How to Get Away with Interstate Mail Fraud


On today’s podcast, David and Sarah discuss a host of thorny legal issues starting with an indictment against a lawyer who lied to the FBI when he alleged communications between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank. They then dig into a Second Amendment amici brief, a defamation case, and the issue of misleading headlines. Listen to the end to hear Sarah explain how to get away with murder (or somewhat less sensationally, how to get away with interstate mail fraud).



U.S. v. Michael A. Sussmann

Second Amendment Amici brief regarding New York gun laws 

Rep. Devin Nunes' suit against Ryan Lizza and Hearst Magazine Media

The Writer of This Article Also Wrote This Headline and That’s Rare

“The Perfect Crime,” Georgetown Law Review article by Brian C. Kalt 

Future of Biden's Vaccine Mandate


In today’s episode, Sarah and David give you everything you need to combat half-baked hot takes about the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate as they discuss whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the statutory authority to issue its rule. They then indulge in an exploration of the Commerce Clause. Lastly, our hosts discuss new legal updates to the abortion heartbeat law, as well as some potpourri. 

Show Notes:

-President Biden’s executive order requiring COVID-19 vaccination for federal employees

-Explanation of Biden’s EO in The Morning Dispatch

-Jacobson v. Massachusetts establishing the government’s right to compulsory vaccination

-United States of America v. Texas on Texas’ abortion statute

-The opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit on Tennessee’s heartbeat abortion ban

-Asbestos Information Ass'n v. OSHA case

-Congressional Research service paper on OSHA

-Justice Breyer interview transcript with Chris Wallace

Automatic, Still Is


In today’s episode, Sarah and David discuss a fiery concurrence from Judge James Ho in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit’s opinion upholding a Texas ban on certain abortion procedures. They then discuss an indictment related to the Ahmaud Arbery killing, a death penalty case with religious liberty implications, and a Donald Trump Jr. defamation case. Lastly, listen till the end to hear about the cult (which centers around a current Supreme Court justice) that our hosts are vying to join.

Show Notes:

-The 5th Circuit’s opinion on Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton

-Indictment of former District Attorney Jacquelyn Lee Johnson

-Supreme Court’s stay of execution for John Ramirez

-District Court opinion in Blankenship v. Trump

-“Automatic, Still Is.” soundcloud

Supreme Court's Texas Abortion Law Decision Explained


Late Wednesday night, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, refused to block a Texas abortion law that went into effect earlier in the day. Sarah and David engage in a very detailed discussion of Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson, equipping intrepid listeners to combat any bad legal hot takes they might encounter. They cover what this means for states that want to challenge constitutional rights, for women in Texas with nonviable pregnancies, and, the million dollar question: what this means for the right to abortion established by Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.

Show Notes:

-Supreme Court opinion on Whole Woman's Health v. Jackson

-Definition of Ex Parte

-Definition of Qui Tam

-Link to the complaint and emergency applications in Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson

Ben Folds Talks Creativity


For today’s episode, Sarah is joined by special guest Ben Folds, storied American singer-songwriter, musician, and podcaster. They discuss how failure is baked into doing science, how Folds’ song about the Mueller investigation is the perfect place to start for the law-curious, and the song-writing process.

Show Notes:

-Mister Peepers by Ben Folds

-Still Fighting It by Ben Folds

-A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons by Ben Folds

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David French is a senior editor. Sarah Isgur is a staff writer.

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