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Episode 27: "Cruel & Usual; Punishment by Taking the Black" feat. Don Zeko Learned Hands: The Official Podcast of the Westerosi Bar Association

In this twenty-seventh episode of Learned Hands, the Official Podcast of the Westerosi Bar Association, Maester Merry, Clint, and Special Guest Hand Don Zeko ask: What does GRRM’s portrayal of the Wall reveal about the values that motivate criminal law in Westeros and how does it compare and contrast with other forms of punishment?Our analysis this week includes:We take the focus away from liability and into punishment, for once.Superhero Public Defender Don Zeko schools us on theories of Westerosi punishment.A great debate ensues about who is eligible to take the black.Merry quotes The Expanse in an extremely relevant way.Clint talks about the 8th Amendment, for fun.No one says good things about Nino.A judgment is passed on whether the opportunity to take the black is good or bad or neutral.Learned Hands pays respect to Maester Luwin, the greatest law professor in Westeros.We also talk about Theon. My god, Theon, you dummy.Supplemental reading: Hadrian's Wall GoT influenceA critique of Innocence ProjectsLet's talk about prison coloniesMcClesky v. Kemp opinion and dissentBumpers by Lo The Lynx. Audio engineering by LittleWolfBird. Intro & Outro music courtesy Sid Luscious & The Pants. None of this should be construed as legal advice OBVIOUSLY. Support the show (
  1. Episode 27: "Cruel & Usual; Punishment by Taking the Black" feat. Don Zeko
  2. Episode 26: "Dance Party, Vol. VI; Dance Dance Revolution"
  3. Episode 25: "Dance Party, Vol. V; Bad Blood"
  4. BONUS Episode 24.5: "Expanse Season 6 Hype-Stream Audio"
  5. Episode 24: “Dance Party, Vol. IV; Bloody Moves”
  6. Episode 23: "When I Tried To Cross The White Wall; The Free Folk, Refugees, and the Wall."
  7. Episode 22: "Horny Issues: the Hornwood Inheritance Crisis"
  8. Episode 21: "Know True Knights; Chivalry & Law in Westeros" feat. Dr. Shiloh Carroll
  9. Episode 20: "GRRM vv JRRT; The Quandary of Aragorn's Tax Policy"
  10. Episode 19: “Dance Party Vol. III; Dance 'til You’re Dead”