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Joy Behar Brings Her A-Game for Outrageous Accusations by Blasting Trump's Abuse of CNN Reporter

Independent Journal Review | January 13, 2017 - During his Wednesday press conference, President-elect Donald Trump delivered the snub heard around the world when he unceremoniously rejected questions from CNN's Jim Acosta. [ more ]


Emotional Senate Hearing Finds Backpage.com Complicit in Underage Sex Trafficking as Victim’s Families Testify

ABC News | January 13, 2017 -  “Those children were sold, and they simply tried to sanitize it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the definition of evil”, said Sen. Claire McCaskill, glaring at the five company executives sitting in front of her. [ more ]


Why It May Be Hard to Convict an Officer in Cases of Police-Involved Deaths

ABC News | December 7, 2016 - A mistrial was declared Monday in the murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer who was accused in the shooting death of an unarmed black man. ABC News senior legal correspondent Sunny Hostin believes police officers are judged by different standards. [ more ]


Missouri Senate Hopeful Jason Kander Is One of Many Down-Ballot Candidates Who Could Change Senate Balance of Power

ABC News | November 2, 2016 - Jason Kander, the millennial Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, has been making waves in America’s heartland. [ more ]


These Texas Women Had Plastic Surgery to Look Like Ivanka Trump

ABC News | November 2, 2016 - Tiffany Taylor is a country girl at heart and the 33-year-old mom of three is a Texan through and through, with a surprisingly cosmopolitan role model. [ more ]


James Comey: The Man at the Center of the Clinton Email Investigation

ABC News | November 1, 2016 - “He is known as a straight shooter and fairly non-partisan, which is reflected in the fact that he was confirmed for his current position as FBI director by 93-1 vote [in the Senate],” ABC News senior legal analyst Sunny Hostin said. [ more ]


‘The View’ Hits Back at Kellyanne Conway: You Want Some ‘Hard News?’

The Daily Beast | September 30, 2016 - After everything Trump has said about Mexican immigrants and building a wall and now apparently violating the Cuba embargo, Sunny Hostin asks, “If you're a Latino, what would possess you to vote for Donald Trump?” [ more ]


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: A Legal Analysis of the Divorce Filing

ABC News | September 20, 2016 - When Angelina Jolie filed paperwork to end her marriage to Brad Pitt, many wondered if the split would be contentious. ABC News senior legal correspondent and analyst Sunny Hostin notes that custody arrangements generally cause the most strife. [ more ]


Teen Sues Parents Over Embarrassing Childhood Photos on Facebook

ABC7 News | September 15, 2016 - A teenager is suing her mom and dad for sharing embarrassing childhood pictures on Facebook.  The 18-year-old old says they did it without her consent. [ more ]


Police Body-Cam Footage Missing After Shooting of Unarmed Black Teen

Law Newz | August 8, 2016 - Chicago Police released body camera footage related to the shooting death of an unarmed, black teenager, but the video seemed to show everything but the actual shooting.  Sunny Hostin thinks the officers could face charges for their actions. [ more ]


‘The View’ Mocks Melania Trump’s Plagiarism: ‘Somebody Sabotaged Her’

The Daily Beast | July 19, 2016 - The hosts of ‘The View’ had way too much fun mocking Melania’s plagiarized RNC speech. When Sunny heard "word is your bond" come out of Melania Trump's mouth, she was like: "Melania's from the block, woah!" [ more ]


The Big Differences Between Black and White Families Having the Race Conversation

ABC News | July 13, 2016 - Two families, living only miles apart in the Philadelphia area, both with dedicated fathers and both with young sons enjoying the summer before seventh grade. But when it comes to the issues of race, these fathers and sons live in different worlds. [ more ]


Can Clinton Still Face Charges After FBI Finding?

