March 29th, 2012
10:12 PM ET

AC360 – New Witness Speaks Out About Trayvon Martin Shooting

A new eyewitness – who has never told their story and actually saw the shooting take place – spoke to Anderson about  what happened the night Trayvon Martin was shot. The eyewitness – who has asked to remain anonymous – says George Zimmerman didn't seem hurt when he got up after struggle.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
March 29th, 2012
10:08 PM ET

AC360 invu with Dr. Julian Bond: Anti-Gay Marriage Group's E-Mails 'Scary'

Former chair-person of the NAACP, Dr. Julian Bond says it's "scary" the National Organization for Marriage thinks they can move African Americans around like chess pieces. He is referring to a disturbing internal memo from the National Organization for Marriage which plans to recruit African Americans as spokespeople to oppose gay marriage – and provoke the gay marriage base to call those people bigots and thus “drive a wedge between gays and blacks”.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
March 29th, 2012
02:29 PM ET

Soldier's lawyer: Afghan shooting case 'tough to prove'

The attorney representing Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of shooting and killing 17 civilians in Afghanistan says his client has memory problems that have kept him from explaining what may have happened the night of the shooting spree. Bales, his lawyer says, also can't remember what–if any–medications he was taking.

As for defending Bales, attorney John Henry Browne says PTSD will certainly play a role, but for prosecutors, it will be a "tough case to prove."

Topics: Afghanistan • CNN • Erin Burnett
March 29th, 2012
09:47 AM ET

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien Hosts a Special Town Hall “Beyond Trayvon: Race and Justice in America”

Airs Friday, March 30th at 8p and 10p on CNN

CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien will moderate a Town Hall discussion on the event that has gripped the nation: the shooting of Trayvon Martin. In this one hour special we’ll hear from family members and friends, law enforcement officials, citizen watch organizers, civil right leaders, legal experts and concerned parents. The conversation will take place before an audience that will participate in the questioning. CNN will be live-blogging the show on the CNN In America blog. The live blog will also include comments from CNN commentators and reporters while they watch from Twitter, Facebook and more. Viewers can leave their comments as well.

Beyond Trayvon: Race & Justice In America airs on Friday, March 30th at 8p and 10p ET on CNN.

This special is a part of CNN’s In Depth coverage of Trayvon Martin and the various issues that have driven a national conversation. CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President and Managing Editor Mark Whitaker outlines CNN’s focused reporting for the next week and a half in a new Op-Ed: In Depth: CNN peels back the layers of the Trayvon Martin story.

In addition to the special Town Hall, reporting highlights include:


  • In a special series titled Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture Anderson Cooper 360 will explore the topics of children and race beginning Monday at 8pm and 10pm ET. With the help of a CNN commissioned scientific pilot study, anchors Anderson Cooper and Soledad O’Brien will help viewers understand how race influences a child’s world.


  • will collect iReports in an Open Story providing perspective into how the Trayvon Martin case and the intersection of race, justice, family, law enforcement, media and the law affect people across the country.

Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN • Soledad O'Brien