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Legally Insane is a deep dive into some of the craziest and dark parts of the legal history of this great country. Our hosts Matt Ritter and Tony Sam come at the topic in a very unique way.

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Animal Cruelty - We Used to Put Them on Trial!​ - Episode 11
<ul> <li>Learn what animal cruelty law is all about</li> <li>•Learn ALDF’s landmark cases</li> <li>Discover what the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 entails</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Recap</strong></p> <p>On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney-turned-comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever – except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.</p> <p>Matt & Tony walk listeners through the some of the most bizarre animal cruelty cases and expose how twisted people’s minds are when it comes to animal rights -- especially in the past.</p> <p><strong>Check out these episode highlights</strong></p> <ul> <li>02:00 – 19th century Europe's execution of animals for crimes</li> <li>•11:30 – bizarre animal punishments</li> <li>•12:50 – 1960 an elephant murdered its trainer</li> <li>•13:20 – 2008 in Macedonia, a bear was convicted of stealing honey</li> <li>•16:13 –  Animal Welfare Act of 1966 of 1966</li> <li>•20:39 – magazines that expose animal cruelties</li> <li>•21:10 – Animal Legal Defense Fund's landmark cases and cutting-edge lawsuits</li> <li>•38:00 – Animal Liberation Act</li> </ul> <p> </p>
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Divorce Law - Reno - Divorcetown, USA - Episode 10
<p>On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney­turned­comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever – except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.</p> <p>Matt & Tony walk listeners through the divorce law history in the United States as they talks about some bizarre quikie divorces stories from the Reno divorce era and some other famous divorce cases. Also learn why Matt called Tony as the ‘The Ringman’.</p> <h2>Check out these episode highlights</h2> <ul> <li><a class="spp-timestamp">[03:11]</a> – Sam’s divorce story at 34</li> <li><a class="spp-timestamp">[11:36]</a> – Different grounds for Divorce in different US states</li> <li><a class="spp-timestamp">[14:20]</a> – Idiocy as grounds for divorce in Mississippi</li> <li><a class="spp-timestamp">[16:04]</a> – Reno, Nevada as 1930­-1960’s Divorce Capital</li> <li><a class="spp-timestamp">[23:09]</a> – 6­minute divorce process in Reno</li> <li><a class="spp-timestamp">[26:35]</a>– Mary Pickford, Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr., Jack Dempsey, Rita Hayworth, Gloria Vanderbilt and many others sought Reno’s quickie divorces</li> <li><a class="spp-timestamp">[28:11]</a>– interesting divorce cases: Cat Lady, Eddie Murphy, Kobe, Neil Diamond</li> <li><a class="spp-timestamp">[33:55]</a> – Joe Piscopo divorce case and celebrity goodwill as marital property</li> <li><a class="spp-timestamp">[40:54]</a> – Community property states, co­mingling, and prenuptial agreement</li> </ul> <p>Full show notes: <a href= "http://www.cascademedia.com/legally-insane-podcast/" target= "_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.cascademedia.com/legally-insane-podcast/</a></p> <h2> </h2>
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Gun Laws - What Does the 2nd Amendment Mean? - Episode 9
<p class="p1">On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney-turned-comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever – except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.</p> <p class="p1">Learn about Gun Laws and the 2nd Amendment. Matt & Tony walk listeners through the history of the bill in the United States. They cover some of the more colorful characters related to this time in American History.</p> <ul> <li>04:55 - A review of the 2nd Amendment</li> <li>06:45 - What the amendment means to Tony</li> <li>08:25 - How the movie Blind Date is about sexual assault</li> <li>10:10 - A walk through of the bill history</li> <li>12:20 - National Firearms Act of 1934</li> <li>18:40 - How Tommy Guns drove the creation of the act</li> <li>19:20 - United States vs. Miller</li> <li>23:40 - The rise of the NRA influence</li> <li>26:20 - D.C. vs. Heller 2008</li> <li>32:05 - Gun laws in Australia</li> <li>37:10 - The Battle of Athens</li> <li>40:45 - We have 300 million guns dispersed in the United States</li> <li class="p1">42:55 - A collection of dumb gun stories</li> </ul> <p>Full show notes: <a href= "http://www.cascademedia.com/legally-insane-podcast/" target= "_blank" rel= "noopener">http://www.cascademedia.com/legally-insane-podcast/</a></p>
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Blue Laws - The Philadelphia Eagles Save Drinking On Sundays - Episode 8
<ul> <li>Learn what Blue Laws are all about.</li> <li>• Learn the things you are and are not allowed to do during Sunday Blues.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Recap</strong></p> <p>On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney-turned-comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever - except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.</p> <p>Enjoy simultaneously erupting jokes as Matt and Tony offer an organic way of diffusing this week’s topic: Sunday Blue Laws. You will hear all about bizarre offenses from different states around the country.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Check out these episode highlights</strong></p> <ul> <li>02:30 – History and overview of Blue Laws</li> <li>•07:12 – Blue Laws by state</li> <li>•18:27 – Restricted activities during the Lord’s Day</li> <li>•24:18 – Appeal to lift the football ban in Philadelphia</li> <li>•33:27 – Animals that are illegal to hunt on Sundays</li> <li>•38:53 – A man’s appeal on Sunday Shopping Ban to restrict his shopaholic wife</li> </ul>
