28 episodes

A podcast about how the legal system always sucked, and then a few tyrannical billionaires rigged it for themselves.

May it Displease the Court Mary M Whiteside

    • Government
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A podcast about how the legal system always sucked, and then a few tyrannical billionaires rigged it for themselves.

    Ep. 27 - Judicial Abuse of Law Clerks with Aliza Shatzman

    Ep. 27 - Judicial Abuse of Law Clerks with Aliza Shatzman

    In this episode, we continue the taboo discussion about law clerks. Only this time, we get even more controversial. 
    Did you know that Federal Judges empowered to judge discrimination and harassment cases are exempt from the same anti-discrimination laws that apply to other government branches and private employers? Yup, Judges are above the law. And some Judges abuse their staff with impunity. 
    In this episode, we speak with Aliza Shatzman, co-founder of The Legal Accountability Project, a nonprofit aimed at ensuring that law clerks have positive clerkship experiences while extending support and resources to those who do not. 
    Find us on Twitter - @courtpod. 
    Drop an email at mayitdispleasethecourt@gmail.com. 
    We would also love to rate and review the show. It helps others find the program.
    Sources:
    https://ballsandstrikes.org/ethics-accountability/judicial-accountability-act-2021/
    Former 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinskihttps://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/judge-who-quit-over-harassment-allegations-reemerges-dismaying-those-who-accused-him/2018/07/23/750a02f2-89db-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html 
    Legal Accountability Project website https://www.legalaccountabilityproject.org/   
    Article on Willie Simmons: https://www.essence.com/news/willie-simmons-life-prison-alabama-habitual-offender/ 

    • 49 min
    Ep. 26 - Fighting Police Brutality with Don Thompson

    Ep. 26 - Fighting Police Brutality with Don Thompson

    In this episode, we examine how you can use the courts to fight police brutality. 
    A brief review of the death of Daniel Prude, which we discussed at length in a previous episode.
    Imagine your brother is visiting you from out of state. Sadly, he experiences a mental health crisis and runs out of your house on a freezing winter night. You call the police, desperate, asking for help finding your brother. You have no idea that getting the police involved will cause your brother to die.
    That is what happened to Joe Prude and Daniel Prude in March 2020.
    Police found Daniel naked, clearly unarmed, acting erratically in the freezing cold. Daniel’s life ended seven days after police handcuffed him, naked, face down in the middle of the street, put a spit sock over his head and restrained him on the ground until he lost consciousness.
    Police and government officials tried to cover up police actions that resulted in Daniel’s death. Don sued to have the police body camera footage released to the family and held a press conference to inform the public.  Protests erupted, and the police cracked down hard. 
    In this episode, we speak with Don Thompson, Joe Prude’s attorney. He will update you on Daniel Prude’s family’s wrongful death litigation against the Rochester Police and City government.  Also, what happened with the prosecutions of the protesters?  And to fight police brutality directly, Don filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the police department city and state officials for decades of police brutality. 
    Find us on Twitter - @courtpod. 
    Drop an email at mayitdispleasethecourt@gmail.com. 
    We would also love to rate and review the show. It helps others find the program.
    Sources:
    Independent Investigation into Daniel Prude’s Death
    https://ecbawm.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Final-Report-of-the-Independent-Investigation-of-the-City-of-Rochesters-Response-to-the-Death-of-Daniel-Prude-issued-March-12-2021-00452102x9CCC2.pdf 
    Prude Update - GJ/Prosecutors Role
    https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-local-correspondents/the-high-price-of-a-new-york-city-cop?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_Daily_052421&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&bxid=5be9d7e02ddf9c72dc252b18&cndid=25532216&hasha=de721cbe54e50bd1d0f198806b4d43ca&hashb=ee6c8266d070ad53598f1e645563b7aadbc07640&hashc=9634c4fd1ba5a0cf20a1b0fcdee3b9f159c9d7599530ab57e160b9d4f5fe40e2&esrc=AUTO_PRINT&utm_term=TNY_Daily&fbclid=IwAR1F686mqjZJig3RHSft4uZM5FWmD7qQlYjJR7MSKbQW9I5UWuBVSvXDm9Q
    Article on Willie Simmons: https://www.essence.com/news/willie-simmons-life-prison-alabama-habitual-offender/

    • 40 min
    Supreme Court HILF with Dawn Brodie

    Supreme Court HILF with Dawn Brodie

    Mary was a recent guest on HILF - History I'd Like to F**K with Dawn Brodie to discuss the Supreme Court.
    Dawn is joined by lawyer, Mary Whiteside, for a journey through the often-dark history of America's highest court. Hear about the worst villains, the occasional heroes - and why Mary and Dawn both still have hope for the future.

