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homicide of the year for a small community in the east bay. . a teen mother stabbed to death. the first homicide of the year for a small community in the east bay. plus, occupy outrage at uc davis. the big bucks campus officials shelled out for control after this pepper spray incident went viral. in florida, presidential hopefuls reaching out to a key voting group ahead of the big contest. it is saturday morning, january 28. thank you for joining us. i'm anne mackovic. >> and i'm jim bernard, taking a look at glorious weather. after showers last week, we're back to a lovely weather pattern. offshore breeze, temperatures in the mid to upper 60s todays for most locations and continued dry and mild once again for the
foreseeable future. we'll have your complete forecast, coming up in just a few minutes. >> thanks, jim. today, the republican presidential front runners are out looking for support in florida. voters will take part in the primary there on tuesday. susan mcginnis live right now in jacksonville with the latest on the campaign, where immigration issues are taking center stage. good morning, susan. >> reporter: hi, good morning. that is true. we have mitt romney and newt gingrich, the only two candidates campaigning hard here this weekend, because as you said, this is a winner-take-all state. rick santorum and ron paul figure they won't win here, so they are pretty much skipping it. big focus, latino voters, making up 13% of the 11 million registered voters in this state, making them a main target for the front runners. n]♪ >> reporter: newt gingrich began his campaign day looking for votes in stewart, florida. >> i would be delighted to have your help on tuesday and i would be glad to hear your voice between now and tuesday. >> reporter: with tuesday's
primary quickly approaching, gingrich and mitt romney are crisscrossing the state looking for support. romney hit the campaign trail early this morning in pensacola. mitt romney is softening his usual hard line position on illegal immigration. he says his heart goes out to the millions in the u.s. illegally. gingrich says many will return to their home countries if they can't find a job. >> we're not going to go around and round people up and ship them home. instead, we'll let people make their own decision based on employment opportunities or lack thereof. >> reporter: gingrich approach's includes tougher border security and stiff penalties for employers who hire undocumented workers. he also has a provision that gives leeway to illegal immigrants who have been here for many years. >> i don't want to take grandmother's and grand fathers away from their families, and i don't think the american people
will do it. >> reporter: the latest polls show a tight race in florida, with romney holding a slight edge. now, estimates say that most of florida's hispanic voters were republicans about five years ago, but today, anne, the majority are now democrats. >> susan, you mentioned ron paul and rick santorum left the state. what are they up to today? >> reporter: well, we have ron paul up in maine. he's holding a town hall today at the university of south southern maine. also, rick santorum is on his way to dc, holding a fund-raiser there tonight. >> susan mcginnis, thanks. new this morning, police in san leandro, asking for help in finding a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a teenage girl. that is the city's first homicide of the year. 19-year-old henry leon drives a black cadillac escalade with black rims. he had a relationship with the victim and is the father of
their 9-month-old baby. officers found the 15-year-old girl on the 1900 block of pacific avenue, suffering from multiple stab wounds to her torso. police and paramedics tried to save her life, but unfortunately she died. a stray bullet hit an 18-year-old girl in san francisco's western addition neighborhood. she was hit in the wrist last night. she is expected to be okay. shots were also fired into this muni bus, stopped at fill more and eddie. no one else was hurt. no word on who fired the shots. a san jose state student is now under arrest, suspected of harassing a female classmate. michael escobar is a 21-year-old junior, majoring in sociology, with no criminal record. he was sent to jail yesterday. police say he walked down the hallway in the dormitory, trying to find unlocked doors. early friday, a woman told police a man had groped her, then three women came forward. even after the arrest, there's a warning for students. >> we will again encourage students to lock their doors.
many were sleeping with unlocked doors. >> after today? >> oh, my door will stay locked after today. it will always be locked. >> lesson learned. campus police used high resolution surveillance video and witness descriptions to track escobar down. for the first time, we are hearing the chilling interrogation tapes of a northern california girl convicted of killing her own mother. >> you've been arrested for murder. >> what? who did i murder? >> your mother. >> i want an attorney! >> this is video from inside the interrogation room after joanne whitt was found stabbed to death just outside of sacramento in 2009. the victim's daughter, tyler, and her boyfriend were arrested at san francisco mall in san bruno shortly after and convicted in that murder. you can see richard schlesinger's full report tonight on 48 hours at 10:00, right here on cbs 5.
