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live from cnbc, the fact, the truth, the news with shepard smith. >> good evening. a massive manhunt has been underway in new york city and beyond all day, and now into the night. and we are hearing that we may get some big news, in a news conference that you see here, scheduled to begin at any moment. it was actually scheduled to begin just about an hour ago, but there was word of a development, and the possibility of something major. here's what we know. a suspect has been on the run after he opened fire on a subway train during the morning rush-hour. police say just before 8:30 this morning, the train was pulling into a station in brooklyn. they say a man put on a gas mask, threw a smoke bomb and started shooting. social media videos show the moments right after the train reached the platform, and a warning, they're hard to watch.
people ran out of the train cars, some falling to the ground as smoke poured out the doors. others ran across the platform and jumped onto a different train. police say the suspect shot at least 10 of them. five listed as critical at last word but stable. cops say they're still trying to identify the suspect and that they don't know why he opened fire. they say they're searching for a black man who was wearing a green construction vest and a gray hooded sweatshirt. two senior law enforcement officials tell our station, nbc 4 new york, they believe he left this bag at the scene. in it, more smoke canisters and fireworks. new york city mayor eric adams says surveillance cameras in the station were not working this morning. we don't know why. but sources tell our local station, cops now have a copy of a cell phone image that they think may be of the suspect, but they are not sharing any photos of him, at least not ye
. this all happened at the 36th street station in the sunset park neighborhood of brooklyn. that's where cnbc's valerie castro is tonight. she's tracking the manhunt while we wait for that news conference to begin. valerie, to you. >> the latest development in this tonight is that police believe they may have found a u- haul truck in connection with the suspect. they were searching for it throughout the day. they said it had arizona license plates. they believe they may have found it about five miles from this location in another brooklyn neighborhood. of course they still haven't announced that they have found the subject, but earlier today law enforcement did recover a gun from inside the subway station. this is where that shooting happened. they say it was jammed, possibly preventing further tragedy. >> reporter: during the morning rush-hour, what happened on a brooklyn subway train suddenly came into view. >> it was nothing like fire, it was a lot different than what the smell of fire is, andi
thought maybe a 16-year-old kid, he was sitting on the step, coming out of the train station and he had a bullet in his knee. >> reporter: new york city police say the train was still moving when the gunman, wearing a gas mask, deployed smoke and then opened fire between stations. as the train pulled into the next stop, passengers poured out, some running to the exit, others dazed and clearly bleeding. >> i was speechless, as i am now. it's a very scary site to see. he looked very scared and i stood out the train station. two more injured victims came out of the train station, wounded on their knees and on their thighs. >> reporter: at street level, others began to take note of the chaotic situation. >> we saw commotion. we saw cop cars pulling. we saw an ambulance coming out with a stretcher with a person on it. their leg was injured. and then we saw after that two indolence is coming out with two people hopping on one leg. >> reporter: first responders flooded the area, searching for the injured, finding that many people had already stepped in to help each other and get out
to safety. >> we saw new yorkers in a difficult situation, an emergency, helping each other. >> another thing to note is that the city has not fully returned to those pre-covid commuting numbers on the train, so even though this did happen during the rush hour this morning, there could've been quite a few more people when this happened. >> they're walking in for the news conference now. there was some late news traveling around local media here in new york city, but we are about to find out exactly what they've learned in this live news conference. let's listen in. >> good evening, i'm john miller, deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism. we are here to provide an update on the ongoing investigation into the shooting that occurred earlier today in brooklyn. we are going to hear from police commissioner of the city of new york, kishore sewall, chief of departments can corey, and first deputy commissioner ed kaman here, chief of detectives ed essex will update us on the investigation. we also have assistant director in charge of the fbi, in charge
of the new york office, mike driscoll, and the jt tf efforts with the nypd that are ongoing, as well as the special agent in charge of the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms, john devito. but we'll begin with word from gracie mansion, from the mayor of the city of new york, eric adams. >> is talking but we cannot
hear them. >> mayor adams is at home because he's recovering from covid. he had a diagnosis of covid, and as a result, has not been able to go to the crime scene today. but they were trying to get a link so that mayor adams could speak from wherever it is that he's quarantining, as a result of covid. they're clearly having some technical problems. we're staying with this because we have reason to believe there may be some significant news in this investigation, coming out of this news conference live here tonight. and while we wait for them to begin, i will tell you that the response today after this subway attack was enormous. imagine smoke pouring out of a subway station, which it was. people running for their lives, and a wonder, had there been some sort of terror attack. early on in the discussion of this, authorities said that this is not being investigated as terror. throughout the day they've been giving indications that they had some leads, that the cameras on scene were not working but they clearly had so many videos from in and around that subway station that they believe they might have more. let's listen. >> helping us get this information out to the public is so important.
