September 13, 2018

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Today’s Rapid Response Friday is all about the conclusion of the Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings for Brett Kavanaugh. What did we learn? What’s still outstanding? Are liberals really guilty of trying to bribe Susan Collins? And, most importantly: what can we do about any of this?? Listen and find out!

We begin, however, with an important Andrew Was Wrong.

After that, we delve into all the week’s issues surrounding the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, including: (1) the status of Kavanaugh’s nomination; (2) whether liberal crowdfunding efforts really count as efforts to “bribe” Republican Sen. Susan Collins; (3) an in-depth look at Kavanaugh’s written answers to the Senate Judiciary Committee; (4) a shockingly misleading question from Opening Arguments’s good friend, Sen. Ted Cruz; and finally (5) a preview of next Tuesday’s discussion of a weird case called Glucksburg. Phew!

After all that, we end with an all new Thomas Takes The Bar Exam #93 regarding double jeopardy. Did Thomas learn enough from the Ashley Judd Law’d Awful Movie of the same name?? We’ll find out!

Show Notes & Links

  1. This is the (ugh) Newsmax exclusive about Collins’s accusations of “bribery;” you can click here to see what Ad Fontes thinks about Newsmax as an organization. The bribery law, of course, is 18 U.S.C. § 201., and the court decision we discuss is McDonnell v. U.S., 136 U.S. 2355 (2016).
  2. Here’s the late-breaking Feinstein letter.
  3. We strongly recommend reading Kavanaugh’s answers. If you can stomach his misuse of the word “precedent” every few lines.
  4. This is the transcript of Ted Cruz’s “Washington Generals” questions of Kavanaugh, and if you want a head start on next week, you can start reading Washington v. Glucksberg, 521 U.S. 702 (1997).

Law Talkin' Stuff

Law Court Thingies






  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:02:30] Andrew Was Wrong: I have all the best people
  • [00:07:50] Andrew's debate in Louisville, Kentucky on September 27
  • [00:13:15] Is Susan Collins being bribed?
    • [00:15:45] 18 US Code §201
    • [00:19:40] Intention argument
  • [00:24:20] Diane Feinstein letter
  • [00:26:15] Commercial
    • [00:28:00] More about the letter
  • [00:32:20] Kavanaugh's written answers
  • [00:40:25] Commercial
    • [00:43:25] Back from commercial
  • [01:01:20] Ted Cruz's question
  • [01:08:55] Patron Hall of Fame
  • [01:15:00] Thomas Takes the Bar Exam: Double jeopardy involving a grand jury (question)
  • [01:20:50] Outro

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