Legally Insane Podcast

Examining Tulsi Gabbard Campaign – Assad Stooge or Strong Contender – Ep 93

 

Tulsi Gabbard, is an American politician and military veteran, serving as the U.S Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district. Her 2020 presidential run hasn’t been mentioned much in the press, so in today’s episode the guys dig into her history and political stances. She has a history of not supporting gay rights, being involved with the Hare Krishna’s, going behind the democrats back and has a questionable history with her father.

 

Highlights:

  • Involved in environmental politics from a young age
  • Thank you for your service
  • Tulsi used to not support gay rights but has now changed her stance
  • Capoeira
  • Discipline of Hare Krishna
  • Anti Interventionist
  • Sued Google for 50 million

The Takeaway – Tulsi has been disloyal to her party and her past may come back to her haunt her in this election.

 

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Examining Marianne Williamson’s Candidacy and the Dark Psychic Forces – Ep 92

Author, Activist and 2020 Democratic candidate Marianne Williamson is the topic of discussion today. She’s the founder of Project Angel Food and the co-founder of the Peace Alliance. While she’s certainly done a lot of good in the world, she’s a bit of an oddball. That’s what Matt and Tony are going to be diving into today. Specifically the metaphysical bookstore she ran in the early 80’s, her “Orwellian” stance on vaccines and how “nothing occurs outside our minds”.

 

Highlights:

  • Switching accents during the debate
  • A conservative Jew
  • Being an opportunist
  • Promoting Huxters
  • Serving up some Angel Food cake
  • Vaccines are Orwellian
  • Running for office without a college degree

The Takeaway – She’s done some good things for society but her strange past might come back to haunt her.

 

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Pedo Island – The Sex Trafficking Case that May Bring Down Everyone – Ep 91

Hedge Fund Manager, Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested for allegedly sex trafficking minors. This is on the heels of him pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution involving a minor in 2008. Epstein owns a private island called “Little St. James”. Allegedly this is where he would take underage girls, hold them hostage, and him and his friends would have their way with them. Many of Hollywood’s Elite and powerful Government officials were said to have partied with Epstein and visited his island.

 

Highlights:

  • Non prosecution agreement in 2008
  • “A Collector of People”
  • Only working with Billionaires
  • Unexplained Wealth
  • Epstein’s Temple
  • Digital photos of young women hidden in Epstein’s safe
  • Cy Vance, the scumbag District Attorney of NYC
  • The Sex offender levels and point system
  • Hanging with Hollywood’s Elite
  • NYC’s – Child Victim’s Act

 

The Takeaway – Let’s put this guy away

 

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The Curious Michele Carter Case – Can Texting Your Boyfriend Be Manslaughter? – Ep 90

I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter is a documentary about the death of Conrad Roy. Conrad and Michelle had fallen in love and shared thousands of text messages over the span of two years, but only met in real life about five times. On July 13th, 2014 Conrad was found dead in his car. When investigators discovered the text messages between these two lovers, it was uncovered that Carter had encouraged Roy to kill himself. Carter has since been arrested for involuntary manslaughter.

 

Matt and Tony both watched the documentary and in today’s episode give their opinions about the case, the deranged Michelle Carter and uncover the legal controversy of text messages within lawsuits.

 

Highlights:

  • Both Carter and Michelle were infatuated with self harm
  • Michelle became popular because of “dead boyfriend sympathy” and she relished in it.
  • Carter was aggressive about having his memorial in her town, so she could be the center of attention.
  • The abusive father and clueless father
  • Unintentional vs. involuntary in the eyes of the law
  • The computer fraud and abuse act

 

The Takeaway – Texting is going to be faced with more and more scrutiny under the law as it’s an unavoidable part of our society.

 

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The Curious Case of Eddie Gallagher’s Court Martial – Did Trump Interfere in A Murder Case – Ep 89

 

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher was found not guilty of murder in his recent war crimes case. The case was centered on him killing an ISIS militant who lay helpless, already wounded and being treated by a medic. The case was spoiled when the medic who was already granted immunity from the Military claimed he killed the ISIS militant. Trump has been in the news this week, taking credit for the not guilty verdict. In today’s episode Matt and Tony dissect this case and dive into the history of the Court Martial.

 

Highlights:

  • The hunting knife
  • The medic’s testimony
  • Shooting at the locals
  • Court-Martial vs. Military Tribunals
  • General Custer and Benedict Arnold, both famous Court-Martials

 

The Takeaway – It’s yet to be seen what Trump’s involvement in this was case; we’ll wait and see as the story develops further.

 

 

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School Busing – What The Heck Were Kamala and Biden Talking About – Ep 88

The 2020 Democratic debate has come and gone, but the interaction between Kamala Harris and Joe Biden is still in the news. Kamala Harris accused Joe Biden of supporting segregationist senators and opposing bussing. Desegregation Bussing is the practice of transporting students to schools in different neighborhoods in an effort to address racial segregation. Biden has since denied opposing bussing overall. Today, Matt and Tony dissect the uproar between Joe and Kamala and discuss the history of Bussing.

 

Highlights:

  • Brown vs. Board of Education
  • Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg, ruled the courts can use bussing as a desegregation tool.
  • The White Flight
  • The Second Great Migration
  • Southern Manifesto
  • A 1999 poll showed 82% agreed that letting students go to their neighborhood school would be better than achieving racial balance through bussing
  • In The Roberts Court, the Supreme Court struck down a lot of race based integration plans

 

The Takeaway – For better or worse the majority of the American public is against bussing.

 

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It’s Not a Concentration Camp, but It’s Still Hellish. The Border Crisis and The Flores Lawsuit that Stopped Child Strip Searches – Ep 87

In today’s episode Matt and Tony are going to be discussing the recent situation with immigrants being detained at the boarder. Children are being separated from their families and are being kept without things like toothpaste, soap and blankets to sleep with. There’s currently an estimated 52,000 people being detained at the boarder and there’s really no clear-cut solution on what to do with these people and how to provide with them adequate human necessities and living conditions.

 

Highlights:

  • Determining the detainee’s needs
  • Strip searching immigrant teens and children in the 1980’s, at the US boarder
  • The Flores Settlement Agreement
  • Immigrants claiming asylum get priority at the boarder
  • The definition of asylum is loosening
  • As of May 20th, 2019 more than 52,000 people are being detained by ICE
  • Trump claims 90% of the immigrants at the boarder don’t attend their hearings. The Left claims its closer to 20%

 

The Takeaway – We need to stop looking at people like they’re objects. We need to humanize the situation and figure out how to properly care for, treat and process these immigrants. There’s not easy solution, but this is a bi-partisan humanitarian crisis.

 

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What to do About Morals Clauses in the Age of Cancel Culture – Ep 86

Cancel culture upon us, it seems that every time an actor, or high profile person makes a mistake, the public wants to end their career. That’s why today were touching on Morals Clauses. Morals Clauses are provisions within the instruments of a contract, which curtail certain behavior of individuals. I.e. if a Nike sponsored athlete screws up, Nike has to right to revoke their sponsorship or payments to that person. Today you’ll learn why high profile people might start pushing back on these clauses.

 

Highlights:

  • Universal Studios wrote the first known morals clause, for actors
  • Babe Ruth’s indulgences
  • In the 19040’s and 50’s morals clauses found their way into politics
  • The Hollywood 10
  • Loews v. Cole
  • Dimitri Marick’s coke problem
  • Nike Kept Kobe, Tiger Woods and Ben Roethlisberger’s contracts
  • Reverse Moral’s Clauses
  • Enron Stadium – Houston Astro’s debacle

 

The Takeaway – Celebrities and Athletes need to think long and hard whether they need to push back on morals clauses, so their contract doesn’t get voided by some mistake they made in their past, that society digs up on them.

 

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The Central Park Five – Was Trump The Cause of Their Jailing – Ep 85

The Central Park jogger case was a criminal case based on the assault and rape of Trisha Meili, a white woman who was jogging in the park the night of April 19th, 1989. Four African American teenagers and one Hispanic teenager that were in the park that night were accused of the crime. The prosecution based their case on the alleged coerced testimony of the teenage boys. The 5 boys were convicted and received sentences ranging from 5-15 years. During the trial Donald Trump wrote and article calling for the death penalty, for criminals who commit these types of crimes. Today Matt and Tony are going to be breaking down the case and analyzing Trump’s influence on the effect of the outcome of the case.

 

Highlights:

  • The alleged coerced testimonies by the teens
  • Lead pipes and plumbers gear
  • The teens were held without food and bathroom breaks
  • Conformational bias
  • Spinning the story to fit a variety of narratives

 

The Takeaway – The evidence was not strong enough to convict these kids.

 

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Red Flag Laws – Maybe We Can Do Something About Gun Violence – Ep 84

 

Today the guys are re-touching on Gun Control. While it might not seem like anything is being done to protect people from irresponsible gun users, there have actually been several policies put in place in the last couple years, by State Governments. The main talking point for today is “Red Flag Laws”, which are gun violence prevention laws that permit police or family members to petition a state court to order a temporary removal of a fire arm from a person who may present a danger to themselves or others.

 

Highlights:

  • Red Flag Laws
  • The problem is gun rhymes with fun
  • One averted suicide for every 10-11 gun removals/seizures
  • 85% of registered voters supported Red Flag Laws
  • NRA ghost writing articles opposing gun control laws
  • 2nd amendment sanctuary cities
  • Australia gun buy back/ban

 

The Takeaway – It may not seem like things are happening on the gun control front, but they are. It’s a slow moving process with many passionate opinions on all sides of the argument

 

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Is Barr the Worst Attorney General Ever – Or Are they All Cronies? – Ep 83

Today we learn that most Presidents’ appoint their pals for their cabinet and other high-powered positions. Matt and Tony also discuss Mueller, how William Barr is on par with other awful attorney generals, the comparison between entertainment and politics and Matt tells a story about his connection to Trump.

 

Highlights:

  • Not the Attorney General’s job to exonerate
  • They’re all cronies
  • Bobby Kennedy appointment, because, why not?
  • Regan’s best friend and personal lawyer
  • Covering up things for the President

 

The Takeaway – Cronyism always wins

 

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Is Bill De Blasio Pulling a Prank? – Examining 2020 Contender – Pretenders – Ep 82

Today’s discussion is all about Bill De Blasio. Bill is current mayor of NYC and has announced his 2020 Presidential bid. De Blasio has always had the reputation of being a little bit of a simpleton. He’s done a lot of questionable things and had a lot of questionable ideas as mayor of New York. Matt and Tony are going to dig into his past on today’s episode and discuss some of his mostly worst moments as mayor, while touching on a few of the good things he’s campaigned for.

 

Highlights:

  • In a poll, only 5% of New Yorkers favored De Blasio for President in 2020
  • The infamous Cuban honeymoon
  • Accidentally killing the groundhog on groundhog day
  • Fork and knifing pizza
  • Free preschool for the kids of NYC residents
  • Bedtime Bill
  • Championing a $15 minimum wage
  • Loving the Boston Red Sox

 

The Takeaway – Though not the worst candidate, it’s unlikely that De Blasio will win the democratic bid.

 

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The World’s Oldest Profession – Should Prostitution Be Legal? – Ep 81

 

Prostitution, the oldest profession in the world is the topic of today’s show. Matt and Tony are going to be discussing it’s origins, the laws surrounding it both past and present, it’s financial impact, the health and safety of prostitutes and some hilarious other tidbits that most people probably don’t know, about turning tricks.

Highlights:

  • The ancient Greeks and Romans mandated that prostitutes wear specific clothing and pay large taxes
  • Incels
  • In old France, prostitution profits were shared with French Universities
  • In NYC in the early 1900’s there were 200 active brothels and 75% of the cities male population had Venereal Disease
  • The origins of the terms “Hooker” and “Red Light District”
  • Comstock Law and The May Act
  • 10 of 17 counties in Nevada have legal prostitution
  • John’s School
  • Paying for sex is a 16 billion dollar industry

The Takeaway – Most prostitution laws were put into effect because of the huge amount of STD’s that were being transmitted; it wasn’t necessarily based on the moral implications of paying for sex.

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Episode 80 – Facebook Trying to Avoid Liability – Are they Publisher or a Platform Under the Law

Episode 80 – Facebook Trying to Skirt the Law Again – Are they a Platform or Publisher.

Tony and Matt are back from touring and coming in hot. This week they explore whether Facebook, twitter and the various other social media juggernauts are controlling our flow of information without taking any responsibility or liability for it. We go all the way back to the beginning of the internet and discuss the old Prodigy case, remember them. The courts agreed that even though they were a platform they could take down obscene content to protect from the late 90s rash of pedofiles sneaking into chat rooms! Congress passed Section 230 of the Communications Decency act to allow for this type of oversight but it seems Zuckerberg, Dorsey and co. have decided to overreach and ban anyone who disagrees with them. For once Tony and Matt find themselves in agreement with Donnie Jr. and co who feel that Facebook is trying to have it both ways. If you’re a platform, you generally must remain content neutral. If you’re a publisher, you can take ownership over who gets to speak on your site, but you open yourself up to all kinds of liability that Congress shielded platforms from. Facebook is trying to have it both ways but it seems like the public and Congress is fed up. We’re eager to see how this plays out in the courts and in the legislature.
 
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Facebook Trying to Avoid Liability – Are they Publisher or a Platform Under the Law – Episode 80

Tony and Matt are back from touring and coming in hot. This week they explore whether Facebook, twitter and the various other social media juggernauts are controlling our flow of information without taking any responsibility or liability for it. We go all the way back to the beginning of the internet and discuss the old Prodigy case, remember them. The courts agreed that even though they were a platform they could take down obscene content to protect from the late 90s rash of pedofiles sneaking into chat rooms! Congress passed Section 230 of the Communications Decency act to allow for this type of oversight but it seems Zuckerberg, Dorsey and co. have decided to overreach and ban anyone who disagrees with them. For once Tony and Matt find themselves in agreement with Donnie Jr. and co who feel that Facebook is trying to have it both ways. If you’re a platform, you generally must remain content neutral. If you’re a publisher, you can take ownership over who gets to speak on your site, but you open yourself up to all kinds of liability that Congress shielded platforms from. Facebook is trying to have it both ways but it seems like the public and Congress is fed up. We’re eager to see how this plays out in the courts and in the legislature.
 
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The Monica Lewinsky Case – 20 Years Later – Impeachment Doesn’t Look So Bad Now – Ep 79

With the word Impeachment constantly popping up in today’s news, the guys decide to dive into Bill Clinton’s Impeachment and his sexual acts with the then White House Intern, Monica Lewinsky. In this episode they’ll be examining how the media spun the whole story to make 22 year old Monica Lewinsky look like the predator instead of the victim.

Highlights:

  • Impeachment, on the minds of a lot of Americans
  • Framing the case to make Monica Lewinsky look bad
  • Obstruction of justice and Perjury
  • Linda Trip secretly recorded Monica Lewinsky
  • The meaning of is IS
  • The Drudge Report

The Takeaway – Monica Lewinsky got a bad shake. In American’s haste to take sides, we need to try and start looking at things objectively and listen to both sides of a story.

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2020 Contenders – Andrew Yang Wants to Pay You $1000…For your Vote – Ep 78

Andrew Yang is the topic of today’s discussion. Andrew is an American Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. He’s one of the 16 Democratic candidates that are gunning for a shot at the White House. He’s a bit of an obscure candidate, whose on a mission to end circumcision in the US and get the federal government to pay you a 1k a month salary, just because. He’s pro free Medicare for all Americans and wants to use his tech background to slow down the automated economy.

Highlights:

  • 1k a month, universal basic income
  • Am automated economy
  • Human-centered capitalism
  • Creating more jobs through tech
  • Regulating social media through an Ombudsman
  • Anti Circumcision

The Takeaway – If you’re angry about not being circumcised and you want the government to pay you 1k a month, then Andrew Yang is your guy.

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Feeling Out A Joe Biden Presidency – Ep 77

Matt and Tony are feeling out a Joe Biden Presidency today. Joe seems to be a well-liked guy, who could have a shot at winning the Democratic Presidential Bid. But, today Matt and Tony are going to be poking some fun at “touchy Joe” and pull up some past stories about him getting a little busy with his hands. They also discuss his family life, voting record and some of the other questionable things he’s done in his past.

Highlights:

  • Touchy Joe Biden
  • A life of tragedy
  • Speech Plagiarizing
  • Long Dong Silver
  • Draft Dodging
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • A love of scent

The Takeaway – Let’s not tarnish a man who loves a good scent, whose otherwise a solid candidate.

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Jussie Smollett Walks – Proving Celebrities are Above the Law– Ep 76

Jussie Smollett recently had the 16 felony counts filed against him dropped. He walks with a $10,000 fine and some community service hours. None of this will appear on Smollett’s record. There’s mixed signals from Americans, some in support of Jussie, some outraged at the slap on the wrist he got. The verdict is controversial to say the least and you shouldn’t be surprised if Jussie Smollett stays under scrutiny for a while. In this episode, Matt and Tony discuss the verdict and how fishy it seems. There’s likely some collusion going on between Chicago government officials.

Highlights:

  • Pencil Neck Schiff
  • Smollett Walks Free
  • Obama aid collusion
  • Celebrity Privilege
  • Societal impact of falsifying hate crimes
  • Trump threatening Civil Suit

The Takeaway – Celebrities typically get away with crimes.

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s Bid For The White House – Ep 75

 

Pete Buttigieg, a naval reservist, Afghanistan War Veteran and current Mayor of South Bend Indiana is running for President in 2020. While certainly an accomplished individual and someone who definitely has presidential qualities, Buttgieg is unlikely make it past the primaries. He’s 37 years old, openly gay and far left leaning. While America could be ready for an openly gay president, he’s still very young and in a lot of people’s minds he doesn’t have the life experience needed to make extremely tough decisions for the country. Otherwise, he’s a picture perfect Harvard Graduate. Today, Matt and Tony discuss Buttigieg and whether or not they think he has a shot at President.

Highlights:

  • Scotch Eggs on a first date
  • The first, first man in the White House
  • 2017 Loss for the DNC Chair
  • 15 Supreme Court members
  • Is the country ready for a gay president?
  • Claiming to speak 7 languages
  • Being president in your 30’s

The Takeaway – While a true scholar and accomplished individual, Buttgieg is a huge long shot.

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Operation Varsity Blues – Is San Diego worth $500k and Jail? – Ep 74

 

In today’s episode the guys are covering the largest college cheating scandal ever. 33 wealthy parents, 9 coaches and 2 exam administrators colluded to admit a group of wealthy parents’ kids into some of the nations top colleges. These kids were low performers academically and otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance getting into these colleges. Matt and Tony examine the ethics behind what these parents did and the potential jail time that the parties involved are facing.

 Highlights:

  • [02:48] – The Kushner Way
  • [07:55] – The Side Door
  • [09:34] – Posing as athletes
  • [12:55] – The celebrities that paid for their kids to get into college
  • [16:47] – Operation Varsity Blues
  • [22:32] – Honest Fraud Services
  • [31:12] – Kids for cash

The Takeaway – Don’t try to buy your way into high society

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Are you Feeling the Bern – Examining The 2020 Frontrunner Bernie Sanders – Ep 73

In today’s episode the guys are examining Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid. Bernie has long been a favorite for young progressives in this country and might have a solid chance at solidifying the democratic nomination for the 2020 election. Though a little bit outrageous and easy to make fun of, Bernie has championed a lot of good causes throughout his career in politics. In this episode the guys are diving into some of Bernie’s history, before politics and during his time as mayor and a senator.

 Highlights:

  • [04:40] – Feeling the Bern
  • [07:24] – Honeymoon in Russia
  • [09:40] – Bernie’s folk album and how he was desperate for fame
  • [13:13] – Willis Wagons
  • [18:00] – Bernie’s Resume
  • [24:48] – Gun manufacturers immunity from class action suits
  • [27:30] – Bernie Sanders ice cream
  • [32:32] – King Of the Amendments

The Takeaway – Whether or not you like Bernie he has always fought for the underdog.

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The Smollett Hoax – America’s Long History of Hate Crimes and Fake Hate Crimes – Ep 72

The guys are back this week and they’re talking about the Jussie Smollett case. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, Jussie, an actor on the popular show Empire, allegedly faked an assault/hate crime against him because he is unhappy with his Empire salary of $65,000 an episode. In this episode Matt and Tony give their opinion on the story and discuss some of the loopholes in Smollett’s testimony. Meanwhile, Empire has removed Jussie’s character from the last two remaining episodes of this season.

Highlights:

  • [01:54] – Requirements to run for president
  • [04:48] – The Smollett Case
  • [10:52] – Awful execution of the attack
  • [13:15] – The first big race crime hoax in the USA in 1863
  • [13:45] – Miscegenation
  • [21:00] – Jessie Anderson’s stabbing crime in 1992
  • [26:42] – Morton Downey Jr.

The Takeaway – If you’re going to fake a crime, be smarter about it

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Can Beto O’Rourke Skateboard his way to the White House? – Ep 71

Aaron Karo joins the guys on the podcast today. Aaron is a long time friend of Matt and he’s here to give his opinions about potential presidential candidate Beto O’ Rourke. The guys discuss whether or not Beto would be a good candidate while also brining up some of the skeletons in his closet. They also jump into a segment about the history of presidential drinking in our country. Turns out alcoholism and presidency go hand in hand.

Highlights:

  • [03:33] – Superfan question
  • [05:41] – Examining contenders or pretenders
  • [07:18] – Being aggressive in El Paso
  • [11:20] – Beto’s skeletons
  • [19:32] – The history of Presidential drinking
  • [27:21] – Teddy Kennedy’s drunk driving
  • [37:40] – Beto’s voting record

The Takeaway – As a public figure it’s best to come out and tell the truth about your past mistakes and run ins with the law.

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Jeff Bezos – Ep 70

Nobodies’ personal selfies are safe. Recently, the National Enquirer has threatened to leak nude photos of Jeff Bezos. Their tactic appears to have backfired as Bezos decided instead accuse the enquirer of trying to blackmail him. He paid for investigations to determine how his selfie fell into the hands of the tabloids. In this episode Matt and Tony cover the story and jump into a little bit of the history of blackmail and extortion.

Highlights:

  • [02:30] – Bezos dick pics
  • [04:35] – Bezos accuses the enquirer of blackmail
  • [06:18] – Blackmail in the bible
  • [08:49] – The first political sex scandal in the USA
  • [11:34] – Catch and Kill
  • [19:04] – Extortion for a public statement
  • [24:09] – Jeff BOZO

The Takeaway – Extortion doesn’t have to be for money. It’s illegal when its used for something of “value”.

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The Fyre Festival Fraud – Explaining False Advertising to Ja Rule – Ep 69

On the heels of the Fyre Festival documentaries, Matt and Tony dive into the history of scams and “false advertising”. They then transition into some interesting tidbits about current lawsuits directed toward the Fyre Festival and Billy McFarland. Stay tuned to find out the guys’ opinions on Ja Rule, the Fyre Festival production staff and Fuck Jerry.

Highlights:

  • [07:28] – Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • [09:58] – Before 1958 you could pretty much say anything in advertisements
  • [11:55] – Fatty Arbuckle, the first endorser of cigarettes
  • [20:03] – The Cigarette Labeling Act
  • [21:46] – The Listerine lawsuit
  • [27:48] – 2009 – Bloggers must site who they’re getting paid from
  • [30:54] – Herbalife’s 220 million dollar law suit
  • [32:22] – Two Fyre Festival attendee’s awarded 5 million dollars each
  • [34:50] – Ja Rule’s involvement in Fyre Festival
  • [37:54] – Puffery

The Takeaway – Influencers and advertisers must be held accountable for their false claims.

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Calexit – Ep 68

Today’s episode is about the Calexit movement. Calexit is the term used to describe breaking California up into different sections based on geography. While not a new movement, the idea of isolation has gotten stronger because of Trumps presidency. Some people supporting the movement want California to become it’s own country, while others want to split it in half or even thirds. While CA does have the 5th largest economy in the world and a liberal free spirited attitude, splitting off from the US or getting chopped up into different states is not that simple. In this episode Matt and Tony discuss the movement, it’s possibly outcomes and the legalities behind splitting up The Golden State.

Highlights:

  • [02:58] – Brexit but for California
  • [04:44] – 220 official proposals to divide CA
  • [07:23] – The compromise of 1850
  • [08:20] – Shasta, not the soda
  • [08:45] – Pushing out Al Franken
  • [10:30] – A three way split proposal in 1992
  • [14:45] – The worlds largest economies
  • [15:10] – Cascadia
  • [17:05] – Would have to amend the constitution

The Takeaway – Although it’s possible to break up CA, it’s unlikely and would take major adjustments to the constitution.

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Kristen Gillibrand Announces Her 2020 Presidential Bid – Ep 67

On the heels of last weeks episode highlighting Kamala’s Harris’s presidential bid announcement, the guys decide to focus on another strong female candidate whose running in 2020, Kristen Gillibrand. Kristen started her career in big law as a defense attorney for the cigarette giant Philip Morris. After her career in law she was eventually appointed as a Senator of New York. In this episode Matt and Tony break down her career moves, her ever changing political ideology and how she’s a strong candidate for 2020.

Highlights:

  • [12:05] – An appointed Senator
  • [16:20] – Representing Philip Morris for more then a decade
  • [22:05] – Fabricating junior attorney stories
  • [25:30] – Flip flopping on immigration policies
  • [31:20] – Pushing out Al Franken
  • [34:10] – A leader of the “Me Too” movement

The Takeaway – There’s going to be a strong list of female candidates for the 2020 election.

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Kamala Harris – Potential President – Examining the Very Minor Skeletons in Her Closet – Ep 66

Today’s episode begs the question: “Exactly what qualifications should a person have to run for President?” Matt and Tony examine this question while jumping into a rumored 2020 presidential run by Kamala Harris. In this episode you’ll hear how Kamala’s political career was built off an affair with former SF Mayor Willie Brown. Matt and Tony also reveal Kamala’s efforts while serving as Attorney General of CA and District Attorney of San Francisco.

Highlights:

  • [03:55] – Pronouncing “Kamala”
  • [05:28] – Charging parents with misdemeanors for their kids truancy
  • [07:20] – Obama has a crush on Kamala
  • [08:07] – Familiar DNA matches
  • [13:30] – Hiding Catholic Church abuse
  • [16:04] – 25 Billion Dollar settlement with the 5 largest mortgage companies
  • [20:07] – Kamala’s affair with Willie Brown
  • [28:00] – Minimum qualifications to run for President

The Takeaway – Kamala Harris has only a few minor skeletons in her closet. She’d make a great presidential candidate.

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Can The President Declare A National Emergency? – Ep 65

The government is shut down and Trump and his beloved wall are back in the news. Trump is eager to get the wall built, but a lot of his party and the majority of democrats are against it. He’s threatening to call the country into a state of emergency and get the wall built via emergency funds. Does he have the power to do that? Matt and Tony dive into the history of National Emergencies and discuss whether or not declaring a national emergency for the wall are within Trump’s powers.

Highlights:

  • [04:22] – Schumer and Pelosi – The worlds worst public speakers
  • [05:05] – Emergency procedures for The President
  • [10:18] – Youngstown Sheet, 1952
  • [14:20] – The National Emergencies Act
  • [16:49] – George W Bush sanctions Zimbabwe
  • [22:16] – Adam Schiff beefs with Trump
  • [23:51] – The Presidents power and authority
  • [26:33] – The fence and the war on drugs

The Takeaway – This stand off and shutdown doesn’t seem to be anywhere near the finish line.

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New Laws For 2019 –Ep 64

2019 is upon us and Matt and Tony are discussing some new laws that have just taken effect for the New Year. Unsurprisingly some of the big ones were put in place by California and New York. In this episode Matt and Tony have some laughs and discuss who these new laws are going to help and who they’re going to hurt.

Highlights:

  • [05:34] – 19 states increase minimum wage
  • [07:25] – Pet stores in California can only sell shelter or rescue dogs, cats and rabbits
  • [13:58] – Public corporations must add at least one women to the board of directors
  • [14:52] – In Illinoi, hunters are now allowed to wear pink
  • [16:55] – California banned non-disclosure agreements for sexual harassment settlement cases
  • [21:38] – Florida restored voting rights to former felons, except for murderers and sexual predators
  • [23:06] – Utah DUI level is now .05%
  • [24:14] – In California judges now decided which person will get custody of a pet in a divorce
  • [29:33] – Vermont paying people 10k to move to their state

The Takeaway – We’re in for a hell of a year.

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I Drink Your Milkshake – Mineral Rights- Ep 63 – The Oil Companies Actually Can Drink Your Milkshake

Most homebuyers don’t know that big oil companies can capture the minerals in the soil, underneath their house. Unless it was stated in your contract that you own the mineral rights underneath your property, oil companies can drill into your soil. In this episode Matt and Tony run through the history of mineral rights and how property owners get taken advantage of in this process.

Highlights:

  • [06:16] – The rule of capture
  • [07:15] – Mineral Rights
  • [11:31] – Mineral pooling
  • [12:40] – Non consenting land owners
  • [20:20] – Protecting property rights on mineral owners

The Takeaway – Check the deed to your property and figure out who owns the rights to the soil.

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Christmas/Holiday Law Trivia – Bonus Ep 62

The guys are back with a special Christmas bonus episode. On today’s show Tony will try and stump Matt with a series of questions about the authenticity of several lawsuits. Matt will have to guess which lawsuit is real and which one is fake. In other news, thank you for tuning in for all of 2018, we really appreciate your love and support. Look for some new things to come in 2019 including our own Patreon.

Highlights:

  • [01:57] – Christmas in Dixie
  • [04:30] – Greenbergs Smoked Turkey’s
  • [07:27] – British Plum Pudding
  • [10:37] – Man dressed as reindeer
  • [12:20] – Fruitcake eating competition

The Takeaway – Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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Did Fortnite Steal the Carlton? Copyrighting Dance moves – Ep 61

Throughout history people have been envious of each other’s dance moves. Some dances have designated steps such as the line dance or the electric slide. Others have bits and pieces of traditional moves blended with original flow. In today’s episode you’ll learn about copy write history as it pertains to dances and dance moves. The idea the show today is coming off the heels of the new that actor Alfonso Ribeiro is suing the Fortnite creators for allowing their video game characters to do “The Carlton”.

Highlights:

  • [03:10] – Dancing “emote’s” in Fortnite
  • [04:28] – Alfonso Ribeiro sues the Fortnite creators
  • [04:55] – You can copy write dances, not dance moves
  • [06:03] – The backpack kid
  • [10:50] – In 1909 copy write law was defined and re-defined in the 70’s
  • [15:39] – Nobody has prevailed by arguing that
  • [21:40] – Mass dances – The Zombification of society
  • [26:32] – Gesticulations

The Takeaway – Be original

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Internship Laws – Episode 60

In your past you may have taken an internship to learn about a particular job or to gain skills in a trade. This internship may have been illegal. On the heels of recent news, Matt and Tony dive into the history of internships and the new criteria used to determine if the role you’re in is illegal. In this episode you’ll learn the criteria for legal and illegal internships and why internships were created for the elite.

Highlights:

  • [03:31] – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
  • [05:54] – Walling vs. Portland terminal Co.
  • [07:36] – Internship criteria/ legal definitions.
  • [14:36] – The Black Swan Movie Set.
  • [24:00] – Sacrificing being taken advantage for future gain.

The Takeaway – Know what you’re getting into when you take an internship. Read the law and if you feel like you’re being taken advantage of, say something.

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Genital Mutilation Laws – Episode 59

 

Genital mutilation has been a big issue historically, throughout the world. Recently a law was passed in Michigan that protecting girls from genital mutilation is unconstitutional. Surprisingly this practice is still commonplace in some religions and throughout different countries. Disgusted, Matt and Tony dive into this topic and divulge some of the history of genital mutilation.

Highlights:

  • [04:30] – Federal Judge shoots down genital mutilation protection law.
  • [05:00] – Michigan doctors mutilate young girls clitorises.
  • [07:00] – 23 states have laws banning genital mutilation.
  • [11:10] – The Commerce Clause.
  • [13:54] – The USA vs. Lopez
  • [14:57] – Male circumcision practices.

The Takeaway – We need to quell any abhorrent religious practices.

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Avenatti’s Domestic Dispute- Episode 58

The boys are back after taking last week off for Thanksgiving. The topic of the day is Michael Avenatti’s alleged attack on his ex-girlfriend Mareli Miniutti. Miniutti is claiming that Avenatti hit her forcefully in the face with a pillow and then dragged her across the apartment floor. Matt and Tony dive into this story and make plenty of wise cracks aimed at Avenatti.

Highlights:

  • [02:02] – Restraining order against the creepy porn lawyer.
  • [05:12] – Doing Gods Work.
  • [06:58] – The alleged actress – “Girl At Party.”
  • [08:30] – Sugar Daddy
  • [14:55] – Shady business deals.

The Takeaway – Don’t date a 24 year old when you’re in your 40’s.

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“Acting” Attorney General – Episode 57

Trump is back in the news because of his appointment of Matthews Whitaker as Acting Attorney General. Is this a legal move? On the heels of this news, the guys jump into a discussion about what an “acting” attorney general means and how long Whitaker gets to stay in office. They guys also discuss Jeff Sessions resignation, and bring up some of Whitaker’s shady business deals.

Highlights:

  • [02:11] – Appointment without congressional approval.
  • [03:56] – The Constitution’s “Advice and Consent” Clause.
  • [06:58] – Congressional consent on a temporary appointment.
  • [10:13] – Jeff Session’s Resignation.
  • [12:21] – World Patent Marketing.
  • [13:30] – Masculine toilets with deep holes.
  • [19:10] – Jeff Session’s Tweets.
  • [22:13] – The maximum term for an Acting Attorney General is 210 days.

The Takeaway – The bottom line is this appointment is a disaster, whether it’s legal or not.

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Birthright Citizenship – Can Trump Rip Up The Constitution? – Episode 56

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Birthright Citizenship – Can Trump Rip Up The Constitution? – Episode 56

Matt and Tony start off the podcast by recapping their recent show at The Hollywood Improv. It just so happened that Chance The Rapper came through the Improv that night. He ended up staying for the whole show and congratulated the guys on their night. In other news, being that today is Election Day, the guys jump into the topic of voting and then citizenship. In this episode you’ll learn why Trump wants to contradict the 14th Amendment clause that grants citizenship to children born here by undocumented parents.

Highlights:

  • [08:12] – Trump thinks he can re-write the 14th
  • [08:49] – The 14th Amendment states that persons born in the USA are citizens of the US.
  • [09:26] – The Dred Scotts Decision.
  • [11:21] – The Civil Rights Act of 1866.
  • [15:56] – A lot of conservatives are arguing that if you’re subject to the jurisdiction of another country, you’re not subject to the jurisdiction of the US.
  • [26:52] – Meeting in the middle on immigration issues.
  • [27:58] – The Caravan from South America.

The Takeaway – Most Americans can agree on some sort of boarder control or immigration reform. We need to come together to discuss the issue civilly.

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“Lights Out”- Halloween Laws – Episode 55

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“Lights Out”- Halloween Laws – Episode 55

Halloween is upon us and on this spooky show Matt and Tony discuss some Halloween specific laws. Bet you didn’t know that nobody no kid has ever died as result of tainted Halloween candy. Also the guys have a show at The Hollywood Improv tomorrow, November 1st at 7pm. Get your tickets today!

Highlights:

  • [05:20] – The Egg Mobile.
  • [07:24] – Firecracker in a trick or treater’s bag.
  • [08:15] – Trick or treat age laws.
  • [10:56] – No silly string in Hollywood.
  • [13:03] – No record of kids being killed or injured from candy.
  • [15:02] – Candy filled with objects.
  • [16:28] – Sex Offender Halloween laws.
  • [31:25] – Grandfathered in Sex Offenders.

The Takeaway – If somebody has their lights off tonight and a “No Candy” sign, they’ve done some bad things.

Hollywood Improv Ticket Link: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/legally-insane-with-matt-ritter-hollywood-improv-the-lab-tickets/8716505?pl=hollyimprov&REFID=hollywoodimprov&_ga=2.165118204.2128634537.1540409714-TW.1.0.5b999d81a156a

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Voting Rights Laws – Episode 54

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Voting Rights Laws – Episode 54

With the mid-term elections coming up, Matt and Tony have a conversation about voting rights laws. They discuss their origin and how they were originally targeted at minorities, to keep them from voting. In this episode you’ll learn about literacy tests and poll taxes for black voters and how there are many states in which you don’t need an ID to vote.

Highlights:

  • [00:58] – Midterm elections are coming up this November. Make sure you vote.
  • [03:43] – In Georgia the Secretary Of State Bryan Kemp is running for Governor. He’s also responsible for enforcing voting laws.
  • [04:40] – Exact Match Policy.
  • [08:20] – In many states including California you don’t need an ID to vote.
  • [11:26] – If you can’t get an ID maybe you shouldn’t be allowed to vote.
  • [12:17] – 15th Amendment was ratified in the 1800s and was only enforced 100 years later.
  • [12:50] – Literacy tests and poll taxes for African Americans.
  • [15:00] – Lyndon B Johnson outlaws literacy tests for black voters.
  • [17:40] – In 1965 in Mississippi 70% of whites were registered to vote, 7% for blacks.

The Takeaway – It’s clear that a lot of new voter ID laws are intended to suppress minority votes. The flipside is we need to get ID’s for everybody. This would help with getting rid of voter fraud.

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Marbury Vs Madison – Episode 53

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Marbury Vs Madison – Episode 53

Marbury vs. Madison was arguably the biggest and most influential Supreme Court Case of all time, it’s the case that gave the court it’s power. On this episode the guys sit down and dissect this case. They also touch on some Supreme Court history, how political groups try and stack the court, changing the amount of justices on the court and why Elizabeth Warren isn’t Cherokee.

Highlights:

  • [03:05] – Packing the Supreme Court.
  • [06:57] – Marbury vs. Madison is the reason the court has their power.
  • [09:11] – John Adams midnight appointments in 1803.
  • [10:34] – Marbury appointed.
  • [12:06] – Writ Of Mandamus.
  • [20:40] – Elizabeth Warren isn’t Cherokee.
  • [25:18] – The Supreme Court takes a year off.
  • [26:45] – The court tries Marbury vs. Madison at a hotel.
  • [31:23] – Today’s Supreme Court justices make $250,000 a year.

The Takeaway – Changing the dynamic of the court isn’t a good idea. We should keep the court at 9 justices.

Hollywood Improv Ticket Link: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/legally-insane-with-brendon-walsh-hollywood-improv-the-lab-tickets/8716495?pl=hollyimprov&REFID=hollywoodimprov&_ga=2.73571666.1939625594.1538611713-696882873.1536793988

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Slavery to Prison and The Absentee Government – Episode 52

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Slavery to Prison and The Absentee Government – Episode 52

Building off of Kayne West’s recent interview regarding the 13th amendment, Matt and Tony have a few laughs and dissect the topic of modern day slavery. They review some of the countries worst prisons in the Southern United States and talk about the how the privatization of jails came about. Throughout history, the state leased convicts out to wealthy investors to work on railroads, in cotton fields and mine shafts.

Highlights:

  • [02:25] – The ultimate troll, http://www.brettkavanaugh.com.
  • [06:26] – The 13th Amendment abolished slavery.
  • [07:05] – Kanye was trying to articulate the idea of getting rid of modern day slavery.
  • [08:30] – Shane Bower goes under cover.
  • [10:20] – Before the Civil War the majority of prisoners were white.
  • [10:58] – Cotton King convinces the state to lease him convicts.
  • [17:26] – In 1870 in Alabama, more then 40% of their convicts died in mining shafts.
  • [21:32] – The Louisiana State Penitentiary is named “Angola” after the former plantation that occupied this territory.
  • [24:40] – Some US states are starting to expunge misdemeanor marijuana offenses from people’s records.
  • [26:37] – The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis.
  • [29:40] – Obama tries to help Trump’s team transition and nobody shows up to the meetings.

The Takeaway – The 13th amendment has a weird loophole that allows modern day slavery.

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Kavanaugh High School Chronicles – Episode 51

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Kavanaugh High School Chronicles – Episode 51

Matt and Tony continue the conversation about Brett Kavanaugh, aka Bart Kavanaugh. In this episode the guys discuss the recent turn of events in the Ford, Kavanaugh hearing and have some good laughs at Brett Kavanaugh’s drunken past.

Highlights:

  • [03:03] – Fords testimony was emotional but very credible and calm.
  • [05:46] – Possibly for the first time in his life Trump said a women’s testimony about sexual assault was credible.
  • [07:03] – Jeff Flake gets confronted in an elevator.
  • [11:26] – Kavanaugh and his calendar.
  • [12:22] – Contempt for the Democratic Party.
  • [13:52] – “Bart” Kavanaugh loves his beer.
  • [15:00] – Red Red Wine.
  • [21:12] – Boofing, The Devils Triangle and Kavanaugh Beach.

The Takeaway – Kavanaugh is not fit for the Supreme Court.

Hollywood Improv Ticket Link: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/legally-insane-with-brendon-walsh-hollywood-improv-the-lab-tickets/8716495?pl=hollyimprov&REFID=hollywoodimprov&_ga=2.73571666.1939625594.1538611713-696882873.1536793988

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Highlight Reel – Episode 50

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Highlight Reel – Episode 50

Today Matt and Tony celebrate their 50th episode by brining you highlights of some of their favorite past shows. Statistically most podcasts get to only 3 episodes before throwing in the towel. The guys will be back next week with a new episode, but for now kick back, relax and enjoy some of the funnier moments of past episodes.

Highlights:

  • [07:00] – Hulk Hogan
  • [10:20] – Clarence Thomas
  • [11:56] – John McCain
  • [14:36] – McDonalds
  • [17:44] – Animal Cruelty
  • [20:32] – The Blacksox
  • [22:47] – Tribal Law
  • [24:23] – Revenge Porn
  • [26:26] – Divorce Law
  • [28:35] – Pardon Power
  • [30:45] – Eminent Domain
  • [33:28] – Monument Laws

The Takeaway – Cheers to our 50th Episode.

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Kavanaugh Bomb – Episode 49

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Kavanaugh Bomb – Episode 49

In a recent turn of events, a former classmate of Brett Kavanuagh’s, Christine Blasey, has accused the Supreme Court nominee of Sexually Assaulting her over 3 decades ago. Matt and Tony jump into these allegations and discuss both sides of the story.

Highlights:

  • [08:15] – Kavanaugh’s nomination was going smoothly; he was headed toward the end zone.
  • [10:30] – Allegedly, Kavanaugh and Blasey were at a party in high school. Kavanaugh and a friend of his took Blasey into a room. The three began romping around on the bed. Kavanaugh put his hand over Blasey’s mouth as if he was going to do something terrible to her.
  • [12:30] – Are the Democrats using this to unravel Kavanugh’s run?
  • [15:04] – The amount of time that has passed since this alleged assault is not working in the Dem’s favor.
  • [21:35] – Kavanaugh’s friends testimony.
  • [22:40] – In 2012 Blasey did mention the incident to her therapist.
  • [27:40] – Blasey wears a pussy hat to a rally.

The Takeaway – Congress has no moral ground to stand on.

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MGM Suing Victims of Mass Shooting – Episode 48

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MGM Suing Victims of Mass Shooting – Episode 48

The MGM Casino is suing the victims of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting that happening during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. This lawsuit is being filed under the provisions of “The Safety Act”. As of July 2018 the MGM has sued over 1900 victims/families of victims of the mass shooting. Essentially the MGM knows it’s going to be sued by these victims for their suffering, so they’re counter suing to get a judge to rule that they have no liability for the shooter. Matt and Tony jump into this topic with the upmost disgust for this loophole.

Highlights:

  • [06:00] – The MGM offered to make a $500 charitable donation in the name of each person who accepts legal notice of the lawsuit and does not try and sue the MGM.
  • [09:10] – After 911 the Federal Gov’t set up a law called “The Safety Act” The Safety Act protects parties for claims resulting from acts of terrorism.
  • [11:40] – The CSC Corporation was hired by the MGM to perform security for the music festival. The MGM is using this to say they went to great lengths to ensure concertgoers safety.
  • [18:08] – Authorities found ammonium nitrate and 1600 rounds of ammunition in the killer Stephen Paddocks car.

The Takeaway – We’re in an insane gun culture we need to come together on a reasonable comprise.

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Supreme Court Rejects – Episode 46

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Supreme Court Rejects – Episode 46

With the Supreme Court Justice nomination currently in our news feeds. Matt and Tony share some insight on previous Supreme Court contenders who were rejected. In this episode you’ll hear learn about the history of Supreme Court Nominations and how Political Loyalty reigns supreme.

Highlights:

  • [07:40] – Bork tells the truth.
  • [10:35] – Bork was part of the Saturday Night Massacre.
  • [15:23] – Alex Walcot was defeated 24-9.
  • [17:06] – Ebenezer Hoag insisted on rewarding merit instead of political  loyalty.
  • [20:24] – Senatorial Courtesy.
  • [26:45] – Abe Fortas takes a bribe.
  • [37:35] – About 1/3rd of US Presidents have nominated judges. Of those, six nominations got through as lame ducks.

The Takeaway – Don’t get Borked.

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RIP John McCain – Hero Who Took a Bayonet to His Groin! – Episode 46

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RIP John McCain – Hero Who Took a Bayonet to His Groin! – Episode 46

On the heels of John McCain’s death, the guys decide to record a podcast dedicated to the American Hero. They discuss his families’ origins, his career in the armed forces, his 5-year stint in the “Hanoi Hilton”, and his career in politics. There are a lot of good laughs in this episode, but one thing is clear. John McCain was an American Hero.

Highlights:

  • [03:00] – John McCain (not to be confused with John McClane of Die Hard) was most notably known as a US Senator in the state of Arizona.
  • [09:55] – John McCain was the son and grandson of military royalty. His father and grandfather were both 4 star generals in the Navy.
  • [10:35] – He didn’t take life seriously in his youth and during his time in the Navy he crashed two planes. He was considered a terrible pilot.
  • [12:00] – McCain may have been responsible for The USS Forresstal Fire in 1967.
  • [18:01] – Also in 1967 McCain’s plane was shot down over Hanoi. He was stabbed in the groin and the leg and was captured by the Vietnamese. He spent 5 years as a Prisoner of War and was beaten and starved regularly.
  • [21:22] – The camp that McCain was held prisoner in was called deemed “The Hanoi Hilton”.
  • [23:28] – The Vietnamese offered to let him ago but he refused. To honor his word to the military he refused to leave because there were other US Soldiers who were captured before him that didn’t have the opportunity to be free.
  • [32:33] – McCain was part of The Keating Five.
  • [37:35] – He talked George Bush out of enhancing interrogation and torture techniques during the Iraq War.

The Takeaway – John McCain always tried to right his wrongs and is definitely an American Hero.

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Dr. Kevorkian aka Dr. Death – Episode 45

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Dr. Kevorkian aka Dr. Death – Episode 45

Today the guys jump into a bit of a heavy topic, but do a great job at keeping it light. They’re discussing Dr. Kevorkian and the idea of assisted suicide. Dr. Kevorkian is most known for championing the cause of physician-assisted suicide. Matt and Tony break down where the idea of assisted suicide came from and discuss the legalities and moral implications of voluntary death.

Highlights:

  • [02:35] – Assisted suicide is suicide committed with the aid of another person, sometimes a physician.
  • [05:18] – Dr. Kevorkian drew blood from corpuses and transferred them into hospital staff members.
  • [07:01] – Kevorkian assisted in the death of 139 people in the 1990’s.
  • [08:10] – 60% of the patients that died with him were not terminally ill and at least 13 of them hadn’t complained of any pain.
  • [18:30] – Dr. Kevorkian went to jail for manslaughter when he administered lethal injection.
  • [23:58] – France legalized suicide in 1790.
  • [28:04] – Assisted suicide is legal in 5 states and the District of Columbia.

The Takeaway – If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide please get help and call the suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255.

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Military Tribunals – A Few Good Men – Episode 44

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Military Tribunals – A Few Good Men – Episode 44

Ever wonder how enemy combatants who commit war crimes are prosecuted? They’re tried in Military Courts and these trials are known as Military Tribunals. Military Tribunals operate outside the scope of criminal and civil jurisdictions. The jury and judges are military officers. In today’s episode you’ll learn how and why these tribunals were started and how Presidents began trying some civilians under Military law. You’ll also get Matt and Tony’s take on Guantanamo and why it might be ok to make enemies drink pee.

Highlights:

  • [04:22] – Military Tribunals operate completely outside of our legal system.
  • [06:46] – The alleged reason they don’t operate within our legal system is because these crimes typically take place during war on a site where there is no functioning legal system.
  • [09:12] – George Washington, Andrew Jackson, and The Union (during the Civil War) all used Military Tribunals.
  • [10:49] – Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus, which is the right to a free trial.
  • [15:09] – The US invents “The Water Cure”.
  • [17:14] – Operation Pastorius; The failed German plan for sabotage inside the USA during World War 2.
  • [27:02] – Boumediene vs. Bush 2008.
  • [29:00] – Guantanamo Bay moral dilemma’s.
  • [34:04] – Trump wants to try more people under military tribunals.

The Takeaway – There’s a lot of executive overreach. During wartime or emergency situations be weary of presidential power.

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3D Guns For Everyone? – Episode 43

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3D Guns For Everyone? – Episode 43

Today Matt and Tony jump into a hot topic that’s been circulating in the news recently; the printing of 3D guns. The 3D gun known as the “Liberator” was created by radical Cody Wilson. Cody Wilson is a self proclaimed “Crypto Anarchist” and the founder of Defense Distributed. In 2013 Cody posted the blueprints to make these digital weapons. Within days of posting, the US Department of State demanded they be removed from the Internet. Just this past week, the ban on releasing the blueprints to build these guns was overturned.

Highlights:

  • [05:34] – The files to build the 3D gun were originally released on the website Defense Distributed. The file is only of use if you have a 3D printer.
  • [07:50] – The Undetectable Fire Arms Act of 1988 banned any firearm that is not detectable from a walk-through metal detector. Glock’s in the mid 80s were made from a lightweight polymer. You could bend them into different shapes, making them undetectable.
  • [14:55] – Cody Wilson was listed as the 14th most dangerous person in the world.
  • [15:40] – The 3D gun the “Liberator” is named after The Liberator guns in World War 2 that were known as single shooter guns.
  • [20:04] – 10,000 people have downloaded the blueprints to make this gun.
  • [22:25] – Psychological Reactance (The Streisand Effect). 

The Takeaway – Technology is evolving quicker than our laws. 

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Sexual Harassment Laws – Better Late Than Never – Episode 42

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Sexual Harassment Laws – Better Late Than Never – Episode 42 

In this episode Matt and Tony sit down with Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks. Ana is an accomplished Journalist, Speaker, Writer and Educator. The conversation today is about sexual harassment. The trio discusses how sexual harassment is becoming more and more common in the news and they get a dialogue going about how to raise more awareness to ultimately lead to change. 

Highlights:

  • [07:30] – Ana talks about her own experience with sexual harassment.
  • [12:25] – The age of sexual consent in most states gets raised from age 7 to between 16-18.
  • [18:33] – In the 1964 Civil Rights Act, sex was added in at the last minute (it was seen as a joke).
  • [20:48] – The Violence Against Women Act.
  • [24:54] – Women’s role in the workplace and the pressure on men to be breadwinners.
  • [28:52] – Barnes v. Train, the first sexual harassment case.
  • [35:00] – 1986 was the first time the Supreme Court addressed anything related to sexual harassment.
  • [41:40] – Long Dong Silver
  • [63:22] – Al Franken steps down
  • [71:14] – Settlement Disclosure 

The Takeaway – While we’ve progressed when it comes to gender dynamics in the workplace, there’s still a lot more room to grow. 

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Legally Insane – Trump’s New Tariff Wars – Episode 41

This week Matt and Tony talk about Trump’s new and potentially disastrous tariff wars. Matt takes us on a journey through the tariff history of our country. Specifically, 1929, a year of infamy, that started the Great Depression. Apparently, two Congressman named Smoot and Hawley had the idea to take a thriving economy with low unemployment and start applying tariff’s. The problem is like Pringles, once you pop you can’t stop. Every business wanted a piece of the action and in a matter of time there were 20,000 goods with tariffs, which started a global trade war that took decades to climb out of. Are we on the same path now? Only time will tell. We do know that Smoot and Hawley did NOT get re-elected. We also address why in the heck Trump has this unilateral power.  Hint – he likes to play with his toys.

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Robots and the Law – Should Skynet Be Tried or Their Creator – Episode 40

This week Matt and Tony are reveling in being the #1 Mover on all of Stitcher! We start with Matt talking about becoming an old man yelling at punk teens for picking up those Bird scooters. Then they get into the topic of the day: Robots and The Law. They discuss who would be to blame if Johnny Five from Short Circuit killed someone. Fisher Stevens, or the maker of the machine or Johnny himself. Serious discussion of the culpability of robots ensues as we soon will be living in a world riddled with Robot Crime! How do we decide on the men rea “guilty mind” of a talking BOT! And of course how every movie about robots has the same issues: anomalies. Listen, learn, laugh on Legally Insane – and come to the nexst live show Thursday, Aug 2 at the Hollywood Improv at 730. Tickets available online! As always you can follow the guys online: @mattritter1 @toekneesam @legallynsanepod cascademedia.com

Robots and the Law – Should Skynet Be Tried or Their Creator – Episode 40

This week Matt and Tony are reveling in being the #1 Mover on all of Stitcher! We start with Matt talking about becoming an old man yelling at punk teens for picking up those Bird scooters. Then they get into the topic of the day: Robots and The Law. They discuss who would be to blame if Johnny Five from Short Circuit killed someone. Fisher Stevens, or the maker of the machine or Johnny himself. Serious discussion of the culpability of robots ensues as we soon will be living in a world riddled with Robot Crime! How do we decide on the men rea “guilty mind” of a talking BOT! And of course how every movie about robots has the same issues: anomalies. Listen, learn, laugh on Legally Insane – and come to the nexst live show Thursday, Aug 2 at the Hollywood Improv at 730. Tickets available online! As always you can follow the guys online: @mattritter1 @toekneesam @legallynsanepod cascademedia.com

The Black Sox Scandal – There Was a Ridiculous Trial Too – Episode 39

This week Matt and Tony get into one of the craziest baseball scandal’s ever: The fixing of the 1919 World Series. The Black Sox Scandal. It turns out there was a big trial where many of the players careers were on the line. Craziness ensued: Player confessions were literally stolen from the courtroom. In the end, there wasn’t enough to convict them, or maybe there was. Hard to say when you have a jury so biased that they “carried players on their shoulders in celebration” after the verdict was announced! The Commissioner still banned everyone anyone, including Shoeless Joe, who it turns out did wear shoes. 

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Legally Insane – The Black Sox Scandal – There Was a Ridiculous Trial Too – Episode 39

This week Matt and Tony get into one of the craziest baseball scandal’s ever: The fixing of the 1919 World Series. The Black Sox Scandal. It turns out there was a big trial where many of the players careers were on the line. Craziness ensued: Player confessions were literally stolen from the courtroom. In the end, there wasn’t enough to convict them, or maybe there was. Hard to say when you have a jury so biased that they “carried players on their shoulders in celebration” after the verdict was announced! The Commissioner still banned everyone anyone, including Shoeless Joe, who it turns out did wear shoes. 

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Legally Insane – Sanctuary Cities – What the heck are they? Episode 38

Tony and Matt take a deep dive into a topic that’s really got everyone charged up – Sanctuary cities. What’s true what’s media spun, what’s urban legend? Where did these policies come from, you’d be shocked to know that the same people that are bashing them now may be responsible for their rise!

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Sanctuary Cities – What The Heck Are They? – Episode 38

Tony and Matt take a deep dive into a topic that’s really got everyone charged up – Sanctuary cities. What’s true what’s media spun, what’s urban legend? Where did these policies come from, you’d be shocked to know that the same people that are bashing them now may be responsible for their rise!

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Legally Insane – Is ICE Breaking Up Families, Sending them to “Foster Care or Whatever” – Episode 37

This week Matt and Tony try to get serious, well as much as they can. First Tony tells us about how he accidentally ate cat poop. Then we take a deep dive into what the hell is actually going at the Southern Border. According to Chief of Staff John Kelly the kids are going to “foster or whatever” And who the hell is ICE anyway? And where the heck does our immigration policy even come from? Well, funny you should ask, Matt and Tony take us all the way back to the beginning of our nations interesting and dark history of dealing with immigration. But first they talk about how ICE apparently put up a flier for parents with the wrong number to call to find out where their kids are. Then they find out gummy bears may have been made by slave labor. They discuss the horrible use of Holocaust references to this “camp” atmosphere. What a time we are going through. Listen, learn, laugh on Legally Insane

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Is ICE Breaking Up Families, Sending them to “Foster Care or Whatever” – Episode 37

This week Matt and Tony try to get serious, well as much as they can. First Tony tells us about how he accidentally ate cat poop. Then we take a deep dive into what the hell is actually going at the Southern Border. According to Chief of Staff John Kelly the kids are going to “foster or whatever” And who the hell is ICE anyway? And where the heck does our immigration policy even come from? Well, funny you should ask, Matt and Tony take us all the way back to the beginning of our nations interesting and dark history of dealing with immigration. But first they talk about how ICE apparently put up a flier for parents with the wrong number to call to find out where their kids are. Then they find out gummy bears may have been made by slave labor. They discuss the horrible use of Holocaust references to this “camp” atmosphere. What a time we are going through. Listen, learn, laugh on Legally Insane

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Tribal Laws – The Meaning Of Oklahoma “Sooner” – Episode 36

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Tribal Laws – The Meaning Of Oklahoma “Sooner” – Episode 36

Today Matt and Tony will break down the history of horrible laws that were passed to eradicate Native Americans. They dive deep into the dark history of how the US government made it impossible for the Natives to participate in commerce and slowly robbed them of their rights and culture. You’ll also learn about the Oklahoma Land Rush and the real meaning of the Oklahoma Sooners.

Highlights:

  • [07:30] – The USA’s active attempt to destroy Native American Culture.
  • [09:30] – Johnson v. M’Intosh in 1823.
  • [12:00] – US v. Kagama in 1886.
  • [28:54] – The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. On April 22nd, 1889, 50,000 people on foot and on horses rushed into the city to claim land.
  • [20:16] – The Oklahoma “Sooners”, are named after people who cheated and illegally claimed land before April 22nd.

The Takeaway – Do something nice for your local native tribe.

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Same Sex Marriage Just Bake The F*cking Cake – Episode 35

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Same Sex Marriage Just Bake The F*cking Cake – Episode 35

The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the Colorado bakery owner who wouldn’t bake a cake to celebrate the recent marriage of a same sex couple. Matt and Tony discuss the atrocities of the case and how in recent times the freedom of religious beliefs is possibly being used to discriminate against people.

Highlights:

  • [04:33] – The case had a narrow ruling. They didn’t actually decide that a baker can’t deny service to homosexual couple.
  • [09:32] – Discrimination or Free Speech
  • [16:55] – 1943 West Virginia Vs Barnette
  • [28:54] – Boy Scouts vs Dale

The Takeaway – The USA has come a long way on minority rights, it’s important to remember that. However, we were also founded on religious liberty. There’s currently a clash of two bedrocks that the country was founded on. We’re at a crossroads.

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Money Laundering – Episode 34

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Money Laundering – Episode 34

Today you’re going to learn about Money Laundering and it’s origins. You’ll learn about the process of laundering money, how casinos are a safe haven for the rich and why Trump might be an expert at laundering money.

Highlights:

  • [07:40] – In 1970 Nixon signed into law the “Bank Secrecy Act” which was used to protect against money laundering. It required financial institutions to keep records of cash in any amount over $10,000.
  • [10:10] – There are 3 steps to money laundering. The first step is putting the cash into the financial system. The second is camouflaging that money and the third stage is acquiring wealth by selling the asset.
  • [18:53] – Casino players buy chips without any paper work and then launder the money as casino winnings.
  • [20:30] – The Panama Papers was a massive document leak that exposed tax evasion on a global scale.
  • [25:50] – A junket is an agent who will give you casino chips for your cash, for a 20% fee.
  • [30:00] – A smurf avoids the government by breaking up a transaction involving a large amount of cash into smaller transactions below the reporting threshold.

The Takeaway – The penalty for money laundering is often just a fee, which is significantly smaller then the amount of money laundered. The US seems to turn a blind eye to money laundering laws.

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Mental Health Law – Is Reagan To Blame? – Episode 33

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Mental Health Law – Is Reagan To Blame? – Episode 33

The guys discuss mental health laws, a topic near and dear to both of them. In this episode you’ll learn about the origins of mental health hospitals in the US, as well as the history of treatments given to mental health patients. If you’re struggling with mental illness, please seek help. You’re not alone.

 Highlights:

  • [04:09] – A person on a 5150 can be held in a psychiatric hospital for 72 hours against their will.
  • [06:23] – In 1773 the first patient was admitted to a mental health facility in the US.
  • [09:16] – In 1936 Dr. Walter Freeman performed the first Lobotomy.
  • [12:55] – Thorazine, the antipsychotic drug was introduced to the health care market.
  • [19:00] – Reagan ended a lot of federal funding for Psychiatric Hospitals, thus many patients were left to the streets and/or criminal justice system.
  • [23:12] – China passed their first mental health law in 2012.
  • [26:52] – There are three times as many mentally ill people in jails then in hospitals.

The Takeaway – We have a lot of work to do in this country in regards to treating and housing the mentally ill.

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Ambulance Chasers – Episode 32

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Ambulance Chasers – Episode 32

In today’s episode, the guys discuss Lawyers who are “Ambulance Chasers”. An ambulance chaser is a derogatory slur that refers to a lawyer soliciting for clients at a disaster site. The term “ambulance chasing” comes from the stereotype of lawyers that follow ambulances to the emergency room to find clients.

Highlights:

  • [14:40] – Governor Ben W. Hooper and the “Pettifoggers”.
  • [21:00] – The NAACP, Virginia and frivolous lawsuits.
  • [24:23] – Corporations have Free Speech rights.
  • [31:01] – Personal injury lawyers DO have their place in the legal system.
  • [32:50] – Hospital staff informants, “runners”.

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Space Law – US Breaks Outer Space Treaty to Strip Mine the Universe – Episode 30

Legally Insane – Episode 31

Matt and Tony start off the show with a friendly argument regarding who knows more about the law. After all, these days a quick Google search can reveal quite a lot. In other news the guys have a live show coming up May 3rd at The Hollywood Improv. There will be a live podcast recording and a ton of great stand up comics. Stay tuned for this week’s episode on the legalities of laying claim to outer space.

Highlights:

  • [07:20] – In 2015 The SPACE Act was passed to allow US citizens to explore the moon and exploit planets.
  • [09:00] – Space is free for exploration but nobody can claim sovereignty over it.
  • [11:17] – In 1936 Dean Lindsay went to the Pittsburgh Notary office and tried to lay claim to everything in space, naming it Lindsay’s Archipelago.
  • [11:47] – James Thomas Mangan founded the nation of Celestial Space, he tried to lay claim to the planets and stars.
  • [20:20] – Alexander The Great and King Frederick and their space wishes.
  • [23:02] – Jergens soap or lotion?

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Mann Act- Will Trump Pardon Jack Johnson – Episode 30

Mann Act- Will Trump Pardon Jack Johnson – Episode 30

Trumps in the news again. Matt pulls up a story about Tumps effort to pardon the boxer, Jack Johnson. Championship Boxer, Jack Johnson was prosecuted under the Mann Act in 1912. The Mann Act was created to further regulate interstate and foreign commerce by prohibiting the transportation therein for immoral purposes of women and girls. Will Trump Pardon, Johnson?

 Highlights:

  • [06:56] – The Mann Acts original intent was to address prostitution. But eventually became focused on many broad behaviors considered “immoral”.
  • [08:52] – Paranoia and American White Girls being forced into slavery.
  • [11:52] – Boxer, Jack Johnson was prosecuted and convicted for transporting women across state lines for “immoral purposes” as a result of his relationship with a female white women, Betty Shriver.
  • [15:56] – Jack Johnson fled the country fighting in different parts of the world before surrendering to US officials at the Tijuana boarder.
  • [21:58] – In 1986 they changed the part of the law that read “for immoral purposes” to “any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense”.

The Takeaway: The Mann Act is a stupid law, which has recently been tightened up. But, back in the day it was used for just about everything between a man and a women.

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Attorney Client Privilege – Episode 29

Legally Insane – Episode 29

The guys kick off the show with a few Rolling Stones jokes and then jump right into the topic of attorney client privilege. Matt updates us on Trump and his Lawyer Michael Cohen.

 Highlights:

  • [03:01] – Cohen’s, the highest-ranking Jews.
  • [04:44] – Trump and Michael Cohen, the death of attorney client privilege.
  • [09:47] – Attorney client privilege is a permission granted to an attorney to withhold truthful information from investigators.
  • [12:50] – Bruce Cutler and The Teflon Don.
  • [18:56] – Michael Cohen and Donald Trump.
  • [26:34] – James Comey and his blue suit.
  • [29:46] – The FBI has a taint team.

 The Takeaway: Check your taint, guys.

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The Best Crazy Defenses that Worked – Episode 28

Legally Insane – Episode 28

Matt and Tony begin the show by recapping the live taping they did April 5th at The Hollywood Improv. They then jump into some crazy legal defense that actually worked and got people off the hook.

 Highlights:

  • [05:48] – Ethan Couch Afluenza.
  • [02:40] – Steven Steinberg fatally stabbed his wife 26 times.
  • [15:56] – The Murder of Scott Amendure.
  • [19:27] – Sexsomnia isn’t good for anybody.
  • [21:18] – Serena Kozakura’s 40-inch bust won the case.
  • [24:20] – The PMS defenses.
  • [26:34] – The Matrix Defense, the red pill or the blue pill.
  • [30:11] – Twins and Three Card Monty in Malaysia.
  • [31:57] – The BJ defense.
  • [34:55] – The Three Of A Kind Defense.

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Crazy Laws Of Each State – Episode 27

Legally Insane – Episode 27

The guys have a show April 5th at The Hollywood Improv. There are still some tickets available, so act fast. Matt and Tony’s last show sold out! For this weeks Pod the guys are switching it up. Tony is bringing in the topic for Matt to comment on. This week’s topic is “Crazy Laws Of Each State”.

 Highlights:

  • [05:17] – In Alabama it’s illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
  • [09:46] – In Alaska it’s illegal to wake up a sleeping bear to wake a photo.
  • [11:22] – In Arizona it’s illegal for Donkey’s to sleep in bathtubs.
  • [12:09] – In California a Frog that dies during a frog umping contest cannot legally be eaten.
  • [15:15] – In Connecticut a pickle cannot legally be considered a pickle, unless it bounces.
  • [17:25] – Tony once dated a girl whose brother had warts on his feet. Everyone called him Pickle.
  • [18:44] – In Massachusetts it’s illegal to own an explosive golf ball.
  • [20:38] – In Iowa one-armed Piano players must play for free.
  • [25:17] – In Alaska you can’t get drunk in a bar.

 

The Takeaway: Don’t get fancy and try to reenact one of these laws

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Reserve Clause – Episode 25

The guys open the show joking about their previous careers and how their distaste for their old jobs led them to be comedians. Both of the guys are big sports fans and kick off the show discussing sports teams they have a mutual hatred for. This leads them to discussing Baseball laws and The Reserve Clause.

 

Highlights:

  • [04:00] – The reserve clause allowed teams to reserve their players for the year. Other teams tried to start signing these reserved players.
  • [07:40] – The Sherman Anti Trust Act tried to protect against business monopolies.
  • [09:00] – Federal Baseball vs. The National League
  • [18:02] – Danny Gardella left the MLB to play for the “outlaw” Mexican League in 1946
  • [20:08] – Flood vs. Kuhn in 1972
  • [25:50] – Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger did an 11th hour flip-flop and killed Floods case.
  • [32:05] – Flood is responsible for the lot of the financial success of current players.

 The Takeaway:

The Supreme Court is capable of wrong doing.

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Safe for Work teaser

Today we bring you a bonus episode from a brand new podcast Matt is hosting called “Safe for Work”. The workplace can get crazy and messy and the new podcast Safe For Work takes your calls about the workplace and helps you get through Mondayto Friday with a little less stress, more confidence and a little more fun.

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The RICO Act- Nixon, the Mob, Hells Angels, Bob Mueller and Trump – Episode 24

Legally Insane – Episode 24

Today’s agenda is RICO; The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Enacted by President Nixon, the Rico Act has been responsible for bringing down and trying to bring down The Hells Angeles, The Catholic Church, The Key West PD, Donald Trump and many more.

 Highlights:

  • [04:05] – Rico (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) was passed in 1970 to pursue the mafia. The idea was to tie all their crimes together in one case.
  • [08:44] – The Rico Act was used to go after the Hells Angels for their various crimes. This culminated with prosecutors giving immunity to certain members, for ratting on their own gang mates.
  • [13:48] – Robert Muller, the district attorney at the time, ended up dropping the Hells Angeles case.
  • [15:26] – The government has tried to take down the Catholic Church for Pedophilia, under the Rico Act.
  • [18:08] – In the 1980’s The Key West Police Department was deemed a Criminal Enterprise and was running a cocaine racket.
  • [24:42] –Trump was sued under RICO for not delivering on his Trump University Promise.

 The Takeaway:

The RICO Act focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows the leaders of a syndicate to be tried for the crimes which they ordered others to do or assisted them in doing, closing a perceived loophole that allowed a person who instructed someone else to, for example, murder, to be exempt from the trial because they did not actually commit the crime personally.

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Child Marriage Laws – Episode 23

Legally Insane – Episode 23

The guys have a live show coming up tomorrow March 8th at The Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles. They’re going to be recording a live podcast. Guy Branum from True TV and Dana Gould from the Simpsons will also be performing. Show starts at 7:30pm; if you’re in LA come to the show. That being said this today’s pod will be about Child Marriage Laws, buckle up.

 Highlights:

  • [03:58] – Last week, Kentucky residents voted and shut down a bill that was aimed protecting 16 year olds from getting married.
  • [09:20] – Over 200,000 children under the age of 18 were married in the last 18 years.
  • [10:42] – The legal Federal age for marriage is 18 but most states allow 16 or 17 year olds, with parental consent.
  • [11:24] – Tennessee has no minimum legal age for marriage. In 2001 courts allowed 3 ten-year girls to be married.
  • [14:24] – Afghanistan has stricter marriage laws than a lot of US states.
  • [20:56] – Sherry Johnson of Florida was raped, pregnant and married by 11. She’s now fighting to end child marriage in America.
  • [26:08] – In New Jersey 2,000 minors have been married in the past 15 years.
  • [33:31] – The youngest person ever to get married was 10 years old, in Tennessee.
  • [35:50] – The people that wind up in these marriages are more likely to drop out of high school and live in poverty. 100% live in sadness.

 The Takeaway – Don’t be Tennessee.

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Horrible Supreme Court Justices- The Four Horsemen vs FDR – Episode 22

Legally Insane – Episode 22

 

Most people don’t think about the origins of certain laws. At some point in history somebody had to be first. Somebody had to screw up! In this episode we’re going to take you back to The Great Depression and discuss Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” and the worst Supreme Court Justice of all time.

 Highlights:

  • [01:08] – The Great Depression started on October 29th, 1929, under President Hoover. The stock market crashed and the nations money supply diminished.
  • [02:33] – FDR came into office after Hoover and started “The New Deal”. This was a series of experimental programs and projects aimed at reform and relief.
  • [06:30] – By 1933 FDR had ended prohibition and signed a number of bills into action.
  • [09:50] – On August 14th 1935 FDR signed the Social Security Act, which was an insurance program designed to pay workers a continuous income after retirement at the age of 65.
  • [14:24] – By the late 1930’s the Supreme Court was filled with conservative judges who began striking down some of Roosevelt’s programs. So, in 1937 FDR announced a plan to add liberal justices to the court to neutralize the conservatives. This was called “The Court Packing Scheme”.
  • [22:33] – FDR issued an executive order confiscating all gold coins and bullion.
  • [29:33] – The minimum wage was $12.44 a week in 1937.
  • [31:18] – James Clark McReynolds, one of the worst Supreme Court Justices of all time.
  • [45:48] – In 1941 the US recovered from the recession because of Pearl Harbor, not the new deal.

 

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Cloning Laws – There’s No Federal Law Against Making Another You! – Episode 21

Legally Insane – Episode 21

Shout out to super fan Josh Benjamin, an immigration attorney in New Jersey! Thanks for listening. We’re 21 episodes in and the podcast is picking up steam. The guys just love spending time together. Speaking of which, Matt enjoys spending so much time with Tony that sometimes he wishes there was 2 of him. Let’s clone Tony!

 Highlights:

  • [03:32] – 1952 scientists demonstrated they could remove the nucleus from a Frogs egg, replace it with the nucleus of an embryonic frog cell and get the egg to develop into a tadpole.
  • [05:55] – In 1986 a sheep was cloned by a nuclear transfer from embryonic cells.
  • [06:46] – In 1998 50 mice were cloned, 2000 pigs and goats and in 2001 scientists cloned a 6 celled human embryo and 5 bulls.
  • [09:07] – In 2002 a huge advancement happened and a company called “Clonade” out of Japan, claimed they managed to produce the first human clone. A girl named Eve. A year later they claimed to have cloned the first baby boy. None of this was ever confirmed.
  • [12:22] – A couple weeks ago, in early 2018 the first primates were cloned.
  • [14:43] – Cloning isn’t illegal under federal law
  • [18:33] – In 2011 a dentist named Michael Zuk bought part of John Lennon’s Molar Tooth in an auction. His goal is to clone lennon.
  • [25:20] – Cloning state laws: 17 states have banned cloning humans, in 33 it’s legal.
  • [29:33] – The American Quarter Horse Association is in the middle of a 3-year-old lawsuit, regarding cloned horses. They don’t want cloned racehorse’s competing.
  • [34:49] – There are 70 countries that have banned human cloning; the USA isn’t one of them.

 

The Takeaway – The law unsettled and lots of developments are taking place in the cloning world. The first primate was just cloned and it looks like the door is swinging open for the cloning of organs and other human anatomy for the advancement of the human species.

 

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California Eugenics Law – Episode 20

Tony kicks off the show congratulating Matt on his recent marriage. The guys then start off discussing Eugenics laws. Eugenics is the study of genetics superiority. California was on the forefront of Americas Eugenics movement and supported many heinous acts.

 

 

Highlights:

  • [03:23] – Eugenics is the pseudo science aimed at improving the human race
  • [04:22] – In 1909 CA adopted these laws and began experiments
  • [05:10] – Leo Stanley, chief surgeon at San Quentin prison, began some horrific experiments to “rejuvenate masculinity” One of these experiments included replacing guys balls with animals balls to have his masculinity renewed
  • [12:50] – Carnegie family, the Rockefellers and the Harmon railroad fortune, funded the eugenics movement. Kellogg founded the race betterment foundation.
  • [15:03] – States began passing laws that prevented epileptic, feeble minded and people deemed imbeciles from marrying
  • [15:15] – 1927 Buck vs Bell
  • [19:05] – State fairs held “Better Baby Contests”
  • [21:57] – By 1933 CA was producing literature about eugenics and sterilization and began sending it to the Germans. Hitler realized California was going what he wanted to do
  • [23:59] – In 1934 there were Nazi Scientific Exhibits at the LA County Museum
  • [24:43] – In 1978 the US passed the Federal Sterilization Regulation which prohibited a lot of sterilization practices

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OJ Revisited – “if” HE DID IT – Episode 19

Matt starts the show by talking about one of the biggest and most publicized court cases of all time, The OJ Simpson trial. They make a few jokes about the recent mini series that aired, his book, and then delve into some interesting facts about OJ, his lawyers and the jury.

 Highlights:

  • [04:01] – June 12th 1994 the world watched the high speed chase across LA
  • [05:38] – OJ assembles a “Dream Team” of lawyers to defend him for allegedly killing his wife
  • [09:21] – While being held in jail during his trial he sold his NFL merchandise/trading cards and other items to pay his lawyers
  • [15:31] – OJ made 3 million dollars while in prison by signing his memorabilia and selling it
  • [16:15] – The OJ jury was sequestered for 8.5 months
  • [21:51] – DNA evidence was still new technology that not many understood it. Police mishandled a lot of the blood samples.
  • [27:27] – OJ went to Nicole’s funeral and kissed her dead body in the open casket
  • [33:31] – OJ did get convicted in the civil trial
  • [38:09] – Matt and Tony are doing some live comedy at The Hollywood Improv on March 8th Stay tuned for details!

 

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DUI Laws – Breathalyzer and Other Even More Inaccurate Tests – Episode 18

Matt and Tony kick off the show reflecting on a recent night of drinking together. Tony tells the audience how that night he had a little too much to drink and got nabbed at a checkpoint while riding his Vespa home. The guys joke around it a little, while trying to not make light of the situation. They then Segway into DUI laws and the history surrounding them.

 

 

Highlights:

  • [03:09] – 1910 New York became the first state to adopt drunk driving laws
  • [04:52] – In the 1930s committees were tasked with making roads safer. The American Medical Association began studying what was causing the rise in accidents. They set the original BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) at .15. They had to draw actual blood to get the reading
  • [11:12] – In 1938 Dr. Rolla Harger created the first blood alcoholmeasuring device that used a breath sample. One blew into a balloon to get the reading
  • [18:05] – In 1975 field sobriety tests were created. This was a set of tests administered on the road. Things like standing on one leg, following a pen with your eyes, etc…
  • [21:54] – In 1967 Ohio began to issue special license plates for DUI offenders
  • [29:54] – Myths on how to beat the breathalyzer
  • [36:31] – In 2016 over 10,000 people died in drunk driving accidents
  • [38:16] – 1.8 million drivers were arrested in 2015 for DUI

 

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Fake Service Dog Scam and the ADA – Episode 17

Matt and Tony start the show discussing something they have a mutual appreciation for, animals. They begin riffing on service animals and how now a day’s people take them EVERYWHERE, especially in Los Angeles. They delve into some of the rules and regulations of service animals and the different types of service animals. They joke about the lengths people have gone to, to validate their “service” animal.

 

 

Highlights:

  • [3:21] – What makes a dog a service dog and what venues are service dogs allowed in?
  • [04:26] – The history of the first “assistance” dog began in 1929 with the establishment of the first guide dog school called “Seeing Eye” This was for the blind
  • [06:15] – It wasn’t until the 1970s that people began getting service dogs for other disabilities. Bonnie Bergan started the push for this and created Canine companions for independence.
  • [06:50] – The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog or other dog that is trained to provide assistance to someone who is disabled
  • [08:24] – Emotional support dogs are different from service dogs. They’re just meant to provide emotional comfort. In order to get one you need a letter from a mental health professional
  • [14:09] – According to the Air Carrier Access Act, emotional support animals can fly with you
  • [15:36] – You can have other animals for emotional support, but only dogs can be service animals
  • [21:20] – Dolphin Therapy Research Centers for kids with Autism

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Legalized Marijuana and Jeff Sessions the No Fun Police – Episode 16

Legally Insane – Episode 16

The guys open the show discussing Prop 64 in California and how weed is now recreationally legal across the state. They discuss how weed is only really legal at the state level and the Federal Government can step in any time

Highlights:

  • [3:07] – The Harrison Narcotic Act of 1914
  • [05:26] – In 1937 Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act making it legal but heavily taxed
  • [06:23] – In the 1950’s the Federal Government began to start cracking down and giving mandatory minimum sentences for weed possession
  • [11:30] – In 1970 Congress passed The Controlled Substances Act, which created the Categories, Schedule 1, Schedule 2, etc… They dubbed weed a Schedule 1, which meant scientists and medical professionals couldn’t study it or do any research on it
  • [13:32] – It was grassroots efforts through states that pushed for it to be legal medically at the state level
  • [23:11] – In 2013 Obama decided cracking down on Medical Marijuana is no a priority
  • [26:43] – As of January 2018 Jess Sessions has rolled back Obamas policy
  • [31:46] – The number of arrests for weed possession in 2016 was 574,000

 

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McDonalds Hot Coffee Lawsuit and Product Liability Laws – Episode 15


McDonalds Hot Coffee Lawsuit and Product Liability Laws – Episode 15

The show starts off by Matt spilling coffee on Tony. The guys then segway into the topic of Product Liability Lawsuits. They reference the infamous lawsuit against McDonalds where Stella Liebeck sued McDonalds for spilling a McDonalds coffee in her lap, which severely burned her. The media called it a frivolous lawsuit. The guys delve into the particulars of this lawsuit and breakdown how Product Liability Lawsuits work. Jokes are told and laughs are had as the guys bring up examples of some similar and hilarious lawsuits from throughout history.

 

Bullets:

Product Liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. Responsibility for a product defect that causes injury lies with all sellers of the product who are in the distribution chain.

  • Stella Liebeck had 3rd degree burns on 6% of her body from spilling the #mcdonalds coffee
  • The coffee Stella was served was 180 degrees, which is ridiculously hot
  • Stellas hospital bills were $10,000. She wrote a letter to McDonalds asking them to pay for her bills, the paid her $800. It was then that she sued.
  • They ended up settling out of court and Stella was awarded $640,000.
  • Punitive Damages – Damages exceeding simple compensation and awarded to punish the defendant
  • MacPherson vs Buick
  • Greeman vs Yuba
  • The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act
  • Do not put children in the washing machine
  • Dominoes 30-minute delivery promise ended in 1989, because the drivers kept causing car accidents because they were speeding to get the pizza delivered on time.

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Abortion Laws – Doctors Created Quickening Regulations To Protect Their Racket – Episode 14

  • Understand what abortion law and how it is in today’s American society
  • Learn the different abortion debate throughout US history

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Net Neutrality – How a Verizon Lawyer Gave Away the Internet To Verizon and Jammed Up Your Porn Hobby – Episode 13

  • Learn why Net Neutrality is important
  • Learn the history of attempts at regulation.
  • The importance of regulating monopolies

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Holiday Laws – The War on Christmas and other Holiday Laws – Episode 12

  • Learn what holiday law is all about
  • •Learn how the Jewish culture celebrates holidays.
  • Explore the things people consider putting up during office holiday celebrations

The Recap

On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney-turned-comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever – except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and fun point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.

Peace on Earth, good will toward men? Ooh, shoot! Or at least that’s the way it seems when you consider how holiday lawsuits involve many aspects of our society, from religious to gender-sensitive sprigs. Here are lawsuit spirits in time for the holidays. Be amazed that you do not have overtime pay during holiday work according to the law.

Check out these episode highlights

  • [08:46] – Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s holiday lawsuits: One is a non-stop carol for inmates
  • • [10:37] – Matt’s conspiracy theory on why inmates commit suicide
  • • [12:20] – Court’s decision on his bizarre holiday cases
  • • [16:21] – Governor Abbott of Texas taking down a mock of Nativity Scene
  • • [22:30] – Christmas Day is not a National Holiday
  • • [22:46] – FSLA decides on holiday declarations
  • • [23:11] – Nativity Scene’s interesting tidbits: Reindeer Rule
  • • [27:27] – Holiday party pitfalls: Religious and gender sensitivity issues during holiday

 

Holiday Laws – The War on Christmas and other Holiday Laws – Episode 12

  • Learn what holiday law is all about
  • Learn how the Jewish culture celebrates holidays.
  • Explore the things people consider putting up during office holiday celebrations

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Animal Cruelty – We Used to Put Them on Trial!​ – Episode 11

  • Learn what animal cruelty law is all about
  • •Learn ALDF’s landmark cases
  • Discover what the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 entails

The Recap

On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney-turned-comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever – except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.

Matt & Tony walk listeners through the some of the most bizarre animal cruelty cases and expose how twisted people’s minds are when it comes to animal rights — especially in the past.

Check out these episode highlights

  • [02:00] – 19th century Europe’s execution of animals for crimes
  • •[11:30] – bizarre animal punishments
  • •[12:50] – 1960 an elephant murdered its trainer
  • •[13:20] – 2008 in Macedonia, a bear was convicted of stealing honey
  • •[16:13] –  Animal Welfare Act of 1966 of 1966
  • •[20:39] – magazines that expose animal cruelties
  • •[21:10] – Animal Legal Defense Fund’s landmark cases and cutting-edge lawsuits
  • •[38:00] – Animal Liberation Act

 

Animal Cruelty – We Used to Put Them on Trial​! – Episode 11

  • Learn what animal cruelty law is all about
  • Learn ALDF’s landmark cases
  • Discover what the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 entails

Continue reading

Divorce Law – Reno – Divorcetown, USA – Episode 10

On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney­turned­comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever – except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.

Matt & Tony walk listeners through the divorce law history in the United States as they talks about some bizarre quikie divorces stories from the Reno divorce era and some other famous divorce cases. Also learn why Matt called Tony as the ‘The Ringman’.

Check out these episode highlights

  • [03:11] – Sam’s divorce story at 34
  • [11:36] – Different grounds for Divorce in different US states
  • [14:20] – Idiocy as grounds for divorce in Mississippi
  • [16:04] – Reno, Nevada as 1930­-1960’s Divorce Capital
  • [23:09] – 6­minute divorce process in Reno
  • [26:35] – Mary Pickford, Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr., Jack Dempsey, Rita Hayworth, Gloria Vanderbilt and many others sought Reno’s quickie divorces
  • [28:11] – interesting divorce cases: Cat Lady, Eddie Murphy, Kobe, Neil Diamond
  • [33:55] – Joe Piscopo divorce case and celebrity goodwill as marital property
  • [40:54] – Community property states, co­mingling, and prenuptial agreement

Full show notes: http://www.cascademedia.com/legally-insane-podcast/

 

Divorce Law – Reno – Divorcetown, USA – Episode 10

  • Learn what divorce law is all about.
  • Learn how Reno became the divorce capital of the world.
  • Know the different ground for divorce per state.
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2nd Amendment Craziness – Nobody Wants To Take Your Guns, We Just Don’t Wanna Die – Episode 9

  • Learn what Gun Laws are all about.
  • Learn the origins of the 2nd Amendment
  • Hear a collection of dumb gun stories

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Gun Laws – What Does the 2nd Amendment Mean? – Episode 9

On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney-turned-comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever – except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.

Learn about Gun Laws and the 2nd Amendment. Matt & Tony walk listeners through the history of the bill in the United States. They cover some of the more colorful characters related to this time in American History.

  • [04:55] – A review of the 2nd Amendment
  • [06:45] – What the amendment means to Tony
  • [08:25] – How the movie Blind Date is about sexual assault
  • [10:10] – A walk through of the bill history
  • [12:20] – National Firearms Act of 1934
  • [18:40] – How Tommy Guns drove the creation of the act
  • [19:20] – United States vs. Miller
  • [23:40] – The rise of the NRA influence
  • [26:20] – D.C. vs. Heller 2008
  • [32:05] – Gun laws in Australia
  • [37:10] – The Battle of Athens
  • [40:45] – We have 300 million guns dispersed in the United States
  • [42:55] – A collection of dumb gun stories

Full show notes: http://www.cascademedia.com/legally-insane-podcast/

Blue Laws – The Philadelphia Eagles Save Drinking On Sundays – Episode 8

  • Learn what Blue Laws are all about.
  • Learn the things you are and are not allowed to do during Sunday Blues.

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Blue Laws – The Philadelphia Eagles Save Drinking On Sundays – Episode 8

  • Learn what Blue Laws are all about.
  • • Learn the things you are and are not allowed to do during Sunday Blues.

The Recap

On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney-turned-comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever – except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.

Enjoy simultaneously erupting jokes as Matt and Tony offer an organic way of diffusing this week’s topic: Sunday Blue Laws. You will hear all about bizarre offenses from different states around the country. 

Check out these episode highlights

  • [02:30] – History and overview of Blue Laws
  • •[07:12] – Blue Laws by state
  • •[18:27] – Restricted activities during the Lord’s Day
  • •[24:18] – Appeal to lift the football ban in Philadelphia
  • •[33:27] – Animals that are illegal to hunt on Sundays
  • •[38:53] – A man’s appeal on Sunday Shopping Ban to restrict his shopaholic wife

Litigation Funding – Gawker vs. Terry Bolea aka Hulk Hogan – Episode 7

  • Learn the gray areas of freedom of speech
  • Learn the booming business of litigation financing

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Litigation Funding – Gawker vs. Terry Bolea aka Hulk Hogan – Episode 7 sponsored by Peter Thiel

  • Learn the gray areas of freedom of speech
  • Learn the booming business of litigation financing

The Recap

On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney-turned-comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever – except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.

Expect endless Hulk Hogan-mimicking from Matt and Sam as they tackle the topic of litigation funding this week. They discuss the Hulk’s recent involvement in a litigation settlement versus Gawker, an online media company.

Check out these episode highlights

  • [07:26] – Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker Media case
  • [14:13] – Silicon Valley Billionaire Peter Thiel funded Logan’s case
  • [14:30] – What is litigation funding?
  • [15:04] – Gawker Media files for bankruptcy
  • [18:40] – History of litigation funding
  • [23:10] – Litigation case examples
  • [27:03] – The booming business of litigation funding
  • [33:30] – The gray areas of freedom of speech
  • [36:05] – Now that the saga is over, how much is the settlement Hulk received from Gawker?

Revenge Porn – Hunter Moore, Revenge Porn King – Episode 6

  • Learn how Matt defended himself and won his traffic violation.
  • Learn how can somebody be a “victim” or a “perpetrator” of revenge porn
  • Are existing laws sufficient to protect victims from revenge porn?

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Revenge Porn – Hunter Moore, Revenge Porn King – Episode 6

  • Learn how Matt defended himself and won his traffic violation.
  • • Learn how can somebody be a “victim” or a “perpetrator” of revenge porn
  • • Are existing laws sufficient to protect victims from re