Post Tagged with: "injustice"

139: Why You Should Show Up for Jury Duty

139: Why You Should Show Up for Jury Duty

Being summoned for jury duty is rarely a cause for celebration. But it should be. It’s a pretty sure bet that those who feel inconvenienced by the prospect of jury duty simply don’t understand the essential role the jury fills in a free society. Unfortunately, this information is not something the state is going to freely share with prospective jurors. But we will! In this episode we talk about the history of trial by jury and how the jury can be the last bulwark to hold back injustice or tyranny.   Links mentioned: Ensuring Justice through Juror Discretion from Libertas […]
May 1, 2019
137: Why Assange Deserves a Medal, Not Prison

137: Why Assange Deserves a Medal, Not Prison

The arrest of Julian Assange by British authorities has captured the attention of the world. As the Wikileaks founder awaits extradition to the U.S. to face charges of conspiring to reveal secrets government officials don’t want the public to know. The implications for whistleblowers, the press and truth-tellers everywhere are considerable. Is Assange the boogeyman we’re being told he is or does he deserve recognition for creating transparency where there was none?   Links mentioned: Julian Assange’s charges are a direct assault on press freedom, experts warn by Ed Pilkington Ecuador inks $4.2 billion financing deal with IMF: Moreno by […]
April 23, 2019
118: Brett Tolman Confessions of a Former U.S. Attorney

118: Brett Tolman Confessions of a Former U.S. Attorney

Most of us tend to take for granted that our justice system works. This means we assume that the system is hard at work protecting the innocent by only putting bad guys in jail. Our guest may cause you to rethink that assumption. Brett Tolman is a former U.S. Attorney and prosecutor for the federal government. Now, he is a criminal justice reformer who is working to address some serious problems within the system. Learn what he came to realize and what he is doing to correct some of the institutional obstacles to authentic justice. 
October 23, 2018
67: The 10th Anniversary of Connor’s First Political Activism

67: The 10th Anniversary of Connor’s First Political Activism

One of the truest tests of how well we understand the principles of freedom is seen in how willing we are to stand up for the freedom of others. Especially if those “others” happen to belong to socially unpopular groups.  What exactly does it take to move us from passively observing to taking action? For Connor, it was the SWAT raid on the Yearning For Zion (YFZ) ranch in Texas 10 years ago. In this episode, Connor explains why this event was the catalyst that moved him off the career ladder and onto a path of striving to have authentic […]
March 29, 2018
65: Weldon Angelos on Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

65: Weldon Angelos on Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Most of us have little experience with the justice system. That’s why we tend to believe that it’s operating in our interests at all times. Weldon Angelos knows better. He was at the center of a criminal case in which he was sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for a first time offense of selling marijuana. Mandatory minimum sentencing laws were the reason. Even the judge who sentenced him protested that the sentence was unjust and that there were far more serious crimes for which people would serve less time. Once you’ve heard Weldon’s story, you’ll better understand why […]
February 16, 2018
49: Rebecca Brown on The Innocence Project

49: Rebecca Brown on The Innocence Project

When dealing with human beings, nothing is infallible. Unfortunately, that includes our justice system as well. Despite the safeguards and guarantees that are supposed to protect our inalienable rights, innocent people still find themselves on the wrong side of justice. Rebecca Brown from the Innocence Project joins us to discuss how prevalent the problem has become and what’s being done to correct these injustices.
November 21, 2017