The Reid Relationship That Divides Criminal Minds Fans – Looper

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The romantic relationships on Criminal Minds weren’t exactly the point of the show — but they still helped fans of the CBS drama stay invested in the characters throughout fifteen seasons. Some ships sailed (and sunk) quickly, and some never came to fruition, but others were explored over the course of several seasons, to varying degrees of success.

One of the more controversial relationships in the Criminal Minds-verse was between fan-favorite genius BAU agent Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and manipulative hitwoman Cat Adams (series guest star Aubrey Plaza). The pair met face-to-face a handful of times throughout the course of the show, each one proving to be an especially dramatic affair.

Recently, when the topic of Reid and Cat’s roller coaster-esque relationship came up on the Criminal Minds subreddit, fans had a wide variety of opinions on whether the storyline was worth their time. Some admitted to finding it entertaining, while others had some serious issues with it. 

Here’s why fans are so divided about Reid’s relationship with Cat.

Spencer Reid’s relationship with Cat Adams falls into the “It’s Complicated” category

When Cat Adams entered the Criminal Minds landscape in the Season Eleven episode “Entropy,” she became one of the more unforgettable unsubs in the series’ entire run. A savvy assassin with a penchant for playing games, she took a special interest in Spencer Reid throughout her four-episode run. Their first encounter resulted in her holding him at gunpoint. Their last involved her terrorizing him over the fate of his mother and made him believe she was pregnant with his child.

Their relationship was, to put it mildly, complicated — though they were, in many ways, a match, from an intellectual standpoint, it’s hard to argue that Cat Adams was a good influence on Spencer’s life. She psychologically tormented and manipulated him on more than one occasion.

The high tension aspect of Cat and Reid’s relationship certainly made for good television. However, the qualms some fans have with it had more to do with how it affected Reid as a character.

Many fans were just not feeling the onscreen chaotic nature of Reid and Cat’s relationship

The tortured nature of Reid’s connection to Cat Adams is at the crux of why many Criminal Minds‘ fans struggle to root for the characters’ relationship, despite any chemistry they may have had on screen. As seen in the aforementioned discussion post about Cat Adams on the /r/CriminalMinds forum, one user, wakatoshikun, asked why some fans “ship” Reid and Cat together, arguing that their relationship felt forced.

Other fans chimed in with their opinions, and while a few fans admitted they enjoyed watching the two together, many others agreed with the poster that the relationship wasn’t their favorite. One user, doesntmattertomee, called it their “least favorite part of the show.” Another user, edgyfrick, argued that their relationship wasn’t good for Reid, pointing out that “didn’t cat like… somewhat ruin his life for a while there?

Other users disliked the dynamic, but enjoyed the acting. Another fan, geeweeze, made the perfectly reasonable point that not only was Cat “terrible and toxic,” but these traits meant there was really no way for them to be together in any real way. However, geeweeze also thought the two’s onscreen dynamic was fascinating — toxicity aside — on a storytelling level, writing that, “I thought they did have great chemistry and it was exciting to see Reid match up with her games. The idea that she occupied a corner of darkness in his mind, and he might be attracted to her intelligence, which was used for evil and was the flip side of HIS intelligence he used for good, was exciting in a counterintuitive way.”

At least in the Reddit corner of the Criminal Minds‘ fandom, the consensus seems to be that while Matthew Gray Gubler and Aubrey Plaza’s chemistry was compelling, the relationship between their characters on screen was a miss.

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Trump names 2 lawyers to impeachment trial defense team – PBS NewsHour

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump announced a new impeachment legal defense team just one day after it was revealed that he had parted ways with an earlier set of attorneys with just over a week to go before his Senate trial.

The two representing Trump will be defense lawyer David Schoen, a frequent television legal commentator, and Bruce Castor, a former district attorney in Pennsylvania who has faced criticism for his decision to not charge actor Bill Cosby in a sex crimes case.

Both attorneys issued statements through Trump’s office on Sunday saying that they were honored to take the job.

“The strength of our Constitution is about to be tested like never before in our history. It is strong and resilient. A document written for the ages, and it will triumph over partisanship yet again, and always,” said Castor, who served as district attorney for Montgomery County, outside of Philadelphia, from 2000 to 2008.

The announcement was intended to promote a sense of stability surrounding the Trump defense team as his impeachment trial nears. The former president has struggled to hire and retain attorneys willing to represent him against charges that he incited the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, which happened when a mob of loyalists stormed Congress as lawmakers met Jan. 6 to certify Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

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That’s a contrast from his first impeachment trial, when Trump’s high-profile team of attorneys included Alan Dershowitz, one of the best-known criminal defense lawyers in the country, as well as White House counsel Pat Cipollone, and Jay Sekulow, who has argued cases before the Supreme Court.

