June 14, 2018

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Today’s Rapid Response Friday spends a lot of time on Yodel Mountain, and in particular evaluating whether Paul Manafort is headed to prison for violating the terms of his pre-trial release as per 18 U.S.C. § 3148(b)(1)(A). You’ll know soon enough, but we’re predicting that Paulie M is headed to prison.

Of course, no trip to Yodel Mountain has just a single stop, so we also discuss the late-breaking New York state lawsuit filed against Donald Trump, his kids, and the Trump Foundation; the status of the media’s efforts to unseal the Mueller documents, and much, much more!

After that lengthy trip to Yodel Mountain, we also update you on the recent court decision upholding the AT&T / Time Warner merger first discussed in Episode 128.

Finally, we end with an all new Thomas Takes The Bar Exam #80 which asks how a court would rule in a convoluted case involving car-washing, sudden deep freezes, and incompetent trial attorneys. Have we piqued your interest yet? Listen and find out!

Show Notes & Links

  1. Click here to read the just-filed New York state lawsuit against Donald Trump, his kids, and the Trump Foundation.
  2. Here’s the government’s motion to revoke Paul Manafort’s pretrial release pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3148(b)(1)(A) ; here’s the superseding indictment; and here’s Manafort’s response to the government’s motion. Witness tampering is a crime under 18 U.S.C. § 1512.
  3. You can read the primary case relied upon by Manafort’s lawyers, U.S. v. Edlind, 887 F.3d 166 (4th Cir. 2018) for yourself.
  4. A (federal) criminal motion for a “bill of particulars” is governed by Rule 7(f) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. You can also check out Judge Jackson’s Order denying Manafort’s Motion for Bill of Particulars,
  5. We first discussed the press’s motion to unseal the Mueller investigation documents in Episode 168; now you can read the Media Coalition Response brief to the government Manafort’s separate objections to unsealing the documents.
  6. We broke down the AT&T/Time Warner merger in Episode 128, and you can read Judge Leon’s Order Approving the Merger.

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  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:05:12] Yodel Mountain: (Breaking News) Hot take - Civil lawsuit Investigation into Trump Foundation (Tangential to Yodel Mountain)
    • [00:14:08] Mar-A-Largo suit
  • [00:19:16] Segment B (Andrew Was Wrong) Superseding indictment for witness tampering
    • [00:21:10] Paul Manafort and pre-trial release and probable cause
  • [00:31:45] Commercial
    • [00:33:34] Paul Manafort and the Bill of Particulars
    • [00:40:28] Manafort, Mueller and the sealed indictment
  • [00:48:13] Breakin' (Down) The Law: AT&T/Time Warner merger
  • [00:58:08] Patron Hall of Fame
  • [01:04:15] Thomas Takes The Bar Exam question: Admission of violation of ordinance
  • [00:00:00] Outro

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