimidate or scare bolivia and called on european countries to, quote, liberate themselves from the imperialism of the americans. snowden was not on the plane, just to reiterate. he's still at the moscow airport, for all we know, and he's applied for asylum in 21 countries, including bolivia. the u.s. postal service is tracking your mail. the postal service photographs every single piece of mail processed in the united states. it's not known how long the government keeps those images. you might want to grab a raincoat on your way to watch fireworks. much of the eastern half of the country could see rain today. a weather system stretching from alabama to pennsylvania is expected to bring several inches of rain. egypt has a new interim president, the military has installed adly mansour.
no date has been set for new elections. our next guest is a human rights activist in egypt. she monitors last year's election that put morsi into office. dahlia joins us from egypt. thank you for coming. >> thank you for having me. >> dahlia, i know egypt has a new interim president, but the military is still very much in control of the country. does that concern you? >> of course, we have a lot of challenges ahead, but i don't think military will be our biggest concern at the moment. we are now working on making a new constitution. the military has already declared yesterday in the statements that was made by the minister of defense that they will not interfere in any political decision making
process, and today we already have an interim president. the military joined us based on the call by the people, so actually i don't think it is our biggest concern now. there are other things -- >> but dalia, how can you trust the military, because in the end the military has all the power, doesn't it? >> i trust us. i trust the people. i don't trust anyone, frankly speaking, not the military, not the muslim brotherhood, not even the new interim president. but look at the amazing people right here, down there. whenever someone makes something wrong, we know how to correct them. the egyptian people, when we're celebrating last night and this morning and actually up till this very moment, we are not celebrating the new president. we don't care who he is, but we are celebrating the fact that we are now driving our own car. we are leading our country through the boughs of democracy, which we started in 2011. >> you know, i guess americans have a different definition of
democracy, because when the military takes over the government, we would consider that a coup. yet you wrote on cnn.com that this was not a coup, and you said this is democracy at work, but here in america we're scratching our heads. not that we're all for the muslim brotherhood, i'm not saying that, but usually when we have a difference with our leaders, we have an election and we vote that guy out of office. >> i agree with you. of course, having military in power is a coup, but this is not what we're doing in our case. what happened after the fall of mubarak is we were actually young and not really experienced in democracy and that opens the door for other more experienced group to hijack our revolution, including the muslim brotherhood. and rather than working -- or using this huge gift that we're given to them to work on the interests of egypt, they failed in doing so, so the people came against them. the difference between egypt and
a country like the u.s. is huge. we don't have the stable liberal democracy you have. when morsi was elected last year, i was monitoring the elections and i had a team of 7,000 people all over egypt. i can tell you confidently that most of the people voted for morsi voted not for morsi, not because they wanted him, but they had no other option. number two, when morsi was elected, he was elected in an atmosphere that had a constitution, a parliament, and institutions. that's why we were just opening the door for him to abuse his power. what we're doing right now is that we're just getting one step backwards. i agree, it's a step backwards, but we are doing this and we are aware of this, that we are sticking only one step backwards so we can restart again on the right foot. >> right. dalia, thank you so much for being with us this morning. we appreciate it.
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lightning and winds, though, which could help spread the flames, so let's hope it brings a lot of rainfall, shall we? stephanie joins us live from prescott, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. we were hoping to do a little rain dance, and, in fact, it's been sort of unpredictable. in the afternoons we have seen big storms come in. yesterday i saw the one hotel had some flooding of three feet, so hopefully that rain won't just fall here, it will also fall over the yarnell hill fire, where they are still battling that blaze. the good news, the acreage hasn't grown in days, carol. >> absolutely. let's talk about the memorial on tap for these fallen firefighters. tell us about it. >> reporter: it continues to expand every day, carol, when you go to this fence, it's the fence that runs along station 7 where these granite mountain hotshots were based, and people keep coming up, adding flags, a lot of things in the number of 19, 19 bottles of water, 19 flags. it keeps stretching.
yesterday we had a storm come in and it was very, very violent with the winds and it tore a lot of what was there down, but we saw people coming back and putting things back, carol. >> i know there was a touching moment on wednesday when the vehicles used by those firefighters, they were driven back home. >> reporter: yes. they are called buggies, and they have two of them. ten men to each one. those buggies came into town and people were moved to run out and salute them, but the moment of silence didn't just happen here, it happened down at the fire line. take a look at what happened. >> we did have a hard day today with our fallen comrades' vehicles going down, we also had an operational pause today where we went ahead and considered those tasks we're asked to do, the environment we operate in, the hazards we face, the risks we assess, and how we mitigate those, and that's important for all of us as we move forward and take a moment to make certain we are doing everything properly when it comes to attacking these
fires. >> reporter: and as they continue to work on that fire, it is important to remember that with these thunderstorms coming in the afternoon, is the chance for lightning and that is how this original fire started last weekend. carol? >> gosh, i hope it's just rain. stephanie elam reporting live from prescott this morning. the george zimmerman murder trial resumes tomorrow and there's talk about a possible game-changing moment for the defense. up next, our panel joins me to talk about key testimony in the trial's first eight days.
