Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by University of Pennsylvania Law Professor Louis Rulli, to discuss a landmark Supreme Court case on the issue of civil forfeiture.

 

Imagine being pulled over and having the police take all of your money before sending you on your way. It doesn’t sound like something that would happen here in America but it does. It’s called civil forfeiture and our guest, University of Pennsylvania Law Professor Louis Rulli, joins us today to talk about it. Aaron and Professor Rulli discuss the ins and outs of civil forfeiture including a recent Supreme Court case that examined the law under the 8th and 14th Amendments.

 

The Supreme Court case specifically looked at a case where a man, Tyson Timbs, was convicted of selling $225 worth of heroin to undercover police officers. In addition to one year of house arrest, five years of probation, and $1,200 in fees and fines, Mr. Timbs’ $42,000 Land Rover was confiscated even though it was purchased with the inheritance from his father’s life insurance policy. There are also concerns that asset forfeiture has a racial component because minorities are more often subjected to these “fines.”

 

This is a fascinating, albeit scary, discussion with Professor Rulli about Civil Forfeiture and the role it plays in our criminal justice system.

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Louis Rulli

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by George Washington University Professor and Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Victor Weedn, to discuss the ongoing opioid epidemic and the important role forensic pathologists play in battling the crisis.

A public health emergency, the opioid crisis continues to plague the nation. Aaron and Dr. Weedn talk about the epidemic and the specific challenges that intersect between science and law. Dr. Weedn explains how forensic pathologists are on the front line of the crisis, discussing how overwhelmed these doctors are and how important they are in helping to identify the real issues at the heart of the crisis.

Throughout the episode, Dr. Weeden, a renowned pathologist who worked on the OJ Simpson case, the identifying of Tsar Nicholas’ remains and other high-profile cases, describes that the “plethora” of designer drugs available is “enormous” and explains the role of forensic pathologists in identifying and combating these drugs. Dr. Weedn believes that every overdose should be diagnosed by a forensic pathologist and further contends that an autopsy and toxicology report should always be performed.

An incredibly important issue, Aaron and Dr. Weedn discuss this national crisis as well as what needs to happen in order to help stop the suffering. According to Dr. Weedn there is a new drug that comes on to the market every week or two. Despite the resources and the news coverage being devoted to stopping this epidemic it is important to continue to talk about and bring attention to.

A fascinating episode, we hope you enjoy. Do you think that autopsies should always be performed in drug overdose cases? What about toxicology reports?

Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Victor Weedn

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Outbreak outrage!

 

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Georgetown University Law Professor Nicholas Diamond to discuss the anti-vax movement, the surge in measles around the country, and compulsory vaccination.

 

It seems like every day more and more people are being diagnosed with illnesses we thought were eliminated years ago. Illnesses like mumps, measles, and whooping cough have all started appearing again in recent years and can be tied back to unvaccinated children. Some may ask, “if the vaccines are so effective, why wouldn’t everyone get one?” It’s a valid question, but it has a complicated answer.

 

Professor Diamond, who also teaches at George Washington University in D.C. and is also a consultant to pharmaceutical companies, walks us through the reasons some people don’t get their children vaccinated, including religious objections and studies that concluded vaccines caused autism in young children. Although these studies have been disproven time and time again, many still rely on misinformation about vaccines circulated on the internet.

 

This is a very timely topic as just this week there were congressional hearings on compulsory vaccination and an announcement from the FDA that the health agency was going to look for ways to crack down on states that take a lax approach to enforcing vaccination regulations.

 

Now we ask you, how do we prevent the spread of these preventable diseases? Is it education, compulsory vaccination, or another solution we haven’t mentioned?

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Nicholas Diamond

 

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Fake News, the calling card of a presidency?

 

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by University of Pennsylvania History Professor Sophia Rosenfeld to talk about the tenuousness of the truth in democracy.

 

In Professor Rosenfeld’s new book, “Democracy and Truth,” she tells readers about the peculiar and fragile relationship between democracy and the truth. While it certainly feels like we live in a very unique time, and, in many senses, we do, Trump’s attacks on the media and his inability to remain truthful may not be that different after all. Just as she does in her book, Professor Rosenfeld walks us through the erosion of trust and truth, which has led to our current political climate and the rise of “Fake News”. Aaron and Professor Rosenfeld go on to discuss the potential solutions to the issues at hand.

 

This is an extremely timely conversation as President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, takes center stage to provide a deeper look into the President’s past, his campaign and the current administration.

 

To purchase Professor Rosenfeld’s book visit: https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-Truth-History-Sophia-Rosenfeld/dp/0812250842

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Sophia Rosenfeld

 

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It’s ok to discriminate? Well…. Not exactly. Well…..Maybe.

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Elizabeth Weeks, co-author of a new book called “Healthism: Health-Status Discrimination and the Law” and Professor of Law at the University of Georgia. Professor Weeks joins the show today to talk about healthism, discriminating on the basis of health status.

Aaron and Elizabeth discuss what healthism means, what it looks like in practice, and, most importantly, when companies can and cannot discriminate based on a person’s health-status.

If a person smokes at home, should they be penalized at work? What if the employer provides that employee health insurance? How about if someone is overweight? These are just some of the questions Elizabeth addresses in today’s episode and in her new book. Professor Weeks explains the differences between acceptable and unacceptable healthism practices and takes us through several examples of each. It’s a conversation that really makes you question your stance on discrimination.

Tell us, do you agree with Professor Weeks? Are there times employers or companies should be allowed to discriminate based on a person’s health status?

To purchase Professor Weeks’s book visit: https://www.amazon.com/Healthism-Health Status-Discrimination-Jessica-Roberts/dp/1107160383

Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Elizabeth Weeks

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