we are truly fortunate that this was not significantly worse than it is. as we reported this afternoon, a man who was traveling on a manhattan bound n train opened two canisters that dispensed smoke throughout the subway car. he then shot multiple passengers as the train pulled into the 36th street station in sunset park. 10 people were injured by gunfire, and an additional 13 were either injured as they rushed to get out of the train station, or they suffered smoke inhalation. some good news is that none of the injuries appear to be life threatening. as detectives process the crime scene, they recovered a nine millimeter semi automatic handgun, extended magazines, and a hatchet. also found is a liquid believed to be gasoline and a bag containing consumer grade fireworks and a hobby views. about an hour ago, detectives located a u-haul van in brooklyn that we believe connected to the suspect. at this time we still do not
know the suspect's motivation. clearly this individual boarded the train and was intent on violence. we are conducting a highly coordinated investigation that includes nypd detectives, the fbi/nypd joint terrorism task force, and the atf, who have been his mental in tracing the firearms and ballistics. the suspect is a dark skinned male and was wearing a neon orange vest and a gray colored sweatshirt. we do have a person of interest in this investigation. but we need the public assistance with additional information. we are asking anyone with information to call crime stoppers at 800-577-tips. we know this incident is of grave concern to new yorkers. we cannot lose sight of victims in this city. we will use every resource we can to bring those to justice who continue to prey on the
citizens of new york. i'll ask chief james essex to come in and give details of the investigation. >> good evening, everybody. today at 8:24 a.m., aboard a manhattan bound n train, 10 people were shot, seven males, three females, and they were removed to area hospitals. an additional 13 people suffered injuries related to smoke inhalation, falling down, or a panic attack. the information i'm about to give you is preliminary and it's subject to change right now. as that letter and train was between stations 59th street and the 36th street stations, seated in the second car, in the rear corner, was a dark skinned male, various descriptions of his height are given. he is heavyset, wearing an
orange/green nylon type construction vest. he also had on a gray hoodie, a surgical mask, and a neon green construction helmet. as the train approached the 36th street station, witnesses state the mail opened up two smoke grenades and tossed them on the subway floor, brandishes a glock nine millimeter handgun. he then fired that weapon at least 33 times, striking 10 people. the mail then fled the scene and detectives are actively trying to determine his whereabouts. recovered at that scene was a glock 17 nine millimeter handgun. three extended glock type magazines. one was still in the weapon, one under a seat, and one in a backpack. we had 33 discharged shell casings, 15 bullets, five
bullet fragments, two detonated smoke grenades, two non- detonated smoke grenades, a hatchet, a black garbage can, a black milk type rolling cart, the gasoline and a u-haul key. the u-haul key at the scene led us to the recovery of a u-haul van a short while ago in brooklyn. the mail who we believe is the renter of this u-haul in philadelphia is a frank r james, male, 62 years old, with addresses in wisconsin and philadelphia. we are endeavoring to locate him, to determine his connection to the subway shooting, if any. the two crime scenes, the subway and the van, are very active, and are still being
processed. we are asking for anyone's help with information, cell phone video, witness information, or if they can identify the perpetrator or the renter of this vehicle, call crime stoppers at 1-800-577-tips. there's a $50,000 reward out right now. $25,000 from the new york city police foundation, $12,500 from the mta, and $12,500 from the twa local 100. i just want to assure everyone that we in the nypd have all our resources working this, along with our partners in the fbi and the atf, to find this perpetrator. with that, i'd like to turn it over to mike driscoll. >> we're going to the mayor. >> okay. >> mr. mayor, we are ready for you. >> thank you, commissioner and
chief. as we indicated, today was a difficult day for new york. days like these are playing out too often, we are seeing this across america. as mentioned, he terrorized people in the heart of brooklyn with so many innocent people at the 36th street station. we saw a quiet morning turn the letter and train turn into a war zone as a small bomb was detonated and those shots rang out. we witnessed 20 have been injured so far, as it was mentioned. thanks to the quick thinking of the mta crew and the brave cooperation of passengers, lives were saved. and thanks to our first responders, the injured were quickly taken to area hospitals and both of them expect to
