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Is This Legal?
42 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
Ep. 80 Brittney Griner's Russian Drug Case Explained
WNBA star Brittney Griner was stopped on February 12th, 2022, with 0.7 g of hashish oil in her luggage. Colin and Russ explain her charges, her 9 year sentence, and the light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a potential prisoner swap with notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the Russian "Merchant of Death." Stick around for a visit to the sunshine state for another Dumb Criminal of the Week.
50 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
Ep. 79 Is Marijuana Basically Legal In America?
While public opinion on marijuana continues to shift, the US Congress has yet to catch up. Russ and Colin talk the latest developments in marijuana law in America including federal legislation, the categorization of marijuana as a controlled substance, banking laws, and where the county is headed. They answer the burning questions: What is the weed capital of America (Hint: it’s not California or Washington), serve up an episode of “Is This Legal?” with guest Dave Ferrante, and shame a dumb criminal from the Show Me state!
50 minutes | Jul 7, 2022
Ep. 78 Abortion, Guns, Prayer and the Supreme Court
The most recent term of the newly appointed Supreme Court has come to an end, including the Trump additions of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett and boy did it end with a bang. Colin and Russ break down new cases overturning Roe v. Wade, extending gun rights, and expanding the right to pray on public school property. Why did they rule the way they did, what is an Originalist, and if you don't like the way the Supreme Court wind is blowing, what can you do about it? All this and a new DCOTW for your listening pleasure!
49 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Ep. 77 Deshaun Watson: Sexual Predator, or Just a Creep?
As the train wreck that is Deshaun Watson's trade to the Cleveland Ostriches, whoops, we mean Cleveland Browns, unfolds amid 2 dozen claims of sexual misconduct, Colin and Russ dive into all aspects of the case. What is his criminal liability? Do the Browns, or the Texans have anything to fear? Were teams really hiding their heads in the sand to land Watson as their starting QB, or is the case blown out of proportion? And last of all, are happy endings legal? Tune in for answers to all of this and more!
43 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
Ep. 76 Gun Laws In America Part 2
Join Russ and Colin as they follow up from Ep. 20 and discuss the current legal landscape of gun laws in the USA after the horrific shooting in Uvalde, TX. Can gun manufacturers be sued after a mass shooting? Are red flag laws working? Are there any cases before the Supreme Court on this? Listen to find out, and stay for the Dumb Criminal of the Week!
61 minutes | May 13, 2022
Ep. 75 The Johnny Depp/Amber Heard Debacle
As the circus, whoops, sorry, the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard unfolds, Russ and Colin take an episode to go over the salacious details, the legal nuances, and the likely winners, if any. What are the courtroom strategies being employed here? Does Amber Heard's countersuit have a chance to succeed? Does the judge regret not going to medical school? These questions will all be explored, along with a pair of Is This Legal? riddles and the exploits of this week's Dumb Criminal of the Week. Gavel drop!
56 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
Ep. 74 Shocking "Discovery!" Barry Morphew Case Part 2
Colin and Russ discuss the shocking events that led to the dismissal of murder charges against Barry Morphew, who was charged with murdering his wife, Suzanne Morphew, a woman who went missing in the summer of 2020. They cover the cavalcade of missteps by the DAs office, from failure to disclose alternative suspects to making up results of a dog-sniff that didn't happen! Follow up from Episode 61. Check it out!For the full transcript, click here.
54 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
Ep. 73 - Should a Nurse Go to Jail for Making a Mistake? The RaDonda Vaught Case
In this episode, Colin and Russ discuss the conviction of nurse RaDonda Vaught following the accidental death of a patient Vaught treated. The Vaught case has the healthcare world in a commotion and may have broad implications for the industry, especially for those considering careers in nursing. The topic of today's episode is brought to you by alert listener Kristin Larson, who is herself a nurse and aspiring lawyer. Listen in as Kristin gives her professional opinion on this tragedy and tests her legal acumen in the Is This Legal? segment. Also, before you ask, we are indeed headed back to Florida this time around for Dumb Criminal of the Week!
52 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
Ep. 72 Will Putin Be Charged with War Crimes?
Colin and Russ discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and whether or not Vladimir Putin can be investigated and charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court. They are joined by Jeremy Cox for Is This Legal, and have a brand new #DCOTW!
44 minutes | Feb 12, 2022
Ep. 71 - The Riad Case and Self-Driving Car Crashes: Is Tesla at Fault?
With self-driving technology becoming more and more common, the inevitable re-drawing of legal lines has begun to figure out who's at fault, and to what extent, when self-driving cars crash. In this episode of the show, Colin and Russ tackle a recent case from California involving a Tesla driver, Kevin Riad, who faces felony charges for an accident resulting in multiple fatalities. Is Mr. Riad liable criminally? Is Tesla? Also features an "Is This Legal?" segment with a guest who must ponder not one but two legal quandaries, and a Dumb Criminal of the Week that, shockingly, does not come out of Florida. Sit back, and tune in!
47 minutes | Jan 22, 2022
Ep. 70 - Trump's Supreme Court Loss
Former President Donald Trump has taken legal action to prevent the Jan. 6th House committee from obtaining documents, created during Trump's tenure, that pertain to the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol last year. His efforts have been rejected by the lower courts, and now the Supreme Court has issued a decision not to hear the case. Listen in as your intrepid podcast hosts Russ and Colin discuss how this process unfolded, and what it means going forward with regard to criminal liability for Trump. Then, test your wits against a new legal trivia puzzle, and, as always, marvel at the Dumb Criminal of the Week.
