OA490: Chauvin Sentencing – Four Aggravating Factors

Big updates in the Derek Chauvin case! First, the judge found four aggravating factors. This is what Andrew predicted, but not exactly the same four! Also, one of the other officers in the case has filed a motion alleging witness coercion. We break down what this means, and how worried we should be.
In our first segment, we answer an excellent patron question about an old OA episode: What ever happened to the Arlene’s Flowers case? We discussed it back on OA180, and Andrew Seidel made a prediction that held up very well. Finally, apportionmentcalculator.com has been fixed, and a listener gives us great info about Census Blocks!
Links: Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah, Docket for 17-108, Arlene’s Flowers Remand, Thao motion, Federal indictments for all 4 cops, 18 U.S. Code § 242 – Deprivation of rights under color of law, Former Md. medical examiner’s testimony for Chauvin defense leads to call for review of past cases, MINNESOTA SENTENCING GUIDELINES, Aggravating factors filing

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OA489: Transformers and Intellectual Property

Andrew is giggling like a school child right now as we present the deep-dive you didn’t know you needed! It’s transform…ing robots (not quite Transformers) and some really intricate IP law! It also involves Italian Trump!
Before that, we have a correction on trademarking numbers, and some mini-dive into an Ugg lawsuit!
Links: Ugg Lawsuit final order, 15 US Code § 1117 – Recovery for violation of rights, USD287037S – Changeable robot toy, 2003 Court Tokyo High Court Case, 2017 Arbitration, Macross Sequels and Films To Be Released Worldwide

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OA488: A New Trial for Chauvin?

You may have seen some alarming headlines about Chauvin’s lawyers asking for a new trial over a juror being at a BLM rally, but do those alarming headlines hold up? Should we be concerned? Andrew has the full breakdown!
Before that, we tackle a very interesting component of the census called the “differential privacy” method, and why it’s the subject of a new lawsuit.

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OA487: How To Overturn Citizens United

All-star Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is at it again! In a Judiciary subcommittee meeting, Whitehouse laid out the groundwork for how a future Supreme Court could overturn Citizens United and Shelby County v. Holder. These are two atrocious decisions that would make even the Andrewest judge lament stare decisis, but today’s episode explains how a court could overturn them without doing damage to court legitimacy going forward! (if you’re into that kind of thing…)
Before that, Andrew breaks down SCOTUS granting cert in the NYS Rifle & Pistol Assn v Corlett. Then, we tackle a listener email claiming we badly misrepresented defense attorneys in last Tuesday’s show.

Links: NY State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n. v. City of New York, N.Y. Penal Law § 400.00(2)(f), Supreme Court of the United States opp brief, 2nd Circuit NY State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n v. Beach, Cert Peition, Cert granted, Supreme Court Fact-Finding and the Distortion of American Democracy, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Citizens United, Civil Service Commission v. Nat’l Assn of Letter Carriers,

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OA486: Apportionment Might NOT Be Final

You all probably heard by now that NY lost a House seat by 89 people… But did they? Andrew argues that this has been misreported. Find out why! Along the way, find out way more than you ever wanted to about the math and Al Gore Rhythms behind apportionment! Also, Rudy Giuliani had some things taken in what shouldn’t be called a “raid.” Couldn’t’ have happened to a nicer obvious criminal! Then we answer some feedback on the previous episode, OA485: What If Your Client Tells You They’re Guilty?

Links: OA307: Apportionment – The Census Fight Is Not Over, NPR 2020 Census Results, 13 US Code § 141 – Population and other census information, Executive Order on the Census, 2020 Census Apportionment Results, 2 U.S. Code § 2b, Method of Equal Proportions, Reapportionment Under the 1950 Census, “Computing Apportionment,” US Census Bureau, Model Rule 3.3: Candor Toward the Tribunal

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OA485: What If Your Client Tells You They’re Guilty?

… and other great questions from listeners! We get so many intelligent, thoughtful questions from our amazing listeners and patrons that we decided to do a show about it! Today’s episode features 3 listener questions. First, what happens if your client tells you they’re guilty? Next, a union leader asks if Janus v. AFSCME completely disregarded Garcetti v. Ceballos? Finally, can electors report fractional votes?

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OA484: Chauvin Guilty! What To Expect Next

It’s good news! Chauvin was found guilty on all 3 counts! Andrew breaks down what to expect with sentencing, and a number of interesting legal quirks along the way. Also, should we be worried about an appeal? What about the Maxine Waters comments? Find out!

Links: State v. Martin, 211 N.W.2d 765 (Minn. 1973), MINNESOTA SENTENCING GUIDELINES, Minn. Sentencing Guidelines and Commentary, Sentencing Guidelines Grid, Sample PSI Report Vermont

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OA483: SCOTUS Grants Absurd Privilege to Churches in New Ruling

Andrew Seidel of the FFRF joins us to discuss the absolutely terrible SCOTUS decision in Tandon v. Newsom. As you might expect, it’s a complete disgrace that further enshrines Christian Privilege into law, in total contradiction of Church State Separation.

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OA482: Justice for Daunte Wright

Officer Kim Potter was charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter in the killing of Daunte Wright. She claims she meant to fire her taser. Could she face more serious charges? Then, Andrew breaks down Maryland’s Police Reform Bill. It’s pretty good stuff, so naturally Democrats had to override the Republican Governor’s veto. And finally, we’ve got a wildcard in which Sydney Powell responds to charges of incompetence with EVEN MORE INCOMPETENCE.
Links: Andrew’s Full Baseball Lecture, the slides, Kim Potter Charging Documents, Sec. 609.205 Man 2, MINNESOTA SENTENCING GUIDELINES, Sec. 609.20 MN Man 1, MD SB71, SB178, HB670, Evers’ brief, Powell Motion to Strike, Evers response, Powell motion to strike (actual motion)

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OA481: Sanctions Motion Obliterates Sidney Powell

Governor Tony Evers is not messing around when it comes to Sidney Powell’s evidence-free conspiracy nonsense. He has filed a motion for sanctions that just demolishes Powell for being a total hack, liar, and terrible lawyer. It’s magnificent, and Andrew breaks it down for us! After that, we’ve got some follow up on Uzuegbunam v Preczewski (the one where Andrew sided with John Roberts.) Was Andrew wrong? Find out!

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