Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner


Join Glenn Kirschner, NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst and former Assistant U.S. Attorney at the D.C. U.S Attorney's Office as he brings analysis and insight to legal issues of the day, drawing from his 30 years as a federal prosecutor, homicide prosecutor and Army JAG. For 30 years, Glenn argued to juries, breaking down complex legal issues in ways that were universally understandable and relatable. He brings that same approach to his analysis of today's troubled legal landscape.

How to Defeat Trump/McGahn/Barr's Weaponization of the Courts
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Trump and his nefarious associates believe they have perfected exploiting the delay in the court system to run out the clock and never be held to account. The fix is not as difficult as you might think. There's an abundance of specialized courts created to deal with specific types of cases. For example, there are drug courts, mental health courts, juvenile courts and domestic violence courts. In federal district court in Washington, DC, for example, there is reentry court. Creating these courts do not require an act of Congress. It simply takes the judicial branch--a co-equal branch of the government--to recognize a particularized need in the criminal justice system and instituting common-sense rule changes to address the need. If there was ever a need to address a deficiency, it is in the way nefarious actors exploit the delay inherent in the system. DC federal district court can easily remedy this weakness by creating an Inter-Branch Dispute Court (IBDC). When legal disputes erupt between the executive and legislative branches, like the need to enforce the House of Representatives' subpoena for Don McGahn's testimony in the impeachment inquiry, the IBDC can give the parties 72 hours to file their briefs, another 72 hours to present their oral arguments and the court decision would be entered within 72 hours of the conclusion of those arguments. The appeals court can follow the same 72/72/72 time table. Justice can be done in a matter of weeks, as opposed to the Trumps and McGahns of the world delay justice for months or years.This common sense approach to fixing a procedurally broken judiciary is a must for the health of our democracy. If you are interested in supporting our content, please consider becoming a #TeamJustice patron at:  https://www.patreon.com/glennkirschnerMy podcast, "Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner" can be downloaded where you get your podcasts.Please subscribe to my YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/glennkirschner2Follow me on: https://www.twitter.com/glennkirschner2 https://www.Facebook.com/glennkirschner2Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glennkirschner2Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/glennkirschner)

12 days ago
A Three-Part Plan for True Police Reform. The Time is Now.
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All the prohibitions in the world (as, for example, banning choke holds), won't accomplish a thing if the wrong people are populating our police forces. After 30 years as a prosecutor working with thousands of police officers, agents and detectives, here's my take on realistic, imminently doable police reform: extreme vetting/hiring practices with FULL citizen participation; extreme training and testing, with FULL citizen participation, until deescalation is muscle memory; and extreme accountability procedures with FULL citizen participation - including one excessive-force-strike and you're out, forever out, of policing, complete with National Accountability Registry for Cops (NARC). Moreover, the reform process must involve questioning everything, like why and how an incident that started as a young man selling single cigarettes ends in a life taken. The time is now.If you are interested in supporting our content, please consider becoming a #TeamJustice patron at:  https://www.patreon.com/glennkirschnerMy podcast, "Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner" can be downloaded where you get your podcasts.Follow me on: https://www.twitter.com/glennkirschner2 https://www.Facebook.com/glennkirschner2Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glennkirschner2Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/glennkirschner)

20 days ago
Unpacking the Federal Courts
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We all know that Mitch McConnell has been packing the courts with ideologues, including several judges rated "not qualified" by the American Bar Association to serve as federal judges. The judicial candidates identified by McConnell and nominated by Donald Trump have inarguably degraded the quality of the federal judiciary.This episode discusses a three-part plan to unpack the courts. After nearly four years of Donald Trump's reign, it's become apparent that we can no longer rely on the federal government to police itself. The concept of checks and balances, and coequal branches of government is becoming a distant memory.If you are interested in supporting our content, please consider becoming a #TeamJustice patron at http://www.patreon.com/glennkirschnerSubscribe to my YouTube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/glennkirschner2Follow me on Twitter: http://www. twitter.com/glennkirschner2Follow me on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/glennkirschner2

27 days ago
Senate Intel Report, Vol. 5: Trump Lied, Manafort Spied, Democracy Nearly Died
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The Senate Intelligence Committee just released Vol. 5 of the report of its investigation into Russian interference - and Trump Campaign complicity - in our 2016 elections. It spans nearly 1000 pages but some of the top line conclusions: 1. Paul Manafort coordinated (ok, conspired) with a Russian Intelligence Officer to facilitate Russia's interference in our elections; 2. Trump lied when he told Mueller in written answers that he had no memory of talking with Roger Stone about Wikileaks; and 3. Vladimir Putin personally ordered the Russian efforts to hack the DNC computers and leak the information to hurt Clinton's campaign. Barr may try to mischaracterize the committee's findings and Trump may start screaming about how the Senate Committee was on a witch hunt. Those claims will ring hollow given that this is a report issued by a Republican majority Senate committee.If you are interested in supporting our content, please consider becoming a #TeamJustice patron at:  http://www.patreon.com/glennkirschner

about 1 month ago
States Refer Trump and Postmaster General DeJoy for Criminal Investigation Over Slowing the Mail
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Donald Trump and his Postmaster General Louis DeJoy appear to be engaged in a criminal conspiracy to slow down the mail (in a transparent attempt to interfere in our free and fair elections) in violation of the federal law, 18 United States Code section 1703, which makes it a crime to delay or destroy the mail. Of course, Attorney General Bill Barr will not initiate a criminal investigation into Trump or DeJoy, as Barr has abandoned his responsibility to represent the interests of the American people and support and defend the Constitution, in favor of supporting and defending Donald Trump. But the good news is that there have now been two criminal referrals of Trump and DeJoy for potentially violating state law and the voting rights of state citizens. Arizona Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs, has made a criminal referral to the Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich. Additionally, US Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. has made a criminal referral of Trump and DeJoy to the Attorney General for the state of New Jersey for possible violations of New Jersey voting laws.If you are interested in supporting our content, please become a #TeamJustice patron at http://www.patreon.com/glennkirschnerMy podcast, "Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner" can be downloaded where you get your postcasts.Twitter: twitter.com/glennkirschner2Facebook:  Facebook.com/glennkirschner2

about 1 month ago