FROM Linda Deutsch
Should Leslie Van Houten Go Free? After nearly a half century in prison, Manson Family murderer Leslie Van Houten may be set free. The parole board recommended freedom yesterday. It was her 20th appearance before the board. Van Houten was convicted of killing Leno and Rosemary LaBianca - a couple who lived in Los Feliz. She, Charles Manson and two others left a grisly scene. It was the summer of 1969 when the Manson killings took place. Van Houten is now 66 years old. Patricia Krenwinkel - another Manson murderer - is the only woman who’s been in a California prison longer.
The OJ Simpson Verdict, 20 Years Later It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since a jury acquitted Heisman Trophy-winning-football player-turned-TV and movie star OJ Simpson of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson and a friend at their Brentwood home. The jury’s decision to not convict OJ sent ripples across the country, with some people believing a great injustice had been done, while others saying OJ was set up and deserved to have been set free.
Remembering Manson Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi The murder trial of Charles Manson made Vincent Bugliosi a household name worldwide. He died last night of cancer at the age of 80. It was 1969 and Bugliosi had only been Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles for five years when the Manson Family shot, stabbed and hung the movie actress Sharon Tate and five other people in the Hollywood Hills. Later the same night in Los Feliz, they tortured and killed Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in the couple’s home. After they were convicted, Bugliosi was surrounded by a familiar crowd of reporters. As the Associated Press special correspondent who covered that blockbuster story, Linda Deutsch was there that day.
Linda Deutsch Looks Back at L.A.’s Biggest Trials For the last 48 years, Linda Deutsch has had a front-row seat to L.A.’s most high-profile trials. When Charles Manson showed up in court with an X carved into his forehead, she was there. She was also there when O.J. Simpson struggled to put on a leather glove, and when jurors took a field trip to Phil Spector’s house. After nearly half a century as the L.A. courts reporter for the Associated Press, Linda Deutsch retired yesterday. She joins us to talk about her career and what she plans to do next.
Coliseum Scandal Casts Spotlight on Rave Culture Last Friday, two former executives of the Memorial Coliseum, two rave promoters and two other contractors were indicted on 29 counts of bribery, embezzlement, conspiracy and conflict of interest. Today's LA Times reports that one of the contractors is still at large and may be out of the country. District Attorney Steven Cooley says millions of public dollars were stolen and that prosecution will be conducted "aggressively." Jointly run by the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and the State of California, the Coliseum has hosted two Summer Olympic Games, John Kennedy's nomination as President, several world series and Super Bowls, and a mass conducted by Pope John Paul II. But since 2005, almost all the events there have been raves, also known as "electronic dance concerts."
Switzerland Rejects US Extradition Request for Polanski Roman Polanski was declared a free man today after Switzerland rejected a US request to extradite the famed director to face justice for forced sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. It is unclear what legal options are left for Los Angeles prosecutors now. Is this the end of road for the 33-year-old case? Linda Deutsch is a special correspondent for Associated Press , based in Los Angeles.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.