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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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