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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Experts discuss the controversies plaguing Washington and O.J. Simpson's bid for a new trial

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • Floyd Abrams on the Justice Department scandal: "This is not America at
    its best"

On Monday evening, amidst the onslaught of news from Washington D.C. that undermines the Obama administration's pledge for "transparency", including the disclosure that the Justice Department secretly gathered two months of telephone records from "The Associated Press," "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed Constitutional and First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams to the program.

"In terms of the specific issue of the breaking story tonight involving the Associated Press," said Abrams, "The Department of Justice has internal regulations which govern their behavior. And as a general proposition, before they go after phone records or confidential sources, they're supposed to negotiate, supposed to talk to the journalists or the journalists' bosses."

"Here, they [the Justice Department] didn't. Now there is an exception in this rule here if by even communicating to them, it would interfere with the integrity of the investigation. But it sure is hard to believe that an investigation which was really pretty well known around Washington and certainly to the A.P. could have been so frustrated by simply giving them a chance to go to court. I mean, that's the - one of the real problems there."

"That's not America at its best."

  • Gloria Allred and Jose Baez on O.J. Simpson's bid for a new trial

Also on Monday evening, as O.J. Simpson begins his bid for a new trial in Las Vegas, attorneys Gloria Allred and Jose Baez sat down with Piers Morgan to give their legal insight and perspective on the case.

"I think the court will err on the side of caution and actually deny his petition," said Baez on Simpson's bid. "But if there's some other type of evidence that actually lends credence to his argument that he was not given that plea, that's a very, very serious thing."

"But, in addition, he's saying that his lawyer, Yale Galanter, gave him advice that - apparently - that he could do what obviously he cannot do because it's illegal, to go in and take what he says is his property, as long as he didn't use physical force or trespass." said Allred. And that is very serious. So the ineffective assistance of counsel argument is an uphill battle always for any defendant to make, but the argument, if believed, that his client - that Yale had a conflict of interest and shouldn't have represented him would go to Simpson not having criminal intent and could result in that judgment or verdict being set aside."

  • Elijah Cummings on the IRS and Benghazi controveries in Washington

Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings, a ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, also joined the program on Monday evening to address the IRS and Benghazi controversies plaguing Washington.

"I think anybody who has been improperly addressing our taxpayers and the tax-exempt organizations, they need - and doing it improperly - they need to be punished to the highest level possible, period," said Cummings on the revelation that the IRS was targeting political groups affiliated with the Tea Party.

And in regards to the controversy regarding an email discussion about the talking points the Obama administration used to talk about Benghazi, Cummings noted that, "You had a situation where there was a dispute with regard to talking points between the CIA and the State Department. But certainly the American people deserve the truth."

"I think we ought to deal with these talking points," continued Cummings. "But let's make sure that our diplomatic corps and our embassies are properly guarded. I want to make sure that if we have emergencies like we had here in Benghazi, that our forces are where they need to be to address an emergency. Those are the kind of things that I'm most concerned about."

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