Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Famous Trials Web Site

To support the seminar in famous trials that he teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Prof. Doug Linder has developed the Famous Trials Web Site, which he claims is "the Web’s largest and most visited collection of original essays, images, and primary documents pertaining to great trials." This fascinating resource begins with the Trial of Socrates (399 B.C.), continues through the Salem Witchcraft Trials (1692), the Amistad Trials (1839–40), the Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (1895), and the Black Sox Trial (1921), and ends with the LAPD Officers’ (King Beating) (1992) and O.J. Simpson (1995) trials, nearly forty in all.

Linder indicates that as the site has developed over the years, he has come to "see my principal audience as high school, college, and law school instructors and students." While there are unique items for each trial, he provides a trial commentary and chronology for each, as well as excerpted trial transcripts ("I’ve tried to present some of the most important and compelling testimony, and leave out materials that are less significant. . . ."), appellate decisions, links to images, related links, and a bibliography.

SOURCE: Law Librarian Blog

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