today, occupy oakland plans to raise its profile again, after weeks of staying quiet. occupy supporters flooded the rafters at oakland's city hall wednesday night to protest proposed redevelopment cuts. now, they are promising action today, calling for protesters to take over a vacant building. they are telling mayor jean quan in writing that if they are evicted from the building they plan to take over, they will then block the oakland airport, occupy city hall and shut down the ports. fresh outrage this morning after that pepper spraying incident at uc davis. it's just been revealed that the school she would out $100,000 to pay media consultants to help them manage the fallout from this now-infamous confrontation between police and protesters n their defense, the uc system says the money didn't come from student tuition, but instead, comes from a reserve fund to handle insurance claims. 7 minutes after 7:00. we need to hear more about the
weather forecast today, because it's going to be nice. >> indeed, a beautiful start to the day here around the bay, as we see a bit of an offshore breeze, clear skies and looks like the trend will continue right through the weekend. no rain on the horizon at this point. we'll take a close-up look at your forecast for you, coming up next. and it could be the biggest ipo ever. the buzz over facebook. plus, a warning for people who can't resist that "like" button. >> i didn't think the day was going to come. the courtroom making a difference for young people recovering from drug addiction. we'll be right back.
one. but one san francisco is seeing huge succe . well, for people battling addiction, the road to recovery is a long one. but one san francisco program is seeing a huge success, and making a difference in the lives of hundreds of people. what makes san francisco's drug court so different? [ applause ] >> i didn't think the day was going to come. >> reporter: graduation means finishing what was started. >> i can accomplish things in my life. i feel really, really strong. >> reporter: hugs and cheers.
but this graduation isn't academic. it's a milestone on a long road in recovery for drug and alcohol addicts. san francisco's drug court was started in 1995 as an alternative to jail time for drug offenders. participants must spend 6 to 24 months going to 12-step meetings, getting drug tested, and holding down a job. the city says graduates of the program are 73% less likely to be re-arrested. >> my whole goal is to have people who believe in themselves again. >> reporter: jackie freeman is a case manager. she has insight into why they are there. >> i, too, am a recovering addict. i'm making good kind of with my higher power and i'm giving back. >> reporter: graduates also say they benefit from a judge with personal compassion. >> having been through some pain in my life, i tend to share some of the pains that some of our graduates have gone through to get to where they are. and sometimes they just need a
hug. >> i would like to thank the judge, because i've never had an experience like this. >> dealing with the pain, that can help so much in addressing one's drug addiction. >> thank you, everybody! [ applause ] >> reporter: a graduation that is truly a commencement. the end of one era and the beginning of another. cbs 5, san francisco. 7:11 now, and a gorgeous day on tap. jim has more details. pretty warm out there. >> offshore breeze is warming things up this morning and clearing any threat of rain out of the area here. looks like one of those lovely weekends once again. a bit of drizzle and rainfall on our buckets here last week, but not this week, as we're back to mild and dry conditions, lovely
sunrise out there across the bay and as ann mentioned, rather warm throughout the region this morning. mid to upper 60s by this afternoon from most locations. slight offshore breeze, clear and warm, continued dry and mild through the week here, as we look at another great weather pattern shaping up, absent the rainfall. moderate air quality will result here through the weekend and into the beginning of the week. no spare the air alerts at this time, but once again, the high pressure system means the sinking air mass, rather stagnant, mixing out there, so we'll look for the air quality gradually worsening through the beginning of the week. mostly sunny throughout the area today. clear to warm and dry, with temperatures, as mentioned, in the mid to upper 60s in and around the bay, as we see a high pressure system keeping the storm track to our north, a few clouds clipping the oregon border. other than that, we'll look for mostly clear conditions all day long with a bit of an offshore breeze out of the northeast. pretty light, less than 10 miles
