Your Legal Rights San Mateo Deputy District Attorney Chuck Finney talks with experts on various legal topics for the San Francisco Bay Area.
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San Mateo Deputy District Attorney Chuck Finney talks with experts on various legal topics for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Most Recent Episodes

One Country, Two Cultures: Political Tribalism?

The deep divisions between us have people asking are we still one nation? If so, how long? Questions that were on the fringe of political debate have become mainstream. With such issues looming as the right to choose vs. the right to life, the second amendment vs. gun control, closed borders – and who gets to patrol them – vs. sanctuary cities, the peaceful transition of power vs. the January 6th insurrection, evangelism vs. secularism or even free markets vs. democratic socialism, are the divisions between us so deep that red states and blue states are heading for a break up? Most important of all, what should we do about it?Tonight, YLR Hosts Jeff Hayden and Dean Johnson are joined by David French, the author of Divided We Fall: The Secession Threat And How To Restore Our Nation.Questions for Jeff, Dean and their guests? Please call (866) 798-8255.

Landlord-Tenant Law: Summer Update

Is the state removing itself from rent and eviction controls? Are cities enacting rent control?Do some remain protected against eviction, under a moratorium, while others are not? Where do landlords and tenants stand right now?Joining YLR Host Jeff Hayden are three of the best: Jessica Chylik, David Finkelstein and Sal Timpano.Questions for Jeff, Dean and their guests? Call us, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.

The Supreme Court Term, Part III

In the past two weeks, we discussed the implications of recent United States Supreme Court decisions, particularly the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Tonight we wrap up that discussion, and move on to a Birdseye view of the Historic 2021-22 session.In the first half hour, YLR host Jeff Hayden, tonight's co-host Dean Johnson and Appellate Attorney Anne Voigts conclude our look at the Dobbs case, and an overview of the response in both red and blue states.In the second half hour, YLR host Jeff Hayden and Appellate Attorney Anne Voigts discuss various criminal and civil cases decided by the United States Supreme Court this past term, and take a look at what is coming up in the year to come.As always, we welcome your questions, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.

Is the U.S. Supreme Court Spearheading a Constitutional Crisis?

Are we in the midst of a genuine constitutional crisis?After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, we asked our experts: what's next? Are our other constitutional right in jeopardy.It has been a mere two weeks since that show aired. In those few days, many of the dire consequences that our guests mentioned have come true. Many others are on the horizonTwo weeks ago we asked: are reproductive rights safe? Tonight, we ask: are we in the midst of a genuine constitutional crisis? Are any of our rights safe?YLR guest host, Dean Johnson, is joined by Ben Feuer, Chairman California Appellate Law Group, Professor Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, and Anne Voigts, partner at King & Spalding.Questions for Dean and his guests? Call us, toll-free, at (866) 798-8255.

Part II: Criminal Justice Reform — the Laws

Two weeks ago, we began a program on criminal justice reform. In our first installment, just two weeks after bay area communities held local primary elections – where San Francisco voters overwhelmingly endorsed proposition h, recalling progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin, and at the same time, in two neighboring counties, voters turned away from relatively liberal sheriff's, in favor of a candidate touting progressive reforms, and in two counties, contested races for district attorney resulted in reelection of incumbents with differing policies toward criminal justice – we discussed the implications of the election for bay area politics and the local face of law enforcementTonight, we discuss the mood of the electorate, and implications of the election for criminal justice reform statewide. To discuss the implications of the election for criminal justice reform statewide and for Bay Area politics, YLR Host Jeff Hayden is joined by Eugene Hyman, retired judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, San Francisco Attorney Randall Knox, political pundit Mark Simon, Jay Boyarsky, Chief Assistant District Attorney of Santa Clara County, and San Francisco Attorney and Criminal Justice Activist DamoneHale.Questions for Jeff and his amazing panel of guests? Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.

