I would love to be watching that happen in the courtroom. One of my favorite courtroom moments ever was when opposing counsel asked for a break so they could explain to their client their rights criminal liability implications of the questions I was asking him.
I liked it so much it actually became sort of a focus problem. I was quivering with delight like a Golden Retriever who hears his owner's car door slam in the driveway.

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/2 The Eleventh Circuit struck the conversion therapy ban down under the First Amendment. This is not a new theory; the Ninth Circuit addressed and rejected a similar attack in 2013.

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