OA538: The Rittenhouse Trial Instructions, Explained

Yet another packed episode! Our main story is what’s really going on with the Rittenhouse Trial Instructions. You might have seen the coverage stating that the victims can’t be called victims but can be called rioters and looters. Is reality as bad as the coverage? Andrew explains! Then in what is our co-main segment, Andrew gives us his initial thoughts on the hot off the presses Build Back Better Plan and what Sinema and Manchin have cost us.

Links: HCSM letter, Wisconsin Legislature: 940.02, Kyle Rittenhouse back in court today, https://ballotpedia.org/Bruce_Schroeder, Kyle Ritttenhouse trial: Judge Bruce Schroeder to preside, Rittenhouse judge in spotlight after disallowing word ‘victims’ in courtroom, BBB deal Page 1 Page 2 Page 3, Whitehouse.gov BBB, HR5376 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): Build Back Better Act

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OA537: Why CA Prop 22 Was Ruled Unconstitutional

Another classic deep dive! You might remember California passing AB5, which sought to elevate so-called “gig economy” workers from independent contractors to full on employees. It was not a perfect solution and left some small businesses wondering how they would cope. However, after that was passed, tech companies poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Proposition 22, which would basically take the giant corporations off the hook while still requiring everyone else to obey AB5. This was a terrible result and had everyone angry at California voters. But now there is a happy update to the story! Listen in!

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OA536: The Tennessee Judge Who Keeps Jailing Kids

So much in today’s episode! First: a Thomas rant on police striking and quitting over the COVID vaccine. Next: a brief look into Striketober and when Reagan ruined unions. Third: Steve Bannon contempt order! Then finally our main segment on the awful story broken by ProPublica of a Tennessee Judge who has ruined childrens’ lives over a made up crime. But wait there’s more! A wildcard segment on Activision-Blizzard in which Andrew shares the names of the lawyers who moved from the EEOC to DFEH and why this case is still incredibly weird and has only gotten more weird!

Links: Strike Support: What Is It and How You Can Help Striking Workers, Trump Bogus Lawsuit, List of attorneys who tried to steal your 2020 vote, Outrage Grows Over Jailing of Children, Tennessee Code :: Title 39, Rule 203: Procedures Upon Taking a Delinquent Child Into Custody, 2010 Tennessee Code :: Title 37 – Juveniles, activision-blizzard-et-als-ex-parte-application-to-stay-the-case, Rule 4.3 Communicating with an Unrepresented Person

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OA535: Roe is Doomed. Contraceptives Could Be Next – Part 2

This is part 2 of the deep-dive into Griswold v Connecticut. If you didn’t catch part 1, make sure to listen! It’s OA533!
But also, since we love you so much, there’s a wildcard on more Sidney Powell terrible lawyering! She’s the grift that keeps on giving.

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OA534: State and Federal Agencies Now Fighting EACH OTHER in Blizzard Activision Case

Our own Andrew Torrez broke this news while on vacation, no less! Here’s an article referencing the podcast! We had assumed that the DFEH and the EEOC were working in coordination on the Blizzard Activision case, but that turns out to NOT be the case! Listen to Andrew break down this startling development! After that, one (maybe) final look back at the Weird Al episode for an Andrew (and Thomas) was wrong!

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OA533: Roe is Doomed. Contraceptives Could Be Next

Today is part 1 of a much needed but quite dire deep-dive. The case is Griswold v. Connecticut, which may be familiar even to the layperson. It’s what gives us the right to buy contraceptives and not have shopkeepers ask us if we’re married. How could that possibly be overturned, you might ask? Well, legally speaking, it is justified in the exact same way as Roe. Listen to learn more.

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OA532: OK I’ll Bite What is the Debt Ceiling

If that’s something you’ve been too afraid to say lately, this is the episode for you! Andrew breaks down the history of the debt ceiling, and why it is as pointless as it is potentially catastrophic! And a wildcard segment on Texas SB 8 being enjoined.

Come see Thomas and others (like Ross and Carrie!) for California Freethought Day! It’s online this year! Info here.

Links: 31 US Code § 3101 – Public debt limit, DOJ motion for injunction

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OA531: Pop-law! Nirvana Sued by the Nevermind Baby; and a #FreeBritney Update!

Everyone’s favorite Ace Associate, Morgan Stringer, is back for another rousing edition of Morgan’s Pop-law! So many of you asked us about the Nirvana lawsuit, so we’ve got the full breakdown for you. And Jamie Spears is no longer the conservator over Britney! We are one step closer to hashtag freeing Britney!

Links: Nevermind That Nirvana Child Pornography Lawsuit, Attorneys Say, Elden v Nirvana, Inside Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Pool Party, 25 Years Later, Born To Swim?, Jamie Spears was removed from Britney Spears’s conservatorship

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OA530: Andrew Testifies to Congress on Christian Healthshare Ministries!

Mr. Torrez went to Washington! Ok ok, not quite as glamorous as all that, but Andrew DID testify via Skype in a closed door congressional hearing about Christian Healthshare Ministries! How cool is that! Andrew breaks down what he talked about, and the new facts he dug up in his preparation! Also, if you or anyone you know has been harmed by a Healthshare, please write into the show! Email is below.
In the second half, Andrew goes through the Activision Blizzard settlement and why it is good news!

Links: Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries 990, National Coalition of Health Care Sharing Ministries 990, Gospel Light Mennonite Church Medical Aid Plan Inc. 990, Christian Healthcare Ministries 990, Initial Blizzard lawsuit, Activision Blizzard Confirms SEC Is Investigating It, EEOC (federal) – lawsuit filed Monday 9/27

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OA529: The Weird Al Deep-Dive We Didn’t Know We Desperately Needed

Alright so… we got a lot of emails from our satire-related episode. Like a lot. And it all focused on the same one thing from a quick aside about Weird Al. Since then, a massive debate has taken place in the Facebook group over whether or not satirists like Weird Al would owe royalties. Andrew’s previous segment said no; many commenters say yes. So are we issuing an Andrew was wrong? Find out the answer to that and MANY fascinating related issues in our much needed Weird Al deep-dive!

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