: During the Salem witch trials, the accused witches weren’t actually burned at the stake. The majority were jailed, and some were hanged. But none of the 2,000 people accused ever got burned alive. history.com/news/were-wit…
In the Middle Ages there was a belief animals understood the concept of morality and possessed rationality. They were summoned to court, put on trial for a variety of offenses, and given the same punishments as humans. Lawyers defended pigs, rats, and sheep. Even flies and slugs faced judgement. lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v35/n…
Today I learned of Georg Konrad Morgen, an SS judge who prosecuted numerous fellow Nazis for various crimes such as corruption and murder, including those committed in the concentration camp system. After World War II, he testified at the Nuremberg trials against his former colleagues. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The original drummer of The Offspring became a gynecologist, and during the initial stages of a malpractice trial, he performed CPR and used a defibrillator to save the life of a potential juror. The judge had to declare a mistrial because the rest of the jury would likely be biased in his favor thecut.com/2018/03/offspr…
Today I learned of the CSI Effect. Due to popular TV shows exaggerating the capabilities and techniques of forensic science in criminal investigations, many jurors have begun to demand a greater amount of evidence from the prosecution during trials, raising the standard of proof needed for a conviction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSI…
The EU has 12 official hiking trials covering over 70.000 km (38,000 miles) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
Attorney Richard Luthmann, a Game of Thrones fan, asked a court for a trial by combat with sword and shield, arguing it had never been outlawed in the U.S. and that historically, people with debt collection disputes would settle them by beating each other with a bat. The court was not persuaded. good.is/articles/luthman-…
Zach Galifianakis had a two-week trial run as a writer on β€œSNL” before being let go. He wrote a sketch with Will Ferrell being the bodyguard of Britney Spears’s belly button that bombed so bad in the writer’s room that Tina Fey put her hand on his shoulder to comfort him. phillyvoice.com/zach-gali…
Benjamin Franklin can be credited with designing the first placebo-controlled blind trial, laying the foundation of modern medicine and science. apa.org/monitor/2010/07-0…
Animals were held on trial during the 13th-16th centuries in europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
After the Salem Witch Trials, the town realised that they had made a mistake and compensated the families of the people they had convicted. More than 200 people had been accused of witchcraft, and 20 of them had been executed. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
During the Romanian Revolution in 1989, the Romanian dictator Nicolae CeauΘ™escu was captured by the new government and executed three days later after a quick show-trial. Two weeks later, Romania permanently abolished capital punishment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
The statue of the Virgin and Child in the porch of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford was cited as evidence in Archbishop Laud's execution trial, and has bullet holes made by Oliver Cromwell's troops en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about William Stoughton who was the chief justice of the Court of Oyer and Terminer which conducted the Salem Witch Trials. He allowed the use of spectral evidence in court which lead to many convictions. When the use was prohibited many witchcraft cases were dismissed due to lack of evidence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 2008, researchers at Toronto Western Hospital were conducting experimental deep brain stimulation for obesity treatment & discovered that it caused vivid memory flashbacks, which led to their method being used in a Phase 3 trial for Alzheimer's disease onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
When John DeLorean was busted buying cocaine, undercover agents thought he had paid by signing over control of his car company. At trial, it came out that he had signed over rights to a worthless holding company instead. legal.thomsonreuters.com/…
Today I learned about the 21 month long Jubilee line corruption trial, the longest jury trial in UK history. 2 jurors were discharged for personal reasons. One was promised she would be able to get married and go on honeymoon which were cancelled. The trial ended (with acquittals) when a juror β€œwent on strike”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jub…
In 1919, a former U.S. Senator from Tennessee named Luke Lea tried to kidnap Kaiser Wilhelm II and bring him to a trial for war crimes. He failed and only managed to steal an ashtray. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luk…
The skin of tilapia fish is used to treat serious burns in Brazil. Human trials show fish skin grafts are quicker and more painless than other methods reuters.com/article/us-he…