Pray At School. Carry Your Guns And Unborn Children Too

One week ago today, people woke up in a nation that allowed medical personnel to provide a safe and effective care for women seeking to terminate unwanted pregnancies, and, that strived to make it safe by limiting the ability carry guns. In two decisions handed down in as many days, the world has changed in fundamental ways.At least one justice suggests this is but the beginning.YLR Host Jeff Hayden and tonight's co-host, Dean Johnson, are joined by Ben Feuer, chairman of the california appellate law group, Anne Voigts, a partner at King & Spalding in the firm's appellate, constitutional and administrative law group, Professor Rory Little, Joseph W. Cotchett Professor of Law at U.C. Hastings, and San Carlos city councilmember and former mayor Laura Parmer-Lohan, a businesswoman, working mom and candidate for San Mateo County Supervisor.Question for Jeff, Dean and their guests? Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.

Part I: Criminal Justice Reform After The Boudin Recall

Two weeks ago, Bay Area communities held local primary elections. San Francisco voters overwhelmingly endorsed Proposition H, recalling progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin. At the same time, in two neighboring counties, voters turned away from relatively liberal sheriffs, each in favor of a candidate touting progressive reforms, and, in two counties, contested races for district attorney resulted in reelection of incumbents with differing policies toward criminal justice.Tonight, to discuss the implications of the election for criminal justice reform statewide and for Bay Area politics, YLR Host Jeff Hayden, and tonight's co-host Dean Johnson are joined by Eugene Hyman, retired judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, San Francisco Attorney Randall Knox, political pundit Mark Simon, Jay Boyarsky, Chief Assistant District Attorney of Santa Clara County, and Oakland-based civil rights attorney John Burris.Questions for Jeff, Dean and their amazing panel of guests? Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.

The Roots of January 6

When historians look back at this point in history, the single biggest domestic issue will be the investigation of the incursion on January 6th, and the affects upon our democratic republic.That an attack on the capital, on the very day the votes were to be counted, was predicted by Professor Lawrence Douglas of Amherst; he repeated that prediction on this program well in advance of January 6.The focus of today's congressional hearings was Dr. John Eastman, the man alleged to be the legal Archetect of the broader attack on the presidential election. Dr. Eastman, was on this program, two weeks before the election, wherein he espoused false claims about a rigged election.Amidst the Congressional hearings underway, we tonight will replay that discussion.YLR Host Jeff Hayden, and tonight's Co-Host Joshua Borger are joined by Dr. John Eastman (formerly) the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University, Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the Berkeley School of Law and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, and from the Sutton Law Firm, Bradley W. Hertz, a Past President of the California Political Lawyers Association.Given this is a re-broadcast, we will NOT be able to take calls tonight.

Criminal Justice Reform After The Boudin Recall

Two weeks ago, Bay Area communities held local primary elections. San Francisco voters overwhelmingly endorsed Proposition H, recalling progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin. At the same time, in two neighboring counties, voters turned away from relatively liberal sheriffs, each in favor of a candidate touting progressive reforms, and, in two counties, contested races for district attorney resulted in reelection of incumbents with differing policies toward criminal justice.Tonight, to discuss the implications of the election for criminal justice reform statewide and for Bay Area politics, YLR Host Jeff Hayden, and tonight's co-host Dean Johnson are joined by Eugene Hyman, retired judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, San Francisco Attorney Randall Knox, political pundit Mark Simon, Jay Boyarsky, Chief Assistant District Attorney of Santa Clara County, and Oakland-based civil rights attorney John Burris.Questions for Jeff, Dean and their amazing panel of guests? Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.

Landlord/Tenant Law Update

Is the state removing itself from rent and eviction controls? Are cities enacting rent control?How is it some remain protected against eviction, under a moratorium, while others are not?Joining YLR Host Jeff Hayden, and tonight's host Dean Johnson, are three of the best: Jessica Chylik, David Finkelstein and Sal Timpano.Questions for Jeff, Dean and their guests? Call us, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.