Surveying Court Activities on Abortion Access, Classified Documents, the January 6 Insurrection, and Power Grid Attacks

Feb 11, 2023 | 1h 28m |

Focusing on four major Rule of Law developments of this past week—beginning with the anticipated decision of a federal judge in Texas on whether a 22-year-old approval by the Food & Drug Administration of a well-tested and thoroughly reviewed abortion drug will stand, following the Supreme Court ruling last year eliminating a constitutional right to reproductive rights. Then an update on the continuing investigative and litigative work of the Justice Department in response to the assault on the Capitol—including the criminal sentencing of another defendant (among approximately 1000) for his active and violent role in the insurrection and the issuance to former Vice President Mike Pence of a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury hearing evidence about the activities of high-level officials and aides in attempting to undermine the 2020 election results.

In the other component of the prosecutorial assignment to Special Counsel Jack Smith, analysis of the recent consent search by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the Indiana home of the former Vice President for additional classified or other improperly removed government documents—and the all-important revelation that some confidential information at the Mar-a-Lago residence of former President Trump had been electronically copied onto a laptop computer of an aide (the first confirmation of some use or transfer of materials beyond their mere storage).

In yet another illustration of the deterrent (both specific and general) effect of federal criminal prosecutions, the announcement of grand jury indictments against two defendants for their (unsuccessful) attempt to attack the infrastructure grid providing power to Baltimore and surrounding Maryland areas—as a means of intentionally destroying the safety, security, and well-being of millions of potentially affected residents and businesses. Today’s broadcast also highlighting the legacies of two American lives well-lived—namely, that of much-heralded composer, songwriter, and producer Burt Bacharach and of Wisconsin-based lawyer, Rule of Law promoter, public servant, and civil rights advocate Bill Hotz.

[N.B.: Also announcing a forthcoming special series of broadcasts—on February 25, March 4, and March 11, revisiting the contemporary trappings of the Supreme Court, highlighting major contemporary decisions that continue to affect American life in the 21st Century, and examining recent ethics issues involving the Justices.]