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Thursday
May102012

John Edwards Prosecution Uses ‘Nightline’ Interview in Court

Sketch by Christine Cornell(GREENSBORO, N.C.) -- The last thing jurors in the John Edwards trial saw Thursday before the prosecution rested was video from a Nightline interview that shows Edwards lying.

As the prosecution wrapped up its case, the state used the last 15 minutes or so to play most of ABC’s Bob Woodruff’s interview with Edwards, in which the former presidential hopeful admitted to having an affair with Rielle Hunter. The interview, which originally aired on Nightline in August 2008, was the first time Edwards publicly admitted that Hunter was his mistress, but denied fathering her child.

Edwards was in the courtroom, watching himself on the video as it played. At times, Edwards looked down or put his head in his hands.

Watch part 1 of the 2008 Nightline interview:

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And part 2:

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Edwards is accused of illegally using campaign funds to hide Hunter and the baby. He claims any money he received to hide Hunter was a personal gift and he was motivated only to keep the affair and his daughter with Hunter a secret from his wife, not the government.

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Monday
Apr112011

Mom Brandishing Giant Pliers Hunts Daughter's Alleged Kidnapper

Orange County Sheriff's Office(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- A brave eight-year-old and her fiercely protective mother are being hailed for tracking down a homeless man who police say tried to snatch the girl while she walked home from school.

The girl, who police have not identified because of her age, slipped out of the hands of Micah Green, a 29-year-old transient with a lengthy criminal record, and ran home Friday, police said.

When her mother learned what happened, she and the girl jumped in their car to find Green, who the girl said was not wearing a shirt. She said she had noticed him watching her from behind a tree before he tried to grab her near her home in Orlando, Fla.

"She looked back and felt him grab her," said Cpl. Susan Soto, spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "She screamed and pushed him. She cut loose and ran home."

When the girl spotted Green from the car, her mother jumped out of the car and began chasing the suspect with a heavy set of pliers, police said.

She chased him into the convenience store of the RaceTrac filling station, according to the police report.

The mother then told the store's staff that the man was suspected of trying to kidnap her daughter. A clerk and several customers helped detain Green until police arrived.

Greene was arrested and appeared in court late Friday. Charges were decreased from kidnapping to attempted kidnapping. Bond was set at $50,000. Green, who has been arrested 10 times since 2002, has not yet entered a plea but told ABC News affiliate WFTV, "I'm innocent of all charges." 

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Monday
Feb212011

Teen Speaks Out About Alleged Rape by Cruise Line Employee

Photo Courtesy - Dylan McCord/U.S. Navy via Getty Images (file)(MIAMI) -- When Darla and Enoch, who asked that their last names not be used, took their teenage daughter on an eight-day Caribbean cruise, the family never expected their dream vacation would turn into a nightmare.

After having trouble falling asleep one night during their 2009 Carnival cruise, Taylor, who was then 14, said she left her parents' cabin and went alone to an upper deck of the ship "Freedom" to write in her journal. It was there, she said, that Heri Krispiyanto, a 30-year-old Carnival cruise line employee from Indonesia who waited on the family during meals, found her and then raped her.

"He pulled me into an employee-only room," she said. "I asked him what he was doing and he told me that he was going to take care of me.

"He raped me, I kept saying, 'No,' but he didn't care," she said of the alleged rape. "He told me not to tell my parents, and he just unlocked the door and let me go."

After it was over, Taylor said she was shaking and afraid as she returned to her parents' cabin, but she didn't tell them what had happened. Even after returning home to Oklahoma, Taylor kept the incident a secret from her parents for the next three months until she became severely depressed.

After Taylor finally told her parents in August 2009, they were horrified. When Enoch heard about his daughter's alleged rape, he called the FBI but, by then, Krispiyanto was back in Indonesia. Nine months passed before the FBI located him at a U.S. port, while he was working for a different Carnival cruise ship.

Charles Lipcon of Miami, a cruise ship litigation attorney who represented Taylor and her family, said when the FBI first interviewed Krispyanto, he denied any wrongdoing.

"The FBI gave him a lie detector test and the waiter flunked the lie detector test," Lipcon said. "Then the waiter said, 'Oh, yeah, I did have sex with Taylor, but it was consensual.' Well, you can't have consensual sex with a 14-year-old. They're too young to consent and that's what led to the prosecution."

Lipcon and Taylor's family sued Carnival for sexual assault committed by a crew member. Krispiyanto later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of sex abuse of a minor and is serving a 3-year prison sentence in Seminole County Jail in Orlando, Fla.

A Carnival cruise line representative released a statement to ABC News apologizing again to Taylor and her parents: "We go to tremendous lengths to ensure a secure and enjoyable vacation environment for the more than 4 million passengers who sail with us each year. ... We are truly sorry that this tragic crime occurred and again want to express our deepest apologies to the victim and her family.”

Safety on cruises has become such a huge issue that Congress held hearings in 2006 and 2007 where they asked victims of alleged cruise ship crimes to testify. In July 2010, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act was passed and signed into law.

The law now requires cruise ships to report all allegations of crimes to the U.S. Coast Guard and the FBI, maintain functioning electronic surveillance cameras and use rape kits to collect evidence in cases of sexual assault.

Taylor, now 16, and her family settled their suit out of court with Carnival, and agreed not to disclose the settlement amount. However, they refused to sign a gag order, because, they said, they wanted to speak out about their ordeal.

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