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 want to build it. Justin Pearson of IJ joins us to tell a story of local shenanigans in his home town in New York state where a long saga to build some homes ended in a glorious flame-out of judicial abdication. There’s regulatory takings, zoning, ripeness, and even a religious liberty angle in this case from the Second Circuit. Then your host makes an offer that’s too good to be true. Because it isn’t. Crypto backed by gold might sound like an odd concept, and it was too odd for a scam artist to stay out of prison. But not before he bilked several million dollars from investors. However, that didn’t prevent him from arguing that the “history and tradition” of his Sixth Amendment right to force witnesses to testify meant he could rope in a few federal government employees. Did the denial of his request mean the court should throw out his conviction? Your host provides the answer from this First Circuit opinion. You’ll learn that even today just shouting “history and tradition” doesn’t get you very much.

BMG Monroe v. Village of Monroe

U.S. v. Crater

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