ABC News | July 5, 2016 - The FBI today said that Hillary Clinton and her staff were "extremely careless" in handling classified data on her private email server but stopped short of recommending criminal charges against the former secretary of state. [ more ]


10-Year-Old Golf Prodigy Ordered to Stop Playing Tournaments Amid Parents’ Custody Battle

ABC News | July 4, 2016 - A Virginia judge ordered a 10-year-old gold prodigy to stop competing in golf tournaments over the next year as part of her parents continuing seven-year custody battle. [ more ]


Elizabeth Warren on 'The View': Donald Trump Trying to 'Bully Me Into Shutting Up'

ABC News | June 28, 2016 - The day after her first campaign appearance with Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren today addressed allegations lobbed by Donald Trump that she made fraudulent claims about her ancestry. [ more ]


Elizabeth Warren Talks Hillary Clinton Campaign and Donald Trump Insults - "The View" Exclusive

The View | June 28, 2016 - Senator Elizabeth Warren joined The View Hot Topics live via satellite from Washington during the Tuesday June 28th, 2016 episode. [ more ]


Judge in Stanford Sexual Assault Trial Leaves Early for Vacation

ABC7 | June 16, 2016 - The judge in the Stanford sexual assault case is leaving early on a planned vacation. The efforts to get Judge Aaron Persky recalled continue, while the victim's letter was read aloud in congress late last night. [ more ]


'Girls' Star Lena Dunham Dedicates Powerful Video to Victim in Stanford Sexual Assault Case

ABC News | June 9, 2016 - "Girls" creator Lena Dunham and her co-stars are standing in solidarity with the 23-year-old victim of a sexual assault at Stanford University. [ more ]


Bill Cosby: What's Next for His Sexual Assault Trial

ABC News | May 27, 2016 - Earlier this week, Bill Cosby was ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case brought against him last December. ABC News senior legal correspondent and analyst Sunny Hostin thinks it could be an uphill battle for Cosby's lawyers. [ more ]


Daughters for Sale: How Young American Girls Are Being Sold Online

ABC News | May 25, 2016 - In an old home movie, young Natalie is laughing and running around with a soccer ball. She’s around 12 years old, and she looks at the camera and says, “When I grow up, I would like to be a doctor.” [ more ]


Former Prosecutor On ‘The View’ Questions Handling Of Freddie Gray Case

Western Journalism | May 23, 2016 - On The View Monday morning, Whoopi Goldberg made the announcement that Officer Edward Nero had been found not guilty in the death of Freddie Gray. Sunny Hostin explained things from the viewpoint of a prosecutor. [ more ]


Breast Cancer Survivor Will Walk 1,000 Miles to Congress

ABC News | April 29, 2016 - Paulette Leaphart, 49, is going to Washington, D.C. And she will make the entire 1,000-mile journey on foot. Nothing will stand in her way - not even the shirt on her back. Sunny considers the law and publicity. [ more ]


‘The View’ Crew Weighs in on Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Controversy

The Wrap | April 21, 2016 - The women of “The View” weigh in on the controversy over abolitionist icon Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.  Sunny Hostin is angered by the suggestion that Harriet Tubman be added to the $2 bill instead. [ more ]


Victory Speech Has ‘The View’ Host Sunny Hostin Calling Trump ‘More Presidential’

Western Journalism | April 20, 2016 - As on so many other occasions in Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency, his words were dissected after his victory speech.  Sunny Hostin of The View said Trump seemed “much more presidential this time.” [ more ]


Mom Claims She Was Kicked Out of North Carolina Courtroom for Breastfeeding

ABC News | April 12, 2016 - A woman says she was kicked out of a Henderson County, NC, courtroom for breastfeeding during a child custody hearing on Monday.  ABC's Sunny Hostin looks into the North Carolina law on the topic.
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Jury Selection Begins in Case Accusing Georgia Dad of Murder in Son's Hot Car Death

ABC News | April 11, 2016 - The jury selection process began today in the case against a Georgia father whose 22-month-old son died when he was left in a hot SUV.  Sunny Hostin discusses the importance of jury selection. [ more ]


Watch Bernie Sanders Discuss the Pope, Clinton, Gun Control, and More on “The View“

The View | April 8, 2016 - Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders visited “The View” for the third time this season on Friday April 8th, 2016. He had much to discuss during his interview with the co-hosts including Hillary Clinton (who appeared on “The View” Tuesday April 7th, 2016) and Pope Francis. [ more ]


Hulk Hogan Details the Story Behind his Sex Tape, Talks Gawker Verdict on ‘The View’

The Washington Post | March 23, 2016 - A jury in Florida heard all of the details about Hulk Hogan’s sex tape that was posted on Gawker, thanks to the pro-wrestler’s lawsuit against the media company that netted him $140 million in damages [ more ]


