OA43: Explaining the 9th Circuit’s Ruling on Trump’s Muslim Ban

In today’s episode, we take a look at the ongoing status of Executive Order 13769 (often referred to as the “Muslim Ban”).  What exactly did the 9th Circuit decide, and how does it affect the status of efforts to restrict emigration going forward?

We begin, however, with a Breakin’ Down the Law segment where we examine the so-called “Johnson Amendment.”  What is it?  Would it be a bad thing if the Trump administration repeals it?  Does it really make a difference?  We break down the law so you’ll be armed with the information you need to answer these questions.

Next, we take a deep-dive into the 9th Circuit’s recent ruling denying the Government’s emergency motion for a stay.  What does that mean?  Where is this lawsuit headed next?  You won’t know if you only read The New York Times, but you will know if you listen to this show!

After our main segment, we turn to a question from listener Schofield Miller about why courts hand down multiple-life sentences that run to hundreds of years.  Figure out what it means to be sentenced to “ten consecutive life sentences.”

Finally, we end with the answer to Thomas Takes the Bar Exam question #10 about witness testimony.  Remember that TTTBE issues a new question every Friday, followed by the answer on next Tuesday’s show.  Don’t forget to play along by following our Twitter feed (@Openargs) and/or our Facebook Page and quoting the Tweet or Facebook Post that announces this episode along with your guess and reason(s)!

Also:  Andrew was recently on Episode #103 of the Gaytheist Manifesto podcast talking about executive orders more generally; give it a listen!

Show Notes & Links

  1. Andrew also discussed the Johnson Amendment when he was a guest on The Scathing Atheist podcast episode #208.
  2. Andrew also did a guest spot on episode #103 of the Gaytheist Manifesto talking about executive orders.
  3. Judge Robart of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington’s Order issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking the Executive Order is here.
  4. And the 9th Circuit’s opinion refusing to issue a stay is here.

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