recover. i know i have been outspoken about my commitment to protecting public safety. i stand by that and will continue to do everything in my power to stem the violence. but this is not only a new york city problem. this rage and violence, these guns, these relentless shooters are an american, and it's going to take all levels of government to solve it. it is going to take the entire nation to speak out and push back against a cult of death that has taken hold in this nation. a cult that allows innocence to be sacrificed on a daily basis, a country where buying weapons of mass destruction is as easy as picking up a piece of plywood on a gun shelf. a country where there are more guns than people, there were over 400 million guns in this
country alone. the u.s. gun homicide rate is six times that of other high income countries. where over 100 people die of gun violence every day. guns -- a 16-year-old baby lost in the bronx. from schools like columbine, sandy hook and virginia to music festivals in los angeles, to nightclubs in orlando, to movie theaters and yoga classes across the nation, these killers have used weapons of mass destruction to massacre innocent people. they control no armies or military resources, get these individual killers terrorize our nation. i've often said that the city is not going to adapt to dysfunction. ending gun violence means changing new york. we cannot clean up this when
the water is still pouring into the basement and we can ever stop the killing if we can't stop the guns. to be clear, we will not surrender our city to the violent view and will not surrender all of america to this cult of death. the sea of violence comes from many rivers. we must them every river that feeds the greater crisis. that is the work of my life, the said ministration, and this police department. i will not stop until the piece we deserve becomes the reality we experience. a former police officer and fellow new yorker, we will end this epidemic, and that will capture the individual responsible for today's attack. we will capture him and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. thank you, mta, fdny, our first responders, the collaboration of the federal government, the state, the city.
>> thank you, mr. mayor. i'd like to turn it over to assistant special agent in charge of the fbi new york office, michael driscoll. >> thank you, commissioner. i want to start by expressing our hopes and prayers that the victims of this event will enjoy a quick recovery. they are our primary focus now. i also want to echo the thanks for the partnership, to the nypd, the atf, and all the partners who are contributing to this investigation. right now the fbi/nypd joint terrorism task force is fully engaged with this investigation, providing assistance through manpower, technical assistance, and basically everything we can throw at it. we expect the process to be a long one as we gather all
possible information to track down all possible leads, and i would encourage you, as it was mentioned earlier, to please reach out to the nypd tip line at 1-800-577-tips, and i would also add as is frequently the case in many of our current investigations, everyone has got a cell phone in their pocket. there's a lot of video out there. if you have digital information that you'd like to share with us in connection with this investigation, please visit fbi.gov/brooklyn shooting. you can upload that information. we are seeking the public's help. you heard mentioned before the name of a possible person of interest. rios will be particularly helpful or any additional witnesses who have yet to come forward who can provide information that might help this investigation. so thank you for your participation and i thank everyone for their participation in the investigation. >> we'll take a couple questions. >> is it the belief that he fled on foot? >> we are not sure where he went at this point. that is subject to investigation. we had a number of resources that are coming on foot and doing video canvases as well, to determine where he may be. >> you posted videos online
talking about the mayor's mental health program. can you talk about this? >> based on some for luminary information, there are some postings possibly connected to our person of interest, where he mentioned homelessness. he mentions new york and he does mention mayor adams, and as a result of that, in an abundance of caution, we are going to tighten the mayor's security detail. >> just to be clear, this person frank james is now the person of interest at this point? >> i don't know how to answer that. >> we have no one in custody at this time. know, we are looking for frank james. we know he rented this u-haul van. the key of that u-haul van was found at the crime scene in the subway. >> did mr. james make those social media posts? >> we are pouring through that, but yes, correct. >> [ inaudible ]? >> we are looking to determine if he has any connection to the
train. we know mr. james rented that u- haul truck in philadelphia. >> [ inaudible ]? >> we are not calling them threats. he made some concerning post, or someone made some concerning posts. we cannot attribute it to that individual yet. that are invested nation. under an abundance of caution we are going to tighten the mayor's security detail. >> [ inaudible ]? >> that is subject to investigation. we don't have that information yet. >> [ inaudible ]? >> mr. james is just a person of interest, we know right now he rented that u-haul van in philadelphia. the keys to that u-haul van were found in the subway. in our shooter's possessions.
