Great American Trials: From Salem Witchcraft to Rodney King

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An extraordinary introduction for anyone contemplating a legal career; for the rest of us it is a fine reference and a delight to read. – Chicago Tribune. Two hundred historically significant, legally important, and notorious trials (and the occasional court martial) that have been sources of continuing entertainment, public ritual, and real-life drama are recalled through lively text and captivating photos. Included are brief and accurate summaries of such trials as Dred Scott, Lizzy Borden, Leopold and Loeb, ...
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An extraordinary introduction for anyone contemplating a legal career; for the rest of us it is a fine reference and a delight to read. – Chicago Tribune. Two hundred historically significant, legally important, and notorious trials (and the occasional court martial) that have been sources of continuing entertainment, public ritual, and real-life drama are recalled through lively text and captivating photos. Included are brief and accurate summaries of such trials as Dred Scott, Lizzy Borden, Leopold and Loeb, Teapot Dome, Brown v. Board of Education, Mapplethorpe, Charles Manson, Roe v. Wade, Jim Bakker, Mike Tyson, Ted Bundy, William Calley, William Kennedy Smith, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Ernesto Miranda, and Oliver North. Here you'll find the major players, name, place, and date of each trial, crime charged or claim made, and the verdict and sentence followed by a discussion of the significance and impact of the trial (with suggestions for further reading). Of interest to crime and mystery readers, history devotees, teachers, jury members, court followers, students, legal professionals, journalists, and prison inmates, Great American Trials is a masterful collection of great courtroom dramas.

An informative and entertaining look at 200 of the most historically significant, legally important and notorious courtroom trials over the past 300 years. Each trial profile sets the scene, identifies the principals, reports the verdict and analyzes the significance and impact to the action. 175 photos.

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Great American Trials summarizes 200 American ``trials known for their historic or legal significance, political controversy, public attention, legal ingenuity, or literary fame.'' Spanning 1637 to 1993, the volume includes such famous trials as the Salem Witch trials, John Peter Zenger, the Rosenbergs, the Chicago Seven, John Demjanjuk, the Scottsboro Boys, and Rodney King. Entries, presented in chronological order, run up to 2500 words and include background and significance, facts, key people (defendants, lawyers, judges), trial and judgment, and subsequent action. A good index and three tables (chronological, alphabetical, and categorical) provide easy access. While books on trials are numerous, no other recent nonscholarly title covers a large number of trials throughout American history. The forthcoming second edition of American Political Trials , edited by Michal Belknap (Greenwood, March 1994), provides lengthy essays on a limited number of ``political'' trials. This informative book is highly recommended for public, high school, and academic libraries.-- Mary Jane Brustman, SUNY at Albany Libs.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810391345
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Series: Great Trials Series
  • Pages: 872
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.84 (d)

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