Is the constitution in crisis? This podcast is for people who are curious about politics and the law and how the biggest political and legal issues of the moment affect you. Pull up a chair and join host Jessica Levinson, a professor at LMU’s Loyola Law School, and a rotating cast of experts. Jessica will be joined by journalists, politicians, political scientists, lawyers, and many others.
Listen to Jessica and her guests for a wry, and sometimes irreverent take on the most pressing issues of our time. What are the laws of our democracy? How are they changing? And what does that mean for your daily life?
Trump’s Lawyers Are Busy These Days (Guest: Jan Wolfe of the Wall Street Journal)
Donald Trump's legal team got its special master to review classified documents discovered at Mar-a-Lago in August, but is the situation playing out like they intended? Reporter Jan Wolfe is the business legal affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and he spends a lot of time sorting out questions like that one. He joins Jessica to discuss the multiple ever-developing investigations that seem to be changing by the minute into the former president's business empire and handling of sensitive documents.
What Did We Learn from the Latest DOJ Filing? Will Trump Get His Special Master?
Just a few moments ago the Department of Justice submitted a 36-page filing responding to President Trump's claim that a special master should be appointed to review documents the FBI obtained and took from his residence at Mar-a-Lago.
What did the DOJ say and what did we learn?
What Did We Learn from the Newly Released Affidavit that Supported the Warrant to Search Mar-a-Lago? (Guest: Hugo Lowell)
Hugo Lowell, reporter for The Guardian and regular commentator on MSNBC, joins Jessica to discuss the breaking news of the partial release of the affidavit supporting the warrant to search Trump’s former residence at Mar-a-Lago. What did we learn? Why was the affidavit redacted? Does this mean Trump will face charges? What about this new development has Trump's legal team more concerned than ever before?
The Legal Hot Water Is Starting to Boil: Will Trump Face Criminal or Civil Charges?
There has been a deluge of political and legal news over the past few weeks - especially for midsummer - a typically slow period in the calendar that news junkies sometimes refer to as "the summer doldrums." But not this year. An unprecedented FBI search of a former president's current residence is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to deepening legal trouble for Donald Trump.
It is time for a regroup and a recap.
On this week's episode, Jessica breaks down the states of the (multiple) big legal investigations into Trump and his associates and explains which laws are at issue in each case: the investigation regarding January 6th, the documents seized at Mar-a-Lago, possible election fraud in Georgia, and potential business or tax fraud in New York. Will any of these investigations imperil the teflon reputation the former president has when it comes to dodging real legal liability?
Trump Takes the Fifth. What Are the Legal Repercussions?
Two more big pieces of legal news this week.
First, if Trump is convicted for taking classified documents from the White House, does that mean he is barred from holding federal office again? (Spoiler alert - no).
Second, since Trump took the Fifth in a deposition in the ongoing investigation by the New York Attorney General into the Trump Org, does that mean we can't judge him for that? (Answer - it does not).
The FBI executes a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's private residence
This is a breaking news episode of Passing Judgment.
The FBI has executed a search warrant at the private residence of former President Trump.
What does this tell us about the investigation into Trump and whether he will face criminal charges?
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Jessica is my favorite wordle-doing law professor (small category). She conducts insightful interviews and always leaves me with things to think about.
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