POD: Liz & The Supremes

In our 48th episode of the LaPolitics Report, we talk to Louisiana Solicitor General Liz Murrill a few weeks after she gave oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. Murrill went to the big leagues to argue McCoy v. Louisiana. That’s the one where the Louisiana lawyer, attempting to dodge the death penalty, told the jury that his client was guilty of killing his three family members — despite the defendant, Robert McCoy, insisting he’s innocent. Murrill reveals how it was trying to convince the Justices her views, and what’s next for the case.

She also talks about her work at home with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and the trends coming out of the Justice Department, including abortion, immigration, energy, congressional redistricting and consent decrees. She thinks this coming legislative session to deal more with the budget crisis than any of the policy questions that land on her desk.

Something you may not know: You get a keepsake feather quill when you argue before the Supreme Court. Murrill has hers in her office. “For about a week, it sat in my toothbrush cup,” she said. “That was the safest place for it.”

We also take a look at former Govs. Kathleen Blanco and Bobby Jindal’s 2003 battle for the gubernatorial gold, which was the same race that saw former Gov. David Treen’s failed comeback bid after a 20-year hiatus. Missy Elliot’s “Work It” was topping the music charts at the time. How’s that as an anthem for campaigning for governor?

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