It’s a rare single-topic Law Talk. As the Supreme Court drama finally comes to a close, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo deliver the last word on the Kavanaugh confirmation: the twists and turns of the original allegations, the theatrics of the Christine Blasey Ford hearing, the damage to the Court’s public standing, whether the time has come to change the confirmation process, and what changes we can expect with Kavanaugh on the court. Come for the internet’s finest legal analysis, stay for the insults of John Paul Stevens and the shady trips to Thailand.

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There are 6 comments.

  1. Coolidge

    Excellent discussion. Thank you.

    • #1
    • October 5, 2018 at 6:04 pm
  2. Member

    This was great, also the pic is top notch.

    • #2
    • October 5, 2018 at 9:25 pm
  3. Member

    PAUSE @12:40 – Yoo: “… once you had this credible allegation come forward …”


    Ford’s allegation was no more credible than the Rolling Stone magazine story about rape at a fraternity at UVA, and honest readers of that story recognized only a few paragraphs in, that the story was fiction. 

    Ford could name neither place nor date. There wasn’t a single corroborating witness or circumstance. Her story was fiction. 

    Maybe Prof Yoo will say something later in the podcast to redeem himself, but right now he appears to be far too willing to go along with the gross denial of due process this farce comprised. 

    • #3
    • October 6, 2018 at 6:57 am
  4. Member

    I don’t know what was better, the podcast or the cover pic of Graham et al.

    • #4
    • October 6, 2018 at 10:22 am
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  5. Coolidge

     No one seems to have remarked that Blasey Ford’s basic premise is that she was traumatized by not being raped. You would think that foiling two (three? four?) strong young men and escaping from them would be an empowering incident. But then, that wouldn’t be a useful excuse for having so foggy a memory of events. 

     Correct me if I’m wrong, but do we even know that those famous therapist’s notes, that Ford would not turn over, even exist? You know, the notes that she couldn’t remember (!) if she had shown them to the Washington Post reporter a few weeks earlier. 

     Do we even know that there was a polygraph test (some time in the last few months, presumably) when she could remember nothing about it, or when it occurred?

    • #5
    • October 6, 2018 at 11:30 am
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  6. Member

    @blueyeti: Please take a few minutes when editing to remove the junk that shouldn’t be there. Like three minutes trying to figure out whether noise is coming from Yoo’s mic, for example. Thanks. 

    • #6
    • October 7, 2018 at 10:58 am
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