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Short Circuit

The Supreme Court decides a few dozen cases every year; federal appellate courts decide thousands. So if you love constitutional law, the circuit courts are where it’s at. Join us as we break down some of the week’s most intriguing appellate decisions with a unique brand of insight, wit, and passion for judicial engagement and the rule of law. http://ij.org/short-circuit

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Ep. 8: Substantive Due Process

If the government is going to take away life, liberty, or property, the due process of law requires it to follow fair procedures. But, according to the Supreme Court, that’s not all that due process requires. The government also must have a good reason to take life, liberty, or property. On this episode, we head to Akron, Ohio where city officials have shut down a privately run homeless community—without a good reason.

1hr 4mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Short Circuit 049 (5/20/16)

Defective arrest warrants, mandatory probation visits at home, and a pair of polygraph cases.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgEvan’s George Mason Law Review article: http://www.georgemasonlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/23_3_Bernick.pdfArrest warrants: http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/16a0113p-06.pdf?mc_cid=b413fb09b9&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5dHome visits: http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExec.pl?Submit=Display&Path=Y2016/D05-06/C:15-2899:J:Easterbrook:aut:T:fnOp:N:1749434:S:0&mc_cid=b413fb09b9&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5dPolygraph reliability: http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExec.pl?Submit=Display&Path=Y2016/D05-04/C:14-3791:J:Bauer:dis:T:fnOp:N:1747876:S:0&mc_cid=dc5e519308&mc_eid=6e8e76319fPolygraph self-incrimination: https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/15/15-1033.pdf?mc_cid=b413fb09b9&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5d

15mins

17 May 2016

Rank #2

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Ep. 1: Before the Fourteenth: John Rock and the Birth of Birthright Citizenship

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1hr

4 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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Ep. 6: Procedural Due Process

Before the government can take away your life, liberty, or property, it must first give you due process: fair and meaningful procedure. On this episode, we trace the history of due process from 1215 to today. And we head to Harris County, Texas, which operates the the third-largest jail in the country, to see why federal courts say its system of money bail violated that ancient guarantee.

1hr 7mins

5 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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Ep. 2: The Fight for the Fourteenth

At the close of the Civil War, some 4 million slaves became free. But almost immediately after hostilities ceased, leaders in the ex-Confederate states began to impose a series of laws, the Black Codes, that re-instituted slavery in all but name. Just as swiftly, a wave of terrorist violence swept across the South, targeting blacks seeking education, economic independence, and a voice in civic and political life—and also whites with Union sympathies. In Washington, D.C., Republican leaders grappled with another problem: When the Southern states rejoined the Union, they would do so with more political power than they’d enjoyed prior to secession—the consequence of each African-American now counting as five-fifths, rather than three-fifths, of a person.iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bound-by-oath-by-ij/id1445199346?mt=2

1hr 6mins

19 Dec 2018

Rank #5

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Short Circuit 051 (6/17/16)

Regulatory overreach at the Dept. of Labor, solitary confinement for publishing an article, and California’s concealed-carry law.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgRhea Lana: https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/6A3276A0C47AC99B85257FC700502E47/$file/15-5014-1616477.pdfPublishing under a byline: http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/5dfe61ca-60cc-42d6-90f9-526770afdde8/3/doc/15-1786_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/5dfe61ca-60cc-42d6-90f9-526770afdde8/3/hilite/Concealed carry: https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2016/06/09/10-56971.pdf?mc_cid=deded7e073&mc_eid=6e8e76319f

20mins

16 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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Short Circuit 090: Live at Georgetown Law (4/6/18)

This week on the podcast: D.C. Circuit extravaganza featuring special guests Professor Aaron Nielson, wanted “Anti-Administrativist” and Sage of the C.A.D.C.; and Cate Stetson, Hogan Lovells’ legendary appellate litigator who is one of the D.C. Circuit’s most frequent (and successful litigators). We record the episode with a LIVE student audience at Georgetown Law Center (thanks to our hosts, the students of the Georgetown chapter of the Federalist Society). Hear Aaron and Cate discuss what makes the D.C. Circuit unique? What are the biggest admin law issues coming out of the court? And just who is Judge Posner’s “mystery” D.C. Circuit judge, anyway? Plus: a lightning round of trivia about the current judges. WARNING: this episode’s guests may be armed with anti-deference arguments. Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgLinks to a few items we discuss on this episode: Aaron Nielson's JREG post on the Lucia v. SEC oral argument: http://yalejreg.com/nc/d-c-circuit-review-reviewed-en-banc-oral-argument-part-ii/ Law Prof Kent Barnett’s article on Administrative Law Judges (ALJs): https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2144217 Aaron Nielson’s JREG post on Judge Posner’s D.C. Circuit “Mystery Judge”: http://yalejreg.com/nc/d-c-circuit-review-reviewed-can-you-guess-the-mystery-judge/ IJ’s latest lawsuit, a free speech challenge to the FDA’s Orwellian “skim milk” labeling regulations: http://ij.org/case/fda-skim-milk/ Aaron Nielson’s JREG post on the D.C. Circuit’s quirky “asterisk rule”: http://yalejreg.com/nc/d-c-circuit-review-reviewed-by-aaron-nielson/

1hr 11mins

6 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Short Circuit 003 (3/13/15)

An exotic dancing ban, prison guards who ignored sexual abuse, and a successful (!) ineffective-assistance claim.Subscribe today to receive Short Circuit, a weekly email roundup of important decisions from the U.S. Courts of Appeal. It’s a Friday afternoon treat for the legal world. ij.org/short-circuit

10mins

13 Mar 2015

Rank #8

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Short Circuit 092 (4/27/18)

