In part one of this two-part episode, we tackle every unique listener question posted to the Opening Arguments Facebook page relating to the impending Trump presidency.
So if you’re wondering whether Trump will be impeached, if Obama can recess appoint Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, about the future of the ACA, or what Trump’s Supreme Court might look like — well, this is the show for you.
Part two airs at the regular time next week but patrons will gain access to it early!
In this week’s episode, we tackle the legal and philosophical issues underlying libertarianism. We take on such issues as : what is “property,” why is it a right, and is it cognizable as a side-constraint against government action? At the end of the day, Andrew and Thomas render a definitive opinion on libertarianism as a political philosophy.
In our opening segment, we answer an anonymous listener question: what exactly is this ‘jurisprudence’ word that Andrew keeps throwing around?
And in our closing segment, “Breakin’ Down the Law” returns as we delve a little deeper into something we discussed in OA19 — what exactly is a pardon, anyway?
By listener request, we are bringing you this special “deep dive” episode into the history and jurisprudence underlying the Second Amendment. This episode was originally broadcast on Atheistically Speaking earlier in 2016.
Just in time for the election, we tackle a thorny political issue: exactly what does the Second Amendment mean and why? What kind of gun control laws are permissible that remain consistent with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? In this special episode, you’ll not only learn the answer to those questions, but also you’ll discovery exactly how many Second Amendment cases the Supreme Court tackled from our nation’s inception until the year 2008. You’ll also get to hear Andrew’s definition of what really constitutes “judicial activism.” We think you’ll enjoy it (even if you’ve heard it before).
As always, we’d love your feedback on this episode. And stay tuned for Part 2, where we look at the potential future for the Supreme Court on this hot-button issue.
In this special episode, we look at breaking news: the jury verdict in United States v. Ammon Bundy et al., a federal case brought in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon as a result of the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon in January of this year.
What happened?? Was there jury nullification? Bias? Racism? We say this a lot, but we really mean it: our answer may surprise you!
In our opening segment, we tackle the equally breaking news regarding the latest developments in the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, while giving the phrase “Weiner probe” all the decorum it deserves.
Finally, in our closing segment, “Closed Arguments” returns with a look at some liberal outrage over the state of Kansas’s citation of the much-reviled Dred Scott v. Sanford decision. Do we pile on, or do we take the left to task for making much ado about nothing? You’ll have to listen to find out!
In this week’s episode, we look at some of the interesting details surrounding the intentional release of classified materials by Edward Snowden. In particular, we looked at the legacy of Snowden’s leaks, how they played out in the Second Circuit’s decision in ACLU v. Clapper, 785 F.3d 787 (2d Cir. 2015), and how they changed U.S. law. In true Opening Arguments fashion, we don’t tell you what to think about Snowden… but we do tell you his impact on our government and the legal ramifications of what Snowden did.
We also tackle two fun listener questions. One wants to know exactly how Andrew would go about defending the podcasts that made the phrase “puzzle in a thunderstorm” a household word while still maintaining decorum in court. (If you’re one of those listeners who just loves hearing Andrew say massively inappropriate words and phrases, you’ll love this episode.)
Our second question takes a serious look at the crucial phrase “beyond a reasonable doubt.” What exactly does that mean? We tackle burdens of proof and the most important four words in criminal law.
In this week’s super-sized episode, we conclude our three-part role-playing experiment “You Be The Supreme Court,” using an actual case that is currently pending before the Court: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley.
Last time, we went through the State of Missouri Department of Natural Resources’s response brief. This week, we look at the Petitioner Trinity Lutheran Church’s reply brief, which is the final exchange before the Court hears oral argument and renders an opinion.
In our opening segment, we tackle a pair of viral election what-ifs, examining whether Bernie Sanders (or Evan McMullin) could really win the Presidency if they manage to win one state. (Hint: there’s a reason we tackled this in “Closed Arguments”!) In our closing segment, Andrew predicts how the Supreme Court will actually rule in the case.
Be sure to turn in next week when we tackle another famous Espionage Act case — Edward Snowden!
In this week’s episode, we return to our little role-playing experiment “You Be The Supreme Court,” using an actual case that is currently pending before the Court: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley.
Last time, we went through the Petitioner’s brief seeking to overturn the lower court’s decision to deny Trinity Lutheran Church the opportunity to participate in a Missouri program that recycles tires into playground surfaces. This week, we look at Missouri’s response and find out if the Petitioner’s case holds water.
In our weekly listener question segment, we answer a question from David in Kentucky, who wants to know why defendants don’t simply counterclaim against plaintiffs for attorneys’ fees. Andrew actually answers this question, and along the way provides some helpful distinctions between the American model and the so-called European model of civil lawsuits.
Finally, in our closing segment, “Closed Arguments” returns with a First Amendment lawsuit brought by (legal) teenage strippers who are ready to fight for their First Amendment rights. (Don’t worry, this episode is still safe for work.)
Be sure to turn in next week for Part 3 of “You Be The Supreme Court!” when Trinity gets another crack in their reply brief, and we’ll evaluate where things stand as this case goes before the Supreme Court this Fall Term!
In this week’s bonus episode, we tackle the breaking legal question of whether the RNC can legally replace Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for President, and if so, what the consequences would be. You don’t want to miss this episode!
In our opening segment, we bring back a classic “Breakin’ (Down) the Law” by examining whether President Trump (unlikely as that may seem) can legally ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. The answer may surprise you!
Finally, in our closing segment, we tackle a listener question from Daniel Andrew Duncan, who asks us to explain why you keep hearing that laws require 60 votes instead of a simple majority.
Show Notes & Links
The relevant law that permits Trump to ban all Muslims from emigrating into the US is 8 USC § 1182(f).
In this week’s episode, we tackle a breaking legal issue: is Andrew’s old law school buddy Ted Cruz correct that the U.S. government just “gave away the Internet?” (Hint: Ted Cruz is never right about anything.) We walk you through everything you could possibly want to know about #savetheinternet.
(If you’re looking for Part 2 of “You Be The Supreme Court,” don’t worry; it’ll be back next Wednesday.)
In our intro segment, we discuss exactly what it means to get a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order. And in our weekly listener question segment, we (sort of) tackle Sean Zipperer’s question about FISA courts and standing.
So if you enjoy crazy hashtag conspiracies on Twitter, or if you just like hearing more dirt on Ted Cruz, either way we’re certain you’ll love this week’s Opening Arguments!
In this episode, we try something a little bit different. Instead of simply analyzing a case, we let you play the role of Supreme Court Justice working your way through a difficult case that is currently pending before the Court: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley.
You’ll learn what kind of cases make their way to the Supreme Court, and, in this episode, take a look at the Petitioner’s brief seeking to overturn the lower court’s decision to deny Trinity Lutheran Church the opportunity to participate in a Missouri program that recycles tires into playground surfaces.
In our opening segment, we answer a listener question about age being a protected class. In our closing segment, “Closed Argument” returns with a Wyoming judge who’d like to remain a judge but not do her job. (That’s a bad thing.)
Be sure to turn in next week for Part 2 of “You Be The Supreme Court!” when we turn to the state’s case.