    EPISODE SUMMARY
    Dawn is joined by lawyer, Mary Whiteside, for a journey through the often-dark history of America's highest court. Hear about the worst villains, the occasional heroes - and why Mary and Dawn both still have hope for the future.


    EPISODE NOTES

    Dawn met guest, Mary Whiteside, while they were both backlot tour guides at Universal Studios, Hollywood. When Mary suggested the HILF subject of the Supreme Court, Dawn was a bit stymied. The legal system can feel a little dark, a little depressing, and just too damn hard to understand sometimes - with the dates and the names and the precedents and -- what's an amicus? Which is why Dawn immediately said yes, because Mary is not just a guest with a HILFY curiosity, she's a real lawyer, and a mom, and funny and cool and ready to go down on Justice...
    00:02:13 - Dawn introduces Mary with a question of how a lawyer found herself being a movie studio tour guide to begin with. Mary explains that she was always interested in being a performer but that being a lawyer gave her (and her mom) the security she was looking for. ...And performing for the jury is like a little play. 
    00:08:22 - Along with the subject, Mary assigned Dawn the book INJUSTICES by Ian Millhiser. 'The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted.' It is a dark path through some dark history which, as Mary says, gives you lots stuff to get pissed off about it.
    00:12:40 - Dawn begins with a quick overview of your middle school social studies, and the origin of the Supreme Court in the constitution. As one of the three branches of government, the purpose is to create reasonable checks and balances on the Executive and the Legislative... That's it's purpose, but certainly not always it's function. 
    00:19:14 - Mary gives the HILF on the individual that she thinks is the 'best' justice to have ever served on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor. 
    00:29:17 - Dawn and Mary discuss the history of the changing number of justices on the Supreme Court from 5 in the very beginning, to as many as 10 after the Civil War. FDR briefly discussed raising the number to 15 but was quickly shot down politically for even suggesting it. Today, the subject has come up again and is no less controversial. 
    BREAK
    00:37:18 - Dawn and Mary resume with a conversation about what it's like to be a Judge and how they are the closest thing to Royalty we have in America, given their lifetime appointments. 
    00:40:25 - After discussing the 'best' Justice ever to have been on the court, Mary now gives us the 'worst'... and what do you know, it's another one who is sitting there currently, Clarence Thomas. In addition to questioning the constitutionality of his decisions, Mary takes issue with the ethics of his wife, Ginny Thomas working as a powerful lobbyist and consultant on cases he oversees. 
    00:57:56 - After a lot of bad news and despair for the cause of democracy, Dawn and Mary discuss how the idea of Revolution is both the greatest threat and the last resort of any System... and too many people want it for too many different reasons. 
    01:03:08 - And before we sign off, as promised, a little home. The latest justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson, has a strong record and can be a sound voice of reason in an unreasonable time. And of course we can still vote... for now. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
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    A podcast about all the ways the legal system is unjust and fails to meet the stated ideal of equal justice for all.

