April 05, 2024

Short Circuit 318 | Is Coding Speech?

An all Seventh Circuit, all Chicago episode. IJ attorney Andrew Ward drops in to tell a tale of online support for terrorists. Or at least […]

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March 29, 2024

Short Circuit 317 | Live at the University of Virginia!

The Short Circuit roadshow comes to UVA in Charlottesville, Virginia, where we finally focus on the Fourth Circuit. Fresh off her Supreme Court argument last […]

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March 22, 2024

Short Circuit 316 | Unaccountable

Is qualified immunity a narrow doctrine focused on protecting the police when they make “split second decisions”? If you listen to its defenders you would […]

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March 14, 2024

Short Circuit 315 | A Day at the Races

A bit of a free speech derby this week, one opinion about free speech itself and another about how to just get to the First […]

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March 07, 2024

Short Circuit 314 | That's Gold, Jerry, Gold!

Everyone says we need more housing, right? Not all local governments agree. Maybe they’re fine with more housing over there but not where developers actually […]

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March 01, 2024

Short Circuit 313 | Memo From a Robot

A special episode on artificial intelligence and the law, including how we find the law. Ed Walters, a pioneer in bringing AI to legal research, […]

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February 22, 2024

Short Circuit 312 | The Power of FERC

An electric episode where we just might short the circuits. That’s because we dive into some capital “D” Drama at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. […]

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February 14, 2024

Short Circuit 311 | SCOTUS Ladies

We’re joined by the SCOTUS Ladies, two “Supreme Court super fans.” They are Anastasia Boden and Elizabeth Slattery and they’re here to talk about their […]

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February 09, 2024

Short Circuit 310 | Opening the Vaults

The Ninth Circuit recently had some pretty harsh words for the FBI’s egregious behavior when the Bureau decided to crack open some vaults in Los […]

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February 05, 2024

Unpublished Opinions 5 | Legal Fictions

It’s the latest episode of Unpublished Opinions, a Short Circuit podcast (but not actually Short Circuit). This is the podcast where Institute for Justice attorneys […]

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January 31, 2024

Short Circuit 309 | O’Scannlain O’Rama

It’s a clerk reunion this week, at least for two former clerks of Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the Ninth Circuit. We welcome back David Lat […]

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January 25, 2024

Short Circuit 308 | Burns Night

A more poetic Short Circuit this week. Coinciding with his birthday, January 25th, and with the phenomenon that it is these days, we pay homage […]

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January 18, 2024

Short Circuit 307 | Working Both Sides of the Bench

An “utterly bonkers” case this week. Jaba Tsitsuashvili, attorney at IJ and attorney for his client Erma Wilson, tells us about the Fifth Circuit’s recent […]

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January 11, 2024

Short Circuit 306 | Widespread Super Cheap Surveillance

If a defendant lies on the stand, and also hasn’t turned over records that would have helped answer the same question, is that discovery abuse? […]

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January 04, 2024

Short Circuit 305 | Rare as Hen’s Teeth

An old favorite on our first show of 2024, a search incident to arrest. Was it reasonable for the police to open a man’s backpack […]

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December 28, 2023

Short Circuit 304 | The Writing on the Wall

If you ask someone on the street what’s the deal with the standard in employment discrimination cases they’ll likely exclaim “McDonnell Douglas!” And they’d be […]

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December 20, 2023

Short Circuit 303 | Larry McMurtry Fact Pattern

Motions to suppress evidence of illegal firearms possession seem to be all the rage these days, or at least on this episode. IJ’s Christie Hebert […]

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December 15, 2023

Unpublished Opinions 4 | Juicy Stuff

Quite a bit to talk about today on Unpublished Opinions, the podcast where Institute for Justice attorneys muse on legal things other than the federal […]

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December 14, 2023

Short Circuit 302 | Deranged Prosecutor

Two holiday delights this week: The right of a former president to say “Deranged prosecutor Jack Smith” and the proper standard when officials recklessly fail […]

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December 07, 2023

Short Circuit 301 | Litigating the Multiverse

We’re joined by Braden Boucek, Director of Litigation at the Southeastern Legal Foundation, and IJ’s Arif Panju. Braden takes us to the Eighth Circuit where […]

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November 29, 2023

Short Circuit 300 | The Cause of Action Community

It’s all about rights and voting this week. With a cause of action twist. We dig into the right to sue to enforce voting rights […]

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November 21, 2023

Short Circuit 299 | The Gambler

Short Circuit 299 | The Gambler We’re joined by Mike Greenberg of IJ, who flies in via drone. Or, rather, two drone cases. First Mike […]

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November 16, 2023

Short Circuit 298 | Everything Causes Cancer

You ever notice those warning labels saying the State of California has carcinogenic concerns about whatever the product is you are buying? Ever also notice […]

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November 08, 2023

Short Circuit 297 | Working in a Coal Mine with TikTok

It’s the old and the new economy this week. First, IJ’s Dan Alban grabs his shovel and hardhat and heads deep down into the tunnels […]

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November 06, 2023

Unpublished Opinions 3 | Postpositive Adjectives

It’s another edition of the podcast where we talk about things other than the federal courts of appeals. Patrick Jaicomo and Sam Gedge clamber in […]

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November 02, 2023

Short Circuit 296 | Parenting Is Hard

A pair of qualified-immunity-infused opinions that will light a fire and inspire parenting solidarity. First, IJ’s Tori Clark brings us to the Ninth Circuit where […]

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October 26, 2023

Short Circuit 295 | Nightmare on Law Street

It’s our Halloween special! Spooky stories from the federal courts of appeals that will keep you up at night. Erica “Specter” Smith Ewing and Bert […]

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October 18, 2023

Short Circuit 294 | A Blast from the Past

Short Circuit listeners may be familiar with occupational liberty cases brought by the Institute for Justice. But perhaps not with the kind of “through the […]

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October 12, 2023

Short Circuit 293 | General Law for the Fourth Amendment

It’s a Short Circuit Special this week, all about that part of the Constitution that is supposed to keep away unreasonable searches and seizures—the Fourth […]

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October 03, 2023

Short Circuit 292 | Infallible Online

A special Short Circuit Live in southern California with a special guest. We welcome Ken White, a/k/a Popehat to the show, along with IJ attorneys […]

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