Trump’s team had initially announced that Butch Bowers, a South Carolina lawyer, would lead his legal team after an introduction from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. But that team unraveled over the weekend due to differences over legal strategy.

One person familiar with their thinking said Bowers and another South Carolina lawyer, Deborah Barbier, left the team because Trump wanted them to use a defense that relied on allegations of election fraud, and the lawyers were not willing to do so. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation and requested anonymity

Republicans and aides to Trump, the first president to be impeached twice in American history, have made clear that they intend to make a simple argument in the trial: Trump’s trial, scheduled for the week of Feb. 8, is unconstitutional because he is no longer in office.

“The Democrats’ efforts to impeach a president who has already left office is totally unconstitutional and so bad for our country,” Trump adviser Jason Miller has said.

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Many legal scholars, however, say there is no bar to an impeachment trial despite Trump having left the White House. One argument is that state constitutions that predate the U.S. Constitution allowed impeachment after officials left office. The Constitution’s drafters also did not specifically bar the practice.

Castor, a Republican who was the elected district attorney of Pennsylvania’s third-most populated county, decided against charging Cosby in a 2004 sexual encounter. He ran for the job again in 2015, and his judgment in the Cosby case was a key issue used against him by the Democrat who defeated him.

Castor has said that he personally thought Cosby should have been arrested, but that the evidence wasn’t strong enough to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

In 2004, Castor ran for state attorney general unsuccessfully. In 2016, he became the top lieutenant to the state’s embattled attorney general — Kathleen Kane, a Democrat — as she faced charges of leaking protected investigative information to smear a rival and lying to a grand jury about it. She was convicted, leaving Castor as the state’s acting attorney general for a few days.

Schoen met with financier Jeffrey Epstein about joining his defense team on sex trafficking charges just days before Epstein killed himself in a New York jail.

In an interview with the Atlanta Jewish Times last year, Schoen said he had also been approached by Trump associate Roger Stone before Stone’s trial about being part of the team and that he was was later retained to handle his appeal. Trump commuted Stone’s sentence and then pardoned him. Schoen maintained in the interview that the case against Stone was “very unfair and politicized.”

Neither Schoen nor Castor returned phone messages seeking comment Sunday evening.

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A top SEC official was receiving a $1.6 million law-firm pension from Simpson Thacher that was 7 times his government salary. It shows why cracking down on 'golden parachutes' is so hard.

William Hinman, a Simpson Thacher partner who led the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance

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When capital-markets lawyer Bill Hinman joined the SEC in 2017, his list of clients — from Alibaba and Google to JPMorgan and Wells Fargo — drew media attention.

What didn’t get much press was the nearly $1.6 million annual pension Hinman would receive from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, payments that dwarfed the government salary he received for leading the Division of Corporation Finance. While Hinman had retired from Simpson, he rejoined the firm earlier this month after years of helping drive regulatory changes that were targeted at making it easier for companies to go public.

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“That payment was very generous, and it’s not always what I see with a pension plan,” said Virginia Canter, a former SEC ethics lawyer now with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. An ethics official signed off on the arrangement but Canter said it is “a little unsettling” for Hinman to have received such big payments from the firm that employed him before and after government service.

Since the 1960s, it has been illegal for federal workers to have their salaries padded by private-sector employers, though that ban doesn’t include pensions. Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University, said the public was skeptical that so-called “dollar-a-year men,” who took a $1 salary from the government while taking a more generous one from the private sector, were truly acting in the nation’s best interest.

There’s no evidence that Hinman granted special treatment to his former law firm or clients. While the Division of Corporation Finance issues guidance, proposes regulations and reviews securities filings to make sure companies are obeying accounting and disclosure rules, it does not take enforcement action.

But Hinman’s arrangement is a classic example of the questions that can arise with each turn of the “revolving door” between government and private industry, which nearly every president has vowed to scrutinize even as they have invited thousands of lawyers, lobbyists and business leaders into government to help drive their agendas forward.

The episode also illustrates the challenges that come with trying to police potential conflicts of interest for the thousands of government appointees about to join the Biden administration.

Read more: Trump is becoming an ‘untouchable client.’ Here’s how law firms are turning on the president, from calling for his removal to dumping his business.

‘Golden parachutes’ go back decades

For years, companies including Morgan Stanley, Blackstone, and JPMorgan Chase have allowed their senior executives to cash out of equity-based parts of their compensation if they take a role in government, according to the Project On Government Oversight. Gary Cohn and Elaine Chao were criticized for taking advantage of such provisions, Vox reported.