we don't know right now if mr. james has any connection to the subway. that's still under investigation. >> you have any robust dna evidence at the crime scene? >> the crime scene is still being processed now. the van is being processed and the subway crime scene is being processed. but it's too early right now to tell. >> can you explain where this u- haul was located? and also you're investigating videos but can you confirm it was him in the video or people that know him were trying to make a connection? >> the video, the youtube videos, there's a man who posted there. frank james. we are still working to see if that's our person who rented the video. >> where [ inaudible ]? >> kings highway in brooklyn. west fourth and kings highway.
>> i know it wasn't a direct threat to the mayor. can you talk about what he said about the mayor? >> they were general topics of concern and i don't want to go into too many details about the mayor's security detail. we are just doing it to be on the safe side. [ inaudible ]? >> complains about homelessness, complaints about new york. nothing in general. just general comments that caused some concern are subject to investigation tonight. >> why were there no working surveillance cameras in the station? why didn't police radios work and how much did those factor into this investigation? >> we know that there were three stations that the video wasn't working. we are still investigating that to see why or how, if there was a mechanical problem, electrical issue, why those videos weren't up. >> the headline out of this
news conference from new york city is there is a person of interest in the subway shooting this morning, in the new york city borough of brooklyn. his name is frank r james, 62 years old, on your screen now, with addresses in philadelphia and in wisconsin. they say he rented that u-haul van, which you saw, the key to which was found in the subway station, and he is now being sought as a person of interest. they found the van but not the man. 10 people shot, many others injured, and in and around that subway station, and in the subway car, they found the handgun, magazines, a hatchet, fireworks, a fuse, and gasoline canisters. our valerie castro is live on scene in brooklyn for us tonight. valerie, it sounds as if this man, complaining on videos about homelessness, other matters about the city, and the
new mayor, eric adams, had bigger plans in mind. >> interesting to hear out of the press conference that police actually found the keys to that u-haul van here at the scene, and that's how they were able to even put the information out there, that they were looking for that u haul vehicle with the arizona license plate. as you mentioned, that person is now a person of interest that they are looking for. unclear if he is in fact the gunmen in this case but they certainly do want to find him. another thing i found interesting in that press conference is that police say the weapon was fired 33 different times. 10 people were shot, and frankly it is shocking that no one was killed. we know there are still some people in critical condition, and hoping that they will get well soon. but just shocking that no one was killed. >> earlier today they didn't mention in this news conference that's just wrapping up, but earlier today the police said they believed the gun in question had jammed and then they went on to say there were other magazines and other ammunition. it wasn't discussed tonight, but it sounds as if, from all the police have said and all
the evidence gathered, that this man had intentions for more than those 33 shots fired. >> earlier today, we were hearing reports that there were possibly devices that had been un-detonated. of course it appears it could've been those smoke devices, those smoke canisters that were here at the scene. early on it was still very unclear the magnitude that this could've taken, how many people could've been injured, what the intentions were. but still certainly a lot of information left to find out, including the motive in this case. >> valerie, thanks, of course. our teams from nbc and cnbc and otherwise waiting for developments on the search for the suspect. our producers are monitoring the news conference, should there be items of newsworthiness. we'll take you back there for those. first, though, new tonight on cnbc, and for the first time, president biden is now flat out accusing vladimir putin of committing genocide in ukraine.