44 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Ep. 69 - Piles o' Trials and the Make-A-Wish Mom Goes to Jail
New year, new news! In this episode, the boys give an update on some of the high-profile trials from 2021 that have now ended, including the Elizabeth Holmes Theranos trial and the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. Then, they throw out a fresh Is This Legal? scenario for you to ponder, wrapping up the episode with a discussion of Kelly Turner, the Make-A-Wish mom who just pled guilty to a handful of felonies. Also features a Dumb Criminal of the Week you won't want to miss. Happy New Year!
49 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
Ep. 68 - 110 Years in Prison for a Traffic Accident?
Russ and Colin break down the case of Colorado truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, who lost his brakes on interstate 70, crashing into traffic and ultimately resulting in the death of 4 people and injury of 6 others. Mr. Aguilera-Mederos, despite having no prior criminal history, and no intent to injure or kill anyone, was sentenced to 110 years in prison, the minimum mandatory for the crimes pursued by District Attorney Alexis King. Tune in and see why this disproportionate result, and whether the sentencing will be revisited. As always, a guest plays Is This Legal, and they have your Dumb Criminal of the Week!For the full transcript, click Here.
48 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Ep. 67 Legal Roundup! Crumbley, Potter, Maxwell, Smollett Trials
2021 is going out with a flurry of high-profile criminal trials, so it's only right that Colin and Russ take an episode to bring you up to speed on all of them. In this 67th iteration of Is This Legal?, the guys take a look at the cases of Ethan Crumbley, Kim Potter, and Ghislaine Maxwell, and they give a tip of the cap to Jussie Smollett as well during an extended DCOTW segment. Also features some quick thinking from this week's guest interviewee, and a whole lot more. Don't miss it!For the full transcript, click here.
58 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
Ep. 66 - Is Kyle Rittenhouse Guilty?
This week's Is This Legal takes a trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to analyze the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Armed with an assault rifle, baby-faced teenager Kyle Rittenhouse took to the streets, answering a call to protect property. The night took a tragic turn as 2 men were killed and another wounded at the hands of Mr. Rittenhouse. Russ and Colin break down Rittenhouse's case for self defense and give their best educated guesses as to whether he will be convicted. All this, plus another fan-favorite round of Is This Legal and of course, the always hilarious Dumb Criminal of the Week for some much needed LOLs. For the full transcript, click here.
53 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Ep. 65 - You're Under Arrest! (But I'm Not a Cop): Ahmaud Arbery, Confederate Flags, and Citizen Arrests
Russ and Colin are back to discuss the tragic Ahmaud Arbery killing that spurred protests and outrage across the country. Is citizen's arrest a legal defense tactic? What evidence will be admissible at trial? Answers in this episode. Plus: A spicy round of "Is This Legal?" and our much-loved "Dumb Criminal of the Week."
51 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Ep. 64- The Gabby Petito Murder Part 2 – Strangulation, Domestic Violence & The Moab Police Department
Here is the sequel you’ve been waiting for. The boys are back and bringing you the newest developments in the tragic Gabby Petito case. Russ and Colin discuss strangulation, domestic violence, and whether the Moab Police Department are to blame for Gabby Petito’s death. Plus, we put a loyal listener to the test and bring you another Dumb Criminal of the Week. For anyone interested in helping bring some holiday cheer to children in need, please consider donating to kenziscauses.org.For the full transcript, click here.
44 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Ep. 63 The Gabby Petito Murder. Are Brian Laundrie's Parents Liable?
The discovery of Gabby Petito's body recently in Wyoming, and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie's unusual behavior in the weeks after her disappearance, raise legal questions: could Laundrie's parents be liable for helping cover up a crime? What tactics will authorities use to draw out information in the case? Also features an intriguing Is This Legal? issue to consider and a rollicking new DCOTW (Dumb Criminal of the Week).For the full transcript, click here.
43 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Ep. 62 - Karen Garner and the Downfall of Loveland PD, Featuring Sarah Schielke
Ooh boy, this one's a sizzler. First, the backstory: in episode 56, Colin and Russ discussed the widely-publicized assault on Karen Garner, an elderly woman with dementia, by officers of the Loveland Police Department in Colorado. In this episode, the guys are joined by Karen's attorney, Sarah Schielke, fresh off securing a three-million dollar settlement from the city of Loveland to recompense Karen for her hardship. Sarah breaks down the initial criminal case against Karen, the civil suit Karen's family appointed Sarah to handle subsequently, and the ongoing criminal cases against the Loveland officers involved in the assault. Get your popcorn, and settle in.
55 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Ep. 61 - Murder without a Body? The Barry Morphew Case
Here's one for all the true crime fans. Suzanne Morphew's disappearance has attracted a lot of media attention lately, and it's clear why: the story has a love triangle, mysterious circumstantial evidence, and plenty of room for juicy speculation. The case is now before a judge to decide whether there's probable cause to proceed to trial. What are the arguments the prosecution will use to advance the claim that Barry Morphew murdered his wife? What evidence will the defense use to exculpate Morphew? And just as importantly, will our guest Alex Stafford be able to answer the age-old question, "Is this legal?" Settle in and find out! Also, be sure to check out Alex's Instagram for pithy craft beer expertise.For the full transcript, click Here.
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