an hour out there. and we will be shifting by late tonight to more of an onshore flow. that cools things down a bit, but still keeping most of the clouds well to our north, as we continue dry and mild through the foreseeable future, if not all of next week. again, morning clouds beginning to form here sunday night into monday and again, into the beginning of the week, we'll look for low cloud activity. slight chance of showers drifting across the north bay, but i don't think that's going to amount to much into early monday morning, as the bulk of the precipitation will stay to our north and we'll continue with that dry pattern through the rest of the week. temperatures today, on the warm side. mid to low 60s at the bay, mid to upper 60s across the interior, and we'll look for dry conditions to prevail through the week, with a bit of a warming trend midweek as we look for dry weekend ahead as well. we did catch up on the rainfall numbers a bit last weekend, as we saw plenty of moisture across the area. and we went from about 20 or 30%
into the 40 to 50% range. so we're making up ground gradually here. but doesn't look like any will be made this week. back to you, anne. investors are buzzing about-face book going public next week. the social network could raise about $10 billion with the offering. meantime, facebook is warning users to look out for a new type of spam on their time line, called like jacking, drawing users to the popular "like" feature, then clicking "like" could lead you to a site that could steal personal id information. youtube announced this week it is streaming 4 billion videos daily. jim steyer with common sense media joins us this morning. haven't talked a lot about youtube, but it is so very popular. you found that at your company. >> we sure do. are you kidding? youtube, if you have kids, youtube is a huge deal, because
youtube, for common sense, we have millions of users. the number one visited review site is actually facebook. so you -- youtube. excuse me, facebook for teens,-- >> both are huge! >> they are huge. but youtube is so huge because kids go there to create videos, watch videos and everything else. >> both could have consequences. >> and also good stuff. remember, youtube is an incredible creative medium. five years ago, or seven years ago before youtube came along, you couldn't go out there and create your own videos like this. but today, you can do an incredible job with youtube if you're a kid. and you can see anything up there, whether it's the president of the united states, the san francisco giants, or a video of jim bernard probably on youtube. but the concern, i guess, there's a lot of stuff out there you would not want your child to see. >> that is exactly right, particularly because it's so popular and getting more popular. now they are streaming videos increasingly, just like you see on netflix and stuff like that.
so as viewership of youtube by teenagers like this increases, but also kids under the age of 10, you know, 5, 6, 7-year-olds go to youtube now. so you've got to be aware of what you're doing on it and you've got to use some of the features they have. the number one thing we recommend at common sense about youtube is that you as a parent need to go there yourself. you need to go and look at youtube and see what they are doing on there and what your kids are going and searching. now, when you do that, there are some ways to regulate it, is that right? >> that's right. couple things. first of all, you can filter it for appropriateness. last week, there was a big incident about a very violent video, a kid beating somebody else up. there were a lot of issues around girl fights and bullying that people post on youtube. youtube tries to take them down, but sometimes they are up there for a while, so you're seeing on the screen there the kind of stuff where, you know, graphic, pretty violent stuff, that's on youtube. this is not funny at all. >> no. >> and it's the nature of the
medium where there's no filter. so you've got to be aware of what your kids are doing. it can be a great medium. we work a lot with the folks at google and youtube about trying to rate stuff and try to give the consumer more information about what the content is. but there's literally millions of videos uploaded all the time. so you have to get aware. you have to use the filters that let you set the settings on youtube. and i think over the long run, what's going to happen is you're -- we're going to find a better rating system for this kind of content. so you've got to go there, you've got to use the safety mode, as we're suggesting in the tips on the screen. then if you see a video like we just watched, you've got to talk with your kids about it, empathy, caring, understanding the social and emotional consequences of media. you do something like that, let's say i did something really mean to you, anne, then i post it on the internet? >> insult to injury, jim.
