For the People Radio Show

Judge Herb Dodell on the bench.

The purpose of the show is to help people navigate the legal system. It provides information as to how the legal system really works, from the inside and from the perspective of a long time trial lawyer (the trench) and Superior Court judge (the bench). It illustrates the principles with real cases and provides guidelines for people who are in the system or about to be involved in it, including small claims, restraining orders, landlord/tenant, criminal and general civil litigation. It provides the answers to such questions as "what do I do if....."? while including a spiritual approach as well. 

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For The People - Monday August 13, 2018

For The People - Monday August 6, 2018

For The People - Monday July 30, 2018

For The People - Monday July 23, 2018 Guest- Roger Stone, conspiracy? who, what, where and when, how he got President Trump elected, interesting discussion, circumstantial evidence, the one question he didn’t answer.

For The People - Monday July 16, 2018 Expanding the show to make it audience participation,anatomy of a case, actual criminal case, legal terms and what they mean, new concept is "you be the judge", television show with a new case each week, rulings on objections, audience votes, hearsay and exceptions, structure, voting at the end of the show, what the system is really like, examples, cross examination, exceptions, leading questions, pepper spray case, police reports, impeachment, business record exception to the hearsay rule, authentication, foundation, how to get documents into evidence, talking to police, rules of evidence, keeping things out of evidence, res gestae, dying declarations, opening statements, importance, "the evidence will show", jury attitude, reserving opening statement, jury notebook, experience with jurors, collateral evidence, repetition, stipulations and their meaning, best cross examination, jury impressions, order of witnesses, expert witnesses (and impeachment), hypothetical questions, incomplete hypothetical, Grey's Anatomy, authority, cross examination of experts, theories, argumentative questions, do not ask ask "why" questions, immunity, impeachment, Senator Ben Cardin.

For The People - Monday July 9, 2018 Supreme Court, judges, appointments, authority, preparation for trials or hearings, Circuit courts, where the action takes place, magistrates, oral arguments, trial courts, compensation of judges, presiding judge, pro tem judges, personal, reasons people want to be judges, system from the inside.

For The People - Monday July 2, 2018 Purpose of the show, Supreme Court ramifications in connection with Mueller probe and otherwise, Roe v. Wade, change in laws, guest Michael Kahn-personal injury lawyer, biomechanical evaluation, practical information, know what to do and when, tips, lawyer advertising, do you want them?, pleadings and discovery, problems with contingency fee cases and representation, hidden discovery and ethical issues, Gary’s own example of case, general rule regarding fees is 33 1/3 % and 40%, documents you will not like discovering in your own records and documents the other side found, too, what to do, personal injury “mills”, what to expect, scare tactics, jury nullification, Christopher Columbus phase, lawyer intimidation, claim manager and statistics, reason for settlement, stress, fears, ego, advice from Michael Kahn, insurance bad faith, interrogatories, requests for production, requests for admissions, effect, sanctions, depositions, motions to compel and jury instructions.

For The People - Monday June 25, 2018 Probability of Manafort going to jail, what happened? language of litigation, complaints, procedural and substantive, cases being distinguished, what is a narrow ruling? effects of defaults, notices of appeal, differences between civil and criminal, discovery, what happens if a civil and criminal case are going on at the same time? Cosby illustration, parallel cases, how insurance companies operate, examinations under oath by insurance companies, use of transcripts at trial, duty to cooperate as a defense to a claim, sealing testimony and confidentiality, Stormy Daniels as illustration, California Insurance Code section 1875 (requiring insurance companies to produce its files for law enforcement), estoppel, trying cases in the press, contract cases and how they begin, elements, causes of action, damages, bases for damages, different courts, “pleadings”, “pro haec vice”, local counsel, winning by default, where to file, “long arm statute”, “motions”, jurisdiction and venue, diversity of citizenship, difference in counts in criminal case, “voir dire”, Forest Gump, International Shoe case, process of service (who can serve), substituted service, presumptions, answers, affirmative defenses, laches, “at issue”, demurrers, deemed to be true, motions to strike, punitive damages, “sustained and overruled”, cross complaints and counterclaims, time, advancing dates, what to ask potential lawyer at interview, remit over limit of small claims court with example, practicality, cost versus result, need for a lawyer and fee waivers.

For The People - Monday June 18, 2018 Judges ruling in the Cosby case, shot at winning the appeal, new lawyer, trials (civil and criminal), evidence, burdens of proof, reasonable doubt, witnesses, litigation taking over your life, purpose of this show, how the system works from the inside, layman’s terms, reasonable expectations, cases as illustrations, courtroom conduct, motive, “actus reus” and “mens rea”, Youtube videos, intent, circumstantial evidence with a case illustration, leading questions and exceptions, cross examination, credibility of witnesses, “home towned”, double jeopardy.

