The IRS admits dairy farmers Randy and Karen Sowers did nothing wrong, and congressmen have apologized for their treatment, but they’ve still lost nearly $30,000 to the IRS. Why? Because the Sowers deposited their cash earnings in amounts less than $10,000. Attorney Robert Johnson of the Institute for Justice comes on the show to discuss his clients’ treatment at the hands of the IRS, and their upcoming congressional hearing. Later, the Barristers discuss the latest news related to the death of Freddie Gray: the acquittal of Ofc. Nero.
Is Trump a master manipulator? Alex talks with Scott Adams, persuasion expert and writer of the syndicated comic strip Dilbert, about the psychological strategies Donald Trump is using to take down his opponents. But first, the Barristers talk to Austin Petersen, Libertarian presidential candidate, about his plans appeal to voters turned off by both major party nominees.
After 23 years with the Maryland State Police, Major Neill Franklin concluded that the drug war wasn’t working. He joined the Baltimore Barristers to discuss prohibition-fueled violence, Portugal’s drug decriminalization, and proposed changes in Maryland law. Later, the Barristers discuss the trial of Office Nero, the latest of the Freddie Gray related trials.
Lots of great stories on this week’s show: Sheila Dixon and Catherine Pugh accuse each other of vote buying in the Baltimore Mayoral Election – did you know federal law allows busing voters to the polls but not giving them snacks on the way there? Next up, the Barristers discuss a local law in Seattle authorizing searches of residents trash, and a lawsuit against Starbucks for putting too much ice in “iced” drinks. And last, the story of a Baltimore City cop who appealed his conspiracy to accept bribes conviction all the way to the US Supreme Court.