Transcript of OA393: Gabe Roth of Fix the Court

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Andrew:         Just a quick note, the Opening Arguments Amicus Brief in the Michael Flynn case is just about finished, so if you’re listening to this episode on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, that’s the day before our brief is due.  In fact, our brief is due at noon tomorrow, Wednesday.  That means we’ve got to finish it up tonight!  If you’re a patron you have seen that we have uploaded five successive versions while we were drafting and editing, and patrons have added suggestions, made comments, been pedants, nitpicked spelling, done all sorts of things to contribute to the writing of the brief. 

If you wanna get in on that this is really your last chance, so head on over, patreon.com/law and you will see the most recent post containing the brief.  I think this has been really, really exciting and we are excited to try and do some good in the world and certainly to share those efforts behind the scenes with you as we’re drafting this thing.  If you’ve already helped out, thank you so much and if you wanna be a part of the process we’re at t-minus 24 hours and counting, less by the time you’re listening to this episode.

Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments this is episode 393.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doing, Andrew?

Andrew:         I am doing fantastic and I am honestly doing fantastic for this episode.  I’m very, very excited.

Thomas:         Me too!  We have an interview with Gabe Roth from Fix the Court about Andrew’s personal best friend, Justin Walker.  [Laughs]

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Transcript of OA392: In the Aftermath of George Floyd

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 392.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doing, Andrew?

Andrew:         I have to say fantastic, right?

Thomas:         You are contractually obligated, but uh-

Andrew:         I’m excited to do the show, I’m not excited that the world is still on fire, but I am excited to do the show.

Thomas:         Yeah, we can do a little contract law.  You are obligated to say “fantastic,” but at what point has the world become such an act of god or whatever?

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         Does the state of things?

Andrew:         [Laughing] Yeah!

Thomas:         At what point can you no longer be held to that?

Andrew:         Force majeure clause!

Thomas:         Yeah exactly.

Andrew:         [Laughs] I don’t have to be fantastic.

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Transcript of OA 391: Republicans Are Still Trying to Break the Government, Part Eleven Billion

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 391!  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew, how’re you doing, Andrew?

Andrew:         I’m fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         I’m just so excited because we obviously did the live Q&A yesterday.

Andrew:         Yeah!

Thomas:         It was great.  Everyone was fantastic.

Andrew:         It always is! [Laughs]

Thomas:         I dunno why I’m bringing it up.  [Laughs] Any announcements this time?  I guess not.

Andrew:         Naw, I think we’re good on announcements, we can get right into the meat.

Thomas:         Still plugging away on our amicus briefs.

Andrew:         Indeed, we are.

Thomas:         Just working so hard on ‘em.  Mine I had to dot a couple I’s, I also had to check a couple cases.  Just, you know, be able to cite them properly, I had to distinguish one of mine. 

Andrew:         That’s 100% plausible, yes.

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Transcript of OA377: Trump’s Pyramid Schemes and Arbitration (feat. AG!)

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 377!  I’m Thomas Smith, that’s Andrew Torrez.  How’re you doing, Andrew?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, Thomas, and I sincerely mean that!  Comnin’ off of a great interview with Andrew Seidel last week, we’ve got AG from Mueller She Wrote this week, I couldn’t be happier!

Thomas:         Not only that, we’ve got a rare two-guest show because Andrew, of course, is going to be back with us for the thrilling conclusion of T3BE, but also as you mentioned, AG from Mueller She Wrote is on for the main segment, so wow, how fun!  You know, we’re trying to keep our – we’re all quarantined but we’re keeping our interactions up!

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Transcript of OA373: The Happy Show!

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 373, I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doing, Andrew?

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

Thomas:         Well I’m so excited, we’re doing a happy show!

Andrew:         That’s why I’m fantastic! [Laughs]

Thomas:         I think you’re always fantastic!

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

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 372!  I’m Thomas Smith, that’s Andrew Torrez.  How’re you doing, Andrew?

Andrew:         Well I am doing coronavirus-infested fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         Yeah, I mean we were all very concerned that you were infected with said coronavirus, are you feeling … better?  Recovering?

Andrew:         I honestly think that it was sort of a combination of crappy seasonal cold and then that first day it went from like 35 to 75 here and I think the pollen went nuts.  So in any event, I have been feeling lousy for about a week but following the protocols and I am on the upswing.

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

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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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Transcript of OA369: Hummanist Invocations & LED ZEPPELIN

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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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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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