    • 1 min
    Ep. 24 - Usual Cruelty of the Legal System with Alec Karakatsanis

    Ep. 24 - Usual Cruelty of the Legal System with Alec Karakatsanis

    Picture a single mom sitting on her couch in Houston with her one and three-year-old when suddenly the police are at her door and arrest her. They took her to jail. Put her children in foster care. She doesn’t know where they are or who cares for them. 
    You might think this woman must be a dangerous criminal to justify disrupting this family and traumatizing these children. No. This happened because a mother could not afford to pay a court debt of a few thousand dollars. The Houston Courts then gave her the choice of sitting in jail at $25 per day to “pay her debt” or working as a janitor to “earn” slightly more money so she could get out of jail a little faster and try to find her babies.
    This woman inspired Civil Rights Attorney Alex Karakatsanis, founder of Civil Rights Corp to file a lawsuit challenging this oppressive cash bail system.
    In this episode, Alec Karakatsanis joins host Mary Whiteside and Prof. Lee Pierce to discuss his book Usual Cruelty - The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Justice System. 
    Alec is a radical thinker challenging the status quo. He reframes the criminal justice system as a punishment bureaucracy. Alec challenges lawyers, in particular, “to examine why the punishment system exists and how it functioned throughout history as a mechanism of preserving white supremacy and the distribution of economic wealth and social control.” This interview also ran in the New Books Network Podcast series.
    Find us on Twitter - Alec Karakatsanis is @equalityAlec and the podcast is @courtpod. 
    Drop an email at mayitdispleasethecourt@gmail.com. 
    We would also love to rate and review the show. It helps others find the program.
    Sources:
    Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Justice System
    https://www.amazon.com/Usual-Cruelty-Complicity-Criminal-Injustice/dp/1620975270/ref=asc_df_1620975270?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=80539318468052&hvnetw=o&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584138864254121&psc=1 
    Civil Rights Corp:
    https://civilrightscorps.org/alec-karakatsanis-founder-executive-director/ 
    Article on Willie Simmons: 
    https://www.essence.com/news/willie-simmons-life-prison-alabama-habitual-offender/
    Danielle Ponder
    https://daniellepondermusic.com/ 

    • 1 hr
    Ep. 23 - We Don’t Talk About Law Clerks with Prof. Eric Segall

    Ep. 23 - We Don’t Talk About Law Clerks with Prof. Eric Segall

    Do you think Judges who hate Black people should be allowed to decide cases? What about Judges who hire law clerks who–allegedly– “hate black people”; is that okay? The U.S. Judicial Conference reopened investigations into Judges William Pryor and Corey Maize regarding the hiring of Crystal Clanton, who purportedly sent a text message that said she “hates black people.” 
    I bet you never thought about the influence law clerks have over the cases that come before the Judges they serve. It is time to break the unwritten lawyer code of not talking about the power and influence of Judicial Law Clerks.
    Georgia State University Law Professor and author Eric Segall joins host Mary Whiteside to peek behind the bench and talk about what law clerks really do and how much silent power they wield. 
    Find the podcast on Twitter @courtpod or drop an email at mayitdispleasethecourt@gmail.com. We would also love to rate and review the show. It helps others find the program.
    Sources Cited
    Supreme Myths Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/supreme-myths/id1523903890 
    Supreme Myths - Why the Supreme Court is not a Court and its Justices are not Judges https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780313396878 
    https://blog.harvardlawreview.org/author/ericsegall/
    https://www.law.com/dailyreportonline/2021/10/15/law-professor-calls-for-mea-culpa-from-judge-and-law-clerk-over-racist-rant/?slreturn=20220012161752
    https://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-news/judge-pryor-cleared-of-allegations-involving-hiring-of-controversial-clerk/X3JAHI2TQBCUBMTQ5MDHO56FU4/ 
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/08/crystal-clanton-racist-comments-william-pryor-clerkship/ 
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/01/18/clerk-texts-appeals-court-clanton/ 
    https://www.reuters.com/legal/transactional/federal-judges-cleared-misconduct-after-hiring-clerk-accused-racism-2022-01-14/ 
    https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/us-judicial-panel-orders-probe-into-hiring-clerk-accused-racism-2022-07-08/

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Adam Are. ,

Insightful and no-nonsense, Mary and Lee are great!

This podcast comes at a perfect time with the shift that’s happening in our society. Mary and Lee bring a lot of experience from their respective fields to the table to tell us what the media can’t see. Their knowledge clears up a lot of the disinformation out there to tell us how the court system really works!

mimi _ LA ,

Inside track on our flawed system

Great hosts who offer a unique perspective of our court system ... but the podcast does much more than point out its flaws. It discusses changes that can - and should - be made to make justice more equal for all. Smart guests. Relevant topics. Now I can use time stuck in traffic gaining some fresh insight.

Larkonthewing ,

Real and Researched

This podcast is quickly becoming one of my regulars. Lee and Mary have a natural chemistry that makes you feel like you’re listening in on a friend’s phone call. This show humanizes a field that I have always felt was cold and distant. There’s so much work to be done to reform our system. Let’s get to work!

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