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Strict Scrutiny

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Strict Scrutiny is a podcast about the United States Supreme Court and the legal culture that surrounds it. Hosted by three badass constitutional law professors-- Leah Litman, Kate Shaw, and Melissa Murray-- Strict Scrutiny provides in-depth, accessible, and irreverent analysis of the Supreme Court and its cases, culture, and personalities. Each week, Leah, Kate, and Melissa break down the latest headlines and biggest legal questions facing our country, emphasizing what it all means for our daily lives. Whether you’re a lawyer or law student, or you’re just here for the messy legal drama, Strict Scrutiny has you covered. New episodes out every Monday… plus bonuses whenever SCOTUS takes away another one of our rights.

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Strict Scrutiny is a podcast about the United States Supreme Court and the legal culture that surrounds it. Hosted by three badass constitutional law professors-- Leah Litman, Kate Shaw, and Melissa Murray-- Strict Scrutiny provides in-depth, accessible, and irreverent analysis of the Supreme Court and its cases, culture, and personalities. Each week, Leah, Kate, and Melissa break down the latest headlines and biggest legal questions facing our country, emphasizing what it all means for our daily lives. Whether you’re a lawyer or law student, or you’re just here for the messy legal drama, Strict Scrutiny has you covered. New episodes out every Monday… plus bonuses whenever SCOTUS takes away another one of our rights.

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English


Episodes
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The Alitos Let Their Freak Flag Fly

5/20/2024
Leah and Melissa catch up on the Alitos' upside-down flag situation, an opinion preserving the funding structure of the CFPB, and a racial gerrymandering case out of Texas. Jodi Kantor's reportingepisode recapping the oral argumentsWe’re giving one lucky listener the chance to win a pair of tickets! Here’s how to enter: Strict Scrutiny’s Youtube channelmost recent video episodeThe giveaway starts TODAY and ends May 24 at 11:59pm PT. We’ll be picking a winner on/around 5/28 so be sure to keep an eye on your comment. For the full rules, check out the link here: https://crooked.com/strictgiveaway/ InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:08:02

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The Pick-Me Boys and Girls of the Federal Judiciary

5/13/2024
Victoria Wenger of NAACP-LDF joins Kate and Leah for an update on the four years of litigation trying to get fair voting maps for Louisiana residents. Then, a major update on a group of federal officials who plan to penalize a private institution for failing to censor certain speech-- you'll never guess who! Brendan Jacksonwww.ruckercollierfoundation.com InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:07:32

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Asked and Answered: A Listener Mailbag Episode!

5/6/2024
Melissa, Leah, and Kate recap oral arguments in cases about unhoused people, immigration, and Starbucks unions. Then, it's our second annual listener mailbag episode! What's the best way to fight against usage of the Comstock Act? Should liberals be using law suits to troll conservatives? Why don't the Democrat-appointed justices speak out about their colleagues' poor behavior? You asked, we answered! tribecafilm.com/strict InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:10:51

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SCOTUS Seems to Normalize Authoritarianism

4/29/2024
Melissa, Leah, and Kate recap the oral arguments in the Idaho case about the legality of abortions in emergency situations, and the case about whether former President Trump is immune from prosecution in the federal election interference case arising out of January 6. It's all very bleak! In better news, Strict Scrutiny will be live at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 13th! Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 30th, at 11am ET. Learn more and get tickets at tribecafilm.com/strict InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:23:47

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Will SCOTUS Let January 6 Defendants Off the Hook?

4/22/2024
Melissa, Leah, and Kate recap oral arguments in cases about January 6, political corruption, malicious prosecution claims, and the right to counsel. They also break down a batch of decisions, and look ahead to how SCOTUS may address state bans on gender-affirming care. As a pregnant law professor in Arizona, I fear the abortion ban InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:18:30

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SCOTUS’s Final Sitting of the Term Is A Doozy

4/15/2024
In the next two weeks, SCOTUS will hear arguments in cases on political corruption, criminalizing houselessness, whether a state abortion ban can override a federal policy permitting abortion in emergency medical care, the statute under which most January 6th defendants were convicted-- and if that weren’t enough, Donald Trump’s request for immunity in the January 6th case against him. After previewing all these cases, Kate, Leah, and Melissa also provide updates on the total abortion ban and ballot initiative happening in Arizona, and the latest shenanigans out of the Fifth Circuit. Submit it here InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:06:36

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Florida Becomes a Battleground for Reproductive Rights

4/8/2024
Kate and Leah break down the latest court news with Errin Haines, Editor-at-Large for The 19th and host of The Amendment, including developments in abortion access in Florida and the discourse around whether Justice Sotomayor should retire. Then, Jill Habig of the Public Rights Project and Tyler Yarbro from the Tennessee Freedom Circle join Melissa, Kate, and Leah to talk about the latest conservative effort to control the courts: judicial gerrymandering. Melissa's interview with Errin on The Amendmenthere InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:04:13

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The Absurd Fiction of the Mifepristone Case

4/1/2024
Melissa, Kate, and Leah recap the oral arguments in the case challenging the FDA's approval of mifepristone, one of the drugs used in medication abortion. They also recap arguments in cases about the Armed Career Criminal Act and Indian Health Services, and give some updates on cases they're watching in the lower courts, ranging from immigration, to guns, to Title IX. Get your tickets to Strict Scrutiny Live HERE, or head to crooked.com/events for more info. InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:16:19

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The Supreme Court Abortion Pill Case

