Trials Story Briefs

Courtroom battles often produce sensational scenes resulting in curious spectators and endless news coverage. From ancient to modern times, trials attract significant attention. This collection explores some of the most-fascinating.

Aaron Burr became America's third Vice President in 1800. He has an interesting history, but not all of it is pleasant!

Police officers arrest Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Theater on November 22, 1963.

On the 22nd of August, 1924, Clarence Darrow speaks from the heart as he tries to save Leopold and Loeb from a death-sentence.

This illustration of Colonel Baker, planning the capture of John Wilkes Booth, is based on a photo by Alexander Gardner.

To be a Judge, one must first be a lawyer. To be a lawyer, one must have a college degree, a graduate degree (in law) and pass the bar exam. These are...

Justice Frankfurter's notes on the landmark case of Brown Vs. the Board of Education

Soldiers attempting to find John Wilkes Booth believed (correctly) he might be hiding near Port Royal on the Rappahannock River.

Against Colonel Bakers explicit orders to take Booth alive, Sgt. Boston Corbett shot Booth in the neck.

Although the Supreme Court was very busy, during the last part of the 19th century, the Justices overturned a key law providing civil-rights protectio...

Darrow was one of America's best trial lawyers of the 20th century. He often took-on cases which everyone thought he'd lose - then - he'd get a verdi...

The Catholic Church bans Nicolaus Copernicus's book on the 5th of March, 1616 (decades after his death). Why ban a book which Catholic Universities ha...

Portrait of Dr. Guillotin who sought a more-humane method of capital punishment during the French Revolution.

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