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Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner

Glenn Kirschner
77 episodes
Join Glenn Kirschner, NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst and former Assistant U.S. Attorney at the D.C. U.S Attorney's Office as he brings analysis and insight to legal issues of the day, drawing from his 30 years as a federal prosecutor, homicide prosecutor and Army JAG. For 30 years, Glenn argued to juries, breaking down complex legal issues in ways that were universally understandable and relatable. He brings that same approach to his analysis of today's troubled legal landscape.

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The Big Lie and the Big Liar: Justice Must Come For Donald Trump

Based on new Washington Post reporting today we've learned that "The Big Lie" was actually cooked up two years ago by a Republican political dirty trickster as a way to cast aside the will of the American voters and corruptly keep Donald Trump in power. The Republicans are insisting that all party …

Capitol Attack Defendant Raises "Fox-Made-Me-Do-It" Defense. Here's Why "Foxitis" Defense Will Fail

There are two main ways mental health issues intersect with criminal prosecutions: 1. competency to stand trial and 2. insanity defenses. Here is an overview of those two features of the criminal justice system and why a "Foxitis" defense is not a legally viable defense in a criminal prosecution. …

Judge Amy Berman Jackson Slams Bill Barr for Misleading Representations to Congress re: the Mueller Report

Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued an opinion ordering the release of a Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel memo and related DOJ internal communications that Bill Barr claimed factored into his conclusion that Donald Trump could not be charged for the obstruction of justice offenses document…

Rudy Giuliani or Matt Gaetz - Who Might Be Indicted First?

We now know that both Rudy Giuliani and Matt Gaetz were on the receiving end of search warrants in investigations opened by Bill Barr's Department of Justice and presumably accelerated by Merrick Garland's DOJ.  Here's a discussion of some of the evidence against Gaetz and Giuliani. Given what we k…

Rudy Giuliani Misleads Fox Viewers About the Law Governing Search Warrants.

In a 10-minute interview on the Fox network that is pure theater of the absurd, Rudy Giuliani gets one of the most basic propositions about search warrants dead wrong as he struggles to explain away the federal search warrants that were just executed on his home and his office. Here is a sometimes …

Search Warrants Move Feds Closer to Charging Giuliani. Will Rudy Flip on Bill Barr & Donald Trump?

Given the recent federal search warrants for Rudy Giuliani's home, office and electronic devices, it appears federal prosecutors may be moving in the direction of criminally charging Giuliani. The next big decision for Giuliani will be whether he wants to cooperate with prosecutors to bring others …

Search Warrants are Executed on Rudy Giuliani's Home, Office & Electronic Devices

When federal prosecutors in New York previously tried to obtain search warrants for Giuliani's property they were blocked by the hierarchy in Bill Barr's Department of Justice. It now looks like the era of Bill Barr's free pass for Donald Trump associates is officially over as federal agents execut…

Sheriff Displays Only 20 Seconds of Video to Brown Family: The Need for Police Transparency

Rather than use the available provisions of the North Carolina law to seek release of the videos that show the last minutes of Edward Brown, Jr's life, the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office decides instead to show only 20 seconds of one (of 7) videos of the fatal shooting. This is opposite of law …

Senate Hearing on USPS Board Members Brings Us One Step Closer To Dislodging Postmaster Louis DeJoy

A Senate Committee takes up President Biden's nominees to join the US Postal Service Board of Governors. Only the Board of Governors can fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy - you remember him, the guy who slowed mail delivery in advance of the 2020 elections. If confirmed, the democrats will be in …

Chauvin Trial: Why Three Charges for One Murder and What to Expect at Sentencing

In the wake of the guilty verdicts of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the homicide of George Floyd there are some frequently asked question:  1. Why was Chauvin charged with three seperate homicide counts for just one killing; 2. How might the judge sentence Chauvin on those thr…

Trump's Top NSA Lawyer, Michael Ellis, Ousted After Just 4 Days on the Job. What Was Trump's Goal?

In a story that has remained somewhat under the radar screen, AFTER Trump lost the election, he arranged to install loyalists at the Pentagon and the National Security Agency for reasons that have no obvious connection to our nation's security. Here is the sequence of events that led to the install…

Revelation of Trump-Russia Collusion via Manafort/Kilimnik is a Sign we are Trending Toward Justice

The Biden administration just revealed additional proof that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian intelligence to cheat/gain unfair advantage in the 2016 presidential election. It turns our that Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, provided confidential polling data and campaign strategy i…

FBI Obtains Search Warrant for Matt Gaetz Cell Phone. THAT Spells Real Trouble for Gaetz-Here's Why.

Search warrants require that law enforcement authorities have probable cause to believe that there is evidence of a crime in the place or thing to be searched. When the FBI and the Department of Justice apply to a federal judge for a search warrant to seize and search the cell phone of a sitting me…

Why Chauvin's Expert Witness, Medical Examiner David Fowler, Actually LOST Points for the Defense

Derek Chauvin presented the testimony of medical examiner/forensic pathologist Dr. David Fowler. He offered different (and often unsupportable) opinions than all other experts on George Floyd's cause and manner of death. Here's a takedown of his testimony and why he likely lost more points than he …

Deep Dive into Medical Testimony in Chauvin/George Floyd Murder Trial - Dr. Martin Tobin

Several medical expert witnesses have testified in the Derek Chauvin trial involving the murder of George Floyd. One witness was a standout: expert Pulmonologist Martin Tobin. Dr. Tobin put together for the jury the 1-2-3 of George Floyd's death in a way no other medical witness has thus far. Here …