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Litigation Funding - Gawker vs. Terry Bolea aka Hulk Hogan - Episode 7 sponsored by Peter Thiel
<ul> <li>Learn the gray areas of freedom of speech</li> <li>Learn the booming business of litigation financing</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Recap</strong></p> <p>On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney-turned-comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever - except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.</p> <p>Expect endless Hulk Hogan-mimicking from Matt and Sam as they tackle the topic of litigation funding this week. They discuss the Hulk’s recent involvement in a litigation settlement versus Gawker, an online media company.</p> <p><strong>Check out these episode highlights</strong></p> <ul> <li>07:26 – Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker Media case</li> <li>14:13 – Silicon Valley Billionaire Peter Thiel funded Logan’s case</li> <li>14:30 – What is litigation funding?</li> <li>15:04 – Gawker Media files for bankruptcy</li> <li>18:40 – History of litigation funding</li> <li>23:10 – Litigation case examples</li> <li>27:03 – The booming business of litigation funding</li> <li>33:30 – The gray areas of freedom of speech</li> <li>36:05 – Now that the saga is over, how much is the settlement Hulk received from Gawker?</li> </ul>
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Revenge Porn - Hunter Moore, Revenge Porn King - Episode 6
<ul> <li>Learn how Matt defended himself and won his traffic violation.</li> <li>• Learn how can somebody be a "victim" or a "perpetrator" of revenge porn</li> <li>• Are existing laws sufficient to protect victims from revenge porn?</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Recap</strong></p> <p>On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney-turned-comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever - except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.</p> <p>Matt and Tony tackle the laws and issues surrounding “Revenge Porn” while they share famous celebrity revenge porn posts that they saw. They also explain how a dramatic split with an ex can lead to shaming through sharing of their dark, explicit secrets online. As always, you should expect a burst of explicit, cranky jokes from these two.</p> <p><strong>Check out these episode highlights</strong></p> <ul> <li>07:30– History of revenge porn</li> <li>• 11:13– What does revenge porn mean?</li> <li>• 17:52–Will the new laws from 35 different states make any difference?</li> <li>• 18:34 – ACLU appeal on Revenge Pornography and First Amendment Expressions</li> <li>• 22:30 – The extent of revenge porn - how far does it go?</li> <li>• 23:00-   Should Celebrity nudes-sharing be protected by laws?</li> <li>• 26:34 – Lisa Bloom: the “revenge porn attorney” who’s winning cases</li> <li>36:23 – Are existing laws sufficient protection from revenge porn?</li> </ul>
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Pardon Power - Mark Rich, Peter Yarrow and Joe Arpaio Should All Be Cellmates - Episode 5
<ul> <li>Learn what Presidential Pardon Power is and how it works.</li> <li>• Learn the purpose of granting pardon.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Recap</strong></p> <p>On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney-turned-comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever - except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.</p> <p>Expect tons of crazy antics from the duo as they bring their insights about the use and misuse of the Pardon Power.</p> <p><strong>Check out these episode highlights</strong></p> <ul> <li>01:00 – History of Pardon Power</li> <li>10:10 – How the President’s Pardon Power works</li> <li>11:27 – The Whiskey Rebellion of 1974</li> <li>19:30 – Brigham Young and the Utah War of 1858</li> <li>20:20 – Socialist politician Eugene Debs’ sedition case in 1920</li> <li>21:48 – Richard Nixon and the Watergate Scandal of 1974</li> <li>25:48 –Patty Hearst and Symbionese Liberation Army in 2002</li> <li>26:01 –Bill Clinton pardoned FBI’s top fugitive, Mark Rich</li> <li>36:43 – Obama pardoned 5% of all the pardon requests during his term</li> <li>46:28 – Matt and Sam take on the use and abuse of Pardon Power and clemency grants</li> </ul> <p> </p>
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Espionage Laws - Censoring Political Rivals, Pizza is a Bad Code Word - Episode 4
<ul> <li>Learn what the Espionage Act of 1917 is all about.</li> <li>•Learn the average cost of an espionage trial.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Recap</strong></p> <p>On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive into some of the craziest and darkest parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney-turned-comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever - except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately, it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.</p> <p>Enjoy provoking laughter as Matt and Tony blow our minds on this week’s topic: espionage - AKA whistleblowers, spies, and agents. Know how much it will cost you if you mess with this country!</p> <p><strong>Check out these episode highlights</strong></p> <ul> <li>02:30 – Overview of Espionage Act of 1917</li> <li>07:28 – Why does espionage happen?</li> <li>12:27 – The first espionage cases against the US</li> <li>22:29 – Edward Snowden leaks US NSA spy program</li> <li>26:51 - Foreign Agents Registration Act</li> <li>30:00 -  The Pizza Hut Connection: Hezbollah Reveals 10 Undercover CIA Officer</li> <li>33:12-   The Sterling Trial: Operation Merlin Meets Curveball</li> </ul>
