Best bet

Famous trials, UMKC School of Law
In-depth information on selected famous or infamous cases, from Socrates to the present

Oyez, Cornell’s Legal Information Institute, Justia, and Chicago-Kent College of Law
“A multimedia archive devoted to making the Supreme Court of the United States accessible to everyone… Oyez offers transcript-synchronized and searchable audio, plain-English case summaries, illustrated decision information, and full-text Supreme Court opinions (through Justia). Oyez also provides detailed information on every justice throughout the Court’s history and offers a panoramic tour of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of several justices.”

Web sources

American museum of tort law online tours, American Museum of Tort Law 
“Tort law is the law of wrongful injuries, including motor vehicle crashes, defective products, medical malpractice, and environmental disasters, among many others.” The American museum of tort law website highlights some of the most famous and precedent setting tort law cases in US history.

Arrest and trial of Lizzie Borden: topics in chronicling America, Library of Congress

The case of Sacco & Vanzetti, Mass. Supreme Judicial Court

Historic Supreme Court decisions by party name, Cornell Legal Information Institute

Massachusetts Constitution and the abolition of slavery, Mass. Supreme Judicial Court
"During the years 1781 to 1783, in three related cases known today as 'the Quock Walker case,' the Supreme Judicial Court applied the principle of judicial review to abolish slavery. "

Salem witch trials documentary archive and transcription project, The University of Virginia

Trial of Jane Toppan for the murder of Mary D. Gibbs, State Library of Massachusetts
Transcript of the 1902 trial of Jane Toppan, a convicted murderer who confessed to killing over 31 people (12 confirmed).

Print sources

America on trial: inside the legal battles that transformed our nation, by Alan Dershowitz, Warner Books, 2004

Great American court cases, Gale Group, 4 v., 1999

Great American trials, Gale Group, 2002

Law makers, law breakers, and uncommon trials, by Robert Aitken, American Bar Association, 2007

The Sacco-Vanzetti affair: America on trial, by Moshik Temkin, Yale University Press, 2009

A storm of witchcraft: the Salem trials and the American experience, by Emerson Baker, Oxford University Press, 2015

The trial of Lizzie Borden: a true story, by Cara Robertson, Simon and Schuster, 2019


Last updated: September 23, 2022