It’s not just financial institutions that do it. Rex Tillerson’s equity vesting arrangement with Exxon when he became Secretary of State also drew scrutiny. In the 1980s, the Justice Department sued Boeing for making special payments to employees going into government service, and women who worked at the law firm Jones Day have accused the firm of giving financial “cushions” to certain lawyers who joined the Trump administration.

Change might be coming. Among the several orders President Joe Biden signed on his first day was a requirement that officials sign a pledge that prohibits them from accepting a cash or stock bonus from their employer as a reward for joining the government. Biden’s “golden parachute” ban is part of an ethics pledge that has been praised by good-government groups.

Craig Holman, an ethics expert at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, is a fan of Biden’s rule. He said it would have prevented former Treasury secretary Jack Lew from taking a nearly $1 million bonus when he left Citigroup to join the Obama administration. At the same time, he acknowledged that it wouldn’t cover generous pensions or certain other good-bye payments.

“It can easily be evaded,” he said. “Cracking down on golden parachutes is difficult.”

Biden’s golden parachute ban prohibits appointees from accepting payments that are “limited to individuals accepting a position in the United States Government.” That would appear to bar payments to executives from some companies, like MSCI, which only allows early vesting for certain employees who take roles in the federal government, according to a 2019 SEC filing.

But some companies’ equity compensation plans allow employees to take “golden parachutes” in a broader set of cases. Morgan Stanley allows its directors to cash out in any instance where they take a public-service job or role with an entity like FINRA and are required by law or regulation to divest, an exhibit to its 2018 annual report said.

Two White House press officials didn’t respond to a comment request.

How much is too much?

Even some advocates for clean government are wary of going too far. On one hand, regulators benefit from the views of people who are up-to-speed on market norms and innovations. On the other hand, government employees should be focused on public service, not on laying the groundwork for a lucrative return to the private sector.

Hinman’s pension, while enormous, isn’t unique. Keith Higgins, a former partner at Ropes & Gray who ran the same division of the SEC during the Obama administration, got an annual pension from Ropes of about $75,000. More recently, two Gibson Dunn partners who served in the Trump administration, Nicola Hanna and Eugene Scalia, disclosed annual pension payments of $169,000 and $311,000, records show.

Some recipients of Big Law pensions have tried to reduce the risk of a conflict. Mary Jo White, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton who led the SEC for part of the Obama administration, opted to take four years of her pension entitlement as a lump sum at the start of her tenure instead of taking a payment every year. Like Hinman, she also returned to her law firm after government service.

It’s possible that Simpson’s partnership agreement prohibited Hinman from doing the same thing. A Simpson partner who took a federal judgeship, Mary Kay Vyskocil, said as much in a questionnaire. Caroline Fatchett, a spokeswoman for the firm, said Hinman’s pension was “similar to other retiring partners” and received the blessing of SEC ethics counsel.

There is an important difference between Hinman’s pension and some of the golden parachutes described in this story, said Clark: a pension isn’t conditioned on someone going into government. Still, she said, there is an issue of public perception.

“The person on the street, I think, would be concerned,” she said.

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The Criminal Minds Episodes That Break Fans' Hearts – Looper

Unsurprisingly, many of the episodes named contain character-driven stories that focus on one or more members of the BAU. We’ll get to those in a minute. First, we have an episode with an unsub that fans actually find sympathetic.

The unsubs in the season 1 episode “Riding the Lightning” are a married couple sitting on death row named Jacob Dawes and Sarah Jean Mason (Michael Massee and Jeannetta Arnette). While Jacob is convicted of the horrific murders of 18 young women, Sarah confessed to killing the couple’s own son. But while interviewing Sarah shortly before she is set to be executed, Agent Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) discovers that her story isn’t quite what it seems.

Sarah confessed to killing the couple’s young son, when in fact she gave the child to a family to raise in secret. Her lie was to protect the child, as she didn’t want him to go through life branded by the stigma of his parents’ misdeeds. When Gideon attempts to stay Sarah’s execution and reunite her with her son, she declines the offer. She asks him to keep her secret and let her be executed, even though she is innocent, so that her son can continue to live in ignorant bliss.

The tragic circumstances of Sarah’s case were highlighted by several fans on the Reddit thread, including the original poster, u/Mysterious-voices, who cited it as one of their top 2 saddest episodes. User u/k_amusta agreed, and wrote, “That episode with Gideon and the woman on death row is slept on. Truly SO heartbreaking.”

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Trump names lawyers to lead his impeachment defense team – Reuters

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a campaign rally in Dalton, Georgia, U.S., on the eve of the run-off election to decide both of Georgia’s Senate seats January 4, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s office on Sunday said trial lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor will lead Trump’s legal team during his Senate impeachment trial.

The announcement follows news that Trump had abruptly parted ways on Saturday with the two lead lawyers working on the team.

Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Stephen Coates

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