OA269: Julian Assange Arrested

Today’s episode breaks down the recent arrest of Julian Assange in England and what it means for Chelsea Manning (and Donald Trump!)

We begin, however, with two separate sports-related stories: the improbable success of Marcus Rademacher in the Opening Arguments March Madness pool, and the (far sadder) saga of the Trump Administration’s indefensible decision to overrule the MLB’s deal with Cuba that would have brought an end to the dangerous human trafficking of ballplayers.

After that, it’s time for our deep dive into the sealed Julian Assange indictment and his arrest in England. We also discuss at great length exactly why Chelsea Manning is apparently being held in solitary confinement in prison — even though her crime was commuted by President Obama — and whether this indictment is relevant to the Mueller investigation. Oh, and Thomas gives you something to look out for!

And if all that isn’t enough for you, well, we end, as always, with a brand new Thomas Takes the Bar Exam Question #122 involving hearsay and a search for public records. As always, remember to follow our Twitter feed (@Openargs) and like our Facebook Page so that you too can play along with #TTTBE!


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Show Notes & Links

1. Marcus Rademacher’s winning entry is linked here.
2. If you want football-themed Opening Arguments, check out Episode 57 and Episode 58, which tell the tale of Donald Trump singlehandedly destroyed the USFL. 
3. Trump reportedly wanted to buy the Cubs in 2006.
4. We covered the MLB-Cuba deal in OA 237.
5. The Assange Indictment.
6. 18 U.S.C. § 1030 (computer fraud)
7. Chelsea Manning’s 4th Circuit brief can be found here.
8. And the Government’s response written by G. Zachary Terwilliger, who we covered in OA 212.

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