>> yes, i called it genocide, because it's become clearer and clearer that putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of being ukrainian. and the evidence is mounting. it's different than it was last week. more evidence is coming out of literally the horrible things that the russians have done in ukraine, and we are going to only learn more and more about the devastation, and we'll let the lawyers decide internationally whether or not it qualifies, but it sure seems that way to me. >> meantime, a defiant letter putin is vowing to continue his bloody and cruel invasion until russia, as he puts it, finishes the job. today he said peace talks have hit a dead end. >> reporter: the operation will continue until full completion and the fulfillment of the task that have been set. we take
measures to ensure russia's own security. it's obvious we had no other choice. it's the right decision. we have no doubt our goals will be achieved. >> letter putin insisting his invasion is going according to plan. of course, the ukrainians have humiliated the mighty russian war machine and forced it to retreat from kyiv and northern ukraine. but now there are growing fears that vladimir putin's onslaught is about to get even more brutal, as he regroups his troops for an all-out assault in eastern ukraine. this video appears to show a massive russian convoy heading toward the donbas region. pentagon officials say they're continuing to monitor unconfirmed reports that russian forces used chemical weapons in their merciless siege of mariupol in southeastern ukraine. >> we are trying to do the best we can to figure out what, if anything, happened, but we are not in a position to confirm it right now. the russians have certainly proven they're more than willing to use chemical weapons
when it suited them in the past, and this is a military that has a history here. >> the pentagon reports ukrainian soldiers are refusing to give up the city of mariupol, and are still fighting in the ruins of that city. ukrainian troops released this video. they say it shows them destroying russian tanks and armored vehicles in the streets of mariupol. we begin our coverage of the war tonight with nbc's ali arouzi reporting live in the western city of lviv. >> good evening, shep. u.s. officials are saying they shared intelligence with ukraine of a possible chemical attack by the russians. they said that they warned the ukrainians the teargas that russian troops are using may contain chemical agents that are much more potent in subduing troops, civilians, and protesters, and of course the ukrainians have already said that that tear gas used against them was laced with harmful chemicals that do much more than just what tear gas does. and of course, going into this war, those ukrainians didn't have the sort of gear to
protect them against biological or chemical weapons, so the u.s. is saying now that they have provided ukrainians with that kind of gear to protect them against those kind of attacks, and although the ukrainians are grateful for that gear, they also see it as an ominous sign of what may still come in this very brutal war. and of course, russia is denying using or thinking about using chemical weapons. they say this is all part of the propaganda against russia, but of course we know russia has a record of using nonconventional warfare to gain battlefield momentum, and the reality is the dirtier putin fights, the more civilians he targets, the more cities he levels, the tighter the noose of sanctions will become around moscow. but putin says that russia is too big, too powerful, too
resourceful a country to be isolated by sanctions, and no matter what russia seems to do, they can't seem to crush the ukrainian fighting spirit. in another sign of defiance from this country, the ukrainians have issued a stamp honoring a ukrainian soldier setting a russian warship to go f itself. >> ali arouzi reporting from the west of ukraine. bottom of the hour now, and topping the news, sticker shock in america. today we got the first inflation snapshot since gas prices surged, following russia's invasion of ukraine. the labor department reports consumer prices jumped by 8.5% in march, compared to a year earlier. that's the third straight monthly increase and the biggest jump in america in more than four decades. you see it almost everywhere, food prices of about 9% over the past year, airline fares about 24%, energy prices more than 30%. today, president biden unveiled a plan to lower gas prices by
increasing supply. he announced an emergency waiver, one that will allow the sale of gas this summer, with higher levels of ethanol. but don't expect huge savings. the white house officials say the move could save a few cents off the price per gallon. still, it may offer some modicum of relief to those feeling the pinch. according to a new harris poll, about 84% of americans say they plan to cut back on spending because of all the higher prices. cnbc's senior economics reporter steve leeson on the top story at the bottom of the hour. what do trends look like? should we expect next month's data to be worse or is there relief ahead? >> this report was ugly, showing higher inflation that we've seen, as you said, in 40 years. we don't know if it's captured all the inflation that's brewing in the economy, so when russia invaded ukraine in late february it started off a whole new round of price increases for commodities like oil, wheat, nickel, other things like that. those price hikes hit companies
