Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell takes a stand on the biggest topics of the day that people across the country are buzzing about.

Rape victim's mom: "a monster was released"

Rape victim's mom: "a monster was released"

A convicted repeat child rapist has been set free after expert psychologists decided he's not mentally abnormal enough to be committed against his will.  24 years ago, Cory Roberts, then only 13, violently raped and beat a 3-year-old girl he was babysitting.  Court documents show that after he sexually assaulted the child, he punched her with a closed fist so badly she was left brain damaged, paralyzed, partially blind, and severely emotionally scarred.

Roberts was also convicted of assaulting two boys he was rooming with while locked up in juvenile hall.  Police say Roberts admitted to sexually assaulting several other females, both family and non-family.  Prosecutors say he refused treatment for his sexual depravity while he was behind bars.

Vote: whose fault was pride parade confrontation?

A woman claims a cop attacked her for no reason at a gay pride parade.  But the cop claims she assaulted him and he was just trying to restrain her.  Who's telling the truth?  Watch the video and decide: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=822894481054086

Whose fault was the altercation?

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45% It seems like she assaulted the cop and he had to use justifiable force to restrain her.
55% It seems like she was just an innocent bystander and he attacked her.
Accountant's drug-fueled sex dungeon?

Accountant's drug-fueled sex dungeon?

Wealthy accountant Timothy Deegan is accused of holding three women captive inside his Florida home for six months, trading sex for crack cocaine and housekeeping.  Cops say he even streamed their sex acts online and pimped them out to others.  He was arrested and charged with three counts of human trafficking.

Jane and her lion's den panel discuss this CPA's alleged sex den.

Could "Love & Hip Hop" star go to prison?

Could "Love & Hip Hop" star go to prison?

"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Stevie J's troubles are mounting as new reports surface that he's not only facing criminal charges for allegedly failing to pay child support, but he could lose his property to pay off the money he owes.  He was arrested last week for allegedly owing nearly $1.2 million in child support for his two children with a former girlfriend.  Now TMZ reports that New York state may start seizing his property.  But Stevie J's attorney Daniel R. Meachum says he hasn't received any documents saying the state is going after Stevie's property.

Stevie J's attorney released this statement:

Bizarre twist in missing AK family mystery

Bizarre twist in missing AK family mystery

A strange twist in the case of a missing Alaska family.  Brandon Jividen vanished with his girlfriend Rebecca Adams and her two daughters almost three weeks ago.  Now, cops say they have arrested the missing children's paternal grandmother Lisa Marie Hundley on unrelated contempt of court charges connected with a 2010 drug possession and trafficking conviction.  But now U.S. Marshalls are hauling Hundley from Tennessee to Alaska to question her, saying she's not a suspect but that they hope she can give investigators more perspective on the the family.

Jane and a panel of experts discuss this latest development.

Apartment becomes 'hanging gardens of Brooklyn'

Apartment becomes 'hanging gardens of Brooklyn'

What do you do when you live in a concrete jungle and you’re itching for some real greenery? You bring it inside.

Jane’s Green Team headed to Brooklyn, New York where we found Summer Rayne Oakes who is doing just that. When Oakes is not busy modeling sustainable fashion or delving into her other various forms of eco-activism (including entomology), she’s tending to what she calls the “Hanging Gardens of Brooklyn” in her apartment! This urban greenhouse houses more than 200 plants!  

Steve Trash: Illusionist gone green

Steve Trash: Illusionist gone green

Steve Trash used #janesgreenteam to tell HLN how he encourages people to go green with magic. Jane’s Green Team watched the eco-conscious magician on YouTube and we were hooked.

“I find things in the garbage and make up magic routines to go with them,” said Trash. “Garbage is a valuable natural resource, all that has happened is you’ve decided that it's not valuable anymore.”

Are toxic lead bullets poisoning animals?

Are toxic lead bullets poisoning animals?

Birds and other wild animals are dying slow, painful deaths from lead poisoning.  The Humane Society of the United States and several other animal protection and conservation groups have petitioned the Department of the Interior to ban the use of lead ammunition near federal lands.  We reached out to the office of the Secretary of the Interior for comment, but are waiting to hear back.

This is the ammo that continues to kill long after it leaves the chamber.  Lead can cause brain damage, organ failure, and death in animals.  Every year, ten to twenty million birds and animals die from lead poisoning!  Many animals are shot with lead bullets, but don't die immediately.  Instead, the lead leaks into their bodies, and they die long, slow, painful deaths.  Lead can even seep into the ground and get into our food supply.

Teen assaulted for using drone at beach?

Teen assaulted for using drone at beach?

Andrea Mears, 23, has been charged with assault after attacking a teenager who was flying a remote controlled helicopter with a camera attached over a Connecticut beach.

The whole thing was caught on cell phone video - and it's a good thing according to the 17-year-old who was attacked.

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