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May 31st, 2013
07:02 AM ET

AZ mom is freed from Mexican prison – Rafael Romo has more on her release

A Mexican judge ordered the release of Arizona woman Yanira Maldonado from prison late Thursday. Maldonado was arrested last Wednesday as she and her husband, Gary, were on their way back to Arizona. She was accused of attempting to smuggle 12 pounds of marijuana that Mexican authorities alleged they had found under her bus seat.

Maldonado reunited with her husband with an emotional bearhug after her release and speaks live to the press. Rafeal Romo has more on the story on "Early Start" this morning.

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Filed under: Crime • International law • Law • Law enforcement • Mexico
March 25th, 2013
06:45 AM ET

Will Knox be re-tried for murder? CNN's Ben Wedeman on hearing to rule on her case


(CNN) - Her story made headlines all over the world: An American college student studying abroad in Italy - charged with killing another student.

Amanda Knox spent four years in jail before her murder conviction was overturned. Her family hopes Monday will be the last chapter in her long saga.

Prosecutors want to retry her, and Italy's Supreme Court will rule whether they can. If the court says that Knox's acquittal can't be overturned, the case is over. Knox's family said last year the appeal was unwelcome, but no cause for concern.

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on the hearing live from Rome on "Early Start" today.

READ MORE: Italian Supreme Court to rule whether Amanda Knox should be retried

Filed under: Amanda Knox • International law