A famous trial often involves much more than the facts in dispute. It can raise issues that transcend the facts or the parties involved and generate great public controversy. Each week the study group will do an in-depth examination of one trial, using material collected on the website: www.famous-trails.com. Discussions will focus of the trials’ historical, political and social significance and the ramifications of the decisions, rather than on legal technicalities. The website provides for each trial a case summary and robust supplementary material with the facts and decision, as well as background information about the parties, transcripts of parts of the trial and illustrations. Discussion leaders may choose to add short videos or other visuals. The trials to be studied this spring will not be a repeat of those studied in fall, 2019. Participants will need access to the Internet, as the website will serve as our text, and primary resource and paper reproductions will not be provided. No class on 05/25/20.