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 the materials collected on the website www.famous-trials.com. Discussions will focus on the trials' historical, political and social significance and the ramifications of the decision, rather than on legal technicalities. The website provides for each trial a case summary and robust supplementary materials 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 previous years. 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 5/27/19.