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 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, statues 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, statues of frauds, burdens of proof, gifts versus loan, intent of the parties, breach of contract, statues 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.