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May 31st, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Donnie Wahlberg with the 'Right Stuff,' 'Law and Disorder' on MJ, and 'Breaking the News' on ricin-laced letters

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.

  • The Right Stuff: Wahlberg and KTOB keeping "Boston Strong"

Prior to Thursday evening's "Boston Strong" benefit concert, Beantown native and founding member of the "New Kids on the Block" Donnie Wahlberg joined Piers Morgan to describe the specific challenges he was facing in the aftermath of the April 15 bombings.

Describing himself as having been raised in the "very streets where these bombs went off," the "Blue Bloods" star admitted that the recovery period hasn't been easy:

"This has been a tough one to handle, Piers," said the singer, just hours before joining the rest of "NKOTB" on stage. "Boston has proved itself to be extremely strong and resilient as a result of this, and tonight's concert really encapsulates that."

While honored to perform at the Boston Strong concert, Wahlberg recognized the show was less about the various musical acts, and more about honoring the "city, the first responders, and raising a lot of money for The One Fund."

Confident Boston will rise again, the actor and producer guaranteed his hometown will overcome tragedy:

"It will take a lot more than what happened on the day of the marathon to keep this city down."

  • Law & Disorder: Jackson Family vs. AEG

As the family of Michael Jackson battles concert promoter AEG Live in court, on Thursday "Piers Morgan Live" produced another one of its "Law & Disorder" segments, inviting Thomas Mesereau and Gloria Allred to share their bottomless legal expertise:

"He's not looking very truthful, and looking very evasive," said Mesereau of Paul Gongaware, the AEG Live executive who admitted to negotiating a deal with Conrad Murray but claimed to have not vetted the doctor beforehand. "If that's true, it's going to really hurt the defendants as they try and prove to the jury that they never assumed responsibility for Michael Jackson's welfare or his doctor."

Mesereau has been chosen as a witness in the case, and therefore hasn't been allowed in the courtroom. As such, he was only able to share what he had heard, which included Gongaware's claim that he can't recall various emails that tie his company to Murray. According to Allred, such a position makes the executive an extremely weak resource for the defense:

"It's a problem, Piers, because when a witness continues to say, over and over 'I don't recall," as apparently this witness has, then it starts to give the impression on untruthfulness to the jury," said the noted Civil Rights lawyer. "It's reported that the jury began to laugh when this witness continued to say 'I don't recall.' When the jury begins to laugh at the witness, it should be a cause for concern by the defense."

  • Bearing Arms: An earned right, or God-given?

As part of the recently launched "Breaking the News" segment, on Thursday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Margaret Hoover and Marc Lamont Hill to offer their insight on the recent postal threats leveled at Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg. With the ricin-laced letters calling for less gun control, Morgan wondered if the right to bear arms is awarded, or automatic:

"It's not a God-given right," insisted Hoover, an author and television personality, before offering insight on those behind the dangerous mailings:

"I think you'll always have the crazies. By the way, they were saying Obama is going to take your guns before Sandy Hook, before any of this happened," reminded Hoover.

Hill, meanwhile, noted that the mailing of such suspicious letters isn't entirely uncommon. However, the messaging has grown more volatile:

"The rhetoric is definitely getting angrier. But again, like Margaret, I will caution us from allowing this one crazy person to become a representative case of people who advocate Second Amendment or people who advocate gun owners," said the "Huff Post Live" host. "There's a space in the middle where you can say gun ownership is a reasonable constitutional right. It's a right of all citizens to have."

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