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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does. As a international human rights and criminal lawyer and trial skills teacher around the world, its his most important tool. As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally. As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated.

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Would Trump Have Been Indicted If He Were Not a Sitting President?

Robert Mueller is preparing to testify before U.S. House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. This is easily the most anticipated hearing the American people have had in some time. President Trump seems to be ramping up about it, claiming witch hunt and no collusion and talking about Mueller’s conflicts of interest.

In addition, Attorney General Barr has already gone on the record, as has the Justice Department, trying desperately to box Mueller into talking about nothing but his more than 400 page report. They want nothing outside of the report including process, evidence, his thoughts and feelings. Specifically, what the President and DOJ are clearly most concerned about is Mueller’s thoughts on Obstruction of Justice and whether Trump would have been charged if he were not a sitting President. They are equally concerned about whether it was the AttorneyGeneral’s or Congress’s call as to whether Obstruction should be charged.

House Democrats, on the other hand, have much different mission. They are looking at the issue of Obstruction but essentially arguing that there is plenty of evidence that Trump obstructed justice and therefore could face Impeachment. What they are hoping for is a John Dean ala Richard Nixon moment when the American people get to hear about a laundry list of things that Trump did and why he did them.

Robert Mueller himself is now a private citizen and can do just about anything he wants. Of course, this seems to go against everything that he has stood for for decades. Many Trump loyalists have continued to attack Mueller but this former Marine, war hero, patriot who has worked for both Republicans and Democrats has always stayed above political infighting so we will see.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss. I have been covering this issue with Voice of America for more than a year and in many ways this is the culmination of this story.


[The Ed Schultz Show] September 19th: Jack Talks Law and International Terrorism in Minnesota

I appear on The Ed Schultz Show on September 19th.  And so it goes. Al Shabaab and ISIS have successfully continued to target and recruit young men to the cause.  It is frightening because the latest attack was in St. Cloud, Minesota, it feels like it can happen anywhere.  And yet, there are certainly some take away points here. There have been some rising tensions here in Minnesota between the earlier immigrants (everybody else who lives here) and these latest immigrants.  Its easy to talk about us as "the people" and them as "those people." However, this country is a tapestry and we regularly forget that.  

This is going to be an interesting conversation.



Archive - Editorial: MN Wants You to Drink and Drive.  Really!

Jenny was being responsible.  She was at a bar here in the Twin Cities and she had too much to drink.  She could tell.  She knew it.  Unfortunately, she had nobody to call to come pick her up and had no money to call a cab.  Knowing that she was in no condition to drive, Jenny decided that her only option was to climb into the backseat of her car, throw her keys in her purse at her feet and sleep it off.  Big mistake.  She  should have jumped in the driver’s seat and tried to make it home.  At least, that is what the State of Minnesota thinks.  Seriously. 

In Minnesota courtrooms, it is called physical control.   In other words, if somebody is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and in physical control of a car, they will be arrested for DWI.  And physical control doesn’t mean driving down the street with a car.  It can mean somebody like Jenny sleeping in the backseat of her car with the car keys in her purse on the floor.  This would have been true even if her car were up on blocks.  Or didn’t have an engine.  It is crazy but true.  

Look, DWIs are a serious problem in Minnesota and across the country.  As a result, the legislature has become more and more aggressive at finding and prosecuting drunk drivers.  They lowered the acceptable blood alcohol level, they increased the sentencing, they added a felony charge, and they put more cops on the streets.  

Minnesota laws are designed to arrest as many people for DWI as possible.  In a way, that makes complete sense.  Drunks have killed and injured a lot of people.  We all know that.  However, what happens when the law actually motivates somebody to drive under the influence of alcohol rather than face almost certain arrest?  Which takes us back to Jenny.

Within a matter of minutes Jenny heard a tap on the window.  She woke up and looked into a flashlight.  It was a police officer.  She was subsequently arrested for DWI even though she explained that she had absolutely no intention of getting behind the wheel of a car. 

As part of Minnesota’s aggressive approach to DWIs, police officers frequently wait around bars looking for people driving drunk.  However, they also look for people sitting in cars, going nowhere, doing nothing.  Sleeping.  Because, that is the same thing.  That is drunk driving.

So, the chance of Jenny getting caught sleeping in a bar parking lot was almost 100% whereas if she jumped into the driver’s seat, put her keys into the ignition and took her chances, she might have made it home.  

Minnesota rightly should focus on getting as many drunks off of the road as possible.  However, what Minnesota should not do is have laws on the books that actually encourage people under the influence to get behind the wheel and get out on our streets.  The DWI physical control law does exactly that.

Does that make any sense?


[The Jack Rice Show] September 20th: Jack Talks Backstories of War with General Larry Shellito


See below for link to listen to my interview with General Shellito.  

When I wanted to embed with the MN National Guard Red Bulls, this was the guy I had to ultimately convince.  I followed them to Kosovo, to Iraq, and more.  After all, he was a two star general and the Adjutant General of the Red Bulls.

General Shellito is currently the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.  Of course I wanted to talk about the cost of war, the Red Bulls and the men and women he commanded but I was equally interested in his back story including his time in Vietnam and the impact that that had on his life.  Its funny the things that impact us all most in our lives.

Hope you enjoy this.  

Click here to listen to Jack's interview with General Larry Shellito


[The Jack Rice Show] Wednesday, May 13th, Jack Talks Equal Rights for Woman

MN Equal Right Amendment appears before the MN Senate tomorrow for the first time since 1973. I will be doing morning drive on Am 950 tomorrow morning from 6-8 a.m. and this is one of the issues I will focus upon. Is it necessary? Required? Pointless? I'll have experts and your calls. Join me. 952-946-6205


[Jack Rice Show Appearance] July 15th: Jack Talks with Rick Nolan about Running in MN 8th Congressional District Race - Part 2


[Jack Rice Show Appearance] July 15th: Jack Talks with Rick Nolan about Running in MN 8th Congressional District Race - Part 1


[Jack Rice Show Appearance] July 8th: Jack Talks with MN Daily's Jade Lomeli about MN Somalis Sending Money Home


[Jack Rice Show Appearance] July 1st: Jack Talks MN Marriage Amendment