FROM Doug Otto
Was the Judge Lenient in Sentencing Long Beach Teens? When nine black teenagers were convicted of the Halloween beating of three white women in Long Beach, there was delight on one side and outrage on the other. As the when teens were sentenced, the outrage and delight were reversed. Today, the last teen was sentenced and, like eight others before her, she was put on probation and ordered to serve 250 hours of community service. Unlike the others, she was not placed on 60 days of house arrest. What other options were available to the judge under juvenile law designed to rehabilitate rather than punish? Has justice been done? Is the juvenile system doing its job? We hear from journalists and experts in juvenile law, including the attorney representing the victims and their families.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.