>> you've got to talk to your kids. it's not just the individual that it happens to, but then you're putting it in front of everybody. this is one of those moments where this medium is going everywhere and it's going to get bigger and bigger. youtube and other platforms like youtube. any advice for parents whose kids like to post things? >> stop and think before you post. i think the number one advice i would say, and this is true, by the way, on facebook, too. it reflects on what you're going to do before you post it, before you hit that post button and think about who might see it. is it going to be a future employer, college counselor, or high school, or some other people who you don't want to see it? reflect -- self reflect before you self reveal. and i think that's true on all these mediums, and that's the number one message i think we as parents and educators need to teach young people, is think before you post, because there are consequences. and then use mediums, like youtube, for the great creative medium it can be. it's really one of those
balancing acts that it's not going away, only gets bigger and bigger in our kids' lives. >> jim steyer from common sense media, we appreciate it. the best tennis players in the world down under for the australian open, and oklahoma city thunder roars past the warriors at the coliseum. kim coyle has more in sports, coming up next.
. spaghetti squash, i love it. it's so healthy, delicious. i'm going to give you a quick recipe that you'll enjoy. it's almost like regular spaghetti. well, almost, but still tastes good. first, let's talk about selection. when you buy spaghetti squash, look for nice yellow color all the way around, free from any cracking whatsoever. now, this is a hard squash, but don't let that fool you. the shelf life is not that long, maybe 7 to 10 days after you buy them. buy them, bring them home, set them on the counter and try to enjoy them right away. i like to cut them in half, put them in the oven for about 20 minutes. then i take a fork, put a little olive oil on them in the oven, then i take a fork and scrape out like this and it comes out like spaghetti. get a pan, olive oil, garlic, throw in the spaghetti squash and a little tomato sauce. if you want to pick it up, let me tell you something, it's a
healthy dish that's great for you and tastes good. spaghetti squash in the market. enjoy! looks intimidating, but they taste good. i'm tony tantillo, your fresh grocer. always remember to eat fresh and stay healthy. 7:23 now. 22-year-old victoria evan powered past maria sharapova this morning to win the australian open. kim coyle with who came out on top in the men's semifinals, and how the first month of the nba season is stacking up. good morning, everyone. we're one month into the nba season and the best team so far, the oklahoma city thunder. oakland mayor jean quan in the house for a friday night at oracle. oklahoma city took control in the fourth. hardin to durant, 37 points for durant. thunder beat the warriors 120-109. round two, tiger had the touch on the greens yesterday, finishing with five birdies and shot a 3-under 69, leaving him 2
shots behind the leader heading into the weekend. men's semifinals at the australian open, andy murray taking on top seed novak djokovic. the match lasted just under 5 hours. djokovic won in 5 sets. he'll have one day to regroup before taking on raphael nadal in the finals. giants signed ryan care yo to a one-year deal, expected to compete with brandon crawford for the starting job at shortstop. that's a look at sports. see you tonight at 5:30. coming up tomorrow on weekend early edition, a wag of the finger from arizona's governor and a scathing review from president obama as the cameras roll on. >> i liked it, because i like the facade being gone, i like him being the tough guy and getting in the governor's face and sort of saying, hey, look, i've got an issue with it. and the governor came off being
a bad host, bad politician and having bad manners. >> and it also evidenced the fact, uncharacteristic of a politician, he actually read the book! >> plus, the latest on the gop presidential race with the chair of california's republican party. join us live tomorrow, weekend early edition starting at 7:30. coming up, the gop presidential candidates stumping in florida and dog lovers divided over new plans for a park in the east bay. why some people say it's actually a bad thing for our four-legged friends. these women acted out of distress, out of self defense, and eminent danger. >> survivors of abuse behind bars. still to come, the coalition of lawmakers and advocates giving hope to the women who have defended their lives against their abusers. we'll be right back.
homicide of the year. what . a brutal stabbing at an east bay community. the first homicide of the year there, and what the suspects shared with the teen victim. then, as oakland braces for a big occupy push today, uc davis students sound off over a media consultant hired after another occupy event. plus, winner takes all in florida primary. presidential hopefuls reaching out to a key voting group ahead of tuesday's contest. welcome back to weekend early edition.
