In the Legal AF podcast by Meidas Touch, civil rights lawyer Ben Meiselas and national trial lawyer and strategist Michael Popok discuss some current issues in politics, and analyze important cases, while breaking down the legal aspect in a way that listeners without a law school education can understand.
The Sunday, December 12th, 2021, episode can be viewed in full below, or found on your favorite podcasting app.
Cases and outcomes that are analyzed in this episode include:
Justice Roberts dismisses a request to issue emergency order blocking mask rules on airlines. The attorneys consider whether the case, filed pro se (without an attorney) was ghostwritten by a Trump-supporting lawyer who chose not to have their name attached, explain how the emergency filing made it to Chief Justice John Roberts, and describe the process that the complainant will have to follow for any chance of getting the case before the Supreme Court.
Then there’s Donald Trump’s special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) deal for the purchase of Trump Media Group, which is being investigated for “unusual trading which seems to have the pattern of insider trading,” and the Biden Administration’s push to better regulate SPACs.
Mark Meadows’ efforts to keep January 6th documents out of the hands of investigators is, the hosts surmise, “in hopes of a Republican taking over the House and dismantling the committee.” Meiselas and Popok discuss the PowerPoint presentation that listed potential methods to overturn the election, and how Meadows’ book might belie his claims of executive privilege.
They also address the systemic placement of judges over Mitch McConnell’s political tenure, suggesting the ‘home court advantage’ is now part of the plan to undermine and undercut all Joe Biden’s efforts during his presidency, and to use this time to attack on major issues, such as abortion and federal funding of religious schools — two issues Popok doesn’t expect Republicans ever to fully achieve.
Popok breaks down the battle over what documents the January 6th Committee has a right to access, and how much, if any, right a former president has to withhold those documents, as well as how the separation of church and state affects the legality of funding of religious schools.
There’s more, including Steve Bannon’s trial next July, and battles over abortion limitations in Texas and Mississippi, how Chief Justice Roberts could open the door for Biden to shift the makeup of SCOTUS, and just what the consequences of overturning Roe v. Wade could really be.
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