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Is the constitution in crisis? This podcast is for people who are curious about politics and the law and how the biggest political and legal issues of the moment affect you. Pull up a chair and join host Jessica Levinson, a professor at LMU’s Loyola Law School, and a rotating cast of experts. Jessica will be joined by journalists, politicians, political scientists, lawyers, and many others. Listen to Jessica and her guests for a wry, and sometimes irreverent take on the most pressing issues of our time. What are the laws of our democracy? How are they changing? And what does that mean for your daily life?

Jessica Levinson


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    Abortion, January 6th, and Gun Control -- Legal Roundup Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 31:44

    Time for a legal roundup. We cover oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the big abortion case, oral arguments before the DC Circuit regarding Trump's attempt to stop the January 6th Select Committee from getting Whitehouse documents, and the shooting in Michigan this week. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    The Trial of Ghislane Maxwell Begins In The Shadow Of Jeffrey Epstein

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 8:33

    Financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide while incarcerated in August of 2019, but that's not the end of the story. Epstein's confidant and alleged former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, is now facing federal charges for sex trafficking in what may be the only possible justice in the Epstein saga. Maxwell is a socialite and British citizen who holds several passports, and she stands accused of assisting Epstein in multiple instances of exploiting and abusing multiple underage girls over nearly a decade. On this episode of Passing Judgment, Jessica gives a summary of the beginning of the trial, for which opening arguments are expected today to take place. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Charlottesville White Supremacists Liable for Substantial Fine in Civil Trial After Deadly Rally

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 6:47

    On August 12th 2017, during two days of protests and counterprotests surrounding the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a man named James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a group of counterprotesters, severely injuring several of them and killing a 32-year-old woman named Heather Heyer. Fields was eventually convicted and sentenced to life in prison, plus 419 years. In public statements about the violence, then-President Donald Trump kicked off a political firestorm when he failed to immediately denounce the white nationalists, saying there were “...very fine people on both sides.” In the conclusion of the civil trial that arose in the aftermath of that bloody weekend, a jury this week ruled that the white nationalist organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville must pay more than $26 million in damages. In this episode of Passing Judgment, Jessica and Joe discuss the civil trial and how the outcome may impact future activities by white supremacist organizations. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Three Men Found Guilty in the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 17:06

    In the verdict in the second high-profile court case with a strong racial aspect in just five days, a jury today found three white men, Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan, guilty in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. Arbery was jogging in a residential neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia in late February of 2020 when the three men chased the young black man in their vehicles. Suspecting Arbery was a burglar, Travis McMichael shot and killed Arbery with a shotgun during a scuffle. On this episode, Jessica and Joe break down the 27 charges against the men, how and why the case and the verdict were different from the outcome in last week's Rittenhouse trial, the selection of an almost all-white jury for the murder of a black man in a mostly-white county, and why 75 days elapsed between Arbery's murder and the arrest of the three men. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Kyle Rittenhouse is found not guilty on all counts. Did the jury make the right decision?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 22:30

    During a summer of civil unrest in 2020, a white police officer shot a 29-year-old black man named Jacob Blake in the back in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This sparked days of protests and rioting in Kenosha. Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois resident, drove to Kenosha, saying that he wanted to protect businesses from looters. He brought his Smith and Wesson M&P15 Sport II, an AR-15-style rifle. After a series of chaotic events, Rittenhouse shot and killed two people - Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and he wounded a third, Gaige Grosskreutz. After a widely-publicized trial, the jury today found Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts. Jessica and Joe break down the verdict, its context, and its larger consequences. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    The Kyle Rittenhouse Trial, Explained

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 17:14

    The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse has garnered national attention for a myriad of reasons, and it brings up important questions related to self-defense, vigilantism, and race. In today's episode, Jessica and Joe give a summary of facts of the case, discuss how the prosecution and the defense presented their arguments to the jury, and examine the judge's headline-generating role in this trial. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Bannon is indicted, Trump sues the National Archives, Biden's vaccine mandate is put on hold, and the Supreme Court considers the religious rights of death row inmates

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 23:37

    Biden is indicted. Why? What is next? Trump wins a (temporary) victory in his effort to prevent the National Archives from releasing documents to the House Select Committee on January 6th. Biden has a (perhaps temporary) loss in his effort implement a vaccine mandate. And the Supreme Court considers the religious rights of death row inmates. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    (How) Does Power Corrupt? Guest: Dr. Brian Klaas Talks About His New Book, Corruptible

