Monday, January 09, 2006

Famous Trials

In preparing for a lecture on the trial of Socrates, I surfed around to see if anyone had posted something profound on the subject in cyberspace. I found a very interesting site by Douglas O. Linder of the University of Missouri at Kansas City. It's called Famous Trials and it is full of information about dozens of mainly recent (last couple of centuries), mainly American trials. The site begins with Socrates and ends with the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton. In between it's got the trials of Galileo, the mutineers from the Bounty, John Brown and lots more.

Professor Linder says that he will be offering his course on famous trials online in Fall 2006. Right now the web page devoted to the course is just sketched out, to be filled in early this year. I will be very interested in seeing how he organizes the course.

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