OA374: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Today’s episode covers a number of stories that might be bad news for now, but each one, we think there’s a reason to be optimistic beneath the surface. We also make sure we’re holding Idaho’s feet to the fire for the anti-trans bills that state tried to sneak past the radar this week, and we tell you the fate of states that have tried to restrict access to abortion using COVID-19 as pretext.

We begin with a survey of the landscape including the states that haven’t issued stay-at-home orders. There’s an interesting commonality among these states’ governors; can you figure it out??

Then, it’s time for our main segment which is a deep dive into Idaho HB 509 that attempts to prevent trans people from changing their gender on their birth certificate. The bill is horrible, bigoted, and mean… and yet why are we optimistic? You’ll have to listen and find out!

After all that, it’s time to take a look at the six states that have attempted to restrict access to abortion services during COVID-19 and examine the latest rulings by the Fifth Circuit. Why isn’t it as bad as you’ve heard? We tell you exactly why.

We conclude, as always, with a brand-new #T3BE featuring a civ pro question that involves res judicata — a concept so convoluted, courts often screw it up. Will Thomas get it right? Listen and find out!

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There’s still so much right now! If you’re a Patron, you can submit proposed new intro quotes for the show, and you can also listen to the audio from March’s LIVE Q&A! Oh, and if you missed it, you can also enjoy Andrew’s Lecture, “We’re All Gonna Die!” and the accompanying slides!

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Andrew was just a guest on the Daily Beans Podcast, talking megapastors flaunting the law. If you’d like to have either of us as a guest on your show, event, or in front of your group, please drop us an email at openarguments@gmail.com.

Show Notes & Links

  1. You should read F.V. v. Barron, the Idaho case we discussed at length, as well as the current Idaho rules regarding birth certificate changes. You can also check out the WPATH Standards of Care document.
  2. This is the 5th Circuit’s order on abortion.

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Transcript of OA371: Your COVID-19 Questions, Continued!

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[Show Intro]

Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 371.  Coming at you early for patrons, how’s it going, everybody?  How’s it going, Andrew?

Andrew:         Just as fantastic as two minutes ago, although the creeping coronavirus in my throat – I’m not joking that, you know that.  I just realized our listeners probably know this, I seriously am sick.

Thomas:         Yeah.

Andrew:         But I’m fantastic for doing the show, I’m super happy to be here and I can’t way to knock out a bunch more coronavirus questions.

Thomas:         [Laughs] Yeah, a bunch more than the one we got?  No, sub-questions count!

Andrew:         Eh there were lots of sub-questions on that.

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Transcript of OA370: Can Trump Cancel the Election? and Other COVID-19 Questions!

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 370.  If we sound any different that’s your imagination, because we always record in quarantine!

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         We have to change exactly nothing about the method of recording, just the amount of kids that are around.  How’s it going?

Andrew:         [Laughs] It’s going fantastic, Thomas!  I mean, I’m definitely 100% sick but I feel like I’ve gotta stay committed that bit.

Thomas:         Signature optimism!  You literally have the coronavirus right now-

Andrew:         Oh yeah.

Thomas:         -and the world is melting down and Andrew’s like “I’m great!”  Doing great!

Andrew:         Yeah.  I just love doing the show, what can I say?

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OA373: The Happy Show!

Idiotic legal pleadings, sports law, and some news debunking… what could be happier?

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OA372: The CARES Act, COVID-19, and Your $1,200 Check

Today’s episode breaks down the three main provisions of the just-passed CARES Act in terms of (1) additional unemployment benefits, (2) tax relief in the form of advance $1,200 “rebate” checks to taxpayers, and (3) the $500 billion “slush fund” for corporate giveaways. While there’s more in this 880-page monstrosity, we break down the key parts for you!

We begin, however, with some good news about the impending retirement of Ohio Rep., Trump-supporting lunatic, and soon-to-be-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Does this violate the Ineligibility Clause of the Constitution? YOU BETCHA. Is it #ClearAsKushner? YEP! And this time, does it matter? YES IT DOES!

After that it’s time for a full breakdown of the main components of the CARES Act, including how much money you’ll be getting and when, what the costs are, and what the provisions are that can come into play to prevent all of this from winding up in Jared Kushner’s pocket. You won’t want to miss it!

After all that, it’s time for a quick segment on IRS Form W-7, which allows you to pay your taxes if you’re a nonresident alien.

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There’s so much right now! If you’re a Patron, you can submit your questions for next Tuesday’s LIVE Q&A scheduled for 3/31 at 8 pm Eastern / 5 pm Pacific, and you can also enjoy Andrew’s Lecture, “We’re All Gonna Die!” and the accompanying slides!

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Andrew was just a guest on the Daily Beans Podcast, talking President Leahy. If you’d like to have either of us as a guest on your show, event, or in front of your group, please drop us an email at openarguments@gmail.com.

Show Notes & Links

  1. On the Ineligibility Clause: check out Schlesinger v. Reservists Committee to Stop the War, 418 U.S. 208 (1974) (restricting taxpayer and citizen standing) and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority et al. v. Citizens For The Abatement Of Aircraft Noise, Inc., et al., 501 U.S. 252 (1991) (invalidating Congressional action pursuant to the Ineligiblity Clause).
  2. You can read the final CARES ACT for yourself, all 880 pages of it!
  3. Please do fill out IRS Form W-7 if it applies to you.

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OA371: Your COVID-19 Questions, Continued!

Today’s episode is the second half of our double-length episode in which we tackle your questions about the coronavirus and the law. If you haven’t listened to Episode 370 (Part 1) first, go check that out!

