February 16, 2024

A Pig in a Parlor | Season 3, Ep. 4

In 1926, in the case of Euclid v. Ambler, the Supreme Court upheld zoning, giving elected officials and city planners vast, new, and largely unchecked […]

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January 19, 2024

A Lost World | Season 3, Ep. 3

On Episode 3, we journey back to a lost world: the world before zoning. And we take a look at a trio of historic property […]

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December 21, 2023

Groping in a Fog | Season 3, Ep. 2

In 1922, Scranton, Pennsylvania was said to be on the verge of collapsing into the vast coal mines beneath the city; residents, buildings, and streets […]

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December 08, 2023

Mr. Thornton's Woods | Season 3, Ep. 1

In 1984, the Supreme Court ruled that the Fourth Amendment’s protections against warrantless searches do not apply to “open fields.” Which means that government agents […]

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November 20, 2023

Season 3 Teaser

Season 3 of Bound By Oath is coming soon! Click here for transcript.

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March 16, 2022

State Remedies | SEASON 2, EP. 11

With the doors to federal court closing on civil rights claims, this final episode of Season 2 heads to new terrain: state court. Click here for […]

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November 10, 2021

Prosecutors, Perjurers, and Other Non-Persons — Part 2 | Season 2, Ep. 10

In 1983, in the case of Briscoe v. LaHue, the Supreme Court ruled that government employees who commit perjury at trial are absolutely immune from […]

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November 05, 2021

Prosecutors, Perjurers, and Other Non-Persons — Part 1 | Season 2, Ep. 10

In 2005, Charles Rehberg annoyed some politically powerful people in his community of Albany, Georgia, and found himself facing serious criminal charges—charges that were completely […]

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September 01, 2021

Closing the Courthouse Doors | Season 2, Ep. 9

On this episode, we take stock of developments in the courts and in Congress since this season began. There’s an update on the first case […]

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August 13, 2021

Persons Who Are Not "Persons" | Season 2, Ep. 8

Section 1983 says that “every person” acting under color of state law shall be liable for violating the Constitution. But in 1951, the Supreme Court […]

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June 21, 2021

The Shooting of Bobby Moore — Part 2 | Season 2, Ep. 7

In 1978, the Supreme Court held that individuals can sue local governments for constitutional violations in federal court. Indeed, the Court held that Congress had […]

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June 18, 2021

The Shooting of Bobby Moore — Part 1 | Season 2, Ep. 7

In 2012, Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings shot and killed 15-year-old Bobby Moore and lied about how it happened. Hastings had a long history […]

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April 05, 2021

Pierson to Pearson | Season 2, Ep. 6

In 1967, the Supreme Court invented qualified immunity. And in 1982, the Court transformed the doctrine into the one we have today. On this episode, […]

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March 01, 2021

Under Color of Law | Season 2, Ep. 5

In Chicago in 1958, over a dozen police officers barged into the home of a sleeping family with guns drawn. They didn’t have a warrant, […]

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January 28, 2021

Outrage Legislation | Season 2, Ep. 4

Section 1983 is one of the most important civil rights laws on the books; tens of thousands of plaintiffs file Section 1983 cases each year […]

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December 28, 2020

The Bubble | Season 2, Ep. 3

By any measure, the conditions that Lee Saunders endured in the psych unit at the Brevard County jail in Florida were shockingly inhumane. But when […]

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December 14, 2020

Death By a Thousand Cuts | Season 2, Ep. 2

For victims of government misconduct, whether you can sue the officials who violated your constitutional rights often depends on whether the officials are federal, state, […]

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November 25, 2020

They're Going to Kill This Man | Season 2, Ep. 1

In 2014, two members of a joint state-federal fugitive task force beat up an innocent college student, James King, after mistaking him for a suspect […]

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November 23, 2020

Trailer: Season 2

Why is it so hard to sue officials who violate the Constitution? Season 2 of Bound By Oath is coming soon. Click here for transcript. […]

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February 20, 2020

Episode 9 - Excessive Fines

Prohibitions on excessive fines date back at least as far as Magna Carta in 1215, and the U.S. Constitution has barred excessive fines since 1791. […]

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January 16, 2020

Special Episode: Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue

On January 22, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in an IJ case, Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue. At issue is […]

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November 15, 2019

Substantive Due Process | Episode 8

If the government is going to take away life, liberty, or property, the due process of law requires it to follow fair procedures. But, according […]

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August 23, 2019

Incorporation, the Lack Thereof | Episode 7

In 1842, the city of New Orleans prosecuted Father Bernard Permoli, a Catholic priest, for conducting an open casket funeral. A violation of the Free […]

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July 05, 2019

Procedural Due Process | Episode 6

Before the government can take away your life, liberty, or property, it must first give you due process: fair and meaningful procedure. On this episode, […]

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April 17, 2019

Tangled: The Equal Protection Clause | Episode 5

After the Civil War, what many Americans needed most was protection from violence. That’s what the Equal Protection Clause was meant to guarantee, but today […]

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February 20, 2019

The Navigable Waters | Episode 4

[Click here for Episode 1.] In 1873, the Supreme Court said that the Privileges or Immunities Clause protects a right to “use the navigable waters of […]

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January 30, 2019

All But Redacted: The Privileges or Immunities Clause | Episode 3

[Click here for Episode 1. And click here for Episode 2.] The Privileges or Immunities Clause was meant to be one of the key liberty-protecting […]

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December 19, 2018

The Fight for the 14th | Episode 2

At the close of the Civil War, some 4 million slaves became free. But almost immediately after hostilities ceased, leaders in the ex-Confederate states began […]

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December 04, 2018

Before the 14th: John Rock and the Birth of Birthright Citizenship | Episode 1

John Rock; Black Laws and the Colonization Movement; Dred Scott; Birthright Citizenship

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