Comedian of Law

Learn & Laugh with the Comedian of Law.

Joel Oster reviews legal happenings, Supreme Court cases and other legal news, all with a healthy dose of humor.

In today's Debriefing the Law, Joel and Chris talk the latest news regarding the Britney Spears saga. Britney's lawyer sends a cease and desist letter to her sister Jamie Lynn Spears as Jamie speaks negatively about Britney in her press tour of her new book. They also discuss Supreme Court drama with mask wearing between justices. Next, Joel explains the Establishment Clause and free speech in a forum setting in a religious case regarding flying a Christian flag. The next Supreme Court case deals with Ted Cruz and financing campaigns.

In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning 47:30), Joel and Chris talk officiating sports games. They review referee calls and plays from recent games. Lastly, they talk picks for upcoming games.

In today’s debriefing the law, Joel joins Chris from out on the high seas. They discuss Sarah Palin’s suit against the New York Times for defamation. They discuss the qualifications for a defamation suit including malice and intention. Next, they discuss a case against Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather about false claims made about cryptocurrency. They also revisit the vaccine mandates before the Supreme Court and the decisions. Another Supreme Court topic involves a person’s rights while they await trial.

In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning 27:05), Joel and Chris talk NFL playoffs and their winning picks for the games.

In this week's de-briefing the law, Joel and Chris review the Maxwell verdict and discuss why it may be in jeopardy. In this case, one juror commits perjury and fails to disclose a part of their past that was pertinent to the case. Next, they review the Elizabeth Holmes trial and her guilty verdicts. They go over the details of her charges and her potential sentencing.

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments about the vaccination mandates in the workplace. Joel and Chris talk about the politicized nature of the COVID vaccine and what the Supreme Court will be deciding on when it comes to vaccine policy. 

In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning at 52:00), Joel and Chris talk about the football bowl season. They also go over the Antonio Brown situation from last week. Lastly, they review picks.

In today's de-briefing the law, Joel and Chris review the Ghislaine Maxwell trial verdict. She is found guilty of 5 of the 6 charges against her. They discuss the fallout and who may be next to be exposed to be involved with the Epstein/Maxwell trafficking. Next, they talk about Kimberly Potter, the police officer who mistook her gun for her taser and shot someone. Joel and Chris discuss the facts of the case and whether reasonable doubt exists. Finally, they dig into recent Supreme Court news, including the review of Donald Trump and his role in the January 6 insurrection and Biden's vaccination requirements.

In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning 40:30), Joel and Chris talk about the SEC and recent games. They talk about John Madden and his legacy. Lastly, they make their picks for upcoming games.

In today's episode, Chris interviews Joel on his new book, UnDue Process: Exposing the Good, the Bad, and the Funny of the Law.

They give an overview of the book which uses hilarious legal commentary, a look at some wild attorney behavior, and a review of strange court cases to uncover the true role of the law with a dose of humor. They dig into some of the crazy stories in the book and share their own wacky experiences in their legal practices.

Additionally, Joel and Chris discuss overarching legal concepts like a lawyers' reputation for lying and how the "not guilty" plea perpetuates this idea. This brings conversations about the purpose of the law, the Supreme Court, and how the law fails us. 

Read more about the book here. It's available for purchase on Amazon now. 

In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning 53:55), Joel and Chris give an overview of a handful of legal cases regarding sports fans suing for their money back after an event went awry. They talk playoffs and end of the season NFL games. They make their picks for upcoming games.

In today’s de-briefing of the law, Joel and Chris review the O.J. Simpson case in light of his release from parole. They discuss his case in light of his football career and the information about CTE and violent tendencies. Next, they review the Supreme Court decision for the Texas abortion law in Jackson v. Dobbs. The case dealt with procedure and how exactly the law could be challenged. Lastly, they give updates on the Elizabeth Holmes fraud trial and Ghislaine Maxwell trials.

In Courtroom Quarterback (starting at 33:00), Joel and Chris talk about Urban Meyer being fired and more coaching changes. Lastly, they make picks for upcoming games.

In today's Debriefing of the Law, Joel and Chris review the week's major legal news. First, they go over the Jussie Smollett case. They discuss his charges, hate crimes, and the role of a criminal defense attorney. They also give status updates on the Holmes and Maxwell trials. 

Next, they review the Supreme Court arguments heard this week. First up is the Carson v. Mankin case which deals with religious rights and whether a state violates constitutional clauses by not allowing students to direct government student aid money to a religious school. They review the Establishment Clause and the entanglement of state and religion. Next, they review Shinn v. Ramirez. This cases deals with the death penalty and the policy around habeas relief if there were flaws within the original trial.

In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning at 33:30), Joel and Chris review the playoff rankings. They talk about bowl games and coaches changing teams. They analyze a play in the Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest game involving a fake slide. Lastly, they make their predictions for the upcoming games.

In this week’s De-Briefing the Law, Joel and Chris go over the major legal news stories of the week from Ghislaine Maxwell to Jussie Smollett to Dobbs v. Jackson. They review the recent trial news and evidence against Maxwell. They give an overview of Smollett’s staged crime as a publicity stunt and his charges for lying to the police. Next, they discuss Elizabeth Holmes’ fraud trial and whether her co-founder had manipulated her. 

Joel and Chris review the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which deals with abortion and whether Roe v. Wade should be overturned. They go over various issues like viability, bodily autonomy, and how pro-life policy should include a more holistic approach. Additionally, this discuss the role of the Court, its power, and whether abortion would be a constitutional right.

In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning 48:05), Joel and Chris talk college football, coaches Kelly and Riley shifting teams, and the SEC. Lastly, they make their picks for the upcoming games.

In this episode of De-Briefing the Law, Joel and Chris discuss the Ghislaine Maxwell trial and Jeffrey Epstein. The trial explores Maxwell's involvement with Epstein's sex trafficking of young girls. A poignant question in this case is whose name is written in the "black book" and who exactly is involved given that many high-profile individuals have been linked to Epstein and Maxwell. Next, they discuss the Elizabeth Holmes trial and the fraud involved with Theranos.

In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning 32:00), Joel and Chris discuss Thanksgiving games and rivalries. Next, they talk about rankings and the College Football Playoffs. Finally, they review their predictions for the coming games.

In this week's Debriefing the Law, Joel and Chris discuss the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. They discuss the facts of the case, the media coverage, and the trial itself. They dig into surrounding circumstances around the trial with protests and whether jury intimidation exists. Next, they review the burden of proof for self-defense and provocation. They also go over the prosecutor’s mistakes and the possibility of a mistrial. 

In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning at 44:40), Joel and Chris discuss John Gruden’s lawsuit against Roger Goodell and the NFL. The lawsuit involves the Washington Football Team’s work environment and the emails involved. Lastly, they go over recent and upcoming games.

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