and producers first. they may still be trickling down to the consumer. inflation has been driven by a lot of pandemic relief money and a tight labor market. now there's also new lockdowns in china threatening more supply-chain disruptions, maybe higher prices. but one bit of good news, if we could hear, so-called core goods prices on exactly fell 0.4%. this is because of a steep 3.8% drop in used-car prices along with some declines of electronics and technology. but because used-car prices are still up 35% year-over-year, that still ain't cheap. >> fed official scheduled to meet next week. will they take more aggressive steps to beat back inflation in light of this? >> they're going to take the most aggressive steps they've almost ever taken now to deal with inflation, try to slow the economy. for example, the fed normally raises rates very slowly, like one quarter percentage point every meeting at a time. but it's expected that this last meeting coming up in early
may to hike by a half a percentage point, something they have not done in 20 years, and there may be more than one increase of that size at the next several meetings. remember, the fed drove its main interest rate down to zero when the pandemic hit. it just raised by a quarter. the expectation now is it's going to go all the way to 2.5% by the end of the year. that, for the fed, is like massarotti type speed. >> steve leeson live for us tonight on the economy, thank you. oklahoma is cracking down on abortions with a very strict new law. the republican governor, kevin stitt, has signed a near-total ban, while sitting behind a sign that reads life is a human right. the only exception to this new law comes when an abortion will save a woman's life. the law makes it a felony for anybody in the state to perform an
abortion. the punishment, up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. today the governor said he plans to sign every antiabortion bill that comes to his desk. >> we want oklahoma to be the most pro-life state in the country. we want to outlaw abortion in the state of oklahoma. >> abortion rights activists argue the law is unconstitutional, and the white house calls it part of a disturbing national trend attacking women's rights. cnbc's perry russ him tracking the impact. >> reporter: it's a collision of abortion rights in oklahoma. >> we are no longer going to allow the murder of innocent babies in womb here in oklahoma. >> reporter: oklahoma joining texas in passing a new law, making nearly all abortions illegal, like in texas. oklahoma's law is expected to face legal challenges. >> this is going to be influenced by the u.s. supreme court and how they deal with the dodge decision. >> reporter: in june the u.s. supreme court is expected to rule on dobbs versus jackson women's health organization. the case is out of mississippi and looks at banning abortion
after 15 weeks of pregnancy. the supreme court's willingness to possibly erode the legality of abortion has caused states to take new action. just this month, maryland state lawmakers expanded access to abortion. in kentucky, there governor vetoed a bill that would ban abortions after 15 weeks, and in michigan, governor gretchen whitmer filed a lawsuit to protect abortions. >> the assault on women's privacy rights and bodily autonomy is no longer a theoretical risk. it is a very clear and present danger. >> reporter: the debate over abortion has private companies fighting back. in response to the texas law, apple, bumble, and levi strauss offered to cover travel costs for employees who need abortions, with others offering to help relocate workers and pay legal fees. oklahoma governor kevin stitt says abortion is a state issue. >> we are so excited about the supreme court addressing this issue and giving it back to the states, where it belongs. >> today, yelp added its name to the growing list of companies helping to get
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to the city. now we are hearing some horror stories of people's experiences in lockdown. in beijing, here is cnbc's eunice you. >> reporter: this isn't the image the chinese government wanted associated with its serial tolerance approach to covid. a video of shanghai residents screaming from the balcony after a week trapped in their apartment, under the city's strict lockdown. anyone who tries to get out to the street sees this, barriers or officials. the only reason deemed acceptable by the authorities to pass, to take part in one of multiple rounds of testing for the city's 26 million population, mandated when the lockdown officially began march 28th. some residences, though, have been shut off for weeks longer, sparking protests, cries for freedom, and conflict with those in charge.
food and medicine in the city are in short supply, forcing residents like this mother to beg for medicine for her baby. those who test positive are pleading for better treatment, too. this video shows conditions at a government quarantine center, converted from a venue that normally showcases shanghai's role as a global trade hub. today, thousands of isolation beds. let me go home, this woman cried. i am begging you. >> shanghai state tv had planned to present an all-star live streaming gala today to celebrate the progress made containing the outbreak, but public criticism has been so fierce that the organizers canceled the event. >> defamation and it's all related to an opinion piece that she thn