Hulk Hogan Defends Himself in First Interview Post Gawker Lawsuit Win

The Epoch Times | March 23, 2016 - Hulk Hogan sat with the women of “The View” and relayed a message he wants the world to know—he is not racist. [ more ]


6-Year-Old Girl at Center of Emotional Custody Battle Between Foster Parents and the Choctaw Nation

ABC News | March 23, 2016 - A Santa Clarita, California, family is living its worst nightmare. Rusty and Summer Page are losing their foster daughter, Lexi, whom they’ve raised as their own for the last four years. [ more ]


Hulk Hogan Verdict Is a 'Huge Win for Celebrities,' Legal Expert Says

ABC News | March 19, 2016 - After Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million in his lawsuit against Gawker, legal experts say the case could have many ramifications on future media coverage of celebrities and the First Amendment right to free speech. [ more ]


‘The View’ Brings Donald Trump-as Adolf Hitler-Analogies Into the Mainstream

The Daily Beast | March 7, 2016 - All week, comedians have been comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. Now that those analogies have come to The View, they aren’t so funny anymore. [ more ]


What Erin Andrews' Testimony Means for Her $75 Million Lawsuit

ABC News | March 2, 2016 - The defense has taken over in Erin Andrews' civil suit, but the sportscaster’s testimony has had a significant impact on the course of the case, legal experts say. [ more ]


Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22

CNN | July 27, 2015 - Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, has died, a Houston family representative said in a statement Sunday. [ more ]


Sandra Bland's Family 'Infuriated' at Video of her Arrest

CNN | July 23, 2015 - The family of Sandra Bland, whose death in a Texas jail has drawn national attention, expressed anger Wednesday over a newly released video they say offers further proof that her arrest was unnecessary. [ more ]


Do Police Shoot Black Women More Often? Statistics Don't Always Paint The Full Picture

BUSTLE | June 8, 2015 - Little attention has been paid to black female citizens who have suffered racially charged deaths at the hands of uniformed officers.  While the Justice Department is unable to provide concrete statistics, it's clear that black women are often fired upon under questionable circumstances. [ more ]


When Couples are Out of Sync About Sex

CNN | May 12, 2015 - Get a group of married women together and the topic of sex — or more specifically how their partners want it more than they do — invariably comes up. “Why can’t we be more in sync?” many women wonder. “Why don’t we want to have sex as much as our husbands do?” [ more ]


Despite Bobby Brown's Claim, Bobbi Kristina Isn't 'Awake,' Source Says

CNN | April 20, 2015 - A source with knowledge of the condition of Bobbi Kristina Brown tells CNN that the 22-year-old daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston remains in the same neurological state that she has been in for over 12 weeks. [ more ]


Did Volunteer Deputy in Tulsa Shooting Pay to be a Cop?

CNN | April 14, 2015 - Robert Bates was a volunteer deputy who'd never led an arrest for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. So how did the 73-year-old insurance company CEO end up joining a sting operation this month that ended when he pulled out his handgun and killed suspect Eric Harris? Sunny weighs in... [ more ]


The Fight for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Life

CNN | March 31, 2015 - Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have a potentially life or death decision to make: whether to put the Boston Marathon bomber before a federal jury that will decide his fate.  Sunny Hostin analyzes the case. [ more ]


Police: No 'Substantive Basis' to Support UVA Rape Story in Rolling Stone

CNN | March 23, 2015 - Charlottesville Police said Monday that investigators found no "substantive basis" to support a University of Virginia female student's story that she was raped at the Phi Kappa Psi house, an account that Rolling Stone published last November. CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin said it's not unusual for a sexual assault victim to avoid the criminal process. [ more ]


Source: Bobbi Kristina Brown Moved to Medical Rehab Facility

CNN | March 20, 2015 - The daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, in a medically induced coma after being found unresponsive in January, has been moved to a rehabilitation facility, a source close to the family said Friday. [ more ]


What's Next for the University of Oklahoma?

CNN | March 10, 2015 - The expulsions of two students by the University of Oklahoma for their role in a racist chant will likely not be the last word on the scandal. CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin said she believes there will be a constitutional challenge to the expulsions. [ more ]


Why Women are Medicating Away Their Moodiness

CNN | March 6, 2015 - The provocative title of Julie Holland's new book, "Moody Bitches," got CNN's Kelly Wallace thinking about whether our emotionality, our monthly ups and downs during our menstrual cycle, should be viewed as such a negative after all. Sunny Hostin joins her to discuss... [ more ]


Injustice In Ferguson: Who Will Be Held Accountable?