Matt Gaetz Is In Trouble As A Result of his "Bestie", Joel Greenberg, being Indicted for 33 Crimes

Prosecutors just nearly tripled the charges against Matt Gaetz close friend and ally, Joel Greenberg, with Greenberg's trial just around the corner - set for June. This looks like the typical prosecutorial squeeze play, with federal prosecutors looking to flip Greenberg on Gaetz. Here's how things …

Letter to State Attorneys Generals and Governors Urging Investigations into Trump & Kushner for Avoidable COVID Deaths

There is mounting evidence that Donald Trump's gross mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic resulted in thousands, indeed hundreds of thousands, of avoidable COVID-19 deaths. It's time for state authorities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to open investigations to hold Trump, Kushn…

NY Times Reports that Representative Matt Gaetz is the "Subject" of a Sex Trafficking Investigation

The New York Times reported that Congressman Matt Gaetz is the "subject" of a sex trafficking investigation that was initiated some months ago by the Bill Barr Department of Justice. Importantly, the Times reported that Gaetz himself confirmed that DOJ prosecutors told his lawyers that he was a sub…

Dominion Voting Defamation Lawsuit Against Fox News: Federal Action is Needed to Stop False News

Billion-dollar defamation suits continue to mount against Fox News. Dominion Voting Systems is the latest plaintiff to sue Fox for defamation. Fox's litigation position will be challenging given that one of its marquee guests, Sidney Powell, has also been sued for defamation and has admitted in her…

Prosecutors Bring Conspiracy Charges Against Oath Keepers for the January 6th Attack. What are the Implications

Prosecutors announced in a recent court filing that they have "substantial evidence" that the Oath Keepers militia group was involved in a conspiracy to attack the US Capitol on January 6. Here is an explanation of the law of conspiracy and why this important development moves things in the dir…

We Now Know Trump/Barr Holdover Michael Sherwin Went Rogue, Giving Unapproved 60 Minutes Interview

For those of us who worked at the Department of Justice, we were shocked when we saw former Acting DC US Attorney Michael Sherwin give an interview to 60 Minutes discussing the evidence in the ongoing investigation in the Capitol attack . DOJ rules prohibit commenting on ongoing investigations…

Strange 60 Minutes Interview w/Former Acting DC US Attorney Michael Sherwin re: Capitol Insurrection

The Department of Justice has strict guidelines that generally prohibit federal prosecutors from commenting on pending criminal investigations. Nevertheless, the Trump/Barr installed Acting US Attorney Michale Sherwin went on 60 Minutes and gave a strange and unorthodox interview. This video…

Republican Legislatures Pass hundreds of Voter Suppression Laws: Fight Back w/"The Democracy Pledge"

As featured in today's Huffpost, "The Democracy Pledge" is a grassroots citizens' group designed to put companies, businesses and corporations on the record and on the spot by documenting which ones support democracy and which do not. The initiative was founded by Glenn Kirschner as part of his Tea…

President Biden takes on Donald Trump's BFF - Russian President Vladimir Putin

Four years ago, Bill O'Reilly asked then-President Donald Trump if Vladimir Putin is "a killer?" Trump refused to condemn Putin but instead criticized American, saying, "you think our country's so innocent?"  Four years later, an American President finally answers the question, this time from Georg…

Two Insurrectionists Arrested for Assaulting US Capitol Police Officer Sicknick BUT No Murder Charge - Here's Why

The FBI just arrested Julian Khater and George Tanios for participating in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. These two insurrectionists were charged with nine counts, including assaulting the late US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, as well as assaulting two other police officers. Howev…

Deep Dive into Judge Lamberth's Order Jailing Insurrectionist "Q Shaman" Chansley Pending Trial

One of the leaders of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, Jacob "Q Shaman" Chansley, filed a motion seeking release pending trial. In the event there's any doubt that the courts are taking these criminal cases against the Trump supporters who attacked the US Capitol seriously, Judge Lamberth's …

Senate Confirms Garland as Attorney General, Republicans Better Start Looking Over Their Shoulders

Merrick Garland is an experienced public corruption prosecutor and perhaps the country's primmer domestic terrorism prosecutor. Republicans likely are going to rue the day Mitch McConnell unconstitutionally deprived Judge Garland of his confirmation hearing when President Obama nominated him to be …

Preview of Derek Chauvin Trial: the Homicide of George Floyd. What to Expect re: Jury Selection

Former Minneapolis Police Office Derek Chauvin (along with three other officers) is charged in connection with the homicide of George Floyd. In the first installment of this daily video log, I take on a few of the issues that will be addressed on day one of jury selection, scheduled to begin on Mon…

New DC US Attorney Channing Phillips Arrives and January 6 Security Failures Product of "Optics Concerns"

In three related stories:  1.Veteran Federal prosecutor (and my friend and colleague) Channing Phillips takes over as Acting US Attorney for the District of Columbia, dislodging Bill Barr acolyte Michael Sherwin.  2. Today's Senate hearing reveals that Pentagon officials - including Gen. Charles Fl…

FBI Dir Wray Testifies About 1/6 Law Enforcement Failures, Republican Senators Ask Foolish Questions

It's undeniable that there were significant law enforcement and security failures at the US Capitol on January 6. FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about what the FBI knew and when it knew it.  Although these are serious issue, the Republican Senators did…