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 47:20

    We've all heard the aphorism from Lord Acton, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." But does it? And if it does, how does power corrupt people who would otherwise act in the best interest of others? Does power make people more susceptible to abusing that power or are people more likely to abuse power drawn to leadership positions? Author and political scientist Dr. Brian Klaas set out to answer those questions in his new book, Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us. (Scribner, November 9, 2021). In his previous books, The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy and The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy, Klaas turned his keen eye on the increasingly divisive state of the world and how the former U.S. president Donald Trump undermined democracy at home and abroad. This time, Klaas broadens the scope of his research by conducting over 500 interviews for Corruptible - sitting with presidents, rebel leaders, cult members and dictators to try and determine if that age old adage is true. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Is the Supreme Court Poised to Expand Gun Rights?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 17:13

    It's hot button season here on Passing Judgment. We have been closely following the fate of abortion rights with Supreme Court cases out of Texas and Mississippi. Today's episode of Passing Judgment focuses on another lightning rod topic that has come before the court, and that's gun rights. On Wednesday of this week, the court heard about two hours of oral arguments about the Constitutionality of a New York law that restricts concealed carry permits. With a new solid conservative majority on the Court, what has changed about how the nine justices address the interpretation of the Second Amendment? And will the current case out of New York wind up expanding gun rights in several states - areas where 25% of Americans live? This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Will the Supreme Court Let Texas Undermine the Constitution?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 24:31

    This morning the Supreme Court heard almost three hours of oral arguments about who can sue and be sued to block the enforcement of SB8 - Texas' restrictive abortion law. Jessica listened to the arguments, and in this episode she and Joe explain what exactly how each side presented their position, what the eventual outcome will mean for the protection of your individual rights, and how the law of unintended consequences may come into play.  

    CA Congressman Devin Nunes Pushes the Envelope with a Defamation Lawsuit

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 11:25


    On today's episode, Jessica and Joe discuss California Congressman Devin Nunes and his defamation lawsuit against journalist Ryan Lizza - and why it may have significant consequences for free speech and the free press in America.   This podcast is powered by Pinecast.


    Diversifying judges, the Charlottesville civil trial, and did Trump officials help coordinate the 1/6 insurrection?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 22:30

    President Obama appointed 55 federal appellate judges in two terms - and Donald Trump appointed 54 in just one. Now President Biden is working to nominate judges who will diversify the judicial system to better reflect the changing demographics of America. Also, the civil trial begins this week in the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, West Virginia. And a new exclusive piece in Rolling Stone alleges that Trump administration members and other elected officials may have helped plan the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol. Jessica and Joe talk about all these topics and veer gently into "Big, if true" territory for the last one. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Texas' abortion law heads to the SCOTUS, Trump is deposed, Bannon is held in contempt

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 28:36

    It is our semi-regular weekly legal roundup! We're going to explain the breaking legal news out of the Supreme Court. It agreed to hear a challenge to Texas' abortion law, but it may not be exactly what you think. We explain what is next for Steven Bannon, now that the House voted to hold him in contempt. We also walk through former President Trump's suit against the national archives, talk about why voting rights reform has failed to gain traction in the Senate, and why Trump recently sat for a deposition. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Is President Biden really plummeting in the polls? - Guest: Dr. Peter Hanson

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 38:37

    In today's episode, Jessica talks with Dr. Peter Hanson - the National Poll Director at Grinnell College. Hanson walks us through brand-new polling data about Biden, the politicization of the Supreme Court, the future of democracy, and how what liberty means to Democrats is not the same thing as what liberty means to Republicans. The results will surprise you.   This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Will Steve Bannon face criminal penalties for defying a congressional subpoena? Will the Supreme Court be reformed?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 26:27

    Its our legal roundup! Will Steve Bannon face criminal penalties for defying a congressional subpoena? (For more, here is Jessica's MSNBC column). Will the Supreme Court be reformed? Will former President Trump sit for a deposition in a civil suit? This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Do Trump and Steven Bannon have to comply with Congressional subpoenas?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 20:46

    A House Select Committee is investigating the events of January 6th. It is vital that the American public know what exactly happened leading up to, and during, the insurrection at the Capitol. But now some people who were subpoenaed by that committee, namely former President Trump, and former White House counselor Steve Bannon, are contending they do not have to comply with those subpoenas. We will break down the law and talk about the politics of what is really happening here. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Are religious exemptions for vaccine mandates required?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 20:53

