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Stealing Shark Fins: Civil Forfeiture


Did you know that sometimes the government can take something from you without ever charging you with a crime? The practice is called “civil forfeiture” and in this episode, join co-hosts (and lawyers) Maclen and Ashleigh Stanley as they discuss a smelly case involving approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins. This unbelievable story will teach you about the history of civil forfeiture and the fair and unfair times it’s been used in the past.

About the Hosts

Maclen and Ashleigh Stanley are lawyers who are both passionate about making the law accessible and fun, which they do regularly on their show, The Law Says What. (Check it out on TikTok). Maclen is the author of the book The Law Says What?: Stuff You Didn’t Know About the Law (but Really Should!). Laura is a corporate attorney specializing in entertainment, sports, media, and music law.

For two lawyers, they argue less than you'd think.

About Honest History

Honest History creates award-winning books, magazines, and this show for young historians across the world. Our mission is to inspire kids to create a positive impact on history themselves. Learn more at and @honesthistory.


This episode was written by Heidi Coburn and produced by Randall Lawrence. Original theme music was written and recorded by Luke Messimer.