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035 – DUI 360–#8–Hop Scotch on One Leg



Hey Kids! More fun with SFSTs! Are you down with the OLS? Listen as ‘Officer Jeff’ tests Jared by the book – as in, the actual manual that law enforcement uses when they pull someone over in a traffic stop. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, or SFSTs, can be challenging for most of us on a good day.  We’ve previously talked Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (the pen test) and Walking the Line. In this episode we drop some knowledge about the OLS, or the One Leg Stand – the third horse of the SFST apocalypse.

Steve, Jeff and Jared also talk Dirtbag Mondays, flossing, Steve Martin and “The Man with Two Brains”, riding on your rims, swaying, raising arms for balance, the “acceleration clause” and other cool dance moves, and the Smartie defense. And we ask the question, is the goal to be accurate, or to just “secure a conviction?”   You might be surprised by what the NHTSA manual actually says..

Have your own experience with a Field Sobriety Test? Tell us about it – we love stories! Have questions or comments? Send them to podcast@ohiolegaldefense.com. We will keep your identity private unless you tell us otherwise, but would love to share your stories – and answer your questions – in upcoming episodes!

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034 – The Blinsky Chronicles -7- Chicken Man, Grasshopper And Fly Fishing



When a bunch of young guys from Ohio who are flush with cash from their local grow operation decide to buy a limo off of Ebay, they decide to make an event out of their trip to pick it up in New York City. Custom suits, loud dinners in Little Italy, booze and weed-fueled parties, and the Presidential Suite at the Waldorf Astoria. Like Ohio does the movie “Swingers” in NYC. But turns out the Russians with the limo for sale are under federal investigation – and it’s not for growing weed….

Also covered: fun facts about how the law defines a conspiracy, and possession vs. ownership.

Find out what happens next when guns, drugs, airstrips and some unsavory Russians are added to the mix….why the feds might find it hard to believe that you just like fly fishing…and what can be the unintended consequences of buying a limo off of Ebay.

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033 – Lawyer Talk v. Ohio v. The World Podcast – Hanging with Alex Hastie



Gum-chewers Unite!  Alex Hastie, host of the popular “Ohio vs. The World” podcast joins the guys this week to discuss famous and infamous Ohioans, Michael Fay, vandalism, accidental huffing, elevator urine detection technology, caning, the death penalty and the downside to being an overly clean, crime-free country – or – “why you should avoid vacationing in Singapore if you like gum,”  the Scopes monkey trial and the early 20th century trend-setting party boy and America’s greatest lawyer Clarence Darrow  – and how sometimes awesome lawyers can seem very non-lawyerly.
Why risk is the price of freedom, liquor law and pairing your podcast with the right beer, Elvis Juice and our favorite Scottish neighbor Brew Dog, fun with history, mis-tweeting, bocce ball and the best Italian restaurants in Ohio, “larping”, and sneak peeks at upcoming Ohio v. World and Lawyer Talk: Off the Record episodes and goings-on that you won’t want to miss.

032 – The Blinsky Chronicles – 6b – Hot and Ready – Agent X, We Meet Again…and The Defense Begins – Pt. 2



What would you do if years later, you ran into the man who was responsible for bringing your life as you knew it to a screeching halt? What Jared did when he ran into Agent X years later will surprise you.

The guys also talk CBD oils, vape stores, the local D.E.A., cheap pizza and barbecue on china, telling on yourself, and creative ways to get the government to like you.


031 – We Love Juries!



Don’t we all judge each other when we first walk into a room?

“We pass judgements on people all the time whether you like it or not. When you walked in, I looked at how you were dressed, at what you were doing, I looked at who you were talking to, I looked at your body language. I judged you, whether I want to admit that out loud or not – but I’m going to admit it, because I think you are sitting there thinking the same things about me too. Whether it’s about my beard, or where I’m from, … or what my job is – you’re making judgements whether you want to admit it or not.”

Sometimes the government overreaches – and when someone is wrongfully accused of a crime and it goes to trial, we need to make sure the jury hears the whole story in order to help them reach the right decision.

Jeff and Bill discuss their recent trial success with Steve and Jared and the guys talk about how focus groups are a critical part of their trial prep when deciding how to best convey the all-important “rest of the story” to juries – and how it can make all the difference in people’s lives.

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030 – The Blinsky Chronicles–6a–Agent X, We Meet Again…and The Defense Begins



Steve,Jeff and Jared talk Weed Porn, High Times, silver trays of weed at the Christmas party and posting dumb pics, search and seizure, being polite to the S.W.A.T. team, guns, drugs and the federal sentencing guidelines, tomatoes and The Lakers, directional microphones,  eggshell skulls, snitches, forfeiture laws, the hidden stash, converting cash to drugs, possession, the D.E.A., volcanoes, and federal agents making sweet love in the trash cases.

