- Whistle-blowers have been prosecuted by the Obama administration at a higher rate than during any previous administration. One of our guests on the show over the years, Sibel Edmonds, is now facing a legal battle to publish her book. We talk with her attorney, Stephen Kohn, about her case, her book and the legal environment facing whistle-blowers.
- The NRA Decision to Back Islamophobic Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William Boykin at Conference, which constitutional amendment is more important – the first or the second? We talk with Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein.
More about this week’s guests:
Stephen M. Kohn
Stephen M. Kohn serves as a supervising attorney for the legal work performed by attorneys associated with the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund. He is the author of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step by Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press, 2011).
Kohn started representing whistleblowers full-time in 1984 as the Clinical Director and Director of Corporate Litigation for the Government Accountability Project. In addition to the Handbook, Kohn has written seven other books on whistleblower law and civil liberties, including, in 1985, the first-ever legal treatise on whistleblower law. His clients have blown the whistle on billion dollar tax frauds, unsafe disposal of toxic wastes, illegal “no-bid” contracts given to corporate insiders, high level misconduct in the White House, and forensic fraud in the world-renowned FBI crime lab that prejudiced important criminal investigations, such as the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombing cases.
Kohn worked with Congress on drafting the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Acts, and he was extensively involved in the SEC’s whistleblower rulemaking proceeding.
Kohn earned his Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude from Boston University, a Master’s Degree in political science from Brown University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Northeastern University School of Law. Mr. Kohn is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.
Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein
Mikey Weinstein is the Founder and President of the four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominated civil rights organization known as the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and author of WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE: One Man’s War Against an Evangelical Coup in America’s Military. He is an honor graduate of the USAF Academy, a former White House Counsel in the Reagan Administration and former General Counsel to Texas billionaire and two-time Presidential candidate H. Ross Perot and Perot Systems Corporation. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
MRFF represents over 27,000 soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, cadets, midshipmen, and armed forces veteran clients. MRFF also represents more than 10% of all Muslim Americans in the armed forces.