3/26/2024
Leah, Melissa, and Kate give a quick take on the bottom line from the oral arguments in the medication abortion case that is currently unraveling in the Supreme Court. InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:00:17:24

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Texas, Immigration, and Easily Avoidable Chaos

3/25/2024
Steve Vladeck joins Kate and Leah for the play-by-play of what happened with SB4, Texas's restrictive and extreme anti-immigration law that wound up on the U.S. Supreme Court's shadow docket. Kate and Leah also recap the oral arguments in cases about the First Amendment and social media, the NRA, and the types of evidence allowed in trials. HEREcrooked.com/events InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:22:45

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Welcome to Conservative Grievance Week

3/18/2024
The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week on two First Amendment cases that ask whether the REAL victims of government coercion today are… conservatives with fringe views! Leah, Melissa, and Kate preview those cases, along with the mifepristone case the Court will hear next week. Plus, they do a deep dive on how SCOTUS uses the shadow docket to clear the way for executions. crooked.com/events Washington DC Ticketsthe full episodeThe Trump Indictments: The Historic Charging Documents with CommentaryBookshop.org InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:18:11

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The TLDR of Trump's Indictments

3/11/2024
Our very own Melissa Murray has a new book out with co-author Andrew Weissmann-- The Trump Indictments: The Historic Charging Documents with Commentary-- and it was an instant New York Times bestseller. Melissa and Andrew talk with Kate and Leah about the book and what they hope readers take from it. Plus, for a special court culture segment, Leah talks with Barb McQuade about her book, Attack from Within: How Disinformation Is Sabotaging America. The Trump IndictmentsAttack from Within InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:00:55:40

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SCOTUS Restores Trump to the Colorado Ballot, Unanimously (Kind Of)

3/4/2024
The Supreme Court released its opinion in Trump v. Anderson, saying Colorado and other states can't disqualify Trump from the ballot under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. Kate, Melissa, and Leah break down the (expected) outcome, the (heinous) reasoning and what it means going forward. One guess as to which justice has BDUE (big Dolores Umbridge energy). SCOTUS Has Their Own Theories About Trump's Eligibility InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:00:48:34

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Content Moderation, Machine Guns, and Trump's Trial Calendar

3/4/2024
Leah and Kate analyze the ramifications of the Supreme Court agreeing to hear Trump's immunity case... seven whole weeks from now. They also recap the arguments in a case about whether the federal government can ban bump stocks, a device that turns a semi-automatic rifle into, essentially, a machine gun. Plus, evelyn douek joins the pod to recap arguments in a case about whether social media content moderation is censorship and therefore violates the First Amendment. Moderated Content InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:25:47

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The Alabama Supreme Court Embraces Fetal Personhood

2/26/2024
Looks like we have to add a new segment to the show: Fetal Personhood Watch. Leah, Melissa, and Kate break down the decision from the Alabama Supreme Court that ruled frozen embryos used in IVF treatment are "extrauterine children." They also recap the oral arguments the US Supreme Court heard last week, including a bonkers case about EPA regulations. And then, for a special Court Culture segment, Sherrilyn Ifill joins the pod to talk about launching a new center about the Fourteenth Amendment at Howard University School of Law. What the Fight After Roe Actually Looks LikeJessica ValentiThe Originalist Case for Terrorizing WomenThe Daily ShowThe Trump Indictments: The Historic Charging Documents with Commentary InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:29:17

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly From State Courts

2/19/2024
Kate, Melissa, and Leah preview the cases the Supreme Court will hear this week, explain the latest news in the Trump criminal cases, and survey the significant decisions happening in lower courts. Dobbs & DemocracyChildren of Men: The Roberts Court’s Jurisprudence of MasculinityThe Trump Indictments: The Historic Charging Documents with Commentary InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:17:29

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SCOTUS Has Their Own Theories About Trump’s Eligibility

2/12/2024
The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case about whether Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment disqualifies Donald Trump from appearing on the presidential ballot or holding the office of the presidency because of his role in January 6th. Melissa, Kate, and Leah break down the arguments and what it will mean if the Supreme Court reverses the Colorado Supreme Court's decision. InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:01:02:45

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Why Did Trump Get Denied Immunity?

2/6/2024
This morning, the US Court of Appeals for the DC circuit ruled that Donald Trump doesn't have immunity in the D.C. election interference case. Kate, Melissa, and Leah break down the D.C. Circuit's decision, Trump's arguments and whether or not it was all worth the wait. InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:00:31:33

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Does the Constitution Disqualify Trump from Presidency?

2/5/2024
This week the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case about whether Donald Trump is eligible to run for president, or whether he's disqualified from doing so by a provision of the 14th Amendment that prevents individuals from holding public office if they've engaged in insurrection. As part of the preview of the arguments, Kate, Melissa, and Leah welcome Rick Hasen, author of A Real Right To Vote: How A Constitutional Amendment Can Safeguard Democracy. InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:00:53:05

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E. Jean Carroll and Robbie Kaplan on Trump's "Defamation Rampage"

2/2/2024
E. Jean Carroll and attorney Robbie Kaplan join us to share the process and aftermath of Carroll's defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump-- in which a jury just awarded her $83.3 million. What was Trump's vibe in the courtroom? Will he actually pay up? And what does E. Jean plan to do with all that money? Melissa, Kate, and Leah get all these answers and more. In Trump’s Bitter, Yearslong Brawl With Roberta Kaplan, He Keeps Losing"What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal InstagramTwitterThreadsBluesky

Duration:00:50:32