//  3/1/18  //  Commentary

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Jason, and Charlie check back in with the most politically charged of all Versus Trump suits: the Russia investigation. As usual, you can listen online below, and subscribe via this page with any podcast player or here in iTunes. UPDATED 3/3/18 with additional links.

They start the episode with some commentary on the case of Alex Van Der Zwaan, the former Skadden Arps associate who pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI. That leads to a discussion of conspiracy liability, why the charges are being brought in the way they have been, and how strange it is to charge a law firm associate with lying to the FBI. Next, the trio turn to Rick Gates's guilty plea and speculate on what it means for Paul Manafort. They end the episode with three Trump nuggets: an update on DACA, plus two responses to listener feedback: one on the power of the House to declassify information and another related to the use of firearms in suicides.  

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Links

  • The New York Times covers the Van Der Zwaan case here.
  • Reports by Zoe Tillman at BuzzFeed on the Manafort and Gates cases are here and here.
  • Jason mentioned this post on Just Security, by Bob Bauer, speculating on the charging theory in the case.
  • Radley Balko in the Washington Post covers the racial disparity in gun law prosecutions, noting that, in the federal system, the disparity is higher than for drug crimes.
  • USA Today investigates ATF sting operations and finds that they disproportionately target folks of color.
  • Here is a Journal of the American Medical Association study finding that the Brady Act had no effect on homicides and only created a decline in suicide rates for those 55 and older.
  • Information about California's Gun Violence Restraining Order program is here.

Versus Trump: Sanctions Versus DeVos!

11/8/19  //  Uncategorized

On this week’s special edition of Uncle Charlie's Sanctions Corner–wait, we mean Versus Trump—Jason, Charlie, and Easha bring on Eileen Connor of the Project on Predatory Student to discuss a major opinion issuing sanctions against the Department of Education. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

The DACA Trap

11/6/19  //  Commentary

The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a case about whether the Trump Administration can revoke DACA. But progressives ought to be wary of the long-term effects of prevailing. A win here could very well make it very hard to undo the lax enforcement policies of the current Administration.

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Impeachment Trials and the Senator’s Oath of Impartial Justice

11/5/19  //  Commentary

Senators who vote on removal following impeachment trials must take an oath akin to that of a juror. The oath requires them to be impartial and vote regardless of the president's party affiliation. Will Senators do that here?

Ira C. Lupu

George Washington University Law School

Robert W. Tuttle

George Washington University Law School