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Rare legal perspectives on controversial cases, issues on civil liberties, privacy, right to dissent, US tortue practices and police state legislation. Interviews with activists and authors. Hosted by top progressive attorneys.
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Rare legal perspectives on controversial cases, issues on civil liberties, privacy, right to dissent, US tortue practices and police state legislation. Interviews with activists and authors. Hosted by top progressive attorneys.




Law and Disorder December 10, 2018

How the Rats Re-Formed Congress A fable is a short tale that anthropomorphizes animals. The animals personify human virtues and vices, and function as an instrument of moral instruction. We mention this because Ralph Nader joins us to discuss his new book How the Rats Re-Formed Congress. It’s a Fable about an invasion of rats […]


Law and Disorder December 3, 2018

Death with Dignity Seventy percent of Americans support the end-of-life option permitting qualified terminally ill people to end their lives through physician-prescribed medications. Despite this, forty-four states don’t have statutes outlining the procedure, and safeguards, for getting medications to hasten inevitable death. Death with Dignity is a growing movement that works to ensure terminally […]


Law and Disorder November 26, 2018

Impeaching the President: Past, Present and Future Two U.S. presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868, and Bill Clinton in 1998. Richard Nixon would have been impeached but he resigned in 1974. Rumblings of impeaching the winner of the 2016 president elections even took place before the votes were in. Opponents of Hillary […]


Law and Disorder November 19, 2018

Crash Course : From the Good War to the Forever War US Army Ranger turned conscientious objector Rory Fanning recently wrote in this in The Guardian newspaper: “Last week Sunday ,November 11, we celebrated Veterans Day. It used to be called Armistice Day and was a celebration of peace after the slaughter of World […]


Law and Disorder November 12, 2018

Update: Hosts Discuss U.S. Primary Election —- Trump’s Judges Imperil Our Rights for Decades In less than two years, Donald Trump has two installed not one, but two, right-wing justices on the Supreme Court, ensuring a conservative majority for decades to come. Republican congressional leadership appropriated (stole?) a high Court appointment from Barack Obama […]


Law and Disorder November 5, 2018

Mumia Abu-Jamal Update October 2018 Last week, attorneys for Mumia Abu Jamal argued in court that conflicts of interest led to unfair rulings against him in his longstanding case. As many know, Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The case was riddled with constitutional violations, […]


Law and Disorder October 29, 2018

What Happened To Journalist Jamal Khashoggi? This much has become clear: 33-year-old Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman knew of or directed the gruesome torture, murder, and dismemberment of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. The US has had an alliance […]


Law and Disorder October 22, 2018

Chris Hedges – America: the Farewell Tour We are living in terrible times. Novelist Barbara Kingsolver has said that “it feels like the end of the world.” Last week hurricane Michael destroyed much of the Florida Panhandle. Before that hurricanes decimated Puerto Rico and before that Houston and before that New Orleans. Climate scientists predict […]


Law and Disorder October 15, 2018

The Power of Public Outrage: Laquan McDonald’s Place in History Jason van Dyke, the Chicago police officer who four years ago shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in the back, was found guilty on October 5th of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery by Chicago jury. This was the first time in […]


Law and Disorder October 8, 2018

Regulation Designed to Tax Protesters For First Amendment Activity The Trump administration has another first for America. It wants demonstrators to pay to use public parks, sidewalks and streets to engage in free speech. The effect of taxing protesters in the nation’s capital will be to restrict access for First Amendment activities to the very […]


Law and Disorder October 1, 2018

Attorney Michael Tigar: The Mythologies of State and Monopoly Power The American criminal justice system is buttressed, sustained and perpetuated by various myths. These myths dominate legal ideology. The most important of these myths concern racism, criminal justice, free expression, workers’ rights, and international human rights. “Ordinary private law categories of property, contract, and […]


Law and Disorder September 24, 2018

Bolton Threatens ICC Over Probes Into US War Crimes On September 10, 2018 in Washington DC, President Donald Trump‘s national security adviser John Bolton gave an important and widely publicized speech to the rightist Federalist Society threatening International Criminal Court judges and court personnel if they dared to probe into U.S. torture practices in […]


Law and Disorder September 17, 2018

First Amendment Case: Food Not Bombs In a remarkable victory for free speech, in late August three 11th Circuit judges held that the Ft. Lauderdale Food Not Bombs’ weekly outdoor food sharing is expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment. The Florida group is affiliated with the international organization Food Not Bombs, and engages […]


Law and Disorder September 10, 2018

Green Party Candidate for New York Governor: Howie Hawkins Former United States President Jimmy Carter has pointedly observed that the United States is not a democracy, it is an oligarchy. That is, it is a country ruled by a handful of rich people, the 1%, at the expense of the vast majority, the 99%, […]


Law and Disorder September 3, 2018

Beyond Apology: Child Torture and Cover Ups In the Catholic Church “How does the Catholic Church evaluate cases of pedophilia committed by priests?” This is the first question posed in the pamphlet titled “Pedophilia and the Priesthood,” written by Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli. The answer reads in part: These crimes of pedophilia have been labeled as “a […]


Law and Disorder August 22, 2018

Attorney Angela Davis: Arbitrary Justice “In the halls of justice”, it has been quipped, “the only justice you find is in the halls.” H. Rap Brown, a leader of SNCC, the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, said that justice in America means “just us”. There are 2.3 million people in American prisons today. A great […]


Law and Disorder August 20, 2018

Holding Smart City Projects Accountable – Sidewalk Labs Toronto Around the world, countries are talking about the idea of, and developing plans to implement, so-called “smart cities.” Smart Cities are urban areas that use electronic data to collect information, which is then used to manage financial assets and other municipal resources. Data is collected […]


Law and Disorder August 13, 2018

Michael E. Tigar On Challenges Lawyers Currently Face Recently on Law And Disorder we interviewed Baher Azmy, Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, and National Lawyers Guild President Natasha Bannan. We were interested in their views of the challenges facing leftist lawyers and their movement clients face in these difficult times. Attorney […]


Law and Disorder August 6, 2018

Tompkins Square Park Police Riot 30th Anniversary Special Thirty years ago, a singular event occurred in Manhattan’s East Village that would prove transformative to many lives for years to come. Today on Law and Disorder we bring you a special program on the August 1988 Tompkins Square Park Police Riot as recounted by several […]


Law and Disorder July 30, 2018

Challenges Lawyers Face As Democratic Institutions Dismantled What are the the challenges lawyers on the left face in this historic period? That is the concern of today’s show. Since 911 we have seen the consolidation of an authoritarian state. The radical right working over the last 30 years and funded by the Koch brothers […]