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Rewire News Group's Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy

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Every week, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy take you on a wild ride through the latest legal battles in the fight for reproductive justice. On everything from abortion rights to trans discrimination to racial justice, Boom! Lawyered will help you get smart, stay mad, have fun, and fight back. Produced by Rewire News Group.
 
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This weekend we're approaching a big milestone for the abortion-loving community: the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. And with that comes an important question to consider: Will this be the last? Who’s to say! (We're not betting on it.) It also means anti-abortion groups are once again preparing to flood the streets of Washington, D.C., for the an…
 
In the final 2021 episode of Boom! Lawyered, hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy go off the rails on a truly off-the-rails year at the Court. And they're joined by a special guest! The producer behind the mic—the man we would save in the man-rapture: Marc Faletti. Rewire News Group is a nonprofit media organization, which means that Boom! La…
 
On Friday morning, the Supreme Court issued its decisions in United States v. Texas and Whole Woman's Health v. Jackson. In this special reaction episode of Boom! Lawyered, hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy break down the decisions and explain what they means for abortion access in Texas moving forward. TL;DR: It's a disaster. Rewire News …
 
What was it like getting ready for the biggest abortion case in decades? Jenny Ma, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights who was at the Supreme Court joins hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy for a behind-the-scenes perspective on everything Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. Rewire News Group is a nonprofi…
 
It happened—the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the biggest abortion case in decades, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which could be the end of Roe v. Wade as we know it. In this rapid reaction episode of Boom! Lawyered, hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy bring you all the legal analysis on the most important and surpris…
 
What’s the opposite of an advent calendar? Like, instead of opening a little gift every day leading up to a holiday, you get more bad abortion news while you anxiously wait for the Supreme Court to hear the first direct challenge to Roe v. Wade since the decision was passed down in 1973? That’s where we’re at, folks. And as we close in on oral argu…
 
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about what a bad dude Justice Neil Gorsuch is, and if you'd forgotten, the abortion double feature at the Supreme Court a week ago was a good reminder. Last Monday's two challenges to Texas SB 8 had some surprises and some predictable takes from the justices—Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan were obviously not hav…
 
Rewire News Group is a nonprofit media organization, which means that Boom! Lawyered is only made possible by the support of listeners like you! If you can, please join our team by donating at https://rewirenewsgroup.com/donate/. The Supreme Court today heard arguments in two cases challenging Texas SB 8, the unconstitutional near-total abortion ba…
 
Here’s a fun thing that wasn't on our 2021 bingo card: multiple abortion rights challenges at the Supreme Court. But that happened thanks to Texas! The Supreme Court decided on Friday to hear two challenges to Texas SB 8, which restricts most abortions in the state after six weeks and puts a bounty in place for anyone who reports someone who helps …
 
Buckle up—we're taking you to Texas this week. Hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy unpack the current state of abortion access in Texas (we’re using the word “access” loosely here.) They break down what the courts have done over the last few months as cases challenging the law have ping-ponged between the federal district and circuit courts …
 
Get comfy—grab your law-nerd hats and a pillow to rage scream into, and join us for the season premiere episode of Boom! Lawyered. Jess and Imani return to the mics for: The latest in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization What’s next with Texas SB 8, the near-total abortion ban that went into effect in September via the Court’s shadow docket…
 
Last night, the Supreme Court made it official: the brutal, blatantly unconstitutional Texas abortion ban is hunky-dory. Roe v. Wade? Not so much. Is there any chance of the Texas ban still being overturned? Will other states pass copycat laws? Is there any hope of a federal bill enshrining abortion rights? On the latest episode of Boom! Lawyered, …
 
The Supreme Court just let a blatantly unconstitutional abortion ban take effect in Texas. They made this unprecedented and radical move on the “shadow docket,” which is a fancy way of saying they avoided any hearings or scrutiny of any kind. They haven’t even had to explain their reasoning. Now, maybe they will eventually fix this. But maybe they …
 
Last week, the Supreme Court completed its business for this term. And by "its business" we mean "gutting the meager remaining protections for voting rights in the United States." Other highlights of their closing act include the Affordable Cart Act living to fight another day, some subtle groundwork being laid for legal religious discrimination, a…
 
The Supreme Court handed down two big decisions today. First, the Court rejected an attempt by conservative attorneys general to declare the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional. But don't get too comfortable, law nerds. There's more to this decision than meets the eye. Then the Court declared that the city of Philadelphia must contract with a f…
 
