November 19, 2018

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Today’s Deep Dive Tuesday tackles the motion for preliminary injunction and underlying lawsuit brought by CNN and Jim Acosta against the Trump White House for revoking his press credentials. You’ll get to hear about how Andrew Was Right… last Thursday (!) As a bonus, you’ll get a listener question that segues into a mini-deep-dive on the “sovereign immunity” doctrine!

We begin, however, with some initial information about the still-sketchy situation surrounding Michael Avenatti and his arrest for domestic violence.

After that, it’s time to traipse through the CNN/Acosta lawsuit, which is still relevant today (even though the PI was, as Andrew predicted, granted).

Then, it’s time to answer a really interesting listener question about Oklahoma’s new anti-vax governor that winds up with a discussion of the sovereign immunity doctrine. It’s a rabbit trail you’ll want to go down!

Finally, we end with the answer to Thomas Takes The Bar Exam #101 on SPACE LAW. Find out Lando’s (and Thomas’s!) fate!

Show Notes & Links

  1. On Avenatti, you can see the “SurefireIntel” tweet here.
  2. You can read the Acosta/CNN underlying complaint, the accompanying memorandum of law supporting the Acosta TRO motion, and the Trump response.

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  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:02:38] Michael Avenatti arrested
    • [00:09:35] Ex Parte order
    • [00:17:15] What is important
  • [00:23:25] Jim Acosta barred
  • [00:26:15] Commercial
    • [00:29:00] Complaint
  • [00:33:57] Commercial
    • [00:35:40] Sherrill v. Knight
    • [00:45:30] Two arguments from the White House
    • [00:47:25] Chilling effect
  • [00:48:20] Fifth Amendment
  • [00:53:05] Listener Question: Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity and anti-vax governor
  • [00:58:09] New Patron Tuesday
  • [00:59:07] Thomas Takes the Bar Exam: Contracts: Statute of limitations (answer)
  • [01:06:55] Outro
  • [01:08:29] Out Takes

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