Legal Wars

By Wondery

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Martin Z
 Feb 11, 2020
very interesting cases. well acted. thumbs up!

 Jun 24, 2019

Walter Wego
 May 4, 2019
sadly finished up now

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The courtroom can be a battlefield over money, people’s rights, and even their lives. For some cases, the consequences can affect us long after the verdict is read.

Based on extensive interviews and court transcripts, Wondery’s new podcast LEGAL WARS puts you inside the jury box of some of the most famous court cases in American history, including Hulk Hogan’s courtroom wrestling match with Gawker, the battle for free speech on the internet, and the Rodney King trial that set off the LA Riots. Host Hill Harper, actor and Harvard Law School graduate, brings you the drama, the larger-than-life characters, and the real-world impact these cases had on our society.

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Mar 16, 2020
Lenny Bruce Obscenity Trials - No Remorse | 3

Lenny Bruce becomes convinced that the entire criminal justice system is out to get him--including his own lawyers.

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Apr 18, 2019
Lenny Bruce Obscenity Trials - Reeling | 2

Lenny Bruce believed the First Amendment protected every word he said. He was willing to stake his career and his freedom on it. And in 1964, a trial in New York City would require him to do just that.

Apr 11, 2019
Lenny Bruce Obscenity Trials - Dirty Lenny | 1

Comedian Lenny Bruce was one of mid-century America’s most wanted outlaws. He didn’t rob banks or steal government secrets, but he did use dirty words in public—a lot.

Apr 04, 2019
The Scopes Trial - There’s Gonna Be an Evolution | 3

The Scopes Monkey Trial is all but over--reporters have already started heading home--but Clarence Darrow has one more card up his sleeve. He calls William Jennings Bryan as a witness, and makes the Great Commoner look like an even greater fool.

Mar 28, 2019
The Scopes Trial - Hot for Genesis | 2

Thousands of people gather at the courthouse to watch the trial of the century--a showdown between two legal heavyweights: the bible-thumping William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, the defender of anarchists. On trial is the question of who gets to decide what people think.

Mar 21, 2019
The Scopes Trial - Evolution: Bad for Students, Great for Business | 1

What began as a scheme concocted in the back room of a Tennessee drugstore, has snowballed into a legal circus. Two of the country’s most prestigious lawyers are going head to head before a national audience, with God, man and monkey on trial.

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Mar 14, 2019
The Goldwater Rule - Verdict | 4

Stanley Arkin was a lawyer for Fact Magazine’s Warren Boroson in the Goldwater libel suit. He shares his thoughts on the case. Plus, why he doesn’t disagree with the verdict, even though his side lost.

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Feb 28, 2019
The Goldwater Rule - Fact | 3

The freedom of the press is safe, right? The publisher of Fact magazine certainly thinks so. But Barry Goldwater’s legal team argue that the magazine has crossed a line and should pay for it.Goldwater v. Ginzburg will ultimately establish new limits on what mainstream media can write about  famous people.

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Feb 21, 2019
The Goldwater Rule - In Your Guts, You Know He’s Nuts | 2

There’s no question: the statements Fact magazine published about Barry Goldwater were strange, inflammatory, and seriously damaging. But were they true? In 1968, the Arizona Senator and his family take the stand to sort Fact from fiction.

Feb 14, 2019
The Goldwater Rule - In Your Heart, You Know He’s Right | 1

People running for president often have a lot of enemies. But rarely do they get an exact count. So when a muckraking magazine publishes a story titled “1,189 Psychiatrists Say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit to Be President!,” the 1964 Republican Presidential nominee, Barry Goldwater cries libel.

Feb 07, 2019
Chicago 8 - No Fear | 4

John Froines was one of the Chicago 8. He discusses the protests, the courtroom and his personal memories of Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale. Plus, his advice for activists today.

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Jan 31, 2019
Chicago 8 - I Regret Nothing | 3

Forced onto a national stage, the Chicago 7 put on a world-class performance.  

Jan 24, 2019
Chicago 8 - The Hanging Judge | 2

The Chicago 8 are brought up on conspiracy charges and tried as a group, despite their tenuous connections to and fundamental disagreements with each other.

Jan 17, 2019
Chicago 8 - I, Pigasus | 1

Outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, a would-be peaceful protest erupts in violence. Investigators call it a “police riot,” but five months later, the newly elected President Nixon finds someone else to blame.

Jan 10, 2019
Pharma Bro - The Bro Goes Down | 3

Inside the courtroom, Shkreli keeps his mouth shut, but outside and online, he’s still letting it run, even as he approaches sentencing.

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Dec 20, 2018
Pharma Bro - Jury of His Jeers | 2

Shkreli becomes the most hated man in America for reasons that, ironically, have nothing to do with his indictment.

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Dec 13, 2018
Pharma Bro - Bad Bet | 1

Financial boy-wonder Martin Shkreli makes big bets with other people’s money, and loses—again and again.

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Dec 06, 2018
Monkey Selfie - Monkey Business | 2

Judges try to determine who Naruto’s “next friend” and who can legally profit from the monkey’s art.

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Nov 29, 2018
Monkey Selfie - Bungle in the Jungle | 1

When a man leaves his camera within a monkey’s reach, the selfie that results sets off an unusual copyright case.

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Nov 22, 2018
Electronic Frontier - Interview: Freedom on the Internet | 3

Electronic Freedom Foundation lawyer Cindy Cohn discusses dangers and current day legal battles to keep the internet free.

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Nov 15, 2018
Electronic Frontier - Code Word | 2

The EFF team makes a high risk move in their with their legal strategy against the government in this pivotal internet case

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Nov 08, 2018
Electronic Frontier - The Problem with Snuffle | 1

Bernstein tries to free his code from government censorship by hiring the Electronic Freedom Foundation to take on his case.

Nov 01, 2018
Twin Towers - Silence is not Assent | 2

Under the cloud of emotion, the jury must decide if the World Trade Center disaster is one event or two.

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Oct 25, 2018
Twin Towers - The Towers Fall | 1

A massive tragedy leads to a billion dollar business dilemma when Larry Silverstein takes out a 99-year-lease on the World Trade Center.

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Oct 18, 2018
Hogan v Gawker - Totally Not Angry | 3

Closing arguments, a verdict, and a surprising revelation.

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Oct 11, 2018
Hogan v Gawker - A Matter of Public Concern | 2

Hulk Hogan brings a twist to the trial by claiming it’s somebody else on the tape and a Gawker employee puts his foot in his mouth sending their side into a tailspin.

Oct 09, 2018
Hogan v Gawker - Yeah Brother | 1

Hulk Hogan discovers a sex tape has been leaked to Gawker Media without his knowledge and decides to sue for damages.

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Oct 09, 2018
Introducing Legal Wars

Legal Wars hosted by Hill Harper premieres October 9th

Sep 27, 2018