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Editor’s Picks: Capitol Rioters & Merrick Garland | The Chicago 7 | Biden’s Cybersecurity Imperative

With the confirmation of Merrick Garland came a pledge to make prosecuting Capitol rioters a number one priority.

The investigation faces numerous hurdles, including the sheer number of individuals charged. To date, some 300 people from 49 states are facing charges. 

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance explains the prosecutorial theories involved, what strategic insights we can glean from the cases so far, and what impact the new attorney general may have on how the cases play out.

Chicago Bar Revisits the Trial of the Chicago 7

Speaking of demonstrations that turned violent, the Chicago Bar Association’s podcast @theBar  hosted a fascinating interview of John Froines, one of the last two living members of the infamous Chicago 7. 

The conversation with Friones is part 3 in a “Trial of the Chicago 7” series on the trial following anti-war demonstrations during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. 

Froines shares his memories of the demonstrations, which grew throughout the week and ultimately involved clashes with the police. He explained the political makeup of the various groups of demonstrators and why Chicago was a destination for protests.

President Biden’s Cybersecurity Imperative Explored

Until recently, when someone raised the issue of cybersecurity, my first thought would immediately be identity theft. That was before I listened to Stewart Baker’s assessment of President Biden’s cybersecurity efforts in his first couple of months in office.

As a guest on Digital Detectives, Baker talked through real concerns relating not just to hacking, but embedding malicious technologies in phones and computers, threats to the nation’s supply chain, attacks on the electrical grid, and other things that will keep me up at night.

On the lighter side, Baker revealed he shares a fascination I have with Elizabeth Friedman, who along with her husband William Friedman, pioneered cryptology techniques. Their work led to the creation of the National Security Agency. He talks about his Cyberlaw Podcast and a recent interview of Jason Fagone, author of “The Woman Who Smashed Codes.”

Ethics of Using Tainted Sources 

At what point are sins of the past forgiven? What if those sins were just alleged and the judicial ethics investigation dropped when the target retired from the bench? It’s a fairly common scenario, one highlighted on the most recent episode of Thinking Like a Lawyer.

Kathryn Rubino is none too happy to see publications like the LA Times citing Judge Alex Kozinski as an ethics authority. She finds this especially galling without reference to his fall from grace

She and co-host Joe Patrice also discuss Zoom netiquette, like making sure you’re not caught being racist in a recording that is shared with your students.

On the Federalism beat, Legal Talk Today host Laurence Colletti wades into the latest on the federal minimum wage and immigration policies.

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Molly McDonough, a longtime legal affairs journalist, is a producer for the current events show "Legal Talk Today." She also is a media and content strategist with McDonough Media LLC. McDonough previously served as editor and publisher of the ABA’s flagship magazine, the "ABA Journal." She writes about access to justice at "A Just Society."