CNN | March 4, 1014 - A new Justice Department report on Ferguson's police and courts could not be more clear: Change is needed.  CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin thinks they're headed toward wholesale reform. [ more ]


Bobbi Kristina Brown Moved to New Hospital Amid Fight for Life

CNN | February 3, 2015 - Bobbi Kristina Brown was moved to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, sources close to the family said, but the daughter of singers Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston remained in a fight for her life after being found facedown in a bathtub over the weekend. [ more ]


Sunny Hostin's Thoughts on the New Civil Rights

ESSENCE Magazine | February 2015 - ESSENCE Magazine's historic February cover puts the spotlight squarely on the topic of our day.  Sunny Hostin made the cover as a thought leader on the new civil rights. [ more ]


Oklahoma Lawmakers to Vote on Outlawing Hoodies in Public

ESSENCE Magazine | January 12, 2015 - Republican Senator Don Barrington will present a bill which would mandate the fining of anyone who wore a hood in public in an attempt to conceal one's face. Violators would also face a misdemeanor charge and up to one year in jail. Sunny weighs in. [ more ]


One State Is About To Make It Illegal to Wear a Hoodie

Mic.com | January 4, 2015 - Oklahoma. In the Sooner State, right-wing lawmakers are pushing a vile response to the ongoing debate over race, crime and police killings across America: Ban hoodies. [ more ]


Hoodie Ban Law A Trayvon Martin Backlash? Critics Claim Racial Discrimination In St. Louis

Inquisitr.com | January 4, 2014 - The hoodie ban being imposed in multiple areas around the United States instantly reminds many of Trayvon Martin and because of this recognition, some critics feel any effort to impose hoodie ban laws amounts to racial discrimination. [ more ]


Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sunny Hostin Talks on Chokehold Verdict

24Urban.com | December 2014 - People have been voicing their outrage and frustration that NYPD Officer Darren Wilson was not indicted in the death of Eric Garner. CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin discusses her inability to understand the jury's decision, given the facts in the Garner case. [ more ]


Ferguson Witness Sandra McElroy Wasn’t Only One Who Lied — Why Did Prosecution Call Liars To Testify?

Inquisitr.com | December 19, 2014 - Ferguson grand jury witness Sandra McElroy lied about what she claimed occurred during the August 9 fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson — but McElroy was far from the only witness who lied.   Sunny Hostin weighs in. [ more ]


Cell Phones on a Plane Might Not Be as Bad as You Think

Yahoo!Travel | September 29, 2014 - Will you soon be able to make that all-important business call during that cross-country flight? Sunny Hostin weighs in. [ more ]


Chris Brown Faces Another 'Con Air' Trip After Trial Delay

CNN | April 23, 2014 - Chris Brown must return to California the same way he got to Washington, D.C. -- in chains on the grueling "Con Air" inmate transport system. [ more ]


Chris Brown's Bodyguard Guilty of Assault; Singer's Trial Delayed

CNN | April 21, 2014 - Chris Brown's assault trial has been delayed until Wednesday as lawyers regroup after the conviction of the singer's bodyguard, who was to have testified. [ more ]


Kansas City shootings: Could victims' religion affect hate crime charges?

CNN | April 15, 2014 - Investigators say it was a hate crime when a gunman opened fire at two Kansas City-area Jewish centers. But the three people he killed were Christian. [ more ]


Elkhart Teens Topic on 'Dr. Phil'

Goshen News | January 17, 2014 - Three Elkhart County teens convicted of murder — part of the “Elkhart 4” — spoke for the first time from behind prison bars via satellite Friday on the Dr. Phil show. [ more ]


Family Seeks to Take Pregnant Brain-Dead Texas Woman Off Ventilator

CNN | January 15, 2014 - The husband of a pregnant Texas woman -- who he says has been brain dead for seven weeks -- asked a court Tuesday to force a hospital to take her off a respirator, ventilator and other machines. [ more ]


Rape Victims Sue Police Over Decade-Long Rape Kit Backlog

Mint Press News | December 27, 2013 - The lawsuit accuses the Memphis Police Department of a history of discriminating against females. [ more ]


