AirTalk for July 7, 2010

Mercer 8475
A Los Angeles jury resumes deliberations today in the case of the fatal shooting of an unarmed young black man by a white transit officer in Northern California. Johannes Mehserle was captured on video and in cell phone pictures when he shot Oscar Grant in the back while restraining him in an Oakland BART station last January. The former transit officer is accused of second degree murder; his defense says Mehserle reached for his Taser, and pulled a gun by mistake. Will the jury acquit Mehserle, convict him of second degree murder, or convict him of a lesser manslaughter charge? And, whatever the verdict, how will Oakland respond?
Mercer 8477

Spy swap in the works for U.S. and Russia

The United States and Russia are said to be working on a spy swap, following the arrests of 10 alleged Russian agents by the FBI last month. It is believed that the suspects were involved in a spy ring that involved everything from secret code words to aliases and encrypted radio communication. In exchange, the United States is arranging for the release of individuals detained in Russia, including a Russian nuclear scientist convicted of passing secrets to the CIA. Is this just the tip of the espionage iceberg? How common is spying today?
Mercer 6219
Social networking sites have dramatically changed the way people meet and fall in love – many say for the better. But as our lives become increasingly digital, some virtual paper trails are coming back to haunt us. According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 81% its members have used or faced evidence pulled from Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other social networking sites. Facebook holds the distinction of being the unrivaled leader for online divorce evidence. Have you gone through a divorce and posted about it? Might the legal ramifications of over-sharing change your online habits?
Mercer 8476
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against FBI authorities over the "no fly" list, saying that it prevents innocent travelers from flying. As of last week, 10 individuals have been refused permission to board plans traveling within, or bound for, the United States because their names appear on the list. Once they discovered their names were listed, however, FBI and airline officials wouldn’t tell them why they were on the list, and they were given no way to appeal. The list was allegedly beefed up after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted an attack on Christmas Day. Has the FBI been successful in keeping our skies friendly? Or, do unaccountable no-fly lists violate travelers' rights?
Mercer 8478
Lay the Favorite is Beth Raymer’s new book about her years in the high-stakes gambling world of sports betting. In a period when gamblers no longer used local bookies and unregulated offshore sports booking exploded, Beth rose from an assistant in a Las Vegas betting office to become a trusted expert, seasoned enough to open an offshore booking office in the Caribbean. Raymer became one of the few women excelling in the high-anxiety world of off-shore sports gambling. How much did logic contribute to her success, and how much was simply getting lucky?
Find an archived Episode: