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Top Five Dumbest Issue Statements

10/21/2018
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Listen, this episodes a little off the hinges. The primary case is Frank v. Gaos, which discusses whether class action claims that don't actually give people money are legit, sort of sets the stage for a tangent-filled discussion between tired Nazim and punchy Brett. The law starts in earnest at (06:32), get side-tracked and basically starts at (14:24).

Duration:00:44:55

Dr. Brett and Mr. Nazim

10/14/2018
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This week's episode covers Madison v. Alabama, and whether or not the 8th Amendment bars the execution of someone who lacks mental capacity, but first Brett and Nazim read the single greatest listener feedback we've ever received. There's no time stamp this week, because the intro is worth your time, and we'll probably be making jokes about it until the end of time.

Duration:00:48:15

I'll Take Confusing Legal Doctrines for 200, Alex

10/7/2018
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This week's episode covers Double Jeopardy, and specifically whether the Court will overturn the separate sovereigns doctrine in the upcoming case of Gamble v. U.S. Brett and Nazim discuss recent Double Jeopardy decisions to see if this case is a secret plot by the government to expand Presidential power, or just strange bedfellows looking to change the law. Law starts generally at (05:40).

Duration:00:47:31

The Kavanaugh Appointment Episode

9/30/2018
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Well hello there. Considering that Congress has ruined our summer vacation, Brett and Nazim are here early to discuss "Second Best Brett" Kavanaugh's calamity of an appointment before the Supreme Court. The "law" starts at (03:07), and for the record, I wanted to call this episode "You Give Brett a Bad Name".

Duration:00:49:35

SEASON FINALE LIVE: Fantasy Things Draft 2019

8/19/2018
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It's the end of the term, so Brett and Nazim are recording LIVE in front of a studio audience of three in Brett's dining room. Brett and Nazim draft storylines they think will be popular this time next year, while recapping the Court's term and talking about who is the most famous Bundy (Al, Peg, Ted, or King Kong). The Citizen's Guide to the Supreme Court will return on October 7th, 2018.

Duration:00:54:07

Finishing Up the Term, Part 2

8/12/2018
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Brett and Nazim wrap up the remaining cases of the 2017/2018 term, including Hughes v. U.S. (Whether changes in sentencing guidelines affect C pleas), Rosales-Mireles v. U.S. (Whether standard of review for sentencing mistakes should be ridiculous), Cox v. U.S.(Whether military judges should be fired over technical appointment issues), Sveen v. Melin (Whether Contracts Clause negates statute which changes beneficiaries after divorce), Currier v. Virginia (Whether Double Jeopardy bars...

Duration:00:55:35

Finishing Off the Term, Part One

8/5/2018
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Brett and Nazim embark on a marathon session to resolve all the cases that were discussed on the podcast this term. The first batch covers the "Jan Brady" political cases, in that MVA v. Mansky (whether Minnesota's political apparel ban at election polls is unconstitutional), and Abbott v. Perez (whether Texas' District Maps are a violation of the Voting Rights Act) fell by the wayside in lieu of all the other nonsense this term. Law starts at (06:50).

Duration:00:45:51

Pri-i-vate Eyes! Are Watching Yooo-uuuu!

7/29/2018
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This week's episode is more than just catchy Hall & Oates songs, but instead covers Carpenter v. U.S., a case that discusses how the Supreme Court believes the 4th Amendment applies to cell phone information that discloses your location. Brett and Nazim debate the evolution of the 4th Amendment and which Justice's approach was most prudent (the answer MAY surprise you!). Law starts at (04:26).

Duration:00:53:11

Justicability League

7/22/2018
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Harken back to the good old days of four weeks ago, when the worst thing going on was Gil v. Whiteford getting dismissed on standing issues and Brett's Netflix being mildly frustrating. Brett and Nazim (full of youthful vigor) discuss the state of gerrymandering lawsuits going forward, and add in the case of United States v. Sanchez-Gomez, which dismissed a courtroom shackles case on account of mootness. Law starts at (07:43).

Duration:00:48:39

Intoducing the Second Best Brett

7/15/2018
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This week's episode covers the new Supreme Court Justice, "Second Best" Brett Kavanaugh, a Justice who no one knows anything about, but can't help buy try to analyze. Then, "First Best" Brett and "The One and Only" Nazim discuss South Dakota v. Wayfair and how the Court should approach overruling precedent. Law starts at (04:38).

Duration:00:53:01

Reproductive Rights vs. Free Speech: Who Ya Got?

7/8/2018
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The podcast gets contentious this week, as Brett and Nazim agree to disagree about (1) whether a Big Mac is a club sandwich (up to 10:25), (2) religious justices on the Supreme Court (up to 23:00), and (3) National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, the recent decision holding California's FACT Act, which requires specific disclosures of family planning centers that dissuade abortions, unconstitutional as a violation of the First Amendment.

Duration:00:51:03

All Hell Breaks Loose: A Play in Three Parts

7/1/2018
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Yeesh! Quite a week at the Supreme Court, amiright?? This week's episode covers Anthony Kennedy's Retirement through the lens of Trump v. Hawaii, and Janus v. AFSCME to break down what the future may hold for a five justice conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Law starts at (08:.....no, just kidding. It starts from the beginning).

Duration:00:55:39

A Remand By Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet

6/24/2018
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This week's episode is all about REMANDS; including what they are, how they work, how a lower judge should consider a remanded case, etc. Brett and Nazim discuss Upper Skagit Indian Tribe v. Lungren (does sovereign immunity apply to in rem actions) and Byrd v. U.S. (do persons unnamed on a rental agreement have privacy rights in a rental car) and how those remands speak to the Court's control over lower appellate judges. Law starts from the beginning, as you get to hear Nazim's reaction in...

Duration:00:52:27

How Big of a Deal is This?

6/17/2018
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This week's episode covers three big questions. (1) How big of a deal is the decision in Husted v. A. Phillip Randolph Instit.(can Ohio purge old voter rolls, (2) How big of a deal is the decision in McCoy v. Louisiana (can a criminal attorney admit guilt over a defendant's objection), and (3) What's a big deal when it comes to the Supreme Court (you know, like what is a "big deal" exactly??) Nazim's metaphor game is particularly strong in this one btw. Law starts at (07:14).

Duration:00:51:23

The Masterpiece Cakes Decision is Terrible

6/10/2018
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This week's episode covers the recent decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case which balanced the value of anti-discrimination statutes against the religious protections of the First Amendment to figure a compromise that likely everyone hates. Law starts at (04:37)

Duration:00:48:55

Arbitration Beats Worker's Rights

6/3/2018
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This week's episode covers the recent decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis, which can be more aptly stated as Overly Power Arbitration Act v. Sensible Worker's Rights Requests. Brett and Nazim break down the basis for the decision, debate judicial activism, and talk about why Weezer sucks. Law starts at (05:14).

Duration:00:51:27

New Jersey Beats the Federal Government

5/27/2018
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This week's episode covers the improbable case of Christie v. NCAA, where New Jersey's second bite at legalizing State gambling actually worked, and now Federal Gambling laws are unconstitutional. Brett and Nazim celebrate this brand new world by setting odds for one-on-one fights between Supreme Court Justices. Law starts at (04:15), but it takes a while to get focused.

Duration:00:52:55

Trump and the Travel Ban

5/20/2018
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Brett and Nazim celebrate their 200th episode (!!!) the only way they know how, by talking about food for way too long, going on a weird tangent about the Mueller investigation that dovetails into the shady side of corporate law, and finally landing on Trump v. Hawaii, the travel ban case that asks the Supreme Court to gauge how prejudiced the President is allowed to be before we do anything about it. Law starts at (11:50).

Duration:00:51:27

Judge Dredd

5/13/2018
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This week's episode covers judges, and more specifically judicial mistakes currently before the Supreme Court. Brett and Nazim discuss Rosales-Mireles v. U.S, which basically covers how the Court should approach math problems, and Dalmazzi v. U.S., which discusses the current applicability of Civil War military appointment statutes. Law starts at (04:30).

Duration:00:45:59

Interesting Things the Week After 4/20

5/6/2018
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This week's episode covers oral arguments and recent decisions with varying degrees of stakes. Brett and Nazim discuss Abbott v. Perez (which might decide the fate of modern democracy) Jesner v. Arab Bank PLC (which may facilitate terrorism), SAS Institute v. Matal (which deals with paperwork), and Trump v. Hawaii (which has something to do with the President). Law starts at (04:18).

Duration:00:50:27