accusations flying today in a lawsuit filed by actor johnny depp. the target, his ex-wife, amber heard. a jury heard stunning new claims during opening statements at trial. johnny depp is suing her for defamation, and it's all related to an opinion piece she published in the washington post newspaper back in 2018. in it, amber heard details her experiences with sexual and physical abuse. she never named johnny depp, but his lawyers argue the way it was written is evidence enough that she obviously was referring to johnny depp. today the lawyers accused ever heard of lying about the alleged assault for her own personal gain. >> ms. herd tried to avoid public innovation and presents hersel first amendment. >> that for years alf mr. deppas ha as wanted t noble provider a representative of the me to movement. >> but that's not how amber heard's lawyers see it. they insist this case is solely
about the first amendment, and they say she'll testify in detail, giving her allegations of johnny depp's verbal, emotional, and physical sexual abuse. >> that for years all mr. depp has wanted to do is humiliate amber, to haunt her, to wreck her career. >> johnny depp is suing for $50 million in damage. amber heard countersuing for $100 million. the trial in fairfax county, virginia, because that's where the washington post is printed. attorney jesse weber is with us now. he's host of the law and crime network. jesse, what did you take awa aro prove. number two, under virginiay law from opening arguments today? >> as disturbing as it was to hear the allegations, it was also bizarre. i think it's bizarre that johnny depp brought this trial and i think we saw a number of weaknesses before this case even started today. number one, we know notoriously defamation cases are very hard to prove, especially when you have a famous individual like amber heard. number two, under virginia law, she has a very strong first amendment right to basically
print what she did. and the biggest problem is the actual statements themselves. the three main statements in the washington post op-ed, which we learned today, one of those statements, she didn't even right, she didn't even know about. so you put that to the side, the other two statements are so vague they don't even mention johnny depp, and it's so broad to consider what domestic abuse is, so if she can show any instance of him sexually abusing her, psychologically abusing her, verbally abusing her, he's going to use. and i have to tell you i find it bizarre because he's the one who brought this case, and if he's trying to restore his image, for the next six weeks we are going to learn about all these disturbing allegations that she says he did. so at the end of the case, even if he were to win, what is the public i going to think about? what is everybody in the american public going to think about johnny depp? would they even know any of these things existed until this case? >> for purposes of this trial, how do you think the jury will
react? some of the allegations are so graphic and so extraordinary that i can't even mention them in detail here. >> it's disturbing and there's a strong chance that they are so unbelievable, they are so outrageous, that they must've happened this way. and what you said, he's suing her, she's countersuing him. there's a strong possibility that at the end of this, the jury might say i'm not sure what to believe, all we know is this was a terrible, tumultuous relationship, and they might not vote even in favor of either. i think at the end of the day we are going to be left with a situation where everyone loses. that's my personal take from what we've seen at the beginning of this case. >> depp's sister on the stand testifying about abuse they both allegedly suffered at the hands of their mother. how is that relevant? >> it's a microcosm of what this case is about. she testifies in favor of depp, that amber heard was very insulting to johnny depp, called him old and fat. but then you reverse it, and under cross-examination by heard's lawyers, she said johnny depp, her brother had a
drug problem. he had cocaine problems. so you're seeing a witness whose giving testimony that supports both sides an now ukraine is getting a hand from a man who's actualld y done it end of the day it's making both johnny depp and amber heard look terrible in front of the jury. >> thanks so much for the inputs. appreciate your time tonight very much. our coverage of the war in europe continues. we reported on the almost impossible process of prosecuting war crimes. now ukraine is getting a hand from a man who's actually done it. tonight, the former prosecutor who helped put away the butcher of serbia, live with us, fresh off his trip to the border of ukraine.
of invasion, russian troops occupied her town. she says a group of russian soldiers came to her house, beat up her husband, and one of them returned the next morning. >> he came back and raped her. the ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy said hundreds of cases of rape have been reported across the >> he came back and tran21ed her. ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy says hundreds of cases of rape have been recorded across his country. moscow denies all the claims. let's turn to dermot groom now, he's a former international war crimes muscular, successfully prosecuted the butcher of bosnia for genocide and crimes against humanity. grimm just got back from the ukrainian border, where he's training the ukrainians on how to prosecute war crimes. he's now professor at penn state. do officials have a sense of how widespread these sex crimes are, and what support they will need to investigate them?
