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-trials.com. Discussions will focus of the trials’ historical, political, and social significance and the ramifications of the decisions, rather than on legal technicalities. For each trial, the website provides a case summary and robust supplementary material with the facts and decision, 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 website will serve as our text.