it is 7:29 on january 28, the final weekend of january already. i'm anne mackovic. >> you sound excited! >> i can't believe it! 2012! >> it's going fast. >> doesn't feel like january weather out there, as we're back to the dry and mild weather conditions here, warm as well. mid to upper 60s around the bay here today. and we'll continue this pattern through the weekend. no rain in sight at this time. we'll talk more about it, coming up in a few minutes. >> thanks, jim. presidential hopeful mitt romney and newt gingrich are courting the latino vote in florida ahead of that state's primary on tuesday. romney said his heart goes out to the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the u.s., but he says many of them will simply return to their home countries voluntarily if they can't find a job. >> we're not going to go around and round people up in buses and ship them home. instead, we'll let people make their own decisions based upon their employment opportunities here, or lack thereof.
>> now, newt gingrich is calling that idea a fantasy. he wants tougher border security and penalties for employers who hire undocumented workers. but he says he also wants leniency for people who have been in the u.s. for many years. paul and santorum have left the state and are moving on. new this morning, police in san leandro are asking for help in finding a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a teenage girl. this marks the city's first homicide of the year. here is the suspect, 19-year-old henry leon of oakland. police say he drives a dark blue cadillac escalade with black rims. police say he had a relationship with the victim and is the father of their 9-month-old baby. officers found the 15-year-old girl last night in the 1900 block of pacific avenue and she was stabbed several times in her torso. police and paramedics tried to save her life, but unfortunately, she died. today, occupy oakland plans to raise its profile again, after weeks of staying
relatively quiet. occupy supporters flooded the rafters at oakland city hall wednesday night to protest redeveloped cuts. now they are promising major action today, calling for protesters to take over a vacant building. they are telling mayor jean quan in writing that if they are evicted from the building they are planning on taking over, they will then block the oakland airport, occupy city hall, and shut down the port. serious threats. get ready for even more outrage over the occupy davis protests. uca administrators are paying a crisis media consult want 100,000 grand for the incident at uc davis. the news is not sitting well. >> reporter: it's video that went viral. uc davis cops hitting peaceful occupy protesters with high-powered pepper spray, resulting in an international incident, and now, more outrage. >> just seems like a lot of
money for an incident. >> reporter: cbs 13 has learned in the weeks following the incident, the uc system decided to shell out $100,000 for damage control, a crisis media consultant to handle public communication for chancellor and administration. >> i would rather the money go towards education instead of making people doing bad things look good. >> reporter: david roddy is a uc davis occupier, upset, learning of the price tag, as they fight rising tuition. >> i think it just reinforces the position of the protesters here that the administration is willing to throw money around, as long as they don't address the actual problems that are facing students. >> reporter: but uc administrators obviously disagree. >> we have parents, students, legislators, you know, public officials, the campus community at davis, and we wanted to ensure that we told them what
steps we were taking, how we were taking them, and that everything was coordinated. >> reporter: but $100,000 for a few months of help? students, not so sure. >> i would love to have seen that money gone straight to those students. >> that was derek shore reporting. now, in its defense, the uc system says the money didn't come from student tuition, but instead comes from a reserve fund used to handle insurance claims. meanwhile, the school's official report on the incident is expected to be released on february 21. we're finding out more this morning about the takedown of osama bin laden last may. a pakistani doctor helped u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s during their raid on bin laden's compound, according to defense secretary leon panetta during a 60 minutes profile. the doctor is now in a pakistani jail accused of treason. watch more on 60 minutes tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. on cbs 5. well, there is a new request from the former penn state
assistant football coach accused of sexually abusing young boys. jerry sandusky has asked a judge to allow him to see his grandkids. according to his attorney, the children told their parents that they are sad because they couldn't visit their grandfather. a turf war has erupted in one east bay city, pitting pet owners against city officials. as it stands right now, at rancho laguna park, dog owners can unleash their pets during certain times of the day at that park, but the city wants to relocate the dog park to a narrow section of land currently filled with wood chips and trees. pet owners say the area is not dog-friendly and they are suing to stop it. >> it would be very difficult to have the normal kind of exercise and ball chasing and running around together that we normally have. >> now, we tried to speak with members of the town council and staff about the issue, but they say they couldn't talk about it because of the lawsuit.