Talking barbecue and Buckeyes with federal marshals, Larry Flint Jr. and the Larry Scare, having a greenhouse in the basement, when the Feds take your phones – who’s Stinky? – chatter, and when the friendly guy in the ball cap ends up being the head honcho – hello, Agent X.

 


029 – DUI 360–#7–Brother, What’s Your Inseam (And What Does That Have To Do With DUI?)?



What does your age, your weight, your back issues and high heels all have in common?  According to the NHTSA manual, they are all things that can impair your ability to correctly perform Field Sobriety Tests – yet most people don’t know this, many officers tend to not clarify it – and what you don’t know can hurt you. Since Steve and Jeff are looking out for you, they read from the huge study about drunk people – and non-drunk people – that the NHTSA manual utilizes and tell you what you need to know. They even tell you how to easily get your own copy of it. You can start your own study group! Or just keep listening. Yeah, that’s probably easier.

Steve and Jeff – otherwise known as The Palmer and The Beard – share personal stories as well as talk about the shopping hot spot that is T.J. Maxx, sweatpants that look like jeans, beard oil, The River in Portsmouth, nature vs. nurture, secret adoptions, Jean Scene, being embarrassed by the hot chick who’s trying to sell you jeans, and protecting your freedom by avoiding one-legged stands.


028 – The Blinsky Chronicles–5–Bloody Knives, Mellow Yellow…What Are We Doing and Why Are We Doing It



“Everyone’s got a story…but it’s what you do with that story, what music do you make, how does it inspire you in other ways…I’ve gone through this awful time in my life and it’s inspired me to create this….and I think that’s why we’re telling this story.”

Have you ever looked back on something that you did and cringed? Really, who hasn’t.

But have you ever recorded yourself describing in intimate detail what you did and how you were, over what you would consider to be the worst period of your life, filled with not-so-shining moments –  and then listened to it? Jared has – for this series –  and says he definitely didn’t like listening to what he said.

So mid-stream, the guys step back and discuss the “why” and the “what” behind The BC. Why they are doing it, and what it means to them.

“Truth be told, I hate lawyers.” – Steve Palmer (lawyer)….”It was your case that let me stand up in federal court and almost break down myself …because I let myself go to a spot where …my barriers were gone and I was just going to go there….I’d danced around the fringes of doing that, but in your case it happened…it was this eye-opening moment where I said ‘ahh, I see the enjoyment of doing this.’ ”

Jared talks about how going through it all helped him become the person he is today, and how he would like to help someone else by sharing his story. The guys also discuss parents, President Shorty, Chef Rick and his amazing brunch burritos, wrestling with employees (literally), teaching your kids the rules so they know which ones to break, and how to land the most important job of your life.


027 – DUI 360 #6 – Checkpoint Chickie



This weekend is not only the unofficial start of summer, it also marks the time when DUI checkpoint season is in full swing –  and the whole gang is here to drop some knowledge on you!
If you’ve missed out on the DUI 360 series so far, this is a great place to start: Steve, Jeff, Bill and Jared recap some of the more important points – and share valuable new information about the ins and outs of random DUI checkpoints that you will want to know – not only for holiday weekends –  but all year round.
In addition to covering interesting constitutional issues –  including the Bill of Rights and limitations on search and seizure –  the guys cover a lot of other ground, from J.T. Barrett, Muirfield and the Memorial Tournament, day-drinking scenarios, beer on ice, drinking and driving with a golf cart, whether walking the line is easier if you’re left-handed, the two things a DUI checkpoint must do to be constitutional, Uber, Cheech and Chong, Fat Daddy Caddies, the roach motel, Buford Pusser, Barney Fife, The Andy Griffith Show – to how to not let the Checkpoint Chickie Trail of Tears ruin your weekend BBQ plans.
Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend everyone!
Yavitch & Palmer
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026 – The Blinsky BBQ Break–Smokin’ the Butt (It’s Done When It’s Done)



Barbecue like a Boss!! Think back to the most mouth-watering barbecue that you have ever enjoyed. If you are anything like us, you probably thought, “man, if I only knew how they made this, I could make it at home and have it anytime I wanted!” Not to mention the added bonus of completely impressing your friends and family. Just picture it: lots of swooning and exclamations of “you’re the man!”. Yeah, it would totally be like that..

So just in time for Memorial Day weekend, we present you with a special recipe how-to episode from the guys at Lawyer Talk, home of The Blinsky Chronicles. Jared Blinsky, former owner of the well-known Route 62 BBQ in Johnstown, shares his tips, tricks and recipes for some of his most-loved dishes, including his delectable smoked pork shoulder – the cut of meat that is also known as “Boston Butt”, that provides us with beautiful piles of pulled pork deliciousness – as well as his famed Chicken Cheddar Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad, including the secret ingredient you would never guess (no, it’s not in the name).

And this weekend we especially remember, thank and honor the great men and women who have served our country and protected our freedoms – and we also celebrate them by observing the great American tradition of enjoying some smokin’ good BBQ.

Smoke on!!