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Roundtable: Gallagher Trial Concludes

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, center, walks with his wife, ...

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Above: Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, center, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, left, and advisor, Bernard Kerik as they leave a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted the decorated Navy SEAL Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017.

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Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher is a free man after being acquitted of murder. SeaWorld is bouncing back, but PETA remains a strong opponent. USC admits blame for poaching a UC San Diego's research program.

Aired: July 5, 2019 | Transcript

Gallagher trial concludes

The highly controversial trial of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher concluded this week. Gallagher was charged with killing an ISIS prisoner while deployed in Iraq in 2017, among multiple other war crimes. After weeks of intense and sometimes surprising testimony, he was found not guilty on six of the most serious charges. However, he was found guilty of posing with an ISIS corpse. Gallagher is sentenced to four months in confinement (time served) and will have his rank reduced.

Future of SeaWorld

SeaWorld is bouncing back from years of debate surrounding its treatment of animals. The film “Blackfish” debuted in 2013, which consequently hurt business for the theme park. The memory of the documentary seems to have faded since then, in conjunction with SeaWorld’s rebranding and reformatting efforts. However PETA, a long-time opponent of SeaWorld, is back with a new campaign against the park.

USC to pay UCSD $50 million for poaching Alzheimer's research program

It's a mistake that will cost the University of Southern California $50 million: poaching the prized Alzheimer's research program from UC San Diego. UCSD sued in 2015, after USC seized control of the study. This week the lawsuit was settled. In addition to the payment, USC will apologize for poaching the program and its highly regarded director. USC issued a statement Tuesday, saying in part, “These actions did not align with the standards of ethics and integrity which USC expects of all its faculty, administrators, and staff. USC is committed to, and wants to be known for, ethics, integrity and the pursuit of academic excellence, and it has already implemented sweeping changes to this end."

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