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Every episode, legal expert Andrew and comic relief Thomas will tackle a popular legal topic and give you all the tools you need to understand the issue and win every argument you have on Facebook, with your Uncle Frank, or wherever someone is wrong on the Internet. It's law. It's politics. It's fun. We don't tell you what to think, we just set up the Opening Arguments.
 
AG from Mueller, She Wrote and The Daily Beans Podcasts and Andrew Torrez from the Opening Arguments Podcast report weekly on Biden's Department of Justice and Intelligence Agencies as we rebuild the damage caused by Trump, work to apply equal justice under law, and hold the Trump administration accountable.
 
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The 5th Circuit has never been in the top 10 circuits in terms of not being insane, but now it has gone even more off the rails. Andrew takes us through the deep dive on a terrible decision that will decimate the SEC's ability to do anything, and why the logic will be applied elsewhere. Before that, a quick update on how much Elon Musk sucks and ha…
 
This week: the judge in the Eastman case issues an order - will not allow Eastman to run out the clock; the jury in the Sussman case gets seated; more about the January 6 Committee subpoenas; the speech or debate clause; Presidential Records subpoenaed from National Archives; and more. Follow your hosts on Twitter: Allison Gill https://twitter.com/…
 
By popular demand, we old out of touch guys have invited Ace Associate and Poplaw Expert Morgan Stringer on to explain to us just what in the h is happening in the Depp v. Heard lawsuit. Who is suing whom and for what? Can we take what we're seeing on TikTok at face value? Also who is Amber Heard? All these answers and more(gan)!…
 
According to a lawsuit filed by some shareholders, Twitter may have failed to disclose important information about the Musk deal, and it might be Musk's doing! Get the full breakdown on this very interesting lawsuit that isn't getting much coverage elsewhere! Also, a Connecticut Bill paves the way for how other states might fight against abortion r…
 
This week: the saga of Durham’s dubious case against Sussman continues; the 1/6 Committee makes some decisions about which emails it will challenge Eastman’s privilege claims; plus some Comings and Goings. Follow your hosts on Twitter: Allison Gill https://twitter.com/allisongill Andrew Torrez https://twitter.com/patorrezlaw The Podcast: https://tw…
 
It is absurd to say "point to where in the Constitution it says you have a right to an abortion." Legally speaking, there's something a lot deeper and more basic going on. As we all already know, this leaked decision makes a mockery of the law. Andrew has some further deep-diving for us on how the court, a mere 20 years ago, ruled in the opposite d…
 
This week: Our intrepid hosts briefly go over the leaked SCOTUS opinion on Roe; Judge Kelly’s opinion on the RNC’s attempt to block Salesforce from releasing Republican fundraising emails to the January 6 Committee; a grand jury in Georgia; nationalism still strong in France; plus some Comings and Goings, including five new US Attorneys. Follow you…
 
Andrew Seidel joins us to commiserate over both how much the Supreme Court is butchering State-Church Separation, and also how irresponsibly The Daily podcast covered the case involved. The NYT decided to devote an entire episode to a man who a Bush-appointed federal judge called out for being dishonest in his presentation of facts. Please yell at …
 
We continue the fascinating deep-dive into the NOT FINAL deal for Musk to buy Twitter. This part goes more into the financing and highlights even more ways the deal might not go through. Then, we've got some updates in key stories! Trump has been held in contempt! And briefs for the MTG case are due today. Links: Musk Loses $32 Billion in Tesla Wea…
 
The answer may surprise you! When it was announced that Elon Musk bought Twitter, I had a billion and one questions for Andrew about it. Andrew being Andrew, he commenced deep-diving and turned up a ton of interesting info about this deal and the legality around deals like this. And to his surprise... it's FAR from a done deal! Listen in for the di…
 
This week: Welcome to Allison and Andrew’s Text Talk. Your hosts have kind of a textual get-together and talk about the possible implications of the coup group chats supplied by Mark Meadows to the January 6 Committee. Follow your hosts on Twitter: Allison Gill https://twitter.com/allisongill Andrew Torrez https://twitter.com/patorrezlaw The Podcas…
 
Past OA guest Sarah Henry is running for the Florida House in the 38th district! We talk about the absolute hell that is Florida Republicans, and what she intends to do about it. Then, a breakdown of the civil contempt motion against Donald Trump for never complying with anything. Will he get those Alex Jones type contempt fines? Find out! Links: M…
 
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…
 
This week: more on Durham’s cuckoo case against Sussman, and more on Eastman's coup and privilege case. Follow your hosts on Twitter: Allison Gill https://twitter.com/allisongill Andrew Torrez https://twitter.com/patorrezlaw The Podcast: https://twitter.com/aisle45pod Want to support this podcast and get it ad-free and early? Go to: https://www.pat…
 
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 h…
 
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 f…
 
This week: the Secret Service sideshow keeps getting stranger; developments in the January 6 Committee - should they criminally refer Donald; what is Durham up to; metaphysical arguments about the transfer of power are bad; plus comings and goings, and more. Follow your hosts on Twitter: Allison Gill https://twitter.com/allisongill Andrew Torrez ht…
 
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…
 
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 seg…
 
This week: some hope is restored; news that DoJ has issued subpoenas to organizers and funders of January 6 and a grand jury has been empaneled for the last 2 months; Andrew plays a little bit of Devil’s advocate; Alex Jones news; our hosts roast Donald’s attorneys; plus comings and goings, and more. Follow your hosts on Twitter: Allison Gill https…
 
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…
 
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 rejec…
 
This week: U.S. District Judge David O. Carter says that Trump “more likely than not” committed federal crimes in trying to obstruct the congressional count of electoral college votes. Your hosts can hardly contain their excitement as they dive into the 22 page ruling against Eastman. Judge Carter’s ruling: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2…
 
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 …
 
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