We tackle:

  • The extent of federal and state powers during emergencies, including the National Emergency Act, 50 U.S.C. Ch. 34, the Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5121, and 42 U.S. § 264;
  • And we contrasted that with state powers, such as 2018 Maryland Code, Public Safety Art., Title 14, Article 3.
  • Whether the House of Representatives has to vote in chamber, or whether they can use technology;
  • Whether restrictions on gatherings violate the First Amendment;
  • Whether you can be charged with a crime for spreading coronavirus;

And much, much more!

No #T3BE this week as we jam-pack 2.5 hours of content for your self-quarantining listening pleasure!

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Show Notes & Links

  1. As an overview to states of emergency, we began with Ex parte Milligan (1866).
  2. Federal powers: 50 U.S.C. Ch. 34, the Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5121, and 42 U.S. § 264; the federal government has enumerated powers as per the 10th Amendment.
  3. Check out the Rules of the House of Representatives.
  4. On time, place & manner we cited Ward v. Rock Against Racism, 491 U.S. 781 (1989).

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Transcript of OA369: Hummanist Invocations & LED ZEPPELIN

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[Show Intro]

Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 369.  I am Thomas Smith, that’s Andrew Torrez.  How’re you doing, Andrew?

Andrew:         I am doing fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         Doing great!

Andrew:         Yeah, coronavirus free?

Thomas:         Yeah, nothing wrong.  I don’t have to worry about having a retirement account anymore.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  Yeah-

Thomas:         That’s a load off my mind!  [Laughs]  

Andrew:         We’re gonna work until we’re 200.

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OA370: Can Trump Cancel the Election? and Other COVID-19 Questions!

Today’s episode begins with a discussion of the recent dismissal of charges by the Department of Justice against Concord Management & Consulting, LLC (and Concord Catering) with prejudice. Is this another example of Attorney General Bill Barr’s meddling? We explain that it… probably… isn’t. Probably.

After that, it’s time for the first part of a double-length episode in which we tackle your questions about the coronavirus and the law. First up are all the questions involving elections, including whether and how Trump can suspend or eliminate the election, and what would happen if he did. If you’ve always wanted Vermont Senator Pat Leahy to be President, well, this is the episode for you!

No #T3BE this week as we jam-pack 2.5 hours of content for your self-quarantining listening pleasure!

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If you’re at the $2 level or above, we have an amazing new Law’d Awful Movies featuring the Larry Klayman/Roger Stone deposition that must be heard to be believed! Cucker Carlson!

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Show Notes & Links

  1. On Concord Management: you can check out the 2019 Motion alleging that Concord was abusing the discovery process as well as the 3/16/20 motion to dismiss.
  2. As an overview to states of emergency, we began with Ex parte Milligan (1866).
  3. On primaries: Check out the Ohio Supreme Court’s denial of the writ of mandamus to hold the March 16 primary, as well as the lawsuit filed by the Ohio Democratic Party. Oh, and if you want to be depressed, read Nixon v. Herndon, 273 U.S. 536 (1927).
  4. Election statutes: 2 U.S.C. §§ 1, 7 (“Time of Election”) and 3 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq. And of course, don’t forget Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), which we broke down way back in Episodes 3, 4, and 5 of the show!
  5. Presidential succession is governed, inter alia, by the 20th Amendment and the Presidential Succession Act, 3 U.S.C. § 19, and the Speaker of the House is required by Art. I, Section 2 of the Constitution and implemented by the House Rules.
  6. Pat Leahy as President was first proposed by journalist Ian Millhiser.

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Transcript of OA368: Your Guide to the Coronavirus, Part 2

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 368, I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doing, Andrew?

Andrew:         I am doing fantastic.  For those whom I met and shook hands with last week in Houston, I have zero signs of fever or coughing, fatigue, any of that.  So I’m fine, I’m healthy, how are you?

Thomas:         Still operating under the impression that I already had coronavirus.

Andrew:         Yeah.

Thomas:         I don’t think anyone’s ever gonna talk me out of that.  I was trying to pretend like I was joking, still not joking.

Andrew:         [Laughing]  You do know it’s not the chickenpox, right?

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OA369: Humanist Invocations & LED ZEPPELIN

Today’s episode features two deep dives: first, we have an interview with David Williamson of the Central Florida Freethought Community to discuss their successful (!) five-year lawsuit to permit humanist, atheist & non-clergy invocations before the Brevard County council meetings. Find out how this case developed and learn some strategies for successful grass-roots activism even in the age of Trump!

We also take one more deep dive into the amazing Spirit/Led Zeppelin lawsuit, this time taking a look at the recent en banc decision by the full 9th Circuit that reverses the earlier panel opinion (and is a win for Led Zep). The 9th Circuit has some interesting things to say about the “inverse ratio” rule that really brings out discussion from the past two weeks (see episodes 365 and 367). We know you’ll enjoy it!

After that, it’s time for the answer to #T3BE 170, which matched Thomas up against the dreaded REAL PROPERTY QUESTION. Can he slay the beast? Listen and find out!

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Show Notes & Links

  1. Check out the Central Florida Freethought Community
  2. We first took a “Stairway to the Supreme Court (?)” back in Episode 236 and then did a follow-up in Episode 288. Of course, we also covered Riehl and Rubin’s project in Episode 365 (“Every Melody Ever, Part 1”) and interviewed Riehl and Rubin themselves in Episode 367.
  3. Finally, you can read the recent en banc decision by the full 9th Circuit for yourself.

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