For The People - Monday June 11, 2018 Guest- private investigator Scott Ross, his role in the Cosby case, with interesting information and basis for the appeal, his involvement in the Michael Jackson case, the murder case against Robert Blake and the Rampart police case, what P’I’s do and how they do it. A real insight!

For The People - Monday June 4, 2018 Guest- Roger Stone, conspiracy? who, what, where and when, how he got President Trump elected, interesting discussion, circumstantial evidence, the one question he didn’t answer.

For The People - Monday May 28, 2018 Cosby case, prior acts as evidence, insurance company practices, character evidence at trial, admissions and use as an exception to the hearsay rule, Fifth Amendment, circumstantial evidence, Stormy Daniels and Cohen cases, efforts for “stay”, what it means, defamation, conspiracy elements, overt acts, arson and insurance fraud, Special Investigations Unit, comparison between civil and criminal cases, use of tactics, strategies, contempt, judges reading or not, reversal of decisions by a judge, most frequent appeals.

For The People - Monday May 21, 2018 Right of privacy, nothing is random, consciousness, lawsuits are life changers, cause and effect, energy, insurance company appraisal process for property claims, desire, ego, your movie, ability to change, mediation and arbitration, how it works, comments about arbitrators, arbitration provisions in agreements, compelling arbitration, the drunken judge, receivers, conflicts, appointments, mistakes, failure to disclose, have’s and have nots and what frequently happens.

For The People - Monday May 14, 2018 - Spiritual principles, tools, time, choices, cause and effect, court personnel, clerk, bailiff, functions, clients, personal injury cases, picking a lawyer, experts, value of cases.

For The People - Monday May 7, 2018 - 2 very interesting cases, civil and criminal, involving arson and insurance claims, guy who went “poof” starting a fire, business and company practices, what not to do, statements, trial tactics and strategies, rape case and dismissal after trial, assault and battery, what is the difference, jury mistakes, hung jury, jury consultant, use or not, body language, winning and losing, earned or not, ramifications, spiritual and material, creating the outcome.

For The People - Monday April 30, 2018 - Cosby case, prior acts as evidence, insurance company practices, character evidence at trial, admissions and use as an exception to the hearsay rule, Fifth Amendment, circumstantial evidence, Stormy Daniels and Cohen cases, efforts for “stay”, what it means, defamation, conspiracy elements, overt acts, arson and insurance fraud, Special Investigations Unit, comparison between civil and criminal cases, use of tactics, strategies, contempt, judges reading or not, reversal of decisions by a judge, most frequent appeals.

For The People - Monday April 16, 2018 - Cohen proceedings, what it means, what is likely to happen, issues, attorney client privilege, 5th Amendment, spiritual tools to convert chaos into order and fulfilment, energies, cause and effect, effect of time, evil tongue and consciousness.

For The People - Monday April 9, 2018 - The Stormy Daniels saga continues, analysis. Search and seizure of documents and possible evidence from Michael Cohen’s office and home. Privileges and the basis for warrants. What is discoverable/usable and what is not? What is going on and where does it look like it is going to go? Is Cohen going to be charged with crimes? A smattering of spirituality, with some spiritual tools to deal with legal situations, criminal proceedings and how the process works, bail and what to look out for, plea deals and why. Is Cohen going to flip if charged with crimes?

For The People - Monday April 2, 2018 - Judges, even the drunk ones, story of the drunk judge, outcome, judge stories, power and authority, function, what gets into evidence and what is excluded, judge taking the verdict away, plea bargains in criminal cases, why, choices, juries, what matters, gut feelings about some jurors, jurors feelings about litigants and lawyers and how it affects the outcome, judge bias, witness testimony, locked up in Chino, reasons to settle.

For The People - Monday March 26, 2018 - The three cases involving President Trump, Stormy Daniels, Summer Zervos and Karen McDougal, analysis, opinion, issues, which court, contract or not, arbitration, signatures on documents, effect if none, the defamation case, what is defamation and what are the damages, whether someone can make a deal hushing up information or validity of a contract to buy information with the intent not to publish, Michael Cohen’s involvement, violation of the law and effect .

For The People - Monday March 19, 2018 - Hypothetical personal injury case, burden of proof, experts, police reports and hearsay, cross complaints, insurance companies, comparative negligence, small claims process, defamation, slapp and anti slapp motions and result, attorney fees, IST amendment, settlement, transgender case, Hugh Hefner case.

For The People - Monday March 12, 2018 - Fraud, elements, remedies, law enforcement, criminal restitution, real estate transactions, cause and effect, collection of judgement, constitutional issues, options, getting a lawyer, suggestions on what to do, public records, lawsuits quiet title, equitable relief, statute of limitations, FBI, attorney fees, statutes and bad faith, its about the money, fee waiver in small claims court, suit against President Trump, rescission, conditions, analysis, right of privacy, levels of court, appeals, credibility, motive, interest and bias.

