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Always Relevant, Never Hearsay, Sometimes Argumentative. In each episode of Objections, Adam Klasfeld navigates listeners through the top legal stories of the week with experts in a straightforward, analytical and factual manner. Klasfeld is a senior investigative reporter and editor for Law&Crime. Adam has reported on every corner of the legal system for more than a decade, with datelines from federal courts, state courts, the United Nations, Guantánamo Bay, the Ecuadorean Amazon, and a cou ...
 
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A little more than a week after her landmark $220,000 victory against Hobby Lobby, a transgender manager and her lawyer have confirmed that the conservative Christian-owned crafts company now allows her to use the women's restroom. Hobby Lobby denied frame department manager Meggan Sommerville that right for more than a decade, a policy that an Ill…
 
From his stint on a Ukrainian oligarch's company board to endless conspiracy theories about his laptop, the career path of the president's son Hunter Biden has ignited controversy for years. His recent foray into the art world, however, has put him under fire outside the familiar corners of the political right. Take former President Barack Obama's …
 
Swift and enduring, the impact of the Miami Herald's three-part investigative series "Perversion of Justice" reanimated the Jeffrey Epstein docket, brought survivors from the shadows onto the record, led to the disgraced exit of a presidential cabinet member, and has been credited with sparking two federal prosecutions. Its author Julie K. Brown's …
 
Even by the standards of a feverish post-election cycle, a recently disclosed draft letter by a Department of Justice staffer seeking to undermine the election results in Georgia reached new heights of paranoia. Jeffrey Clark, the former head of the Justice Department’s civil division under Trump, cited an unspecified theory about hackers having ev…
 
Soundly defeated in four separate courts, the election-attacking legal monster known as the "Kraken" has been morphing into a different beast. Associated with pro-Trump conspiracy theorists Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, the Kraken took its name from an octopus-like creature of mythology and inserted its tentacles into federal courts in Arizona, Wisco…
 
Blockbuster settlements with people and corporations that used to be the biggest names in the opioid industry came in rapid order this July. First, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a $4.5 billion dollar deal that would ban the Sackler family from the trade, and the so-called "big three" drug distributors and a pharmaceutical giant …
 
In the weeks following the 2020 presidential election, public officials across the country who defended the integrity of the vote were subjected to hatred and threats. One of them was Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), who called out former President Donald Trump and members of the Republican Party for stoking public rage. “Their words and…
 
In early June, a man who threatened the lawyer for the whistleblower associated with former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment was sentenced to one year in prison. National Security Attorney Mark Zaid remembers the incident well—because he was that lawyer. In the latest episode of Law&Crime's podcast "Objections: with Adam Klasfeld," Zaid r…
 
Warning: This episode involves disturbing subject matter. During a bond hearing in May, a Homeland Security Investigations agent described some of the horrific material allegedly found on the computer of former reality TV star Josh Duggar, who is currently awaiting trial for allegedly possessing and receiving child pornography. The agent testified …
 
Late last month, a Florida jury awarded a $2.75 million verdict for Dr. Baiywo Rop, a Kenyan-born doctor who won a lawsuit accusing an Adventist Health System hospital of discriminating against him because of his race and national origin. Then, in an unusual development a week later, a judge vacated the jury's multimillion-dollar judgment against A…
 
On the morning of Monday, May 24th, the Myanmar government detained a U.S. journalist before he boarded an international flight. Danny Fenster, the managing editor of the independent news outlet Frontier Myanmar, has been held captive there since that time. Fenster’s childhood friend Jordan Acker recounts how the arrest sent shockwaves through the …
 
Despite Senate Republicans voting down the idea of a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6th siege of the U.S. Capitol, there remain multiple avenues for a similar probe to take root. Laying out those alternatives on the podcast, congressional scholar Norman Ornstein notes that any of the remaining options will face unique challenges. "Ev…
 
On the night of Jan. 16, 2017, a Minneapolis mother's then-12-year-old child lapsed into a mental health crisis that left her and family feeling unsafe. She placed an emergency call, seeking help. Instead, she says, she got Derek Chauvin. "I felt afraid for my life, and certainly for my kid's life at that moment, because of the way that [Chauvin] w…
 
In the wake of a cyber attack last week that disrupted operations of a 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, the infrastructure reportedly supplying nearly half of the fuel for the East Coast of the United States had to shut down, but former FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi noted that the suspected perpetrator—the Russian-based criminal group, DarkSi…
 
