CNN Radio News Day: May 14, 2013
People in Guatemala City celebrate after learning of the sentence given to former de facto President, retired General Jose Efrain Rios Montt at the end of his trial on charges of genocide.
May 14th, 2013
04:25 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 14, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:

  • This could be one of the longest weeks in President Obama's presidential career, and we're only two days in. As details of the audit showing the IRS may have unfairly targeted conservative groups emerged, another scandal hit the wires – this one involving the wires. The Associated Press says the U.S. Justice Department subpoenaed office and phone records from at least half a dozen of its reporters. The records are part of an investigation into who leaked information detailing how the CIA foiled a terrorist plot hatched in Yemen. Today Attorney General Eric Holder vehemently defended the Justice Department's probe:

"I've been a prosecutor since 1976. And I have to say that this is among, if not the most serious, it is within the top two or three most serious leaks that I've ever seen. It put the American people at risk... And trying to determine who is responsible for that, I think, required very aggressive action." FULL POST

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Guatemala: from bananas to genocide conviction
Guatemalan justice: retired Gen. Jose Efrain Rios Montt is mobbed in a packed courtroom after the guilty verdict was read on May 10, 2013
May 14th, 2013
08:43 AM ET

Guatemala: from bananas to genocide conviction

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

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(CNN) - When it comes to justice, Guatemala historically has had issues. Law professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza says the country only has a 2 percent conviction rate. That's one reason why she says the conviction of former Guatemalan dictator, Efrain Rios Montt, is an achievement.

Rios Montt presided over one of the bloodiest chapters of Guatemala's 36-year civil war. His conviction for his role in the genocide of indigenous tribes, and the trial itself, gave many Guatemalans an opportunity, according to Roht-Arriaza:

[4:06] "Everyone is watching right?  This was on national TV everyday, it was on radio, it was all over the newspapers. And people could come, the courtroom was always full of spectators, many of them from areas that were destroyed when Rios Montt was in charge of the armed forces."


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