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interim president, a day after the military opposed mohamed morsi, but it's not being called a coup just yet, at least by the u.s. government. if it is labeled a coup, the u.s. would have to cut off billions in aid it sends to egypt. major progress in the arizona wildfire that killed 19 elite firefighters. it is 45% contained after burning 8400 acres. fallen firefighters will be remembered in a special memorial service tuesday in prescott. senator john mccain is in afghanistan. the senator arrived overnight in kabul for an unannounced july 4th visit. he is expected, of course, to meet with u.s. troops. mccain's visit comes as the united states prepares to draw down its forces in afghanistan. the weather putting a damper on some 4th of july fun. rain in the forecast for much of the eastern united states. parts of florida panhandle saw 13 inches of rain yesterday and could see another 6 inches today. tomorrow, the state of
florida is expected to wrap up its case against george zimmerman, and in the past week and a half, there have been several critical moments, from that 911 call, to a dramatic demonstration. among them, the hoodie trayvon martin was wearing the night he died, a single hole marking the place where the bullet entered trayvon martin's body. here for some perspective, jason johnson, hln contributor, chief political correspondent for "politics 365" and political science professor, and tanya miller, a former prosecutor. welcome to all of you. thanks for coming in on 4th of july, i appreciate it. so, the judge gave the jury a break on the 4th of july, but trial will resume on friday. the lawyers have been arguing, hey, why don't we just, like, take friday off, too, but page, the judge said, no, i want to get this trial done. >> the judge has sequestered the jury. this judge, unlike other judges we've seen in high-profile
cases, wants to keep this trial moving forward and she's doing a very good job of that right now. >> i think that would be helpful for the jury. >> absolutely, absolutely, i agree 100%. i think this judge is doing a great job keeping this trial on track. she's very matter of fact, knows the law, and that's always good when you're a jury and sequestered. let's step back and take a look at moments, the moments that stood out during eight days of testimony and i'll start with you, jason. >> i couldn't help but look at your interview with rachel jeantel's lawyer. it's fascinating to me, if we learned about the girl you found out in the interview and her relationship with trayvon martin, i think that really would have made a huge difference in this case. find out that trayvon was a kid that didn't make fun of her, it would have humanized him because they still don't know him. jeantel was a big part of the case, we don't know if she'll help or not, but she was the biggest part. >> the part of the interview that shocked me, frankly, was nobody prepared rachel jeantel for this testimony she was about to give.
how is that possible, page? >> well, it's possible because she's not on trial. she doesn't necessarily have a lawyer. we have learned she did get a lawyer, but he came into the game a little too late. as a prosecutor, you're not going to script your witnesses, you spend time with the witnesses, of course, but you can overprepare them, as well. i do think she needed coaching, not about what to say, but about how to say it. >> in the end, tanya, how effective will her testimony be? right now, nobody thinks it was effective -- virtual nobody, i should say. >> i don't know about that. i disagree with that. i think that she came across as credible when she needed to be. the thing that makes her most credible, for me, is that she was willing to say things about trayvon that didn't necessarily help the state's case, unlike when you saw george zimmerman's friend, he clearly had a motive. he clearly had an agenda. he's writing a book, he's trying to make a point. rachel jeantel was doing her best to tell what she knew and what she heard, so i think that makes her credible. >> not such an easy time for her now after her testimony either.
