June 12, 2017

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From the official website:

In this episode, Thomas and Andrew talk to the co-host of one of their favorite podcasts, Oh No Ross and Carrie, along with the show’s lawyer, Matthew Strugar — proving once and for all that other podcasts need lawyers, too.

First, however, Andrew breaks down a recent viral story about whether Donald Trump’s Twitter account can be a “designated public forum,” a term our listeners should remember from Episode #73’s discussion with Travis Wester.

In the main segment, Carrie Poppy sits down for a fun and wide-ranging interview about her job and the potential legal perils that stem from investigating pseudoscience, the paranormal, and potentially dangerous religious cults.

After that, the much-beloved “Are You A Cop?” segment returns with a question from listener Brian Babcock about how to deal with standard-form contracts.

Finally, we end with the answer to Thomas Takes the Bar Exam Question #27, which was a complicated fact pattern involving drunk driving, punitive damages, insurance limits, and cross-examination. Did Thomas break his streak? Listen and find out.

Show Notes & Links

  1. Check out the Oh No Ross and Carrie podcast!
  2. This is the link to Matthew Strugar’s law firm in California.
  3. If you want to brush up on the concept of a “designated public forum,” you can revisit our discussion with Travis Wester in Episode #73 by clicking here.
  4. Here is the text of the Knight First Amendment Institute’s letter to Donald Trump regarding Twitter.
  5. …and here is the text of Davison v. Loudon County, 2017 WL 58294 (E.D. Va. Jan. 4, 2017), the case cited in the footnotes.

Law Talkin' Stuff

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  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:01:47] Listener questions: Is Trump's Tweeter account a designated public forum?
  • [00:08:59] Interview with Carrie and Matthew
    • [00:11:52] Scientology
    • [00:13:16] Raëlians
    • [00:17:58] Recording laws (California)
    • [00:20:51] Anti-SLAPP laws
    • [00:29:40] Identity and Ag gag laws
    • [00:37:47] Tony Alamo & the Alamo Christian Foundation
  • [00:47:37] Are You A Cop?: Crossing out sections on a contract
  • [00:53:00] Patron Hall of Fame
  • [00:54:24] Thomas Takes The Bar Exam: The ability to pay punitive damages - answer
  • [01:01:56] Outro

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