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Famous Trials
Source: University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Law

Documentation and summaries of some of the most famous trials from 399 B.C. to present, as compiled and written by Professor Douglas Linder. Information for many trials includes newspaper accounts, trial records including transcripts, Supreme Court arguments and decisions, letters or diary entries, images, chronologies, and Linder's summaries. Trials include: Trial of Socrates, Trial of Jesus, Trial of Galileo, Salem Witchcraft Trials, John Peter Zenger Trial, Boston Massacre Trials, Mutiny on the Bounty Court-Martial, Burr Conspiracy Trial, Amistad Trials, Dakota Conflict Trials, Lincoln Conspiracy Trial, Johnson Impeachment Trial, Susan Anthony Trial, Louis Riel Trial, Lizzie Borden Trial, Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Bill Haywood Trial, Sheriff Shipp Trial, Triangle Fire Trial, Black Sox Trial, Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Leopold and Loeb Trial, Scopes "Monkey" Trial, Sweet Trials, Scottsboro Boys Trials, Hauptmann (Lindbergh) Trial, Nuremberg Trials, Alger Hiss Trials, Rosenberg Trial, Lenny Bruce Trial, Mississippi Burning Trial, Chicago 7 Trial, My Lai Courts Martial, Charles Manson Trial, John Hinckley Jr. Trial, Chamberlain "Dingo" Trial, McMartin Preschool Trial, LAPD Officers' (King Beating) Trial, O.J. Simpson Trial.
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The Rodney King Beating Trials
Source: University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Discussion of the Rodney King beating incident which occurred during the 1991 Los Angeles riots, authored by Professor Douglas Linder of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Includes an analysis of the subsequent trials involving LA police officers, excerpts of testimony, and a description of key evidence, including the video.
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The Scottsboro Boys
Source: Court TV

Information on the Scottsboro rape case, including the racial tensions surrounding it, its impact on due process and the right to adequate legal representation, and the trials and appeals themselves which occurred in the 1930's. Includes biographies of the key players in the case and summaries of the two Supreme Court decisions involved.
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Engel v. Vitale
Source: FindLaw

The complete 1962 U.S Supreme Court opinion in Engel v. Vitale, which held that the government may not compose an official prayer and require that it be read in public schools at the beginning of each school day.
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Abington School Dist. v. Schempp
Source: FindLaw

The complete 1963 U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Abington School District v. Schempp, which held that public schools can not require that passages of the Bible be read at the beginning of the school day.
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