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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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Wait the system... can work? It did in this instance at least, and it was a very important one. Three pieces of racist trash were found guilty of the horrifying murder of Ahmaud Arbery. Andrew explains the verdict. However, the system also... very much doesn't work. Andrew breaks down the disturbing case of a judge giving a 4 time rapist NO jail ti…
 
This week: 95% of federal workers and contractors are in compliance with the Biden Admin’s vaccine mandate; Jerome Powell is re-nominated by Biden to Chair the Fed; let’s talk inflation; Biden plans to nominate 2 people to the Postal Service governing board - looks like DeJoy’s days are numbered; Interior Secretary is taking steps to remove “squaw”…
 
Lots of updates on the 1/6 commission! The Bannon indictment, a debunking on the idea that Holder and Bannon are in any way comparable, the Q Anon Shaman sentencing, and the Bar Complaint against John Eastman reveals stunning new details on the insurrection attempt! Links: Bannon Indicted for Contempt of Congress, 2 U.S. Code § 192 - Refusal of wit…
 
Let's face it - the conspiracy theory/fake news coming from the left on the Rittenhouse Trial is really terrible. AND THAT DOESN'T MEAN that the left is as bad as the right or anything like that. However, we on OA have found it to be exhausting and frustrating. So Andrew is here to set the record straight! But first! We've got some activism for ya.…
 
This week: Bannon was indicted on two counts of contempt of Congress and turned himself in - will he see jail time; the Select Committee investigating January 6 issues more subpoenas; Biden’s vaccine mandates are paused by the courts, but many businesses are still implementing them; the only good thing to say about C. Everett Koop; plus what’s hold…
 
Sometimes Andrew tells us the coverage is wrong and actually a thing wasn't so bad. This is not one of those times. This ruling was an absolute disgrace. And wouldn't you know it, Republicans were responsible. We break it all down. Other topics today: we discuss Veterans Day and the Rittenhouse Trial. And, Vulgarity for Charity is back! Make sure t…
 
This week: Andrew and Allison will be taking a look at the grand jury in Georgia, and what a Trump indictment for soliciting election fraud would look like; updates on LGBTQ+ folks who were discharged from military service and their partners; plus Comings and Goings. Follow your hosts on Twitter: Allison Gill https://twitter.com/allisongill Andrew …
 
After our episode on Cocaine Hippos, we were contacted by previous guest and all-star attorney Monica Miller about the efforts to free Happy the Elephant. Monica works with the Nonhuman Rights Project, and they are utilizing a fascinating legal strategy to try to free certain animals from captivity. She takes us through the case and the law! In the…
 
It's one of the most requested stories for OA to cover – Steven Donziger won billions in judgment against Chevron in an Ecuadorian court in 2011. Then Chevron fought back. Now, 10 years after the original victory, Donziger has been handed loss after loss, been disbarred, and been found in criminal and civil contempt of court. His cause is deeply sy…
 
This week: Andrew and Allison will be taking a look at what Office for Access to Justice at the DoJ is doing now; DHS shifting policies to limit where agents can arrest people; plus Comings and Goings. Allison Gill is on vacation Follow your hosts on Twitter: Allison Gill https://twitter.com/allisongill Andrew Torrez https://twitter.com/patorrezlaw…
 
It's time for a good old fashioned low stakes fun legal deep dive! Get ready to learn what on Earth this episode title even means! Before that, we've got some Thomas was allegedly wrong about duck duck grey duck! And then a wildcard segment about Dan Tana's vs. Dantana's! Links: Animals Recognized as Legal Persons for the First Time in U.S. Court, …
 
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 th…
 
This week: Andrew and Morgan will be covering Manchin, Sinema, and the Biden agenda; Hunter Walker’s piece in Rolling Stone about the planning of January 6; plus Comings and Goings. Allison Gill is on vacation Follow your hosts on Twitter: Andrew Torrez https://twitter.com/patorrezlaw Allison Gill https://twitter.com/allisongill The Podcast: https:…
 
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 dol…
 
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 crim…
 
This week: Allison and Morgan will be covering the latest response from the Department of Justice in the ongoing battle against the Texas abortion ban; a preliminary report from Biden’s Commission on SCOTUS reform is out; Biden is redefining the role of ICE; plus Comings and Goings. Follow your hosts on Twitter: Allison Gill https://twitter.com/all…
 
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…
 
This week: Andrew and Allison go over the current state of TX SB8 and what happens when the current administrative stay runs out on Wednesday; the Sussman indictment and response get thoroughly examined; a look at some of the rules for forgiving federal student loans; Biden reverses mining rights in a couple of National Monument; and more. Follow y…
 
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 s…
 
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 t…
 
This week: Renato Mariotti joins Allison to talk about John Eastman and his 8 step plan to subvert American democracy; Facebook’s outage and what the whistleblowers said; plus Biden appoints and nominates some highly qualified and diverse people to federal benches and US Attorneys’ offices. Andrew Torrez is on vacation. Follow your hosts on Twitter…
 
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 Po…
 
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