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April 5, 2018

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In this rapid-response episode, Thomas and Andrew take a look at the Trump administration’s recently-announced tariffs on China, China’s response, and the future of free trade.

Show Notes & Links

  1. Andrew was wrong links: 15 U.S.C. § 260a (time zones), Florida HB 1013, and, if you want to re-listen to our discussion of the emoluments lawsuit, check out Episode 160.
  2. In the main segment, the guys discuss the Trade Act of 1974. This is the CNN list of the 106 products on which China is raising tariffs, and this is a link to the New York Times article suggesting that the Trump administration is considering re-joining the TPP.
  3. This is the Alex van der Zwaan sentencing memorandum; he pled guilty to 18 U.S.C. § 1001. If you’d like to plot that out on the Sentencing Guidelines table, you can do so by clicking here.
  4. You can click here to read the Christopher Miller story suggesting that “Person A” is Konstantin Kilimnik; that was just validated by this report from Business Insider.
  5. Finally, you can click here to read the DOJ’s response to Manafort’s motion to dismiss. For reference, This is Rod Rosenstein’s Order appointing Mueller, No. 3915-2017, and this is 28 U.S.C. § 515, which plainly authorizes it. We discussed this in full detail back in Episode 136.

Law Talkin' Stuff

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  • [00:00:00] Intro
    • [00:02:40] The Law Offices of P. Andrew Torrez, LLC
  • [00:07:30] Andrew Was Wrong
    • [00:08:42] 22 rimfire ammo
    • [00:12:30] Determination of daylight saving (15 US Code § 260A)
    • [00:15:43] Pennsylvania Governor and attempts to redraw the electoral map
    • [00:16:34] Update on the number of Facebook profiles accessed by Cambridge Analytica
    • [00:17:02] Progress on the The Emoluments Clause Lawsuit and Professor Seth Barrett Tillman's argument.
  • [00:20:53] B Segment: Tariffs against China (19 US Code § 2101) Copyright protection.
  • [00:37:06] Yodel Mountain The sentencing of Alex van der Zwaan. (18 US Code § 2001)
    • [00:38:21] The US Federal sentencing guidelines.
    • [00:45:21] Paul Manafort's motion to dismiss. The scope of the Mueller investigation.
  • [00:50:50] Patron Hall of Fame
  • [00:55:10] Thomas Takes The Bar Exam question: Breach of contract due to rumours of bankruptcy.
  • [01:02:47] Outro

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