Oct 22nd, 2021 by Comedian of Law
In this week's Debriefing the Law, Joel and Chris cover the "state secrets" in question around the Abu Zubaydah case that went before the Supreme Court this month. Zubayah was assumed to be close with Osama bin Laden and underwent torturous interrogation techniques. The Guantanamo Bay detainee has requested information about his interrogation treatment, and the Court is weighing in on whether the federal government can shield that information from him to protect privileged information. Next, they cover the topic of court packing and the politics of confirmation proceedings. Then, Joel and Chris talk about the legality of firing someone over workplace mandates for vaccinations.
In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning at minute 35:00), they revisit the "best coach" conversation. Then, they cover the recent and upcoming games and make their picks.
Oct 15th, 2021 by Comedian of Law
This week, Joel and Chris dig into the trials that have followed the Boston Marathon bombing as the case of the bomber has now appeared before the Supreme Court. After several appeals on the basis of press and a partial jury and unheard testimony, the High Court will now resolve it. Next, they cover Thompson v. Clark which questions whether a plaintiff has to wait for a favorable resolution of their case before they file a Section 1983 action.
In Courtroom Quarterback (minute 22:20), Joel and Chris address the emails of Jon Gruden and how they were used to push him out. Next, they talk coaches, both good and bad, and what makes a great coach. Lastly, they review their past and upcoming game picks!
Oct 8th, 2021 by Comedian of Law
In this week's De-Briefing the Law, Joel and Chris discuss the recent Urban Meyer debacle. Then, they dig into the return of the Supreme Court. They give takes on Justice Thomas' newfound chattiness, new SCOTUS cases, and controversial topics. They delve into a recent case dealing with gun laws in regard to felons and the role of the Court. Additionally, Joel and Chris review the controversial issues before the Court this session such as abortion and the 2nd Amendment. They also give an update on Britney Spears' conservatorship. Lastly in the Debriefing the Law portion, they review the legal side of the Gabby Petito death. Chris explains why it actually makes sense that the suspect's parents aren't talking.
In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning at minute 43:25), they review team rankings, upcoming games, and last week's picks. They also debrief the upcoming baseball play-offs.
Oct 1st, 2021 by Comedian of Law
This week on Courtroom Quarterback, Joel and Chris review the last week in football. They analyze Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers and their recent performances. Joel questions the future of his hometown team, the Chiefs. They discuss whether they can get back on track to make the playoffs again. Lastly, Joel and Chris review their predictions from last week and reflect on why they shouldn't gamble. Then, they place their bets for the coming games.
Sep 24th, 2021 by Comedian of Law
This week, Joel joins Chris from out on the open seas. They quickly debrief mask mandates as Joel notices mask-wearing trends in his international travels. They also revisit Texas abortion law as a new lawsuit has been filed. The lawsuit demonstrates how citizens are made to enforce the law, not the state. Joel and Chris review the last week in NFL games. They break down the role of the running back. And lastly, they predict wins in the upcoming games.
Sep 17th, 2021 by Comedian of Law
This week, Joel and Mackenzie jump back into the legal news as the Supreme Court summer break comes to an end. First, Joel and Mackenzie address the legality of vaccine mandates. They question whether a mandate at this point is an effective solution. They also review the California recall vote for Gov. Newsom. Finally, they turn the the Supreme Court cases on the docket this week. First up is a case on illegal gambling based on a law from 1798 that allows any citizen in Kentucky to bring forth a lawsuit against the gambling institutions. Next, a man hires a hitman to kill himself and the hitman failed. Is this illegal? Who's culpable? Lastly, they discuss a SWAT team stand-off that is interrupted by a naked woman in a golf cart.
In the Courtroom Quarterback segment (beginning at 43:20), Joel and Chris jump right into week one of the NFL. They review Aaron Rodgers' performance and his Green Bay contract. They also dig into rivalries and conference realignment and how that has impacted game play and the sports industry.
Sep 10th, 2021 by Comedian of Law
Comedian of Law is back after a summer break! Joel Oster and Mackenzie Smith kick off the episode with a story involving a spaghetti-covered domestic dispute. They talk about worst day in the courtroom in light of Elon Musk's lawyer vomiting in the jury box. Joel and Mackenzie talk Supreme Court, the new Texas abortion law, and what to expect moving forward. They also give an update on #FreeBritney.
This episode also features the first edition of Courtroom Quarterback, a segment in which Joel and Chris Marohn dig into all things sports and law. The segment starts at 46:30 if you want to jump right to it. Today, Joel and Chris share what they are looking forward to most this NFL season. They also review the Deshaun Watson case and how vaccination impacts player's pay.
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Sep 8th, 2021 by Comedian of Law
Introducing a new segment to the Comedian of Law podcast: Courtroom Quarterback.
As a massive sports fan, Joel Oster is bringing his humorous legal takes to the sports arena. Joel is joined by fellow sports fanatic and legal professional, Christopher Marohn. Joel and Chris will review major athletics news, discuss the GOATs, and debrief where games and the law overlap.
You'll find Courtroom Quarterback featured in the latter half of the weekly podcast, starting this Friday. Enjoy this short teaser of the segment!
Jul 30th, 2021 by Comedian of Law
This week, Joel and Mackenzie Smith talk about the latest updates on Britney Spears, travel, and recent Supreme Court news. They discuss the legal definition of conservatorship and the permanent nature of the situation. Joel and Mackenzie break down the law on control over medical decisions under conservatorship and Britney's birth control. They also exchange travel horror stories. Lastly, they discuss the Supreme Court's decision to not hear a case on a florist denying a same-sex couple flowers for their wedding. They break down how the Court has dealt with this issue in the past.
Jul 2nd, 2021 by Comedian of Law
De-Briefing the Law, Daily Update, July 2nd, 2021
In this Fourth of July edition of the Update, we dig into why the 1st Amendment makes America so great. Despite the many mistakes this country has made (most recently, freeing Bill Cosby instead of Brittney Spears), our freedoms are still worth celebrating!
Wishing you a great weekend!