Rich Drunk Driver Kills 4, Spared Jail

CNN | December 12, 2013 - To the families of the victims, Ethan Couch was a killer on the road, a drunken teenage driver who caused a crash that left four people dead. [ more ]


The Dr. Phil Show: "My Husband is a Fugitive, but I Love Him"

The Dr. Phil Show | March 25, 2013 - Frank says that 10 years ago, he was a respected high school basketball coach — until a sex scandal involving a student landed him behind bars and on the sex offender registry. Frank maintains his innocence, but says he accepted a plea bargain and served 25 months in prison for second-degree sexual assault, second-degree threatening and interfering with an officer. Sunny Hostin weighs in... [ more ]


The Dr. Phil Show: "Ashley Toye: Monster or Mistake?"

The Dr. Phil Show | January 10, 2013 - Six years ago, Ashley Toye, then 17, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for her part in the torture and murder of two teens, Alexis and Jeffrey Sosa. Now, a new law may give her the opportunity for a reviewed — and possibly reduced — sentence. Does she deserve a second chance? Ashley, now 24, speaks out from prison in a daytime exclusive.  Sunny weighs in on the U.S. Surpeme Court ruling... [ more ]


Prosecution, Defense Team Up to Convince a Skeptical Judge to Release Inmate

Next month, a federal prosecutor and a defense attorney will stand before a judge in Miami and do something extraordinary. Both sides will present evidence and call witnesses to try to convince the judge to set a man free... [ more ]


A Conversation About Underage Drinking

Anderson's CNN colleague and legal expert Sunny Hostin says, "If you're a parent and you allow underage drinking in your home, then you can be criminally responsible and you can be civilly responsible. And the law doesn't allow for much flexibility. In fact, if you're not in the house, but know the drinking is going on, you can still be liable." [ more ]


CNN's Sunny Hostin On MJ's Doctor Surrendering

ESSENCE Magazine | February 4, 2010 - Sunny Hostin, legal analyst for CNN and contributor for "In Session", breaks down what will happen to Michael Jackson's doctor when he surrenders. Find out what he will be charged with, what will happen next, and why she predicts this may be the trial of the decade. [ more ]


Ponzi Schemes and How to Spot Them

The Huffington Post | January 23, 2009 - As news spreads of Bernard Madoff's alleged $50 billion fraud, many are wondering what exactly a Ponzi scheme is and how to avoid becoming a victim. [ more ]


Celebrities' Stalker Menace: 'It's Tough To Control Crazy'

Fox News | December 17, 2008 - If you're a celebrity with a stalker, the first thing that comes to your mind every time you have these everyday encounters is: Is that my stalker? And is this the time he'll try to make good on his threats? [ more ]


Commentary: Why Did Feds Give Spitzer a Pass?

CNN | November 24, 2008 - We finally heard from Ashley Dupre -- or "Kristin" as former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer knew her. But did we really hear much? I didn't.   I wanted to know more about Eliot Spitzer, the man... [ more ]


Hostin: It's Naked Cowboy, 1; Naked M&M, 0

CNN | July 1, 2008 - When I wrote in April that the lawsuit filed by Robert Burck "may be the end of the era of the "naked" cowboy and predicted he would be able to afford some "very nice duds," my fellow lawyers laughed at me... [ more ]


The Pellicano Brief: A Fool for a Client

CNN | May 15, 2008 - When a defendant utters those tragic words, "I'm going to represent myself," judges blanch, attorneys snicker, and even the court reporters grimace. I've been on the opposite side of those who have chosen to represent themselves. It wasn't pleasant... [ more ]


Online Campus Gossips Won't Show Their Faces

CNN | April 11, 2008 - Most people like gossip. Come on! You do too. Don't you glance every once in a while at US Weekly, In Touch, Page Six? And how about that Spitzer scandal -- even I can't get enough of that one.  But what happens when the gossip is about you or your boyfriend or your kid? And what if it's there on the Internet, for the entire world to see on a Web site called ... [ more ]


Is The Nanny Power-Washing My Kid?

CNN | April 11, 2008 - Is my nanny power-washing my kid?  I have to admit, that is all I thought about when I first saw the video and reported on the story of Nikki Ramirez..  She's the mother who was videotaped in February while spraying her 2½-year-old daughter with a high-pressure water hose at an Orlando, Florida, car wash... [ more ]


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