Heads up! If you can help us reach our fundraising goal at https://rewirenewsgroup.com/donate/, Jess and Imani will film the wildest and smashiest live event in Rewire News Group history next week! Check out that donate page for more info. *** Lubbock, Texas, passed a “sanctuary city for the unborn” ordinance, a so-called heartbeat ban that would b…
 
This direct challenge to Roe v. Wade didn't reach the Supreme Court by accident. It was the culmination of a detailed plan that was hiding in plain sight. Actually, that doesn't do it justice—the deep-pocketed anti-choice movement was begging everyone years ago to listen to exactly how it planned to obliterate abortion rights: by passing a 15-week …
 
The Supreme Court announced today it would be taking up a case that could completely upend abortion rights. Back in 2018, Mississippi passed a law that banned abortion at 15 weeks. It was struck down at the district level. Then the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, a notoriously conservative appeals court, struck it down, citing the clear precedent o…
 
RAGA is the Republican Attorneys General Association. It's essentially what it sounds like—a bunch of Republican attorneys general whose goal is to get other Republican attorneys general elected to office. Seems (relatively) normal, right? Well, it would be, except the group has gone completely off the deep end. On top of a lot of their members fig…
 
Fact #1: Everyone agrees—Mississippi’s lawyers included—that no fetus is viable at 15 weeks. Fact #2: Mississippi passed an abortion ban that takes effect at 15 weeks. Fact #3: Pre-viability abortion bans have been ruled unconstitutional. Combined, these three facts mean that courts should have no trouble striking down Mississippi's ban. And yet! A…
 
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case involving a former high school student who posted a photo of herself and a friend on Snapchat with their middle fingers raised. The caption read, “fuck school fuck softball fuck cheer fuck everything.” Have you fainted in outrage yet? Brandi Levy was a freshman at a Pennsylvania high school …
 
Just when you thought lawmakers couldn't stoop any lower to attack trans kids, Texas state senators took it to a new level with the introduction of a bill that would prohibit parents from "administering or supplying, or consenting to or assisting in the administering or supplying of puberty suppression prescription drug or cross-sex hormone to a ch…
 
Jess and Imani explain three of the most alarming pieces of legislation introduced anywhere in the United States: -The voter suppression legislation in Georgia, which might be even more outrageous than most folks realize. -A new abortion ban in Texas, which goes even farther than your typical effort to criminalize health care. -The anti-trans bill …
 
President Joe Biden's recent slate of judicial nominees are more than a breath of fresh air—they represent a serious step forward in building a more just legal system. And we need good judges now more than ever because state legislatures around the country are trying to pass some terrible laws. For example, an alarming new bill in Arkansas could st…
 
On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani and Jess talk about the increasing violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, the importance of allyship in its wake, and how racist stereotypes against the AAPI community are also fueling new anti-choice legislation. In a bit of good news, the Biden administration's getting s…
 
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill Tuesday that would ban all abortions in the state except those deemed a “medical emergency.” If it takes effect in August as planned, it'll be the most restrictive abortion ban in the country. Fortunately, legal challenges should be on the way. But is that what they want? In better news, the COVID-19 stimu…
 
One year ago today, Jess Pieklo and Imani Gandy were on the steps of the Supreme Court for the oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo. Since then, everyone's lives—and the Supreme Court itself—have been turned completely upside down. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jess and Imani reflect on everything that's changed and what lies ahead…
 
Justice Clarence Thomas has gone full election truther. And if that's not enough to make you sweat, the most conservative Supreme Court of our lifetimes just took on its first abortion rights case of 2021. Oh, and a Virginia school district is going back to court because apparently they're that desperate to discriminate against trans kids. On this …
 
The impeachment trial was going so well! Alas, the Democrats managed to tie themselves into knots and fumble away the narrative. But all is not lost, thanks to a creative lawsuit that invokes the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. Meanwhile, the Biden administration took some bold steps to rescue the Affordable Care Act from a Supreme Court disaster while 3…
 
This week, the nation reckoned with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's terrifying account of the insurrection at the Capitol. Democrats also discussed plans to un-bleep the courts, but will they go far enough? And the Department of Justice signaled a major sea-change on immigration. Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo help you make sense of all of these t…
 
The filibuster was created by accident. Now, it's one of the most controversial and crucial components of our clunky mess of a government. But is it a good thing or a bad thing? On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy dig into whether the filibuster helps or hurts progressives in the long run, how to work around it, …
 
On day one of his White House term, President Joe Biden made big moves to protect LGBTQ and undocumented folks, called out the dangers of white supremacy, and more. It was a helluva start! But there was one minor kerfuffle at the end of the day. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo break down the moments to celebr…
 