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Eminent Domain - No More White Highways Through Black Bedrooms - Episode 3
<ul> <li>Learn how the Fifth Amendment is used for advantages of eminent domain developments</li> <li>Learn some of the most maddening eminent domain cases</li> <li>Learn why Tony is upset throughout this episode.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Recap</strong></p> <p>On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony dive deep into some of the craziest and dark parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering big law attorney turned comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever, except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.</p> <p>Matt & Tony talk about eminent domain, misusing it for personal gains, the politics behind it and the maddening eminent domain cases.</p> <p><strong>Check out these episode highlights</strong></p> <ul> <li>03:00 Fifth Amendment - Eminent Domain Clause</li> <li>09:50 Eminent Domain Law : China, Russia</li> <li>12:00 Racial and prejudice reasons of eminent domain developments</li> <li>16:10 Politics of eminent domains</li> <li>20:57 From previously functioning cities to an urban blight community</li> <li>25:41 Maddening eminent domain cases</li> <li>35:05 Shows major takeaways</li> </ul>
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Diplomatic Immunity - Great In Theory, Horrible In Practice - Episode 2
<ul> <li>Learn why being a messenger during ancient times was a hard job.</li> <li>What the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations was all about.</li> <li>How diplomatic immunity can help you get away with a crime you committed.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Recap</strong></p> <p>On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive deep into some of the craziest and dark parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney turned comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever, except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.</p> <p>Expect hilarious jokes with lots of cursing, yet through this very odd event you will understand the history of diplomatic immunity, privileges, uses and abuses and how it save lives.</p> <p><strong>Check out these episode highlights</strong></p> <ul> <li>01:25 – Historical background and overview of diplomatic immunity</li> <li>12:17 – How Genghis Khan and the Mongols insisted on the rights of diplomats</li> <li>18:24 – The 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations</li> <li>20:57 – Diplomatic immunity privileges, uses and abuses35:00 – How diplomatic immunity protects accused criminals?45:53 – Using diplomatic immunity to save lives</li> <li>50:05 – Today’s modern day diplomatic immunity abuses</li> </ul>
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Monument Laws - Protecting an Ugly History - Episode 1
<p><strong>Why you’ve got to listen to today’s episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Why it is time for the Lost Cause to finally get lost?</li> <li>Want to end up in Richmond Monument Avenue? – be like Arthur Ashe!</li> <li>Learn why Trump's day of doom for national monuments is near.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Recap</strong></p> <p>On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive deep into some of the craziest and dark parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney turned comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever, except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.</p> <p>Expect intended puns yet sensible conversation as they talk about the erected laws to protect Confederate monuments, the reasons why it is time for the Lost Cause to finally get lost, and why it is fun to work as park maintenance with Dad.</p> <p><strong>Check out these episode highlights</strong></p> <ul> <li>05:00   Why it is time for the Lost Cause to finally get lost?</li> <li>09:40   Reasons why everyone wants to study Civil war history now</li> <li>10:40   Interesting facts about Antiquities Act of 1906</li> <li>14:30   Congress Debate on if monument laws are extension of Presidential powers</li> <li>15:52   How Congress was hexed by Theodore Roosevelt while he was riding a horse?</li> <li>20:43   Trump's day of doom for national monuments approaches</li> <li>22:33   Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017—new law to make sure the monuments are here to stay.</li> <li>24:17   How an Arthur Ashe monument end in Richmond’s</li> <li>30:46   In New Orleans, monument to white supremacy finally falls</li> <li>38:57   Confederate statues meant to be everlasting symbols of white</li> <li>40:55   Monuments are reminders of terrible times in American history, taking down statue can heal a community</li> </ul>
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Legally Insane - Trailer - Coming October 10th
<p>Legally Insane is a deep dive into some of the craziest and dark parts of the legal history of this great country. Our hosts Matt Ritter and Tony Sam come at the topic in a very unique way. Matt is a recovering Ivy league Biglaw attorney turned comedian with a passion for legal history. Tony has no legal background whatsoever, expect for a few minor brushes with the law. However, he is one of the top comedians in the world and was recently named a "Comic to Watch" by LA WEEKLY. He has no idea what Matt is about to discuss before each podcast so he follows along with our listener, and it ends up being a hilarious half hour filled with education and laughs. Covering a wide range of topics like: Eminent Domain, Blue Laws, Stand Your Ground, the Pardon Power and more, listening to this podcast will make you a great dinner party guest.</p>
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