July 20, 2018

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Today's Rapid Response Friday breaks down the recent lawsuit filed by the Mandalay Bay casino regarding the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. Is it true that the casino is suing the victims? What's that all about?? Listen and find out! Also, we check in with Yodel Mountain and figure out, once and for all, if this is really worse than Watergate. (Hint: yes.)

We begin, however, with everybody's favorite segment, Andrew Was Wrong, in which we revisit the Supreme Court with a few corrections.

The main segment tackles the Mandalay Bay lawsuit and explains the concept of a declaratory judgent as well as the 2002 SAFETY Act upon which Mandalay Bay is attempting to rely.

Next, we return to Yodel Mountain to discuss the recent Mueller indictments, Donald Trump's Treason Summit with Russia, and ingenue Mariia Butina. It's as salacious as OA ever gets!

Finally, we end with an all new Thomas Takes The Bar Exam #85 involving (ugh) real property.

Show Notes & Links

  1. This is the link to the 2011 Ethics Report authored by Chief Justice John Roberts.
  2. Here's the Above The Law article we mentioned at the start of the main segment.
  3. We've uploaded a copy of the MGM/Mandalay Bay lawsuit so you can read it for yourself.
  4. The SAFETY Act can be found at 6 U.S.C. § 441 et seq., and the implementing regulations are at 6 CFR § 25.7.
  5. We discussed the Senate Intelligence Committee's report in Episode 190.
  6. Here's the link to the Mother Jones article about Butina documenting the claims made in the C segment.

Law Talkin' Stuff

It's in the Constitution
Law Court Thingies
Magic Law Words






  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:01:25] Andrew's beard
  • [00:04:05] Andrew Was Wrong: Justice John Paul Stevens is still alive
    • [00:05:38] Code of Judicial Ethics and who it applies to
    • [00:09:20] Standards for impeachment of Supreme Court justice
  • [00:17:10] Main Segment:: Mandalay Bay casino lawsuit breakdown
    • [00:20:40] 2002 SAFETY Act
    • [00:26:55] Contemporary Services Corporation
    • [00:27:40] Declaratory judgment action
    • [00:29:50] Real world example
    • [00:32:50] What they are asking for
    • [00:34:40] Doctrine of unclean hands
    • [00:36:45] How to use a declaratory action in a oppressive way
  • [00:41:18] Commercial
  • [00:43:20] Yodel Mountain: Russia, Russia, NRA
    • [00:51:06] Indictment of 12 additional Russians
    • [00:54:00] A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich
    • [01:00:40] Indictment of Mariia Butina and Paul Erickson
    • [01:14:40] Is this worse then Watergate?
  • [01:17:25] Patron Hall of Fame
  • [01:23:01] Thomas Takes the Bar Exam: Real Property - Man leaves property to wife until she marriages again, then to daughter (question)
  • [01:29:34] Outro

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