boy, gorgeous day, though, to take a dog for a walk if that's what you're up to today, or anything you want to do outside. it's going to be really nice. jim has more details on that. >> very dry air mass around the bay, and as you mentioned, quite lovely this morning, with temperatures on the warm side. i'll have your forecast details, coming up next. and today's jefferson award touches an angel in disguise. a little boy who inspired a special project to help young patients. >> it starts with a backhand and ends with a gun in your face. survivors of abuse, speaking out. a new bill to bring justice to victims of domestic violence. marisa gonzalez joins us live next. sweetheart. we need to talk.
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workers sparked a project 's project that's helping hospitalized children. as ke kelly reports, the all .. the name of a lit . a friendship between coworkers sparks a product helping hospitalized children. as kate kelly reports, they do it all in the name of a little boy who changed their world. >> reporter: when kelly porter visits children's hospital oakland, he knows the way to the pediatric floor and he knows what he's carrying in brightly wrapped bags will make a difference for the kids facing long streements ahead.
lessons learned from a little boy named aiden. >> he was the most creative guy that i ever met. >> reporter: kelly met aiden 14 years ago, when he was just a baby. aiden's mom, hally, was kelly's coworker at the bank where they both worked in texas. kelly says when aiden was diagnosed with brain cancer, it was his love of music and art that helped him through. >> i even have a sleepy time play list to drown out all the hospital noise. >> he understood music and art and the power that it had to help heal. >> reporter: aiden wanted to share that power with other kids, so he and kelly and hally launched aiden.org, adding an extra a in the name for angels in guys are always near. in three years, they have given out almost 150 ipods, ipads, and touches. >> thanks. thank you. >> reporter: 13-year-old darby got one to use while he's
fighting leukemia. >> i won't get bored when i use it. >> i patients have responded amazingly. we have a lot of patients here who would never have the means to have this kind of equipment. >> reporter: the hospital's senior music therapist, maya charles-- >> with the ipad that aiden donated to the music therapy program, kids are able to create their own music through a garage band. >> reporter: the website added devices for kids to use e-mail to keep in touch with friends, playing games, or translating foreign languages. each item is hand delivered, personally decorated with a personal touch. aiden personally decorated over 80 ipod cases before he lost his battle with cancer in 2010. his mother continues their mission in texas, while kelly, who now works in san francisco volunteers here in memory of the little boy who taught him so much about perseverance. >> i want others to know his story and to be inspired, and to know just what an amazing kid he was.
>> reporter: so for helping improve the experience for children facing long hospital treatments, this week's jefferson award in the bay area goes to the cofounders of aiden.org. kelly porter, and halley eimroff. kate kelly. >> find out more information at our website, click on jefferson awards. time for our weather forecast this weekend. pretty warm out there, and getting warmer quickly. >> doesn't feel like end of january across the bay here today, as we see skies clearing out once again after a soggy weekend last week as you may recall. took us up to about 40 to 50% of our rainfall average for this time of year, which is a good thing. we did some catchup there. no catching up on the rainfall numbers this weekend, as we see mostly clear across the bay this morning, very dry air mass out there due to offshore breeze.