>> unfortunately. >> her lawyer also told me she's taking one day at a time and she should really stay off the internet. another effective witness, detective chris serino, the lead investigator, he talked about zimmerman's honesty, let's listen to that. >> is there anything else in this case where you got the insight that he might be a pathological liar? >> no. >> as a matter of fact, everything he had told you, to date, had been corroborated by other evidence you were already aware of in the investigation that he was unaware of. >> correct. >> okay. so if we were to take pathological liar off the table as a possibility, just for the purpose of this next question, you think he was telling the truth? >> yes. >> okay. so the prosecution had that statement stricken from the record. the judge told the jury, just ignore that was ever said, but i don't think that's possible, jason. >> i don't think it's possible, as well. what i thought was interesting is after a strong start and then sort of fading off at the end of the week, i think that was probably the prosecution's strongest day, because they
really highlighted the fact that, okay, so you just said you believed him yesterday, but we're going to make you go back over tape and you seem to have more questions now than a year later. i think the detective did a good job. >> took him a day to do that. >> absolutely. look, i think this was an egregious violation of the evidence rules by the defense, and the prosecution let them get away with it. he didn't object when he was supposed to object. the jury never should have heard detective serino's opinion about george zimmerman's honesty. that's a big no-no. >> page? >> i was wondering why the prosecutor didn't object, but then i thought about it, do you really want to object to your own officer's testimony what he thinks about the case? the jury is going to think you're being defensive. why, mr. prosecutor, can't we hear what this officer thinks about the case. o'mara knew exactly what he was doing, either he gets the question in or the prosecutor jumps up and tries to defend and
keeps the jury from hearing that critical piece of evidence. >> possibly on the stand tomorrow, trayvon martin's mother. you can be sure they are going to play the 911 call and ask her to identify who was screaming. anderson cooper interviewed trayvon martin's mother last year. this is what she said about that 911 call then. >> you've heard the 911 call where you hear somebody calling out help. do you believe that's your son's voice? >> yes, i do. every mother knows their child, and that's his voice. >> okay, i was trying to tell them to turn my microphone on. it's finally on. that's going to be the emotional demeanor of trayvon martin's mother. you've got to believe that's going to be unbelievably effective, page. >> well, i expect it will be effective. i expect it will be emotional, but will it be enough? the prosecution made a very good opening statement in this case
and they promised a lot. the question the jury has to answer is, did they deliver? you know, ties go to the defense. if the prosecution hasn't put in the evidence everything they said they were going to put into evidence, no matter how emotional the testimony may be, it's not enough for a conviction. >> i don't know. that jury's made up of all women. several of those jurors are mothers. >> a mother telling the pain of losing her son, a mother telling stories about who she knows trayvon martin to be, and ultimately a mother who sort of sits forward and says, look, i have remained poised. look at george zimmerman, how detached he's been and look at me who's managed to control myself despite my pain. i think that resinates with a jury, as well. >> jason, tanya, page, thank you so much. i appreciate you being here on the 4th of july. coming up next, our 4th of july weather. it's all over the map. we'll check in with chad myers to find out who's hot, who's not, and what parades will be rained on.
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from brutally hot and dry, to drenching rains that have washed out parades and fireworks displays, those are the extremes covering much of the country this 4th of july. chad, don't rain on my parade. i just wanted to say that line. >> where are you going, carol? >> nowhere, i'm staying here. >> you have to go about 200 miles away from atlanta to get anything dry. it's just been a mess there, hasn't it? >> it has. it's been awful. >> my mom lives there, three and a half inches yesterday, that's a lot. then i looked at some of these pictures here, out of florida, inlet beach, 13.47 inches of rain and it's still raining here. it's just been awful. there's a not so bad shot, i guess. that's just outside of my old office right there in atlanta. still is my office, but won't be for the next nine days while i stay up here. i get to fill in while she goes on vacation, only way i can get
on your show, if i can fly away from atlanta and come to new york. >> i'm glad you're with me. back in the day chad and i anchored a show together and it was fantastic. >> good stuff, yeah. hot in boston, hot in new york. here's where we've been. it has rained in florida all the way to boston all week long. that has now changed. yes, it's still hot in the west, not quite by a couple degrees, but hot weather, boston, new york, all the way into florida. new york, boston, you're going to be warm, all these numbers here, two to three inches of rainfall yesterday, now the sun's going to come out and you are going to warm up. boston, 94. going to feel like 103. new york, 87. it's going to feel like 99. atlanta, 75. it's going to feel like 75. technically, 28 degrees cooler in atlanta than it's going to feel like in boston, so that's where we are at this point in time. wet in the middle, hot in the east, hot in the west, and although it gets better, vegas today, you're still over 113 to about 114 degrees.
carol? >> okay, i'll light my sparkler, i don't think there's going to be a fireworks show here. >> you can probably have a sparkler in atlanta, but out to the west, it's been so dry, they don't want you to do that. >> i know, i know. i feel for them. if only we could blend the two systems together, but alas. thank you, chad. happy 4th. >> to you, too. washington knows the spotlight, but a life-changing moment for her may have taken place away from the cameras. yes, a secret wedding. dad. how did you get here? i don't know. [ speaking in russian ] look, look, look... you probably want to get away as much as we do. with priceline express deals, you can get a fabulous hotel without bidding. think of the rubles you'll save. with one touch, fun in the sun. i like fun. well, that went exactly as i planned.. really? now save up to 60% during summer hotel sale.
