Everything We Know About the American Heartland

We are three lawyers in Austin, Texas talking about the American Heartland and what we know about the American Heartland.

Everything We Know about the First Amendment

March 14, 2018

Show Notes

Your three lawyer pals learn about what you can wear in a Minnesota voting booth, and, really, they also learn about themselves.

  • Ruchit doesn’t like the Warby Parker sunglasses he tried to convince our listeners to buy in Episode 48


It’s the 50th Epsiode, so we went crazy and did our side bars first:

Supreme Court Predictions

This week, we look at: Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky:

Old Cases

Some of our old predictions come back to bite us:

Arizona No-BDS Law

Tom doesn’t even know what Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is, but people are fighting about it.



Everything We Know about Public-Sector Unions

March 5, 2018

Show Notes

The three best lawyer podcasters in the world talk about Hope Hicks and other topics as well.

Hope Hicks and crew give thumbs up

Supreme Court on Unions

Supreme Court will heara case on mandatory agency fees for public-sector unions

SCOTUS Prediction: City of Hays, Kansas v. Vogt

  • AJ: 5-4 Vogt
  • Ruchit: 7-2 City, with Sotomayor & Kagan dissenting
  • TJ: 5-4 City


Ruchit: Bill Gates’s blog.


AJ: Art made using MS Excel


Everything We Know about the DACA Recission

February 26, 2018

Show Notes

Your three earnest lawyers know have a lot to say about DACA and the Administrative Procedure Act.


PA Redistricting

SCOTS Prediction Result: Class v. US

We all three predicted 9-0 for the defendant, but the ultimate result was 6-3 for the defendant.


Ruchit: Hawks some Warby Parkers.

AJ: Nirvirna - Teen Sprite on Vimeo or youtube

TJ: Study on Interruption of Justices



Everything We Know about Felon Voting Rights

February 18, 2018

Show Notes

Your three intrepid lawyer podcasters discuss a voting rights case and then another votings rights case.

  • Episode 44, Everything We Know about 2018.
  • Episode 7, Everything We Know about Oxford Commas.

Hand v. Scott

Florida prevents felons from voting. What’s up with that?

But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such state, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such state.

League of Women Voters v. Pennsylvania

Does the partisan gerrymander of Pennsylvania violate the state constitution?


Ruchit: Something about Brown students


Tom: Robin Thicke deposed in ‘Blurred Lines’ copyright infringement case

  • “When i give interviews, i tell whatever i want to say to help sell records.”
  • “With all due respect, i was high and drunk every time i did an interview last year.”
  • Do you consider yourself an honest person? No



Everything We Know about the Automobile Exception

January 28, 2018

Show Notes

Your three lawyer pals talk about the government shutdown and the judicial automobile exception.

Revisiting the North Carolina Partisan Gerrymander

Follow up on North Carolina — is it still a democracy?

U.S. Government Shuts Down

We find out that there’s no more shutdown!

Supreme Court Predictions

Husted v. A Phillip Randolph Institute:

  • AJ: 7-2 Institute
  • Ruchit: 5-4 Ohio
  • Tom: 5-4 Institute

Collins v. Virginia, where the automobile exception meets the curtilage of the home.

  • AJ: 5-4 Virginia
  • Ruchit: 7-2 Collins with Gorsuch writing the Majority Opinion
  • Tom: 9-0 Collins

Byrd v. United States

  • Ruchit: 5-4 Byrd Sotomayor writing the Majority Opinion, with the dissent written by Gorsuch.
  • AJ: 5-4 Byrd
  • Tom: 5-4 Byrd


TJ: The doctor who helped the US kill bin Ladin still in Pakistani prison

Afridi used a fake hepatitis vaccination program to try to get DNA samples from bin Laden’s family as a means of pinpointing his location. But he has not been charged in connection with the bin Laden operation.

He was accused under tribal law alleging he aided and facilitated militants in the nearby Khyber tribal region, said Nadeem. Even the Taliban scoffed at the charge that was filed to make use of Pakistan’s antiquated tribal system, which allows closed courts, does not require the defendant to be present in court, and limits the number of appeals, he said.

Afridi hasn’t seen his lawyer since 2012 and his wife and children are his only visitors. For two years his file “disappeared,” delaying a court appeal that still hasn’t proceeded. The courts now say a prosecutor is unavailable, his lawyer, Qamar Nadeem Afridi, told The Associated Press.

If charged with treason — which Pakistani authorities say he committed — Afridi would have the right to public hearings and numerous appeals all the way to the Supreme Court, where the details of the bin Laden raid could be laid bare, something neither the civilian nor military establishments want, his lawyer said.

Afridi spends his days alone, isolated from a general prison population filled with militants who have vowed to kill him for his role in locating bin Laden, said Nadeem

AJ: Sawbones: Coffee

Ruchit: The World Book Club


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