November 8, 2016 Show: Election Night Edition

The Barristers have a laid back last show before a much needed hiatus, discussing the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s illegal ballot photo, election night politics, and Maryland law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology.

November 1, 2016 Show: Ballot Selfies, Topless Beach Discrimination, and Hillary’s Emails

So much to talk about tonight. Thanks, most likely, to Anthony Weiner’s addition to the Hillary Clinton email saga, we lost our guest, First Lady Michelle Obama. Regardless, it was an informative and hilarious show, discussing legality of ballot selfies, whether it is unconstitutional to between topless men and women, and the not guilty verdicts in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.

October 25, 2016 Show: Rep. Chris Van Hollen on Taxes, Veterans, Police Body Cameras

Congressman Chris Van Hollen Interview

This week the Barristers spoke with Representative Chris Van Hollen about his campaign for US Senate, corporate taxes, reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs, and problems with transparency in police body camera programs.

October 18, 2016 Show: The Future of the Second Amendment, with Alan Gura, Esq.


This week, Alex and William sit down with attorney Alan Gura, who successfully argued two landmark constitutional cases before the United States Supreme Court, District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago. With the next president sure to pick at least one Supreme Court Justice, Mr. Gura discusses the future of 3D printed weapons, smart weapons, micro-stamping, and other ways the courts and technology affected Second Amendment rights over the last few years.

October 11, 2016 Show: The High Cost of Healthcare with Dr. David Belk


Health Insurance is a protections racket, says tonight’s guest, Dr. David Belk. By the end of the show you will probably agree.

Why do your prescription copays usually cost more than the price the uninsured pay? Why are insurance companies happy with absurdly high hospital bills – and how do they make the insurance companies even more money? Find out in tonight’s episode and check out Dr. Belk’s research at

September 27, 2016 Show: Terence Crutcher, Hitting Protesters, and Knifing Clowns

Alex welcomes his new co-host, William Cooke, an experienced criminal defense attorney, onto the show to discuss a week full of legal issues. Is it ever legal for a driver to force their way through protestors blocking a highway? How would William defend the police officer charged with shooting Terence Crutcher?

September 20, 2016 Show: Mike Rowe on Jobs, Education and Entrepreneurship


Native Baltimorean Mike Rowe, host of Discovery’s “Dirty Jobs” and CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”, shares his thoughts on our education system and the job market. Or as Mike puts it: “We are lending money we don’t have, to kids who can’t pay it back, to train them for jobs that no longer exist.” Alex asks Mike about his podcast series, “The Way I Heard It”, about American risk-takers, entrepreneurs, and inventors of years past, and asks if this still possible in today’s regulatory structure. Listen to hear Mike’s surprising take.

Catch Mike in person at the The Lyric in Baltimore on September 24, 2016.

September 13, 2016 Show: Replacing Hillary, Crazy Floridians, and a Cop Fired for Not Shooting Someone

Just what would happen if Hillary Clinton dropped out of the presidential race? The Barristers take the legal and political implications through step by step. Next, the Barristers discuss the sad story of a W.Va. cop who was found for attempting to talk down an armed, suicidal suspect rather than killing him. Finally, a story out of Florida of three attorneys disbarred for setting up an opposing counsel for a DUI offense.

September 6th, 2016 Show: Fighting Patent Trolls with Daniel Nizer of the EFF

Daniel Nazer, Electronic Frontier Foundation Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents
Daniel Nazer, Electronic Frontier Foundation Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents

The Mark Cuban Chair for the Elimination of Stupid Patents, Daniel Nizer of EFF, joins the Barristers to discuss patent trolls and some of their absurd lawsuit threats: demanding $1,000 per employee from every company that uses scanners, claiming the rights to FanDuel and Draft Kings, and more. Later, the Barristers discuss whether the EEOC will find that the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread on Me”) creates a hostile work environment, and analyze the many legal issues in Bill Cosby’s ongoing criminal case.