August 23, 2018

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Today’s extra-long, extra-early Rapid Response episode tackles the two biggest stories in the news right now: Paul Manafort’s conviction, and Michael Cohen’s plea deal. We tell you exactly what these two big stories actually mean.

We begin with Paul Manafort. What did the jury decide? Why did they fail to reach a verdict on 10 counts? What were those counts? How long is Paulie M going to stay in prison and what’s next? And, most importantly: what does this mean for Yodel Mountain? How likely is Paulie M to flip on Donald Trump? We answer all of these questions and more!

After that, we turn to everyone’s favorite weasel, Michael “I Would Take A Bullet For Donald Trump” Cohen, who… has not taken a bullet for Donald Trump but has in fact pled guilty to eight separate crimes. What are they, what does it mean, and what comes next? Listen and find out!

And if all that wasn’t enough, we end with an all new Thomas Takes The Bar Exam #90 involving foreseeability, cross-motions for summary judgment, and tortious conduct.

Show Notes & Links

  1. You’ll want to start with the Manafort indictment, and you can also read the Manafort verdict. Of the eight guilty counts, Manafort was convicted under 18 U.S.C. § 1344, 26 U.S.C. § 7206(1), and 31 U.S.C. § 5322.
  2. We first discussed the Federal Sentencing Guidelines back in Episode 162; you can check out the full manual (long!) and also the FSG Sentencing table to figure out how long Paulie M is going away.
  3. And don’t forget Manafort still has another trial pending in DC! We gave you a primer on that back in Episode 194, and you can check out the pending indictment in that case.
  4. If Paulie M flips, it will be to take advantage of Rule 35(b) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
  5. Of course, we first covered how Stormy Daniels is a Legal Genius back in Episode 154, and then the Karen McDougal story in Episode 158.
  6. Here’s Cohen’s plea deal; here are the conditions of his release; and here’s the article quoting his allocution.
  7. Sneak preview of the bonus episode: here’s the DOJ manual on prosecuting campaign finance violations that proves Alan Dershowitz is lying. Again.

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  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:03:00] Manafort verdict
    • [00:06:10] Counts 1-5
    • [00:10:00] Andrew Was Wrong: about Judge Ellis
    • [00:11:20] Counts 24-32
    • [00:19:05] Mistrial
  • [00:21:10] Manafort Appeals
  • [00:23:37] Manafort sentencing
  • [00:35:05] Reasons Manafort might flip
  • [00:40:15] Commercial
  • [00:43:30] Yodel Mountain: Michael Cohen Plea Deal
    • [00:48:12] The counts
    • [01:00:00] Where did the money come from
  • [01:13:00] Continued in a patron only episode
  • [01:14:38] Patron Hall of Fame
  • [01:19:50] Thomas Takes The Bar Exam: A delivery truck drove into an unmarked trench, broke an axle and was robbed (question)
  • [01:26:55] Outro
  • [01:28:33] Out takes

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