The Legal Defense Show – 07/23/16

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Another week, another episode of Legal Defense on 101.5 FM WHBL Sheboygan. Kirk Obear is out this week, so John Birdsall runs the show solo. He discusses the tension over shootings of unarmed black men by law enforcement officials, and how the issue has worked its way into the rhetoric of the presidential candidates. In the second half of this week’s episode, John examines the role that criminal justice reform will play in the upcoming presidential election, and what issues, such as mass incarceration and mandatory minimum sentencing, ought to be addressed at the national level by Democrats and Republicans. Don’t forget to tune in next week as Kirk rejoins the show with some special guests, and John takes off for a trip to Wyoming!

 

The Legal Defense Show – 07/16/16

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Another week, another episode of Legal Defense with attorneys John Birdsall and Kirk Obear on 101.5 FM WHBL Sheboygan. The show begins with a discussion of the Stingray technology used by law enforcement which can triangulate locations of suspects within several feet, via their cell phone. John and Kirk debate the civil liberties pitfalls of the device, and how recent court rulings have affected its use in investigations.

 

The Legal Defense Show – 07/09/16

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Another week, another episode of Legal Defense with attorneys John Birdsall and Kirk Obear on 101.5 FM WHBL Sheboygan. They start off discussing shootings by police in Baton Rouge and Minnesota, and debate the escalation of tension in each circumstance that led the officers to use lethal force. In the show’s second portion, John and Kirk expand on how and when police officers are supposed to use their firearms while on duty, and what the repercussions for misuse ought to be. They also examine the debate over whether cops should use body cameras, and what impact on fatal shootings the technology may have. The latter half of the show takes a look at the scandal surrounding the Boy Scouts of America, and allegations that the organization hid reports of child abuse by Scout leaders in so-called ‘Perversion Files.’

 

The Legal Defense Show – 06/25/16

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It’s Legal Defense with attorneys John Birdsall and Kirk Obear on 101.5 FM WHBL Sheboygan. John goes solo again, as Kirk is out on break this week. Despite this, he manages to tackle a variety of important legal and political current events from Wisconsin and around the nation. First up, is Peruta v. San Diego County – a controversial decision out of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, that has the potential to significantly limit concealed carry rights around the country. John talks about the likely appeal of the 52-page majority ruling to the United States Supreme Court, and notes the differences between this and the D.C. v. Heller Supreme Court ruling from 2008. In the second half of the show, the topic shifts to illegal traffic stops, and the recent court decision in Utah v. Strieff. John explains why he thinks the Supreme Court ruling dangerously corrodes the standard of dismissing all evidence when acquired illegally during traffic stop, and what implications this might have on law enforcement conduct.