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The Wildest Trials Of All Time

The courtroom can be a volatile place sometimes. Lives are often at stake, justice and closure are sought and sometimes denied, and greatest fears are confronted. When one thinks of a wild trial, one cannot help think of a reality TV-type judge show — litigants argue over sex or money, people cheer and occasionally get into fist fights. Sometimes all it takes is the wrong combination of people, a particularly unpopular verdict, a particularly delicate nerve being struck...

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    The Most Disastrous Criminal Trials In U.S. History

    The Most Disastrous Criminal Trials In U.S. History

    The ideal American criminal trial is speedy and drama-free, even if it involves sex, money, murder, or all three — not to mention religious, ethnic, and racial animus. But a look at U.S. legal history reveals that the country has had its fair share of legal disasters. When one thinks of a disastrous trial, one cannot help think of a reality TV-type judge show — litigants argue over sex or money, people cheer and occasionally get into fist fights. That is certainly one type of disaster — something America has since at least since the 1875 adultery trial of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. Then there are the much more serious disasters, ranging from wrongful convictions, like the Salem Witch Trials or the case of the Scottsboro Boys, to incompetent witnesses and prosecutors, as seen in the trial of John Gotti, among others. Here are some moments of America's legal system at its worst.

    The Craziest Courtroom Outbursts Ever

    The Craziest Courtroom Outbursts Ever

    The courtroom can be a volatile place sometimes. Lives are often at stake, justice and closure are sought and sometimes denied, and greatest fears are confronted. Sometimes all it takes is the wrong combination of people, a particularly unpopular verdict, a particularly delicate nerve being struck, or an encounter with evil incarnate before all manner of decorum is thrown into the hallway and chaos erupts. Whether you're a notorious cult leader, a grieving parent, a hapless public defender, or a seasoned adjudicator with a particularly bad case of the Mondays, no one's immune to the seething pandemonium of the courtroom, constantly on the verge of boiling over and blowing the doors open for the circus to march on through. The craziest outbursts are just a misplaced glance or unwelcome comment away, and these are just a few of them.

    The Most Watched Court Cases In TV History

    The Most Watched Court Cases In TV History

    Courtroom television might be the most morally-gray type of entertainment out there. In fact, It hadn't always been legal. After the media debacle that occurred during the trial for Charles Lindbergh's baby kidnapping, in which cameramen climbed onto witness tables for shots and blinded witnesses with camera lights, the American Bar Association banned cameras and recording devices in courtrooms. In 1997, Congress handed the decision to allow cameras to judges, and today, all 50 states have legalized cameras in courtrooms to some degree, per The First Amendment Encyclopedia.

    What It Was Like Serving On A Ted Bundy Jury

    What It Was Like Serving On A Ted Bundy Jury

    The majority of Bundy's known victims were killed in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West, in states including Washington, Colorado, and Utah, but he was ultimately convicted and executed in Florida where he committed his final murders. His first charge though was the 1974 aggravated kidnapping and attempted criminal assault of an 18-year-old Utah woman, Carol DaRonch, who managed to escape, per People. Bundy waived his right to a jury trial, per ABC News, and was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison.

    What It Was Like Serving On The Casey Anthony Jury

    What It Was Like Serving On The Casey Anthony Jury

    Casey Anthony is an Orlando woman who was accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008 after Anthony's mother reported her granddaughter missing in July that year. While the location of the toddler was unknown, it was Anthony's reported behavior that really captivated the public's interest in the case, as many found her story hard to believe. Later, police investigations would show that the 22-year-old was a chronic liar.

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