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Matt Semino

Blog Entries by Matt Semino

Bob and Lee Woodruff Humanize the Hidden Injuries of War

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 4:14 PM


For the thousands of brave soldiers who have returned home from the politically divisive conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the scars of war are most visible on those veterans who have sustained devastating physical injuries. What is frequently unrecognizable but...

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News Anchor Christi Paul Discusses Domestic Abuse and Why Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt

(5) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 6:21 PM


It is a startling fact that one in four women in the United States will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Even more startling is that domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity,...

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Jerry Sandusky and the Pain of Silence

(12) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 5:40 PM

Penn State, an American bastion of athletics, academia and collegiate economic power, once served as a protective cocoon for Jerry Sandusky, shielding him for years from any form of societal suspicion or challenges by higher authorities. Yet, as the once revered football coach's sordid trial now unfolds in Pennsylvania, the...

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Trayvon Martin: The Heart of a Wildfire

(105) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 11:11 AM

Spreading like a wildfire, outrage over the shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has ignited an explosive national dialogue about the tumultuous and fractured status of race relations in the United States.

Rallies held across the country by prominent civil rights leaders, politicians, clergy, community organizers and...

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The Dharun Ravi Verdict in an Anti-Bullying Age (VIDEO)

(45) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 6:30 PM

Breaking news of the guilty verdict in the Dharun Ravi webcam spying trial reverberated swiftly across global media outlets on Friday. A strong societal message was being sent from this complex case, one that had attracted international attention from its start. This had become the landmark verdict of a new...

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Joran van der Sloot's Insincere Confession

(24) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 10:38 PM

"Yes, I want to plead guilty. I wanted from the first moment to confess sincerely. I truly am sorry for this act. I feel very bad."

This was the forced statement muttered by the internationally notorious Joran van der Sloot in a Peruvian courtroom on Wednesday morning. On...

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Talking ISSUES: HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell Discusses Substance Abuse and the Conrad Murray Trial

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 6:43 PM

The astonishing evidence that has been presented so far in the case against Dr. Conrad Murray highlights the pressing societal challenge of substance dependency that permeates our culture and extends far beyond the courtroom walls. This trial provides the opportunity to explore...
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Conrad Murray and the Voices That Ring True

(39) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 11:19 AM

"He's the greatest entertainer in the world. I'm taking that money, a million children, children's hospital, the biggest in the world, Michael Jackson's Children's Hospital..."

This last sentence taken from the haunting audio recording of Michael Jackson under the influence of "unknown agents" is a key element of the...

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Defending the Victim in the Conrad Murray Trial

(54) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 5:19 PM

Should Michael Jackson be blamed for his own death? Jury selection is underway and opening statements are set to commence in the Dr. Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial. International headlines are shouting, "Michael Jackson drank propofol moments before he died!" These questionable pronouncements allude to the defense theory that Murray's...

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The Casey Anthony Trial, a Cult of Infamy

(178) Comments | Posted May 15, 2011 | 10:41 PM

Did she really write that? The accused child killer Casey Anthony included this surprising passage in a letter to a fellow inmate as she awaited her capital murder trial currently under way in Florida:

I've told you about all the mail I've gotten. I'm up to the thousands with positive...
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Lindsay Lohan Plays the Blame Game

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2011 | 10:07 PM

What is Lindsay Lohan thinking? Rolling the dice, she rejected a lenient plea deal in Necklacegate, the latest albatross hanging around the troubled starlet's neck. Hoping to establish her innocence at trial, Lindsay risks being sentenced up to three years in state prison if convicted of felony grand theft. Even...

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Charlie Sheen's Primetime Mea Culpa

(45) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 1:43 PM

Everyone now knows that Charlie Sheen has "tiger blood" pumping wildly through his veins and "Adonis DNA" mapping a destiny of immortality. Charlie, tell us something we don't know.

Despite his purported superhuman qualities, the delusional star is currently fighting to regain custody of his twin boys, facing one...

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Bill Clinton, a Civil Rights Legend and Egypt's New Media Revolution

(5) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 3:00 PM

Political power, a poignant past and the powder keg present collided magnificently at the Paley Center for Media in New York City on the evening of February 9. Former President Bill Clinton was on hand to give opening remarks for an intimate, yet pivotal conversation taking place on the cusp...

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Dr. Conrad Murray Trial, a Bitter Pill to Swallow

(117) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 1:40 PM

Matt Semino, 01.26.2011

Attorney and legal analyst

Brace yourself. It's starting again. The stage has been set for another legal drama featuring the King of Pop. Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal physician, was arraigned on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles Superior Court. Stating, "Your honor, I am...

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