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 episode, Joel and Chris talk recent legal news plus preview the Super Bowl. First, they review the Sarah Palin defamation case. In this case, Palin sues The New York Times for relating Palin to the shooting of Gabby Giffords. They are looking for evidence of malice that the reporters intended to blame Palin for the tragedy. Next, they give updates in the Brian Flores case. They talk about his legal team, his future career, and the Rooney Rule. 

In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning at 39:30), Joel and Chris review their season picks and make Super Bowl predictions.

In today's Debriefing the Law, Joel and Chris talk through all the details of the Brian Flores lawsuit against the NFL. They review the claims of the lawsuit and whether there is merit. They discuss the claims about racism and intentional discrimination. Joel and Chris talk about hiring practices and review the Rooney Rule. They talk about the impact of this lawsuit and how it will play out in the court of public opinion. 

They also review the new name of the Washington Football Team. Lastly, they review recent games and make picks.

In today's Debriefing the Law, Joel and Chris talk Breyer's upcoming retirement. They breakdown the make-up of the Court and the humor of Justices. Next, they discuss affirmative action and perspectives on race as it relates to the law. They also review the most recent updates in the Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti trial.

In Courtroom Quarterback (beginning at 28:00), Joel and Chris talk this past weekend of football. They talk the games and important plays. After the Bills and Chiefs game, they review overtime rules. Lastly, they make predictions for the remaining games. 

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.

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