This week we discuss what it means to be in contempt of court. Ann explains that there are two types of contempt of court, criminal and civil. Most cases fall under civil contempt, and there are no set rules or guidelines. Different judges have different criteria for what’s considered contemptuous in their courtrooms. Dan thinks that since contempt is at the judge’s discretion, it is easy to abuse. We both share stories about almost being held in contempt by judges for very different reasons.Read More
This is a conversation between Dan and PFromCharlotte from the latest episode of A Few Screws Loose, “A Thankless Job.”
The images that civilians typically see of the military, police officers, firefighters, etc. often make the jobs look glamorous. P shares how that’s not necessarily the case as he details his years of service as a firefighter and EMT. He talks about the 72-hour work-weeks, the constant training, drilling, seeing gruesome injuries, and death. The job prevented P from being able to sleep at night and making him become, what others would describe as, overly cautious. It also led to P’s PTSD diagnosis. None of this is to say the job didn’t have its positives.
Ever wonder what happens if your attorney dies in the middle of your trial? Here’s a hint, you’re unlikely to get a refund. This week we discuss what happens if an attorney, prosecutor, judge, or juror dies during a trial. We also talk about how the cash bail system disproportionately affects communities of color and Dan’s outstanding warrant.
After getting some D jokes off, Ann and Dan discuss miscarriages of justice. Sometimes lawyers don’t necessarily do their clients any justice when it comes to communicating information in a way that the average person can easily understand. We talk about the American Bar Association’s Formal Opinion 481, which dictates that an attorney must notify their current clients of any mistakes they’ve made. Unfortunately, this does not extend to former clients. We also talk about the innocent taking pleas to avoid possible jail time or a lengthy and expensive court battle.
After a brief disruption to our schedule because of Hurricane Zeta, Dan is joined by Ann, who called in from Africa while on “vacation” (see our episode on Black Flight) to discuss the current state of the US election and Trump’s lawsuits in PA, MI, and GA. It started to feel like 2016 yesterday, but today things have started to shape up.
This week we discuss Pro Se. Ann describes pro se as the law’s version of Pinterest (DIY). Ann recommends the use of an attorney for legal matters but lawyers aren’t always necessary. With a little know-how and the ability to read there is a lot you can do yourself. Some courthouses have self-help desks where a professional will help you complete and file legal documents. Ann gives a few examples of things that can be done pro se and things that probably shouldn’t be done pro se.
We also talk about Hoodie Season, no one wanting to take Dan’s money, and our recurring theme of marriage and community property.Read More
The US still faces a major COVID crisis that threatens the health of our citizens and what’s left of our democracy. Mail-in voting presents a unique opportunity for the current administration to lose the presidential election but retain the presidency. It may sound like a far-fetched conspiracy theory, with the current president, it’s probably more likely than not. Joined by PFromCharlotte we discuss how Trump can steal this election if not enough people show up to vote in person. We also talk about the presidential succession order and Ann and P debate whether state representatives need a simple majority or a consensus to choose the president. Ann still hasn’t provided any us with any evidence to substantiate her claim.
Over the last 3.5 years, we’ve watched the United States become what we can only describe as a failed state. Race relations are rivaling that of the 50s and 60s. The mismanagement of our government, the pandemic, and our judicial system, coupled with the police brutality and murdering of Black people with impunity, many of us have at least considered leaving this country. This week we talk about Blaxit, Black leaving the US in record numbers. We also discuss tax implications, and where we would go if we left. We’re briefly joined by getting the hell out of Dodge expert @PFromCharlotte who is in the process of gaining Italian citizenship.
This week we discuss the expiration of the eviction moratorium on 9/1. During the recording of this episode, another eviction moratorium was put into place lasting through the remainder of 2020. We also cold opened with a conversation we were having pre-show about a mutual friend who’s trying to get a better understanding of racism in America.
We close this episode with a look at how COVID and 2020 are affecting our mental health and daily lives.Read More
With the 2020 presidential election nearing, we wanted to emphasize some of your rights as a voter. Things may look a little different in this election because of the COVID pandemic. We talk about things like provisional ballots, voter roll purging, paper ballots, and remaining in line if you were in line before 8 pm. Unfortunately, things differ in each state, your state may have an app or website that notifies you of your rights.