OA116: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump & The Russians – Election Law (w/guest Beth Kingsley)

Today’s rapid-response episode tackles the recent news that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and/or the DNC paid for the “Russian dossier” on Donald Trump.  What does that mean in terms of U.S. election law?  Listen and find out!

We begin with a quick news update on various lawsuits against poker pro Phil Ivey, a story we covered way back in Episode 32 with guest Chris Kristofco.

Next, we take a quick look at New York’s use of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) and what this might mean for Thomas’s Second-Chance Law Firm!

In our main segment, we talk to election law expert Beth Kingsley on the “Trump Dossier” and the role played by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC.  Is it time to “Lock Her Up?”

After that, we examine the recent Senate vote against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rule regarding class action lawsuits.  What does it mean, and did Andrew contradict himself with his earlier support for arbitration?  Listen and find out!

Finally, we end with a new Thomas Takes the Bar Exam Question #47 about landlord immunity.  Remember that you can play along with #TTTBE by retweeting our episode on Twitter or sharing it on Facebook along with your guess.  We’ll release the answer on next Tuesday’s episode along with our favorite entry!

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Show Notes & Links

  1. You can listen to the fascinating tale of Phil Ivey’s edge-sorting scheme by checking out Episode 32, and if you would like to hear more from Chris Kristofco, check out his podcast, “Titletown Sound Off.”
  2. This is the Yahoo News article about Ivey.
  3. Here are the New York bar exam results, courtesy of Above the Law.
  4. We first discussed Donald Trump, Jr.’s meeting with the Russians back in Episode 86, and then again in Episode 93 when we answered Sage’s question.
  5. The relevant election law statute is 52 U.S.C. § 30121.
  6. Here is the CFPB rule that was just voted down by the Senate.

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