Transcript of OA362: The Pardon Power (Or: Blagojevich, Milken, and Trump, Oh My!)

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 362.  I’m Thomas Smith, that over there is Andrew Torrez.  How are you doing, my friend?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, Thomas, how are you?  How was your trip?

Thomas:         Oh my gosh!

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         I am in a full body cast like in the movies, and always one leg is suspended at an angle, you know?  In a sling.

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Transcript of OA361: DC Sides with Trump in Emoluments Case?

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 361.  I’m Thomas Smith, that’s Andrew Torrez, that means we’re just starting our next rotation in our 720.  How’s it going, Andrew?

Andrew:         [Laughs]  I like to feel like I’m on a skateboard in midair-

Thomas:         Yeah.

Andrew:         And yeah, except [Sighs]

Thomas:         The podcast is just one long trick.

Andrew:         I’m ollying it, man!

Thomas:         Yeah.  Beto would be proud.

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Transcript of OA360: The Tuesday Afternoon Massacre

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 360.  Oh!  Nice number.  Good old 360. 

Andrew:         Yeah, the Babylonian year, right?

Thomas:         Sure. Yeah.

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         I was just gonna say it’s like when I was a kid and you’d just try to jump and spin around in a full circle and be like “360!”  But yeah, you’re-

Andrew:         Oh, yeah!

Thomas:         Your reference too, exactly!

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Transcript of OA359: The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) & Baseball Law!

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Thomas:         Hey listeners, I’ve got a really exciting announcement!  Opening Arguments is now on YouTube.  We’ve made our first video on the Opening Arguments YouTube channel and it was a lot of fun.  The idea just really quickly is to try to use some humor and maybe potentially some viral aspects to try to gain some attention, to draw people to the show, maybe reach a new audience because I for one firmly believe that Andrew is just teaching us so much here and I wanna spread the word, I wanna get more people engaged so the way we’re trying to do that is to branch out, reach some people on YouTube. 

We would love your help to share the video if you enjoy it and get more people.  Subscribe to the channel, anything that kind of boosts the YouTube channel.  The link will be in the show notes, I hope you like the video.  If you’d like to just go to the channel it’s youtube.com/c/openingarguments.  Either way, thank you so much, I hope you check it out and I hope you like it, and now on with the show!

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Transcript of OA358: Can Trump Block New Yorkers From Global Entry? (No.)

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 358.  I’m Thomas Smith, that over there is P. Andrew Torrez, esquire.  How’re you doing Andrew?

Andrew:         [Laughing] I am doing fantastic!  Did you see, one of our listeners sent P. Andrew Torus with the donut shape on social media?

Thomas:         Yeah!

Andrew:         You know, as long as we’re continuing to add plays on my last name.

Thomas:         It’s hard to compete with your cow name, though, P. Andrew Taurus.

Andrew:         Oh, no, obviously that’s the best.  Shout out to Del.

Thomas:         Because you moo the noodle! [Laughs] You moo the noodle, so we can’t.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

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Transcript of OA357: OK, WTF Iowa?

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments.  Don’t adjust that dial! 

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         We are here early!  It’s episode 357.  I’m Thomas Smith, that’s Andrew Torrez, how’re you doing, Andrew/

Andrew:         Well I would say I’m doing fantastic but, uh, apparently the entire Democratic Party has lost its goddamn mind so, no, not doing fantastic!  How are you?

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Transcript of OA356: The Future of Flynn (w/guest Marcy Wheeler)

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Andrew:         Hey everybody, I just wanted to tell you how proud Thomas and I are of our listeners.  At least hundreds, possibly thousands of you, made the effort to call your Senators and tell them that you wanted to hear from witnesses during the impeachment trial.  Obviously that vote came Friday night after we recorded this show and we lost 51 to 49.  That sucks, and there is no spin that I can put on that, but I do want to share something that Erica Goddard wrote in our Facebook community that really helped me, helped remind us of our mission with this show.

She says:  “You told us after the 2018 elections why we had cause to be proud of the results. We fight the holding actions, we get to November 2020, we keep the momentum of 2018 going.

Tonight, we mourn, but Tomorrow, we look for the next holding action, the one that helps us get to November.  We build an America we can be proud of again.

When you despair, remember this community you have brought together. Remember those you have helped teach.  The legal profession will feel the impact of your work as those studying law in this group pass the Bar and move forward. Other professions will feel the impact of a better educated populous who understand the world and the law.”

Thank you Erica!  Please do, folks have continued to share in the Facebook group, on Twitter, elsewhere, send us an email if you’re not a part of either of those groups and tell us when you go to law school, when you graduate, when you pass the bar, when you get your jobs.  We love those stories and I promise that we’ll continue to do what Erica said.  We are looking for new and creative ways to try and keep breaking down the law for you, and as the other side tries to break our institutions we will keep standing up for them.  Even when the answers aren’t what we want to hear, I do still believe we make the world a little bit better every time we make it a little better educated. 

So we have an example of that today, we’ve got a great interview with journalist Marcy Wheeler, that’s about the Michaele Flynn case, it’s about the state of the DOJ and her belief that people will face consequences.  We’re gonna continue to break down the law and identify what we need to do in order to move forward.

Thanks again, thanks to all of you, we’re gonna help continue to fight on.

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Transcript of OA355: Honest Answers to Impeachment Questions

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 355, I’m Thomas Smith, that’s Andrew Torrez!  How’re you doing, Andrew?

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

Thomas:         Ooooh, doing well doing well.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         It feels like – in fact, you know what?  I take that back.  I’m doing very well because I’m pretty sure we singlehandedly made a difference for the witnesses.  I say we and by that I mean the royal we of the whole audience and the whole show, because it really feels like the noodle got moved a little bit.

Andrew:         It does.  I would say, look, Mitch McConnell is still trying to move the noodle back.

Thomas:         [Laughs]  

Andrew:         Do not let up.  If you have not yet called your Senators, call your Democratic Senators and praise them, call Mitt Romney and praise him, call Republican Senators who have not spoken out and the script, we’ll continue to use the script and have it in the show notes.  This is super easy, hundreds of you have Tweeted in, emailed us, maybe even a thousand.  A lot of you have done this, this is really, really great.  It’s really important.  Keep doing that.  The other side is doing the same thing so it is important to keep that up.  The vote, if it happens, will happen sometime late on Friday so as you’re hearing this you still have time to call your Senators? and make sure they line up for witnesses.

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Transcript of OA354: A Russian Asset Sues What?

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 354.  I’m Thomas Smith.  I’m a new man!

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         I went in that water tank that Luke is in in the beginning of Empire Strikes Back, you know?

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         I mean, I still sound like crap but not as bad.  How’re you doin’?

Andrew:         I wanted to say I’ve been frozen in carbonite or something but, [Laughs]  I’m doing great, Thomas.  Glad to hear you’re on the mend.

Thomas:         Aside from the fact that you had to watch Jay Sekulow talk, right?

Andrew:         [Sighs] Oh my god, yeah.  That is-

Thomas:         That takes a toll.

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Transcript of OA353: Duplicity and Impeachment

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, oh this is gonna be fun.  It’s episode 353, and no that is not the Megatron voice, I just sound like this.  How’s it going, Andrew?

Andrew:         Ah, it’s going fantastic for me.  I would ask how you are doing, but I know how you’re doing.

Thomas:         Well, I took enough ibuprofen to get down to a nice manageable 101-

Andrew:         Ooof!

Thomas:         Which is better than 102.8 or whatever.  There’s a big difference in that one degree.

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