    Vaccine mandates, they're everywhere. Public and private institutions are requiring that workers, students, and customers be vaccinated. But are religious exemptions to these vaccine mandates legally required? This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Was Texas' abortion law just overturned?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 15:37

    Not exactly. A federal judge just pushed pause in the implementation of Texas' restrictive abortion law. But that ruling is already being appealed. We talk about what happened and why and what comes next. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Abortion? Gun control? Religious rights? Freedom of speech? It's our SCOTUS preview!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 20:09

    Jessica previews and explains the big cases the Supreme Court will be hearing this term. What's on the docket for the term that begins on October 4th? Abortion, gun control, religious rights, the freedom of speech, and much more. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Will Texas' abortion law be put on hold? What happened in court today?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 12:37

    There was a big hearing in federal district court today in the case of U.S. v Texas. We break down all of the legal arguments made by the Department of Justice, the State of Texas, and what is likely to happen next.

    Audit-Mania! Why are AZ, TX & PA Recounting the 2020 Election?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 17:17

    Cyber Ninjas, along with three other contractors, completed the Arizona ballot audit this week, spending millions to prove once again that Joe Biden won the state in the 2020 presidential election. But Arizona isn't alone in doing so - a number of states are engaging in audits of ballot tallies from the 2020 election; Pennsylvania's is ongoing, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott this week announced that an audit will be performed in four Texas counties despite the fact that Donald Trump won Texas in the last election. With no demonstrable evidence of fraud, what is the GOP strategy here? Is this about the last election or the next election? This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Did the architect of Texas' abortion law really just tell women to have less sex?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 22:32

    Kind of. It's a new week and a new episode. Jessica breaks down the arguments in favor of Texas and Mississippi's restrictive abortion laws, why the people supporting those laws are may soon try to undermine protections for LGBTQ Americans, and why Supreme Court justices keep telling us they're neutral. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    What are your top legislative priorities? (Guest - Congressman Ro Khanna)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 22:39

    While we all think through our top legislative priorities, we talk with Congressman Ro Khanna (D) about this. Rep. Khanna shares his thoughts about climate change, infrastructure, the economy, and when kids will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Governor Gavin Newsom Survives the CA Recall Election

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 21:38

    After California's gubernatorial recall election was cast as a dead heat just two months ago, Democratic voters came out in force and gave Gavin Newsom a decisive victory against more than 40 challengers. How did the race break for Newsom so strongly? Were there any brights spots for Republicans in what turned out to be an incredibly expensive recall election? Jessica and Joe talk about how Newsom pulled out a win - and why the Golden State remains deep blue. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    "The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden" (Author and Guest - Peter Bergen)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 24:41


    On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we are joined by Peter Bergen, author of the new book, "The Rise and Fall of Osama Bin Laden." Peter is the vice president for global studies & fellows at New America, a CNN national security analyst, and a professor of practice at Arizona State University where he co-directs the Center on the Future of War. He is the author or editor of nine books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and four of which were named among the best non-fiction books of the year by The Washington Post.  This podcast is powered by Pinecast.


    The latest on Texas' abortion and voting laws and a Texas death row inmate

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 18:01

    Lots of legal news from the Lone Star State. We will give you the latest legal news on Texas' abortion and voting laws and a challenge by an inmate on death row in Texas. Here are Jessica's latest columns (mentioned in the episode) on MSNBC. Texas abortion law should be fought at state court level Texas abortion ban is devastating testament to Trump's Supreme Court Also, did an Ohio judge really force a hospital to tread a COVID-19 patient with ivermectin? This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    The Supreme Court Functionally Overturns Roe v Wade

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 21:26

    The Supreme Court just silently let its most controversial case in decades - Roe v Wade - slip away by taking no action on an emergency appeal on a restrictive new Texas abortion law. By letting that law - SB 8 - go into effect, abortion is presently illegal after six weeks in the state of Texas. Jessica and Joe discuss the implications of SB 8 at the state and federal levels, as well as how the conservative majority on the Court said a lot by saying nothing at all.

    How Should the Biden Administration Face Its Current Challenges - Foreign and Domestic? GUEST: Aaron David Miller

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 19:41

    Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and he has advised Secretaries of State from multiple presidential administrations on both sides of the aisle. With an ongoing international pandemic and a bollixed pullout of U.S. forces from a twenty year war in Afghanistan, what would someone with decades of foreign policy experience tell the Biden Administration about how to best face multiple challenges at home and abroad?

