Episode 181: This Podcast Has Lots of Jitter

October 8, 2020

They may or may not have more presidential debates, but you’ll always at least have us!  Tune in for this week’s episode as Professors Chesney and Vladeck review the latest national security law developments:

  • The two so-called Islamic State “Beatles” have now arrived in Virginia to face criminal prosecution in civilian court.
  • Meanwhile, the trial before a military commission of KSM and others charged with involvement in the 9/11 plot needs a judge, again.
  • In a horrifying illustration of organized domestic terrorism, the FBI and DOJ today revealed the arrest of five men who were plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor (apparently with plans to them hold some kind of show trial, which then presumably would lead to her murder).
  • The Second Circuit will not quash the subpoena issued by New York City’s DA (Cy Vance Jr.) for Trump-related tax records.
  • The 25th Amendment was in the news, bigly, last Friday as President Trump’s health situation deteriorated; we spell out how it works, and then argue over the wisdom of having the Speaker of the House in the statutory order of succession for the presidency
  • Where in the world is Steve Vladeck…in terms of oral arguments?  He was in the Texas Supreme Court this week, and will be in the Supreme Court of the United States next Tuesday (for Briggs).

Meanwhile, we have one word of advice and one homework assignment for y’all:


HOMEWORK: Be prepared to identify the top 5 best, and bottom 5 worst, Tom Berenger movies (for next week’s frivolity)!

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