FROM Heidi Rummel
Free After 32 Years 32 years ago, Mary Virginia Jones went to prison for murder. She was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for her involvement in the killing of a drug dealer. But it was her boyfriend who pulled the trigger. Mary Jones was an unwilling bystander, forced to be there by her abusive boyfriend. Late Monday night, she was freed from prison through the work of law students at USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project. We talk to her and the head of the project.
Schwarzenegger's Final Day Pardons On his last night in office, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced the prison sentence of Esteban Núñez from 16 years to seven. Two years ago, Núñez was involved in a knife fight at San Diego State University, during which a 22-year-old man was stabbed to death. Núñez is now 21. He’s the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, a Democrat who worked closely with Schwarzenegger. It was only the tenth time in seven years that Schwarzenegger commuted a sentence. Heidi Rummel is Professor of Law at the University of Southern California and Director of its Post-Conviction Justice Project .
Russian citizens skeptical of election meddling allegations FBI Director James Comey said today that the Russians did try to influence the U.S. presidential election, and that the FBI is investigating whether that hacking was coordinated with the Trump campaign. Some Russians don’t buy it.
What do Trump's new emissions standards mean for fuel efficient cars? With President Trump unveiling lower fuel economy standards, will carmakers build more gas guzzlers? Also, an investigation looks into the risks of shipping nuclear warheads across the country on old 18 wheelers, driven by underpaid and overworked drivers. And, six years after Fukushima, nuclear waste has reached parts of the U.S. west coast.
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.
Bill Condon on the challenges of adapting a 'tale as old as time' Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon is no stranger to musicals -- he wrote the screenplay for movie versions of Chicago and Dreamgirls -- the latter of which he directed as well. But when Disney approached him about making a live-action adaptation of its famous animated classic he was initially hesitant take it on. He talks about what changed his mind and how he set about making the movie his own.