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Making the Case: A Podcast from the Tennessee Attorney General's Office

Making the Case is a podcast produced by the Tennessee Attorney General's Office. Episodes are available in Apple Podcasts and other hosting platforms and available for playback here or on the Tennessee Attorney General's Office YouTube channel.

Season 1, Episode 15:  Answering the Call to Serve
In this special Veterans Day episode,  Assistant Attorney General Tessa Ortiz-Marsh shares her story of military service and how it relates to the practice of public law.

Season 1, Episode 14:  Crypto Consumer Warning
The Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) within the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General is investigating complaints about recruitment schemes offered by various Bitcoin websites.   The complaints coincide with an uptick in companies claiming to use artificial intelligence and Bitcoin to maximize returns on investment. These companies offer money for every additional investor you recruit.  Assistant Attorney General Tate Ball tells us what the Tennessee Attorney General's Office can do and what you should look for to avoid falling for a similar scheme.

Season 1, Episode 13:  Constitution Day
September 17th is Constitution Day. This federal holiday commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. As we all learned in high school civics class, the Constitution defines the structure of our federal government. It is the most remarkable political charter in history. In this episode with Tennessee Appeals Court Judge Andy Bennett, learn who wrote the most famous words in the Preamble: We the People. Hint- it wasn't James Madison.

Season 1, Episode 12:  Preventing Youth Suicide through The Jason Foundation
How a national organization that started in Hendersonville, Tennessee is helping reduce youth suicide- the second leading cause of death for teenagers.  Former Attorney General Paul Summers tells Making the Case how he first got involved with The Jason Foundation and how the National Association of Attorneys General plays an active role in helping save lives.

Season 1, Episode 11:  You bought a ticket to see Elvis. You can still get a refund.
Several concerts had been scheduled in Tennessee before Elvis Presley's untimely death on August 16th, 1977.  A court battle ensued over how to handle unclaimed ticket refunds.  One of the attorneys who handled the case on appeal, Deputy Larry Lewis, tells Making the Case what happened and why you can still get a refund.

Season 1, Episode 10:  The TN Solicitor General's Office Honors Fellows Program
A recent law school graduate describes what it’s like to work in the Solicitor General's Office (OSG) where some of the most high profile cases are managed. 

Apply here: Tennessee OSG Honors Fellowship

Season 1, Episode 9:  Capital Punishment and the Role of the TN Attorney General's Office Part 2
Capital punishment is the most severe penalty that can be imposed in our criminal justice system. The General Assembly has established many procedures and layers of review to provide intensive scrutiny before a death sentence is carried out. At each stage of the process, there are both constitutional and statutory mandates to be followed. Associate Solicitors General Amy Tarkington and Zach Hinkle along with Leslie Price, Senior Deputy of the Criminal Justice Section, walk us through that process.

Season 1, Episode 8:  Capital Punishment and the Role of the TN Attorney General's Office Part 1
One of the hardest of most misunderstood roles of the Attorney General in Tennessee involves defending death penalty judgments in the State’s appellate courts. Solicitor General Amy Tarkington takes us through the history of death penalty cases in Tennessee starting with the significance of the 1971 Supreme Court decision , Furman v. Georgia.

Season 1, Episode 7:   "Impeachment, Tennessee style" Part 3
Investigators in Hamilton County recently closed a cold murder case with ties to former Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton. Senator Lamar Alexander, political strategist Tom Ingram, and attorney Hal Hardin discuss the depth of criminal activity uncovered in the Blanton administration and how the "Coup" of 1979, which effectively ousted Blanton, impacted Tennessee decades later.

Season 1, Episode 6:  "Impeachment, Tennessee style" Part 2
The question before Tennessee Attorney General William Leech was straight forward but fraught with problems. Could the Governor-elect, Lamar Alexander, be sworn into office early to prevent the release of dozens of dangerous criminals from prison under the administration of the outgoing Governor, Ray Blanton? As the story continues, hear how AG Leech made it through what's been called the "toughest 36 hours of any Tennessee Attorney General" as Leech argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, raced to the bedside of his wife who was giving birth to their son, then right into the firestorm of the pardons and parole scandal.

Season 1, Episode 5:  "Impeachment, Tennessee style" Part 1
“Impeachment, Tennessee style”- That's what former Lt. Governor John Wilder called the unceremonious removal of Governor Ray Blanton from office three days early in 1979.  Senator Lamar Alexander, attorney Hal Hardin, and political consultant Tom Ingram take us through the harrowing hours of Tennessee's biggest political scandal, the critical role played by the Tennessee Attorney General, and the bipartisan collaboration that made it all possible.

Season 1, Episode 4:  Tennessee to President Biden: We need to talk
In a letter to President Biden dated July 7th, Tennessee and 20 other states oppose new guidance recently issued by federal education and employment agencies.  Chief Deputy Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti explains what federal guidance means, how it can be misinterpreted, and the landmark Supreme Court case that's driving the debate.

Season 1, Episode 3:  The United States Supreme Court. Why Keep Nine?
There are nine justices on the United States Supreme Court. But it hasn't always been that way. Former Tennessee Attorney General Paul Summers weighs in on the debate to increase the number of justices and why he's working to "keep nine" through a constitutional amendment.

Season 1, Episode 2:  Consumer Protection
Robocalls, price gouging, home improvement scams. The Division of Consumer Affairs in the Attorney General's Office can help with the day-to-day problems that touch all of our lives. From the complaint center to filing legal action we'll take you through the process and tell you about the top consumer complaints in Tennessee- and how to get help if you've been scammed. 

Season 1, Episode 1:  Meet Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III
The State of Tennessee gets sued multiple times a day. Who defends it? The Attorney General's Office. Meet the current Attorney General and Reporter, Herbert H. Slatery III, who takes us through the most unique and challenging aspects of leading the law firm for the state. What are the biggest challenges? Opportunities? How do you say his last name? He answers it all in this inaugural episode of Making the Case.