and again, we will look for very warm conditions as well for this time of year. mid to upper 60s for most areas here. we see slight offshore breeze developing across the bay this morning, for clear and warm conditions. we'll continue dry and mild through the week. we've got a glancing blow with a slight chance of showers up in the north bay here on sunday night, into monday. but i don't think that's going to amount to much. we'll look for air quality to suffer a bit this weekend due to the sinking air mass. all areas will be moderate tomorrow, as we see skies mostly clear. again, that dry, sinking air mass will result in a very stagnant air flow across the region, with winds very light and variable. as the storm track stays well to our north through the weekend and into the beginning of the week, we'll see this weak disturbance cross north, the tail end testify will brush the north bay, could bring showers. that offshore breeze will gradually weaken, though, as this tail end goes by to our
north. that will keep us dry and mild, but not quite as warm, a we will be this weekend. again, we'll see mid to upper 60s for most locations today. here's that slight chance of showers clipping the north bay tomorrow night, but again, that will be minimal event, as we'll look for more clouds than rain. and a slight cooldown into the beginning of the week, still in the mid to low 60s for most locations. statewide, lots of sunshine, except up in the north coast. patchy fog here, and sunny and warm in the mountains as well, with 2 inches of snow at the base of the ski resorts for most locations, and about 4 inches -- 4 feet, i should say, up in the motte tampa. that's 2 feet at base elevations, as they did pick up snow finally the last couple of weeks. we'll look for temperatures around the bay mid to low 60s. warmer locations in the valley, pushing the upper 60s to low 70s. gorgeous day around the bay, as we see mild conditions cooling slightly, but continuing through the week, even into next
weekend. looks like we'll cool down with a few more clouds, but continue this high and dry warn for the foreseeable future. again, no rain in sight at the moment, so we'll enjoy this balmy weather while it lasts, even though it is not exactly a january weather pattern. there you go, anne. back to you. >> thanks, jim. lawmakers, filmmakers and advocates, raising awareness about survivors of domestic violence that are serving time behind bars. >> after being abused in their own homes by their abusers, they are being abused by the criminal justice system, that was lying about important details of their case. right now, a new bill is working through the state legislature to help these stories be told. joining us live now, marisa gonzalez, a staff attorney at legal services for prisoners with children. she's also the coordinator of
the habeas project. thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. tell us, this is a two-parter, because you guys have already passed one bill and now you're seeking to amend it. tell us about the bill. >> once somebody is charged with and convicted of a crime, our criminal justice system really looks at them as a number. but these are our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, and too often, our grandmother's. and they were experiencing severe abuse at the time that they were being convicted and being charged with these crimes. they didn't have a chance to have that story told, and what the habeas project and the legislature intended with these bills is for women to have a chance to tell their stories so that we can understand how the severe abuse they were experiencing at the time connected to the crime that they were convicted of. we're talking about women who were convicted of murdering their abusers? >> often, or of participating in a crime that they were coerced into by their abusive partner. and so the original law that
you passed, or that you helped pass about 10 years ago, what did that do? >> that allowed for some survivors who hadn't had expert testimony about domestic violence during their crimes to now be able to bring that to a judge and say, had i had that expert testimony, it could have made a difference. i think it surprises a lot of people to think that testimony wasn't available to everybody, when you think about the fact that a lot of people used in their defense, self defense. >> and that's all that this expert testimony is there to do, is to bolster that self defense and help the jury and the judge to understand the abuse and how it was connected to the crime. but what this new bill will do is expand it to more survivors who may have had limited expert testimony. a judge may have admitted some of the testimony, but often judges, when the bill was first passed, didn't really understand the extent to which that testimony was supposed to come in, or what it was relevant to, so women didn't get a full chance to tell their stories. that's what this will will do, allow them to tell their full
stories. why now? we only started the push 10 years ago. what sparked this? >> i think as we have been working to help women, we started to see where, where the flaws in the bill are, who is still falling through the cracks, and it's taken us some time to figure out, there are still people who we're not able to help on the books currently because they did have some kind of expert testimony, but it wasn't up to the standards that it would be today. and that's what we want to do with this bill, is to bring that law up to the standards, make sure that women have the chance to tell their full story, and not have it limited in some way. now, tell me about the help that expert testimony of domestic violence would give in somebody's case. >> expert testimony can come in really to try to dispel the myths and misconceptions that judges and juries often have about abuse. why didn't she leave? if it was that bad, i would have