Over the course of 28 years in courts across the world, litigation over drilling by Chevron's predecessor Texaco in the Ecuadorean rainforest has taken countless surprising turns, but perhaps none so unusual as the ongoing criminal trial of their archnemisis: environmental lawyer Steven Donziger. "We kind of laugh about this on our legal team, but …
 
The day that authorities executed a search warrant at his Manhattan apartment, Rudy Giuliani appeared uncharacteristically quiet about the development, but the sometime Donald Trump lawyer and former New York City mayor broke that silence in written and televised broadsides against prosecutors the next day. "Rudy would know as well as anybody that …
 
Guests discuss two history-making events of the past week: Emmett Till's cousin Deborah Watts talks about the significance of Derek Chauvin's murder convictions, and scholar Ömer Taşpınar unpacks the significance of President Joe Biden recognizing the Armenian genocide. At a press conference following the Chauvin verdict, Philonise Floyd invoked th…
 
The man who went on to become Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's key medical witness in his murder trial was hit with a lawsuit late last year accusing him of a cover up in a case filed by the family of a 19-year-old Black man who died in a "chillingly similar manner" to George Floyd. Though the similarities between the two incidents have r…
 
Breaking a nearly weeklong silence following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December 2012, the National Rifle Association’s longtime leader Wayne LaPierre introduced what would become a Second Amendment rallying cry. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre declared in the wake of that mass s…
 
For all of the political furor surrounding so-called "vaccine passports," certain countries have long required proof of immunity for tropical diseases, and experts note that the law on the issue is not a close question. "Are vaccine mandates legal? There are lots of hard questions in the universe of law, but that's not a hard question," University …
 
Before the #FightBack Foundation came to be associated with lawyer Lin Wood’s post-election conspiracy theories, the non-profit group known by the Twitter hashtag had been affiliated with Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse was 17 years old when he was charged with killing two men and injuring a third during protests and riots that broke out in Kenosha, …
 
When the Supreme Court gutted protections from the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder in 2013, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote an immortal dissent comparing the majority's reasoning that the provisions were no longer necessary to throwing out an umbrella when one is dry. Common Cause director of voting and elections Syvia Albert believe…
 
Two days before his newspaper ran a surprising editorial calling for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation, Albany Times Union editor Casey Seiler sat down with host Adam Klasfeld for a lengthy interview identifying a through line of the governor's three-term tenure: an aversion to independent investigations. "You can call it a Shakespearean fla…
 
On the latest episode of "Objections," experts unpack why federal prosecutors opposed dismissing Steve Bannon's indictment after his pardon and what to do about the Supreme Court's growing "shadow docket." Former Southern District of New York prosecutor and CNN legal analyst Jennifer Rodgers explains why ex-President Trump's pardon of Bannon does n…
 
The largest county in Texas has undergone a sea change in political leadership in recent years, and the elected officials' focus—like everyone else in the state—has turned to outages last week that affected millions of people, killed dozens and launched investigations into what went wrong. “Folks are overwhelmed, and there's a big element of trauma…
 
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), Orlando's ex-police chief, and ex-Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), a former Air Force intelligence officer, make impeachment personal on the latest episode of Law&Crime's "Objections." A former manager from ex-President Trump's first impeachment, Rep. Demings passed the torch to her successors with advice to weave personal …
 
One of the most visible participants in the U.S. Capitol siege, Jacob Chansley became known throughout the world as the "QAnon Shaman" as photographs of him standing behind then-Vice President Mike Pence's dais in face paint, wearing a fur-pelted-and-horned headdress and carrying a spear hit the wires. Telling reporters that his client is willing t…
 
It's Groundhog Day again, and another Donald Trump impeachment trial is on the horizon. As Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) readies for another round of jury service looking into the Jan. 6 insurrection, the incoming Finance Committee Chairman talks about the other Trump-era investigations he is pursuing: a multibillion-dollar money laundering scheme imp…
 
For the debut episode of Law&Crime's "Objections," former Oklahoma City bombing prosecutor Aitan Goelman chats with host Adam Klasfeld about the parallels between that domestic terrorism attack and the Capitol siege of Jan. 6, including the role that conspiracy theories played in sparking the violence. Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood, a wellspring of 2…
 
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