Last week, President-elect Joe Biden announced his key nominees for the Department of Justice. And those nominees—Merrick Garland, Vanita Gupta, and Kristen Clarke—talked a big game about dismantling fascism and advancing progressive justice. It was exciting stuff! But who exactly are these folks? Can we trust them to back up their words with actio…
 
Welcome to the re-release of We’ll Hear Arguments, a mini-series from the Boom! Lawyered team that dives into the dramatic arguments of the most important Supreme Court cases in history. To honor the absurd shenanigans of the Roe v. Wade arguments, we complete our mini-series with a reality tv-style reunion episode that will leave you with all the …
 
Welcome to the re-release of We’ll Hear Arguments, a mini-series from the Boom! Lawyered team that dives into the dramatic arguments of the most important Supreme Court cases in history. When is a case not a case? When the plaintiff doesn't have a right to sue! And would you believe that Texas tried to argue that Jane Roe didn't even have a right t…
 
Welcome to the re-release of We’ll Hear Arguments, a mini-series from the Boom! Lawyered team that dives into the dramatic arguments of the most important Supreme Court cases in history. Our third episode on Roe v. Wade puts the ol’ magnifying glass on a simple but messy question: what gives a state the right to regulate what kind of medicine someo…
 
Welcome to the re-release of We’ll Hear Arguments, a mini-series from the Boom! Lawyered team that dives into the dramatic arguments of the most important Supreme Court cases in history. Today, our two legal heroines embark on part 2 of their five-part dive into Roe v. Wade to answer the age old question: what's more important, a living pregnant pe…
 
Welcome to the re-release of We’ll Hear Arguments, a mini-series from the Boom! Lawyered team that dives into the dramatic arguments of the most important Supreme Court cases in history. You see, our greatest courtroom dramas aren’t streaming on Netflix or Hulu or even HBOMax! They happened in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Supreme Court. And We’ll…
 
Last year, we made a thing we love: a mini-series all about the surprisingly dramatic Supreme Court arguments of Roe v. Wade. The show is called We’ll Hear Arguments, and we originally released it as its own podcast. But now that the Boom! Lawyered community has grown so much, we decided to re-release it here and unite the feeds. If you’ve never he…
 
We have a big end-of-year campaign underway, and your generous donations make our podcast possible! If you can, please support Boom! Lawyered at https://rewirenewsgroup.com/give2020. Donald Trump spent his entire presidency mangling the courts and the law, and Rewire News Group's Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy covered every major moment of it…
 
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a case that could ultimately decide if the Trump administration can rig the census by excluding undocumented people. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo recap today's events and break down everything you need to know about this latest battle in the right to be count…
 
Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that threatens to finally do what conservatives have spent the last ten years failing at: striking down the Affordable Care Act. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy break down the key battles and what they portend for the future of our health-care system. If…
 
Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia—a key case in the conservative strategy to dismantle laws that protect LGBTQ people. At the core of the case is a chilling question: Under the guise of "religious freedom," does the Constitution mandate government discrimination? On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gand…
 
Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Monday evening. Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo use her first day on the job to take stock of her wildly inappropriate appearance with Trump last night during her swearing-in ceremony, the effectiveness (or lack thereof?) of Senate opposition, and how the mainstream media handled itself d…
 
It's official. With the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court today, conservatives now have a 6-3 majority and a death-grip on the institution and the law. But as grim as things seem, all is not lost. On this special episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain how Barrett's appointment will impact our ri…
 
Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy recap the third day of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearing. On Wednesday, Barrett flubbed the basics of the First Amendment, refused to denounce poll taxes, and couldn't confirm that a right to privacy exists. Oh, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) seemed nostalgic about segregation? Join Jess a…
 
Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy recap the second day of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation process. On Tuesday, she refused to answer a lot of questions but still managed to make some pretty wild statements on health care, the LGBTQ community, and more. How did senators respond to them? And is any kind of meaningful opposition stra…
 
Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation process is officially underway. On Monday, we heard opening statements first from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and then Barrett—and the day was almost too normal. Did Democrats do themselves a disservice by playing along? Did Barrett acknowledge any of the outrageous circumstances of her n…
 
As Boom! Lawyered returns for its fifth season, #TeamLegal has come to the inexorable conclusion that it's time to expand the courts. But is there a non-messy way to do that? How much math has to be involved? And what can be done about the conservative radicalization of the lower courts? Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy dive into all of that an…
 
Trump's newest Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, has challenged marriage equality, opposed abortion rights, misgendered transgender people, and so much more. How likely is she to join the Court? And what's being done to block her nomination? #TeamLegal experts Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo walk you through of that and more on this sp…
 
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