The Legal Defense Show – 10/22/16

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Listen to the newest episode of Legal Defense with attorneys John Birdsall and Kirk Obear on 101.5 FM WHBL Sheboygan! John and Kirk continue their previous week’s discussion regarding the impact of this election cycle on the future of politics and political discourse in the United States. They focus in particular on the nuances of the separation of power in U.S. government, and what challenges the next president will face with regard to policy making, if their party does not control Congress. In the second segment, Kirk explains the importance of registering and voting on November 8th, and how one should approach voting for candidates at various levels of government. Later in the show, John and Kirk debate the ongoing legislative battle to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court, and what likelihood exists that the ninth seat will be filled after the election, given partisan gridlock. Every week, you can find an all new episode of Legal Defense right here on our website: www.birdsall-law.com/legal-blog.

The Legal Defense Show – 10/15/16

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It’s Legal Defense with attorneys John Birdsall and Kirk Obear on 101.5 FM WHBL Sheboygan! With the election only a few weeks away, John and Kirk discuss the major party candidates, and dig into the history of the electoral process in the United States. In the second segment, they discuss how sexual assault cases are carried out by prosecutors, and what changes this system could benefit from. Later in the show, John looks into the situation of Duane Buck, who is currently on death row in Texas, but petitioning the court to reevaluate his sentence on Sixth Amendment grounds. Buck claims that his state-appointed attorney acted inappropriately after he brought in an expert at his client’s sentencing hearing who claimed that Buck was more likely to commit violent crimes because he was African American. Tune in next week for an all new episode, and don’t forget that all previous episodes of Legal Defense are available for free on our website: www.birdsall-law.com/legal-blog

The Legal Defense Show – 10/08/16

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It’s another weekly 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 excellent Netflix documentary “13th” directed by Ava DuVernay, which examines mass incarceration in the United States, and the historical roots of the problem. Using the film as a jumping-off point, John and Kirk discuss what the prison system in Wisconsin looks like, and what role private prisons play in facilitating mass incarceration. They examine the use of prison inmates for cheap manufacturing labor, and what type of challenges ex-convicts face when released, such as prohibitions on voting rights. Tune in next week for an all new episode, and don’t forget that all previous episodes of Legal Defense are available for free on our website: www.birdsall-law.com/legal-blog

 

The Legal Defense Show – 10/01/16

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It’s another weekly episode of Legal Defense with attorneys John Birdsall and Kirk Obear on 101.5 FM WHBL Sheboygan! John and Kirk discuss some of the evolving theories on community policing practices, and how this topic has been covered by the presidential candidates this election cycle. They delve deeper into the comments that Donald Trump has put forward regarding criminal justice reform, and in particular, his largely inaccurate portrayal of ballooning crime rates nationwide. Don’t forget to tune in each week for a brand new episode of Legal Defense! All episodes are available shortly after airing, right here on our website: www.birdsall-law.com/legal-blog.