    Legal Update re the Insurrection at the Capitol

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 26:38

    Senior reporter for Buzzfeed News, Zoe Tillman, stops by Passing Judgment to update us on the cases against those involved in the insurrection at the Capitol. We talked about who has been charged, what charges are being brought, and what to look for in upcoming cases. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Is it safe for kids to go back to school? When will kids under 12 be eligible for a vaccine?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 31:36

    We ask Dr. Lauren Crosby, a nationally-recognized parenting expert and pediatrician, all of your questions about kids and COVID-19. Can kids safely go back to school? What safety protocols should schools be putting in place? Are playdates safe? After school sports? Should every eligible child get the vaccine? And when will kids under 12 be eligible for the vaccine? This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Did the Taliban win? Why? What does it mean for people living in Afghanistan?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 31:15

    We talk with Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown, a senior fellow in the Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. We talk about how the Taliban of today is different from the Taliban of the 1990s and what the resurrection of the Taliban means for people living in Afghanistan. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    After 40+ Years of War, What Is the Future of Afghanistan? GUEST: Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 32:35

    Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown is a senior fellow in the Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institute, and unlike most Americans, Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown has been to Afghanistan. In this episode of Passing Judgment, Dr. Felbab-Brown talks with Jessica about the future of the war-torn country of Afghanistan. Can the Taliban govern a unified country ruled by warlords and tribalism? What will happen to the class of educated women that have flourished in the last twenty years? Where do the people of Afghanistan go from here?

    Everything you need to know about Afghanistan (and were afraid to ask) (Guest - Dr. Sinno)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 38:03

    The news out of Afghanistan is gutting. We call on Dr. Abdulkader Sinno, professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University, to walk us through how we got here, whether it was avoidable, who is to blame for what is currently happening in Afghanistan, and were we go from here. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    What is (and isn't) in the infrastructure bill? And when will we have self-driving cars? (Guest - Tanya Snyder of Politico)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 22:00

    Wondering what is in the big infrastructure bill? So were we. We called Politico reporter Tanya Synder for help. Tanya walks us through what is and isn't in the infrastructure bill and what that means for you. We also talk about Tanya's area of expertise -- self-driving cars. Ready to let a machine take the wheel? We are. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Cuomo Resigns and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is Temporarily Kicked Off Twitter (Again)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 24:17

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo steps aside. What does it mean for impeachment hearings, criminal investigations, and civil cases? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is temporarily kicked off Twitter (again). Spoiler alert - mandatory vaccinations are typically legal. We will tell you why. And for more, here is Jessica's piece on MSNBC. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Is Cuomo on this way out (Part II)? Is your employer about to mandate vaccines?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2021 23:06

    We round out the week with a look back at the legal and political problems facing Gov. Cuomo and the new round of employers requiring vaccine mandates.

    Will Gov. Cuomo face criminal prosecution? Will we ever see Trump's tax returns?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 27:01

    Welcome back! We have a lot of politics and law packed into this episode. First up, what is NY Gov Andrew Cuomo's political future? Will he face impeachment proceedings? Civil litigation? Criminal prosecution? Next, what about the latest developments in Rep. Eric Swalwell's case against former President Donald Trump, Rep. Mo Brooks and others? Is Brooks immune from liability? What about Trump? And finally ... will we ever see Trump's tax returns? It looks like Congress might see them. When will we? This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    How to have an informed public in an age of disinformation (Prof. Kate Starbird)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021 20:37

    Kate Starbird stops by Passing Judgment to discuss how to create an informed public and strengthen democratic discourse. She also talks about how to fight misinformation and disinformation. Kate is the co-founder the University of Washington's Center for an Informed Public. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    So what exactly is covered under HIPAA?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 9:55

    We have you covered on all of your HIPAA FAQs. What can employers, business owners, and journalists ask you about your health and vaccine status? And a bonus new segment -- that's not how it works. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Mississippi vs. Roe v. Wade, Tom Barrack's Indictment, & NFL Coach Rick Dennison's Firing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2021 24:19

    It is Mississippi versus Roe v. Wade. Jessica and Joe talk through the state's assault on Roe. Jessica discusses the case law leading up to the Roe decision and whether the case is not vulnerable to being overturned. Joe gives an update on the indictment of Tom Barrack, the chair of former President Trump's 2017 inauguration committee. And Joe and Jessica talk through the implications of the firing of NFL Coach Rick Dennison for his failure to get vaccinated. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    The latest on Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene, DACA, and the CA Recall

