Famous American Trials -- 1859 - 1991
Famous Constitutional Cases -- Case summaries & opinions for famous constitutional cases from 1803 - 1992.
Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860 -- Documenting legal cases "concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States." Accounts from defendants, plaintiffs, abolitionists, presidents, politicians, slave owners, fugitive and free territory slaves, lawyers and judges, and US Supreme Court justices. Library of Congress
1807 The Aaron Burr Trial -- Defendant Aaron Burr, founding father, Vice President, and slayer of Alexander Hamilton in their famous duel 3 years earlier.
The Trial of Susan B. Anthony 1873 --Anthony spent 50 plus years tirelessly fighting for the right to vote. When Anthony, 32, attended her first woman's rights convention in Syracuse in 1852, she declared
Without Fear or Favor: Judge James Edwin Horton and the Trial of the "Scottsboro Boys" -- No crime in American history produced as many trials, convictions, reversals, and retrials as an alleged gang rape of 2 white girls by 9 black teenagers on a Southern Railroad freight run on March 25, 1931. Over the 2 decades that followed, the struggle for justice of the "Scottsboro Boys" divided America's political left. The International Labor Defense asked New York attorney Samuel Liebowitz if he would defend the Scottsboro Boys in their new trials, Liebowitz represented 78 persons charged with 1st-degree murder, he had 77 acquittals, one hung jury, and no convictions.
Norris vs. Alabama, Supreme Court announced their unanimous decision holding the Alabama system of jury selection unconstitutional.
US Supreme Court MIRANDA v. ARIZONA, 384 U.S. 436 (1966). On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda vs. Arizona decision, ruling that criminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional rights prior to questioning by police.
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