Legal Current
Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.
Social Media, Drum Breaks, & Rock n' Roll

Ever since MySpace came on to the scene, social media such as Facebook, and YouTube Instagram has enabled emerging bands to build a following in hopes of breaking out without the aid of record labels and promoters. But are there legal pitfalls that aspiring musicians should be aware of in an era of social media, Pandora and Spotify?

William Hochberg of Greenberg Glusker discusses.


The Liar's Plea - More Efficient Justice or Justice Denied?

What does a prosecutor do when they have a bad case? Maybe use the "liar's plea."  This option allows a defendant to plead guilty to a different charge they did not commit in order for the prosecution to

move the case forward. By using a liar's plea, a defendant can plead guilty to a much lesser charge or different charge that would be much more favorable to them, but still allow for some kind of conviction.

And, it's more common than you would think.

Some feel that the liar's plea is simply manipulation of the system; however, there is some attractiveness to pleading to a lesser charge that you did not commit rather than spending all your money to go to trial.

John Mitchell of Thompson Hine says people may be surprised how commonly the liar’s plea is used, as well as the pros and cons of this practice.

Direct download: The_Liars_Plea.mp3
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The Life of a White House Correspondent - Caren Bohan of Reuters
The 2016 election has been a fascinating affair for pundits and the public alike, and with just over six months until election day, there are bound to be many surprises.

Of the people fortunate enough to have a front row seat is Caren Bohan, deputy U.S. elections editor for Reuters. She has covered the White House during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, and is a key member of the Washington Press Club Foundation.

Caren was gracious enough to sit down with us to record a special edition of the Legal Current podcast, where we discuss her work, the challenge of covering bombastic candidates and the enduring importance of journalism in our hyper-connected world.

Direct download: The_Life_of_a_White_House_Correspondent_-_Caren_Bohan_of_Reuters.mp3
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A New Era of US-EU Data Prviacy

European Union privacy officials are expected to announce next week whether they plan to approve a new "Data Privacy Shield" arrangement with the US that would uphold privacy rights for Europeans and limit US government surveillance involving their data.

The previous EU-U.S. “Safe Harbor” agreement was rejected by the European Court of Justice, thanks to U.S. mass surveillance programs.

Michael Whitener of VLP Law Group discusses the many complex issues involved.

Direct download: US_EU__Data_Privacy.mp3
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