OA588: Wildly Ignorant Trump Judge Upends National Mask Policy

As you’ve no doubt already heard, a totally unqualified, Trump appointed, 34 year old Florida Judge has completely destroyed the national travel mask mandate with the stroke of a pen. Andrew breaks down how dumb the opinion is, and Thomas laments that Democratic leaders are somehow still pretending we live in a society. After that, we’ve got a deep-dive into bankruptcy, inspired by both Alex Jones and the Health Care Sharing Ministry Sharity. Sharity declared bankruptcy leaving 10,000 members holding the bag for $50 million in unpaid bills. Who could have possibly predicted this except oh yeah see OA497: Christian Health Sharing Is a Scam.

Links: 86 Fed Reg 8025, The Opinion, 42 US Code § 264, Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, Sharity Leaves 10K Families with Millions in unpaid bills, Infowars Bankruptcy Petition, Infowars form 202, Jones thinks he set up a trust, 28 US Code § 1334 – Bankruptcy cases and proceedings, 28 US Code § 1452 – Removal of claims related to bankruptcy cases, CT bankruptcy removal, Sharity Plan, Objection, Summary

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OA587: Alex Jones Continues To Be Completely Porked

In these troubled times, we cling tightly to the small amounts of good news we get. One source of good news who keeps on giving is Alex Jones. He is so unambiguously screwed that it’s our pleasure to cover the screwage in even more depth today. This time, it’s about a few new cases against him, as well as his obviously illegal plan to try to hide his assets from the plaintiffs who absolutely deserve his money more than he does.
Before that, we have some very significant news on the Jan. 6th front — very proud boy Charles Donohoe seems to be cooperating and his “reduced” sentence is still satisfyingly high. Listen for the details!

Links: Donohoe plea agreement, level 27 70-87 months, statement of offense, default judgment against Jones 11/15/21, response to motion to recover the $75k, motion for extension of time, new TX fraud case, Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, Heslin v Alex Jones

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OA586: CA Uses TX Abortion Ban Trick but for Gun Control

It’s a question a lot of you posed after Texas banned abortion by completely cheating the Constitution: what if a liberal state did the same thing but for gun control? Well, CA has done exactly that. Hear the breakdown and Andrew prediction for what will happen to this bill. After that, we’ve got really bad news. Remember how Democrats had almost forced a level playing field nationally by gerrymandering aggressively in Maryland and New York? Well, some fair minded judges just undid that.

Links: 36 QAnon candidates, QAnon supporters running for Congress, How QAnon Became Obsessed With ‘Adrenochrome,’, MD Redistricting injunction, revised map approved, NY order stayed in the 4th appellate division

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OA585: Is Jan 6. Justice Moving Too Slowly? with Randall Eliason

Frequent OA guest, Professor Randall Eliason recently wrote an article for the Washington Post called “Forget what you heard. The DOJ’s Jan. 6 probe is moving at a good pace.” So, we thought we’d have him on the show for a conversation around just that. Is justice for Jan 6 taking too long? Are prosecutors being “chicken shits?” Will Trump get away with everything?

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OA584: Amazon Workers Unionize!

Amazon workers in Staten Island overcame extensive union busting efforts and won a vote to unionize! This is great news, and we can only hope it has a snowball effect. Listen as Andrew breaks down the journey, the conditions that led to the effort and the disgusting lengths Amazon went to to punish the employees who started organizing. In the A segment, we get a delightful little Alex Jones update. He finally showed up for a deposition!

Links: Docket, Jones moves to purge contempt, small wrinkle, NLRB order on bogus Amazon election, Smalls fired, Exhibit 13, Amazon racist comments, 29 US Code § 157 – Right of employees as to organization, 29 US Code § 158 – Unfair labor practices

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OA583: Republicans Creating Handmaid’s Tale Hellscape

The devastating consequences of Texas HB 8 and the Supreme Court’s cowardly shadow docket ruling on it are reverberating not just through Texas, but around the country. Not to be outdone, Republicans in Idaho produced a copycat bill. Andrew gives the breakdown and we discuss some truly shocking NPR coverage of how Republicans are ruining lives. But it’s not all bad news! In the B segment, Andrew takes us through the Equality Florida Lawsuit, a well-argued lawsuit attempting to fight back against the Don’t Say Gay Bill. Also, we’re not bothering to cover Trump’s idiotic flop of a lawsuit against Hillary.

Links: Hazelwood School Dist. v. Kuhlmeier, US v. Alvarez

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OA582: Alex Jones Is In Big Trouble

The court has nothing BUT contempt for Alex Jones. Like, half a million dollars worth of contempt. He has dodged depositions for an eternity and Thomas’s new favorite judge ever has had enough of it. Get the breakdown!
Links: docket, Knowledge Fight 649, Ex A and B, motion for contempt, offer of compromise, conn. gen. stat. 52-193, plaintiffs rejected, oral argument on contempt motion, court grants, motion to reconsider, court denies THAT EVENING, motion for emergency stay, appeal to cr supreme court, Puff v. Puff, eastman not appealing

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OA581: The Activision-Blizzard Settlement Is Happening and It Sucks

If you’re a regular listener you’ve heard us break down the ongoing weirdness between DFEH and EEOC over the Activision-Blizzard misconduct. It’s been… unprofessional, and bad for basically everyone involved. Unfortunately, it looks like the pitifully inadequate settlement that EEOC negotiated with Activision-Blizzard is going to go through. Get the details, and what if anything can still be done about it.
Before that, Andrew gives us an update on Eastment. He’s still slow walking the documents, but now wants early discovery? What? Get the breakdown!

Links: Eastman motion for early discovery, Chapman opposition, Eastman reply brief, DFEH motion to intervene denied 12/20/21, 1/4/22 amended decree substantively the same, 1/18 DFEH objections, 3/4 employee moves to intervene, attachment C to amended decree, 3/22 motion to intervene denied, 3/22 order on PACD

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The Slap. The Actual Legal Implications. NO HOT TAKES

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars. On live television. It’s less than a day old and yet you’ve likely already been inundated with hot takes about it. BUT, we offer you zero more annoying hot takes. This podcast takes you through the actual legal implications, both criminal and civil, of an event like this. Chris Rock might not be “pressing charges,” but does that matter? If he sued civilly, what would happen? Find out the actual, researched answers to these questions in a free bonus pod, just because we love you!



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OA580: Google Caught Pulling Privilege Shenanigans

Our main segment today is a breakdown of Google’s massive scheme to keep tons of documents privileged inappropriately. It’s a fun deep-dive full of bad documents! Before that, we quickly go over the disgusting attempts to discredit KBJ by Senate Republicans. And, believe it or not, a GOOD NEWS segment about Lia Thomas!

Links: Hawley Refutation, Trump v Clinton, Utah HB 11, Indiana HEA 1041, Google antitrust complaint, google status report, Google’s Communicate with Care, Google response

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