The monkey selfie, the Pharma Bro, eternal damnation & the minimum wage, and a murder confession from a drunk arrestee.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgMonkey selfie: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2018/04/23/16-15469.pdfPharma Bro: http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/172166.P.pdfEternal damnation: http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/18a0072p-06.pdfDrunk confession: http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExec.pl?Submit=Display&Path=Y2018/D04-19/C:17-1898:J:Manion:aut:T:fnOp:N:2142122:S:0

28mins

27 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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Short Circuit 082 (11/10/17)

Special guest Clark Neily talks qualified immunity: Police shootings, detaining a witness to a police shooting, and denying a pre-trial detainee access to a judge for 96 days.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgPauly v. White: https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/14/14-2035.pdfLincoln v. Turner: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-10856-CV0.pdfLincoln v. Barnes: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-10327-CV0.pdfJauch v. Choctaw County: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/16/16-60690-CV0.pdf Aaron Nielson & Christopher Walker article: http://law.emory.edu/elj/_documents/volumes/66/1/nielson-walker.pdf Will Baude article: http://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2070&context=public_law_and_legal_theory

28mins

9 Nov 2017

Rank #10

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Short Circuit 052 (7/8/16)

A Fourth Amendment benchslap, an SEC show trial, and Net neutrality.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgSearch without probable cause: http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/16a0148p-06.pdf?mc_cid=6081192094&mc_eid=6e8e76319fSEC administrative law: http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201512831.pdf?mc_cid=9efa2cf479&mc_eid=6e8e76319fNet neutrality: https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/3F95E49183E6F8AF85257FD200505A3A/$file/15-1063-1619173.pdf

20mins

7 Jul 2016

Rank #11

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Short Circuit 056 (9/16/16)

Two Second Amendment cases, taxicab surveillance, and a call for engagement.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgMarijuana and guns: https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2016/08/31/14-15700.pdfFelons and guns: http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/144549p.pdfTaxi GPS: http://ij.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/14-405-el-nahal-v-yassky-2016-08-26.pdfGorsuch/Chevron: https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/14/14-9585.pdf

25mins

15 Sep 2016

Rank #12

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Short Circuit 074 (7/7/17)

An unseemly cash seizure, misleading pregnancy-related speech, and an unseemly vehicle impounding rule.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgCash seizure: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/06/12/15-16600.pdfMisleading speech: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/06/27/15-15434.pdfImpounding: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/06/21/15-55479.pdf

24mins

7 Jul 2017

Rank #13

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Short Circuit 063 (12/23/16)

Due process in campus sexual assault cases, hunting trophies, drug forfeiture, and puppycide.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgCampus due process: http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/16a0656n-06.pdf?mc_cid=5c65b578ab&mc_eid=6e8e76319fElephant trophies: https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/A1FE5DC9E36B8AF38525808100540B42/$file/15-5170-1649481.pdfDrug forfeiture: http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/16a0056p-06.pdf?mc_cid=906bece3cd&mc_eid=6e8e76319fPuppycide: http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/16a0293p-06.pdf

24mins

22 Dec 2016

Rank #14

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Short Circuit 091 (4/13/18)

The checkmate doctrine, right to pre-indictment counsel, and Uber antitrust. With special guest William C. Marra of Cooper & Kirk.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgCheckmate: http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/18a0065p-06.pdfPre-indictment counsel: http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/18a0058p-06.pdfUber monopoly: http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/171871p.pdf

35mins

13 Apr 2018

Rank #15

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Short Circuit 080 (10/12/17)

Suspending indigent drivers’ licenses, forfeiture standing, and a wayward cop’s sign ban.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgSuspending licenses: http://ij.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/TRO-Order.pdfForfeiture standing: http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/17a0219p-06.pdfSign ban: http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExec.pl?Submit=Display&Path=Y2017/D09-22/C:15-2627:J:Easterbrook:aut:T:fnOp:N:2034013:S:0

24mins

12 Oct 2017

Rank #16

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Short Circuit 081 (10/26/17)

Prostitution, gun sales too close to a residence, self-storage too close to a school, and leafleting too close to a circus.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgProstitution (oral argument): https://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/media/view_video.php?pk_vid=0000012398Gun zoning: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/10/10/13-17132.pdfSelf-storage: http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/161732.P.pdfLeafleting: http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/161767.P.pdf

25mins

26 Oct 2017

Rank #17

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Short Circuit 083 (12/8/17)

Compelled masturbation, a lying prosecutor, a jailed glider pilot, and state eminent domain reform.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgIllicit photos: http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/162174.P.pdfLying prosecutor: http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/17a0659n-06.pdfGlider pilot: http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/166625.P.pdfEminent domain: https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2017/15CA1956-PD.pdf

25mins

6 Dec 2017

Rank #18

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Short Circuit 106 (2/15/19)

Facebooking jurors, an unpopular church, a very bad cop, and a tire-tapping trespass.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.org Facebooking jurors: http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/19a0015p-06.pdfChurch zoning: http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/181450.P.pdfLittle Rock’s finest: http://media.ca8.uscourts.gov/opndir/19/02/172079P.pdfTire tap search: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/17/17-40299-CR0.pdf

32mins

18 Feb 2019

Rank #19

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Short Circuit 073 (6/9/17)

Dead man's conviction vacated—can the gov't keep the fine he paid? Sovereign immunity in a just compensation case. An unconstitutional traffic stop. Uber and unfair competition.Use iTunes? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/short-circuit/id309062019Use Android (RSS)? http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:84493247/sounds.rssNewsletter: http://ij.org/about-us/shortcircuit/Want to email us? shortcircuit@ij.orgDead man's fine: http://ij.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/15-3979_opn.pdf Sovereign immunity: http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/17a0115p-06.pdfTraffic stop: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/06/01/15-10385.pdfUber: http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/163301np.pdf

18mins

9 Jun 2017

Rank #20