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Sure, everyone’s talking about the Obama Administration scandals from a political perspective, but this week on Law Talk with Epstein and Yoo (guided by the steady hand of host Troy Senik), you’ll get the complete analysis from the angle that really matters: the legal one. Also, the professors weigh in on the over/under on Eric Holder’s career as Attorney General, and John tosses out yet another pop culture reference that Richard has no chance of catching. Can you?

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  1. Profile photo of Quinn the Eskimo Member

    What are the texts for the Roman law course? That sounds like a great class.

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    • May 25, 2013 at 5:43 am
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  2. Profile photo of The Mugwump Inactive

    RE: The Last Emperor

    If you regard Byzantium as the continuation of the Roman Empire in the east, then the key date is the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in A.D. 1453. Just as the Western Roman Empire began and ended with a Romulus on the throne, the Eastern Roman Empire was founded by Constantine I and ended when Constantine XI was killed defending the city during the final siege.

    Other comparisons abound. By A.D. 476 the Western Roman Empire had been completely overrun by Germanic tribes. The fall of Constantinople was also largely symbolic insofar as the Turks had already crossed into Europe and conquered the greater part of the Balkans. So depleted was the Byzantine Empire at the end that the walls of Constantinople were defended almost entirely by volunteers from the newly emerging Italian city-states, mostly Genoese and Venetians.

    Curiously, the Byzantines had anticipated their final demise for many years. The Byzantine cultural heritage (art, philosophy, and literature) had already been transferred willy-nilly back to Italy where a renewed interest in classical studies played a major role in sparking the Italian Renaissance. Rome had successfully migrated. Twice!

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    • May 25, 2013 at 6:04 am
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  3. Profile photo of Astonishing Inactive

    My guess is Holder can’t last two weeks.

    First, the fakery of his recusal will be exposed when it comes to light he continued to receive, accept and respond to multiple reports about the AP case throughout the course of that investigation–reports he would not have received, and certainly would not have accepted and responded to, had he actually removed himself from the matter. Holder’s squirminess about the timing and documentation of his purported recusal was a clumsy piece of transparent lying, unworthy of a third-rate street criminal.

    Second, when it comes to light that the guy authorized more than a few over-broad snoopings on journalists, Obama himself will find it impossible to defend him, in light of Obama’s own condemnation of such practices. (Holder has already tacitly acknowledged that he authorized quite a number of seizures involving journalist communications.)

    Obama will not let Holder cripple his administration if he can avoid it, and I would not be surprised if Holder, once he loses Obama’s support and protection, is disbarred or even criminally prosecuted.

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    • May 25, 2013 at 11:40 am
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  4. Profile photo of Joker Member
    Am I to understand that all Americans have a right to free speech and association, but that there is no enforcement mechanism in place to punish those who deny those rights?After hearing Lerner’s 5th, I expected that the crime she feared through her testimony was something to do with denying Americans their first amendment rights. Is there no legal sanction for systematic, taxpayer funded denial? Or is she merely expressing her own rights through her appointed position?
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    • May 26, 2013 at 9:57 am
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  5. Profile photo of Sabrdance Member

    If you want to get really technical, the Byzantine line of succession transfered to the Russian Czar -so the last Roman Emperor was Nicholas II.

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    • May 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm
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  6. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    I’m still quite surprised to learn that there’s little, precious little outrage being shown by our purported representatives in Congress regarding the IRS scandal. That is simply authoritarianism run rampant – off the rails, far into 3rd-world banana republic country, where politics that run counter to the party in power are actively squelched by the federal apparatus. Speech has been curtailed here – political speech. It was actively curtailed, purposefully, by a federal agency, the one that collects, at gunpoint, the dollars used (in part) to fund the salaries of those precious dainties who so often stand up for 1st Amendment rights when it suits them, then shut the hell up when it does not.

    We are actively dismantling what was once a Republic. It didn’t begin with a President Barry, but he has stomped on the accelerator so hard that all the little federal minions now know they can operate free of concern of having anything negative happen to them. If the disaster that is Holder can operate for 4 years and nothing happens to him, why should anyone else worry?

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    • May 29, 2013 at 6:05 am
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