For The People - Monday March 5, 2018 - Gun violence and approaches to control, guests, Sheriff Lee Baca and Deputy Sheriff (commander) Bob Lindsey, enforcement of restraining orders, turnover of guns and administration of reporting processes.

For The People - Monday February 26, 2018 - Court personnel and functions, handling the calendar, number of cases, preferences, difference in cases, domestic violence, cyber bullying and texts, restraining orders, does it work? Hearsay rule exceptions, rescission, specific performance, small claims, balancing between restrain and free speech, first amendment, internet defamation, illustrations, enforcement, arrest, contempt, credible threat, stalking, opinions and defamation, publication, damages, gun violence suggestions to deal with, employer and risk and use of restraining order, notification of compliance.

For The People - Monday February 19, 2018 - Picking a lawyer (continued), attorney fee structure, hourly, contingency or hybrid, effects, guests, tax attorney, Norman Kreisman, the IRS and what to do if they come calling, garnishment, levy seizure, deals with the IRS.

For The People - Monday February 12, 2018 - Guns, picking a lawyer (not necessarily related), what to ask and expect from the lawyer, personal injury cases and how the system works, including the use of small claims court, lawyers practices to watch out for. Too many lawyers? Getting hosed rescission, consideration, hearsay in small claims court, big firms, boutique firms or sole practitioner, which is better? Costs of litigation, watch out.

For The People - Monday February 5, 2018 - Experts, oral and written contracts, elements of a contract, parol evidence, rule, ambiguities, statutes of frauds, burdens of proof, gifts versus loan, intent of the parties, breach of contract, statutes of limitations, purpose, effect, torts, negligence, gross negligence, auto accidents, legal malpractice, consideration as an element of contract, terms and other elements, bad checks, and remedies, judgments (for and against), rescission, reformation and specific performance, small claims, non delegable duties, punitive damages, Why settle? Motions in line, judicial discretion, authentication of documents, credibility, testimony and records.

For The People - Monday January 29, 2018 - Sexual harassment, demonstrative evidence, gun violence, restraining orders and rules, enforcement, criminal aspects, reporting and public records, expert witnesses, pre nuptial agreements, federal courts and state courts, judges, appellate process, writs.

For The People - Monday January 22, 2018 - Emotional aspects of litigation, ego, motivation, guest, Dr. Walter Jacobson, minimize anxiety and stress, statistics.

For The People - Monday January 15, 2018 - O.J., trial strategies, costs of litigation, demonstrative aids.

For The People - Monday January 8, 2018 - Sexual harassment, constitutional issues, mediation and arbitration, settlement procedures and situations, statutory provisions, new rules, “High/Low”, mediations and arbitrations, Why and Why Not?

For The People - Monday December 18, 2017 - Spiritual principles, tools, time, choices, cause and effect, court personnel, clerk, bailiff, functions, clients, personal injury cases, picking a lawyer, experts, value of cases.

For The People - Monday December 11, 2017 - Unlawful detainer, landlord-tenant, evictions, defenses, litigation, causes of action, including class actions, burdens of proof, elements in a civil case, liability and damages, guest, attorney specialist on unlawful detainer case, Brad Axelrod, appeals in small claims cases.

For The People - Monday December 4, 2017 - Judges, criminal, DUI, DMV, need for lawyers, forms, bails, bounty hunters, attorney fees, jail and prison, misdemeanors and felonies, plea bargains, overcharging, challenge to judge, security deposits and interest on security deposits.

For The People - Monday November 27, 2017 - Arson, gun violence, suggestions, restraining orders, insurance claims, guest, insurance attorney, Olivia Bissell, attorney fees, defense lawyers and practices, spiritual principles and application to situations.

For The People - Monday November 20, 2017 - Judges (the good, the bad, and the ugly), jury selection and juries, collection of judgments, guest, collection attorney, Howard Blum, restraining orders and effect.

For The People - Monday November 13, 2017 - Becoming a judge, humor in the court, good stories of cases, security deposits, settlements and good deeds, with and without prejudice, retaining jurisdiction, consciousness, cause and effect, follow up if non performance, conditional judgment, power of the court, judicial discretion, rescission, lemon law, small claims cases, navigate through the system, sexual harassment cases, “Haves and Have Nots”, burdens of proof, misdemeanor and felony, plea agreements.

For The People - Monday November 6, 2017 - Introduction, name is “for the people”, why, purpose of the show, bio, what are the subjects, small claims court, guidelines and illustrations, restraining orders and effect, guidelines and illustrations, service of process, landlord/tenant, dui, criminal, oral and written contracts, ambiguity, rules of construction, court calendars, burdens of proof, cause and effect, collection of judgments, personal injury, the thin skulled plaintiff, why to settle cases, rules of evidence in small claims and restraining order cases.