>> no shepherd, they don't have an idea yet, but as each day goes on it seems that we are getting more and more cases, that some of the cases are particularly troubling because they seem to be mass tran21s. the bbc reported today that a group of 25 women and girls between the ages of 14 and 24 were systematically and repeatedly tran21ed. >> how many? >> 25. >> systematically cnbc. >> systematically cnbc in bucha and one of the things that's most troubling for me as we wonder whether a genocide is occurring, but one of the women reports that the soldiers repeatedly said to them that we are raping you so you will not bear ukrainian children's . that something a genocide or says. >> president biden said today directly for the first time that it is indeed genocide. that aside, what is your assessment of how these investigations are being conducted, if they even have
the capability now? >> i must say that i was incredibly impressed. given the circumstances they're under, i met with six senior prosecutors who came to the border and we talked about their cases. i've done this for 12 years. i was extremely impressed and i commend madame benedict about, the chief prosecutor general, for her relief on this. they are really doing a remarkable job, whether families are fleeing, when bombs are literally falling around their heads. >> what lessons did you bring away from the melodic prosecution? is there a particular piece of evidence that's critical for this case to obtain? >> i think the most important thing are the witness statements and the problem or the challenge that they'll have is that so many people are fleeing. they'r vladimir putin to be brought before ae s
world. is to find those people and properly interview them and then bring them to court to testify. that will be what i think is the most significant challenge. >> so many calls for vladimir putin to be brought before a criminal tribunal at the hague. do you see that as a possibility? >> when i was investigating slobodan milosevic, he was the sitting president of serbia. we really didn't think we would ever get him, and we know the rest of the story. so i would hope that people work with the intention and the hope that they eventually will bring vladimir putin to justice. >> you wonder to what degree social media, this is the first campaignere have been practical difficulties now in of ssing it ev since social media was a thing, and you wonder if that might be of help. >> i think it's going to be extorting her help, but i think we could be looking at a new chapter in international criminal law. there's a thing called universal jurisdiction which empowers prosecutors around the world to bring these cases. but there have been practical difficulties before now in accessing evidence. we see satellite images, social media, phone areas that are available to these prosecutors at the click of a mouse. i think we can see a whole new
era in international justice. >> dermot groom, for your time and expertise, thank you. russia is planning a throwback space mission. that announcement from vladimir putin today. and why those plans could be derailed by international sanctions. -minute gift shopping rashida... i'm putting a bow on it! wow... ...even sneaking away for a vacay rashida. shhh! i've earned this, okay? earn 5% cash back in your top eligible spend category, up to $500 spent each billing cycle. with the citi custom℠ card. - in the last two years, we quadrupled our team and the pace we're growing, i couldn't keep up without ziprecruiter. they do the legwork and they get my job posting in front of the right candidates. i love invite to apply. i instantly see great candidates and i can invite them to apply. we have hired across all departments, engineering, marketing, hardware, field techs. you can basically tell ziprecruiter who you need, when you need it, and they deliver. - [narrator] ziprecruiter. rated the number one hiring site. try it for free at ziprecruiter.com
baby formula in short supply and that's what's topping cnbc's on the money. turns out formula's now increasingly out of stock around baby formula in short supply, and that's what's topping cnbc's on the money. formula is now increasingly out of stock across the country, persistent supply-chain issues and a huge recall of a major brand in february limiting the amount available. supplies so low that some retailers are cutting back on the number that customers ca mon businesses. space tourism getting n a ne purchase. nearly 3/4 of infants get at least some formula in the first six months. thousands of sellers are on strike, protesting a 30% hike in fees that at sea charges vendors. the strike organizer says more
than 22,000 sellers joined the protest and are not selling their goods. at c hosts more than 5 million businesses. space tourism getting a new look. the florida-based space perspective is unveiling its pressurized capsule. they say it will rise 20 miles above earth attached to a balloon. they're offering a six-hour ride to the edge of space, panoramic views, reclining seats, and moonlighting with fresh herbs and cocktails. the company reports it sold 600 tickets at $125,000 a piece. lift offset for 2024. on wall street, the dow down 88, s and p down 15, nasdaq down 40. the russian president vladimir putin wants to send russians back to the moon. at least that's what putin said during a meeting with the leader of belarus today. he says he hopes to restart russia's moon expiration program later this year with the launch of luna 25 moon probe. the announcement came on the
61std cooperation over the iss until sanctions are lifted. anniversaryonds of lefrussiaon sending the first person to space. the war with ukraine could hurt putin's plans. the european space agency suspended work with russia on a mission to mars last month. it's now been underway for a decade. last week the head of russia's space agency said the country will and cooperation over the iss until sanctions from the war in ukraine are lifted. 40 seconds left on a race to the finish. new york cops have identified a person of interest in today's subway shooting that wounded 23 people. a massive manhunt still underway, and for the first time, president biden is now flat out accusing vladimir putin of committing genocide in ukraine. meantime, putin is vowing to continue his bloody invasion until his troops fully complete their objective. now you know the news of this tuesday, april 12th, 2022. i'm shepard smith. thanks for checking in tonight, and we hope you'll be back tomorrow night and each weeknight for the news on cnbc. ed for uc.
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