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i tthan probablycare moreanyone else.and we've had this farm for 30 years. we raise black and red angus cattle. we also produce natural gas. that's how we make our living and that's how we can pass the land and water back to future generations. people should make up their own mind what's best for them. all i can say is it has worked well for us. hollywood star sneaks off and gets married. james gandolfini's will has finally been released. not released, but we know what's in it. >> exactly. i love how you started that off, hollywood star goes off and gets married. very cute, carol. actually, i love both of the
people involved in this story, because who she married is one of my favorite guys in the nfl. you know, this doesn't really happen these days, and i'm talking about a celebrity going off and getting secretly married, let alone to another celebrity. kerry washington married nnamdi asomugha, currently a quarterback with the san francisco 49ers, but he was more famous with the raiders. all-around by most people's accounts good guy. they got married on june 24th in blaine county, idaho. they've been reportedly dating for about a year, very quiet. the sports website was the first to get wind of this news, and carol, you know, kerry is so secretive about -- and i don't even want to say secretive, she's just very, very private. she always says, no, i don't talk about that. you know i don't talk about that. she keeps it close to the vest. here's a little story, and it doesn't say much about my reporting skills, i guess, but at the white house correspondence dinner this year, i saw both of them, talked to
her, then here comes nnamdi, what are you doing here? didn't put two and two together. oh, i'm just here. well, he was there with his lady and i never knew it. >> talk about a beautiful couple, though, wow. good for them. okay, let's talk about james gandolfini and his will. >> absolutely. his will was just made public on wednesday, and we learned he was actually really generous to his family and friends. he left much of his $70 million estate to his teenage son michael. michael received all of his father's clothing, all of his father's jewelry. he was also the beneficiary of a $7 million life insurance policy that was owned by a trust that was set up in his name. this trust also has the option to purchase james gandolfini's condominium here in new york. both michael and his half sister, she's only 8-months-old, they both receive add 50% stake in the property gandolfini owns in italy. that's also held in a trust that's available when his daughter turns 25. and his widow, debra lynn, she
got all of his tangible property. the will says he made other provisions for his life that he didn't put in the will. he also left large sums of cash to his nieces, his sisters, his goodson, and his assistant and a friend. >> miss him, we'll still miss him. thanks so much. nichelle turner. special day for an american symbol of freedom, the statue of liberty reopens to visitors eight months after liberty island was damaged by sandy. we'll take you there live.
okay, so imagine you're driving down the street and a 20-foot-deep sinkhole opens up. it happened in toledo, ohio. it swallowed her car. fire crews had to be called in to rescue her. listen to the call that 911 operators received. >> yes, a car just fell through the street -- a car just fell through the street by detroit and bancroft. a hole opened up. >> okay, listen, what kind of vehicle? >> i don't know. a tan malibu is in the hole. it sunk in. >> it's like, why ask me what kind of car i'm driving? i'm in a hole, come and get me. unbelievably, this woman was not
injured. police believe a broken water main caused the street to crumble like that, but wow is that scary. okay, let's talk 4th of july and the statue of liberty. the statue of liberty has reopened to visitors after sandy damaged liberty island eight months ago. pamela brown is there. >> reporter: lady liberty is once again ready to face the masses yearning for a closer look at one of america's most iconic figures. >> to be here at the statue of liberty on its opening day on the 4th of july, it's just amazing. it's really -- it's just makes your heart swell. >> everyone's been waiting for so long to be back here. i think it's beautiful. we all see pictures, but to be here makes everything more real. >> reporter: superstorm sandy forced liberty's closing just a day after her 126th anniversary. while the statue itself emerged unscathed, storm surge socked almost three-quarters of liberty
island, leaving bricks ripped up, docks destroyed, and debris everywhere. adding insult to injury, the statue just reopened the day before the storm after a year of renovations. cnn got rare access inside for the reopening all the way to her crown. the track up a steep 377-step narrow spiral staircase leads to spectacular views high above new york's harbor. the 305-foot-tall statue was a gift from france symbolizing the friendship between the two countries and their shared love of liberty. dedicated in 1886 after ten years of construction, more than 3.5 million people worldwide flock here every year. park officials work around the clock to make sure the island reopened just in time for this independence day. >> coming here and seeing visitors from all over the world standing out in front with tears in their eyes or excitement because she's not only our statue of liberty, she's the
world's statue of liberty. >> reporter: and carol, visitors are pouring into the island. they've been coming here since just before 9:00 this morning eastern time and will be able to stay here until about 4:a45 thi afternoon. there's a sense of excitement, also a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place with new york mayor mike bloomberg, as well as other public officials. one public official put it appropriately, he said, he hopes this is the last time they have to open, close, and reopen the statue of liberty. hoping this is it. carol? >> i hope so, too. what a beautiful shot. thank you, happy 4th of july. thank you for spending part of your holiday with me, i'm carol costello. "cnn newsroom" continues after a short break. la's known definitely for its traffic, congestion, for it's smog. but there are a lot of people that do ride the bus. and now that the busses are running on natural gas, they don't throw out as much pollution to the earth.