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 27:39

    Is the DACA program itself now illegal? We breakdown all of the legal ins and outs and tell you what is likely become of this immigration program. Will CA Governor Gavin Newsom be recalled? Probably not. But there are plenty of fun legal topics surrounding the recall to discuss. Also, we have decided to add a new segment on called Passing Judgment called - THAT IS NOT HOW IT WORKS! (Say it with me listeners). And for our first installment of this segment, here is looking at you Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Welcome to Season 3, Year 2 of Passing Judgment!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2021 41:43

    Welcome to our second year and third season of Passing Judgment. In this episode we look back on the biggest legal and political issues we covered in the first year of Passing Judgment and preview some of the most pressing questions we are sure to address in the coming weeks and months. We look back on the election, the insurrection, and the impeachment. Then we turn to talking about whether there will be meaningful legislative reform in the areas of health care, immigration, gun control, and more. We also talk about the past SCOTUS term and discuss what is ahead for the October 2021 term. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Will Texas Democrats Save Voting Rights?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 17:49

    Some Texas lawmakers have literally left town, why? Texas democrats are leaving their state to deny republicans of the quorum needed to vote on a another bill that would restrict voting rights. Will this be successful? Will it put pressure on federal lawmakers to implement new voting rights protections on the federal level? Jessica and Joe discuss on the latest episode. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Trump v Facebook; Swalwell v Trump, Mo Brooks, & Guiliani; Nike v Avenatti

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 20:26

    Another big week of legal news. We cover Trump v. Facebook; Congressman Swalwell v. Trump, Trump Jr., Guiliani, & Congressman Mo Brooks; Nike v. Avenatti, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's next gig. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    What is disinformation? And who should combat it? (Guest - Renee Diresta)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 61:23

    Our guest, Renee DirResta, is the Research Manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory. We talk through what disinformation is, why it is harmful, how we can combat it, and who should be in charge of combatting it. Our conversation with Renee occurred during Loyola Law School's Journalist Law School. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Our mega legal roundup -- Trump Org indicted, Cosby freed, SCOTUS unleashed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2021 28:22

    This episode is overflowing with legal news. What do the Trump Org indictments mean, and will the former president himself be indicted? Is the Supreme Court acting to subvert our democracy? We talk about the last two blockbuster cases of the term -- one dealing with voting rights and the other with First Amendment rights. And finally -- Cosby is freed. Is this actually a win for the rule of law? This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    Are bathroom bans for transgender students legal? (SCOTUS update)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 18:17


    The Supreme Court left in place a lower court decision that requires that transgender students in public high schools be able to use the bathroom of their choosing. We talk about the legal and psychological implications of the case with Felicia Ortiz, who has a JD from UC Berkeley and is a therapist who works with transgender youth and adults. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.


    Inside the sentencing of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd (Guest - Tami Abdollah)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2021 18:02

    USA Today national correspondent Tami Abdollah brings us inside the courtroom for the sentencing of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

    Swearing cheerleaders, union organizer, loud drivers, and more (SCOTUS roundup!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 15:05

    The Supreme Court handed down three big decisions today. The Court answered the following questions: Can schools punish students for certain off campus speech? Can union organizers enter employers' property? Can the police enter a suspects house without a warrant if they suspect a violation of a noise ordinance? This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    The Supreme Court issues a narrow anti-trust decision on college sports

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021

    As the end of the current Supreme Court term draws near, today the Court issued a narrow ruling on compensation for college athletes. In this episode of Passing Judgment, Jessica and Joe talk about how the court applied anti-trust statues to the NCAA's claim that their rules should continue to prevent additional academic and other compensation for college athletes, and how justice Kavanaugh - a former coach - issued a fiery retort to the NCAA's position. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

    SCOTUS issues end-of-term decisions on the ACA (aka Obamacare) & religious rights

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 19:15

    It's playoff season for Supreme Court aficionados! This morning the Court issued three decisions, the first of which both retained the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land at the same time that it punted a bit, leaving the door open to future challenges. The second decision ruled that the First Amendment can be interpreted to mean that the City of Philadelphia cannot prevent a Catholic organization from discriminating against same-sex couples when it comes to fostering children. And as horrific as it sounds, the third decision states that Nestle and other cocoa bean producers are not culpable for child slavery practices in Africa's Ivory Coast. Jessica and Joe break down how the court voted and give some insight how these changes may affect American society. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

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