left. maybe she tried to leave several times. maybe she understood that by leaving, she was putting herself in more danger. maybe, you know, there were barriers to her safety and for the safety of her children that prevented her from leaving. and so the expert can help the jury and the judge to really understand those barriers, the attempts that the woman made to achieve safety, and how she ended up in this criminal situation. >> yeah, a lot of psychological factors at play there when it comes to domestic violence. now, the new part of the bill has already passed committee. you've been out there in sacramento talking to some of the lawmakers. what's the reception you've gotten? >> it's mostly very favorable. i think that california is really on the cutting edge when it comes to understanding the connection of domestic violence to particularly women in the criminal justice system, and so for the most part, we have gotten really positive feedback. we're really happy that we're
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fire. the new spot was a tony bennett room right there, and this is what it's all about. it is the joe special, a scramble with ground beef, spinach and onions. the original joe red booths, famous booths, a hot spot. now open for business in san francisco's north bay. another historic spot reopens this weekend, sweetwater musical in mill valley, music venue for 30 years has been saved by local music makers, including bob williams and the grateful dead. serving up good music and also great eats. finally, i will be at lafitte in san francisco on the embarcadero for a blazing hot contest. that's saturday from noon to 2:30, a charity cookoff for the california firefighters foundation. top chef and firefighters will battle for the foodie chap trophy. i'll see you there. that is your food-filled liam's list. there you have it. enjoy the rest of your weekend.
police in the east bay are trying to find the prime sut in the fatal stabbing of a 15-yea . police in the east bay are trying to find the prime suspect in a fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl in san leandro. the suspect is a 19-year-old man from oakland who drives a dark blue cadillac escalade. oakland occupiers are vowing to return to action today, calling for a takeover of a vacant building. they are telling mayor jean quan that if they are, quote, evicted from the building they plan on taking over, they will then block the oakland airport, occupy city hall, and shut down the ports. presidential hopefuls mitt romney and newt gingrich are continuing to clash over immigration issues in florida. they are trying to attract
voters, including latinos ahead of tuesday's primary in that state. the other two candidates, ron paul and rick santorum, have actually left the state, moving on to some of the future contests. tomorrow, on weekend early edition, the wag of the finger from arizona's governor, and a scathing review from president obama, as the cameras roll on. >> i like to think the facade being gone, like him being the tough guy and getting in the governor's face and sort of saying, hey, look, you know, i've got an issue with it. the governor came off being a bad host, bad politicians, and having bad manners. >> and it also evidenced the fact, uncharacteristically for politicians, he actually read the book! plus, the latest on the gop presidential race, with the chair of california's republican party. he joins us tomorrow morning on weekend early edition starting at 7:30 a.m. time for our last look at weather. boy, another gorgeous weekend around here, last weekend of
january. >> one month at a time here. >> moving so quickly. >> it is nice out there. clear and dry today, low relative humidity, as we see temperatures warming into the mid to upper 60s. a little cool start to the day, with low 30s up in the north bay. san rafael, the thermometer is sitting on a heating vent, but mid to upper 30s for most of the interior, into the mid to low 50s around the bay right now, and this afternoon we'll look for lots of sunshine, clear conditions, and temperatures warming as mentioned into the mid to low 60s. now, this dry trend may cool a bit into the beginning of the week, when we see it continues even into next weekend. so we can expect february to start much like january ends, on a dry note. >> today is almost approaching beach weather! >> could be, very well. even warm back at the beach with a bit of an offshore breeze setting up across the area. make the best of it. once again, another gorgeous
weekend out there. >> sounds good. finally this morning, one very small step for mankind and a giant leap for legos. two canadian teens sent a lego man into space. they attached him to a weather balloon and turned on four cameras to watch what happened next. the little guy reached 80,000 feet in the stratosphere, then the balloon popped. the lego man fell and returned safely to earth, bringing back those amazing images. the boys used cell phone gps to then locate their little man. wow! teenagers! amazing things they are up to these days. i was concentrating on getting a prom date and things like that. [ laughter ] time for us to call it a morning. thanks for making weekend early edition a part of your day. enjoy your gorgeous saturday, and remember, we'll be back here tomorrow morning at 7:30. have a good one. >> see you then.
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