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October 29th, 2009
04:17 PM ET

Silent Witnesses

It's one of the biggest stories of the week: What police call the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl in Richmond, California outside her high school homecoming dance.

Six people have now been arrested in what a Richmond police lieutenant calls one of the most brutal crimes he's seen in his 15 years on the job.

Four of the suspects, all teenagers, were arraigned Thursday. One pleaded not guilty. The others did not enter a plea.

Police say many people stood around and watched while the girl was raped, and did nothing.

At the moment, it doesn't look like the bystanders will be charged. Do you think they should be?

Right now, it doesn't look like the bystanders will be charged with anything, but do you think they should be?

This Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, we're dedicating a special hour to explore why someone would stand by and watch a heinous act like this and remain silent.

We would like to hear from you, so please leave us your questions and comments.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
October 29th, 2009
08:37 AM ET

Family Wins Aluminum Bat Lawsuit

A Montana jury says baseball players aren’t being adequately warned about the dangers of aluminum bats. Brandon Patch died in 2003 after a ball hit off an aluminum bat hit him in the head. His family sued the maker of Louisville Slugger bats, arguing that aluminum bats are dangerous because they cause baseballs to travel at higher speeds. The jury sided with the family, and awarded them $850,000. Debbie Patch says she hopes this decision will make more youth baseball leagues switch to using wooden bats.

Post your thoughts on this story here. Heidi will read some of them on the air during the show, 9am to 11am et.

Filed under: Heidi Collins