80's pop sensations Spandau Ballet got its name from the standard drop method hangings at Spandau Prison when the condemned would twitch and jump at the end of a rope. Spandau Prison was home to seven high ranking Nazis sentenced to imprisonment at the Nuremberg Trials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Today I learned of the National Scenic Byways and America Roads Program, which designates roads of archaeological, historical, cultural, scenic roads as National Scenic Byways. I also learned 3 MA routes were included last year: Mohawk Trial Scenic Byway , Old King's Road, Battle Road Scenic Byway. fhwa.dot.gov/hep/scenic_b…
In the United Kingdom, on 1841, MP William John Bankes was made an outlaw after fleeing abroad to escape a sodomy trial en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Trial by Combat was used in Germanic Law to settle accusations in the absence of witness/ confession. The winner of the fight was in the right. In England it was known as 'Wager of Battle'. It was introduced in common law after Norman conquest and was in use throughout the high/late middle ages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
, in England, Oliver Cromwell was dead for seven years, dug up, put on trial, found guilty, then executed and burned. rmg.co.uk/discover/explor…
Pigs can eat humans and there were numerous animal trials in the Middle Ages involved pigs accused of eating children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
An outlaw isn't any mere criminal, but rather a criminal who has been sentenced to be "outside of the protection of the law". He has no right to trial, and can be killed or persecuted by anybody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out…
Ben Ferencz's first trial, at age 27, was prosecuting the Nuremburg Trial of Nazi war criminals -- what was then called β€œthe biggest murder trial in history.” benferencz.org/news/ben-f…
The jury selection for the O. J. Simpson trial had very strict rules about exposure to the media. One juror was excluded for watching cartoons with her children, another for waking up to a clock radio. When a book about O. J. and Nicole came out, jurors were warned to keep out of bookstores law2.umkc.edu/faculty/pro…
Animals, including insects, faced the possibility of criminal charges for several centuries across many parts of Europe. The earliest extant record of an animal trial is the execution of a pig in 1266 at Fontenay-aux-Roses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
Italy built an entire courthouse to prosecute the Mafia. They charged 475 members in a trial that lasted from 1986-1992. To date, it is one of the biggest trials in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Bushell’s case established that juries cannot be punished for the verdict they return. This arose after a jury was locked up after they returned a verdict in the trial of two Quakers (one of whom was William Penn, the future founder of Pennsylvania) that infuriated the judge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus…
The US House of Representatives recognized that Alexander Graham Bell was not the original inventor of the telephone, in H. Res 269. They gave that recognition to Antonio Meucci. In 1887, the SCOTUS found the case viable and remanded a trial, but it was dismissed shortly after Meucci's death. congress.gov/bill/107th-c…
A Russian cat was used by prisoners to sneak drugs into their penal colony near Moscow. The cat allegedly had 5.79 grams of hashish & 1.56 grams of amphetamine under its collar. Defense/prosecution lawyers each wanted the cat to support their case but it escaped from its kennel before trial. telegraph.co.uk/news/2019…
6 years after resigning, Nixon testified on behalf of former FBI assistant director Mark Felt at Felt's own trial, and gave money to Felt's defense fund. In 2005 Felt revealed he had been "Deep Throat", Bob Woodward's source while breaking the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon's resignation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In U.S. criminal cases, more than 90% of defendants plead guilty rather than go to trial uscourts.gov/about-federa…
Today I learned of a US Navy pilot in 1998 who flew too low against regulations, cutting a gondola's cable and killing 20 people. He and his crew were put on trial and found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
67% of prisoners in India have not had a trial due largely in part to the 25+ million backlogged cases. It is estimated that with the current amount of judges it would take at least 12 years to clear the pending cases. firstpost.com/india/numbe…
Joseph Kahahawai's was killed for being a suspect in Hawaii's Massie Trial. He was murdered by a US Navy Lieutenant and a Socialite. His killers served one hour in "jail". 1932. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
Before the trial of Soviet politicians Zinoviev and Kamenev, they had agreed to plead guilty to the false charges on the condition that they not be executed, a condition that Stalin accepted, stating "that goes without saying". A few hours after their conviction, Stalin ordered their execution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
In 2002 a Welshman in Bury St. Edmunds refusing to pay a small penalty charge for a vehicle-registration violation demanded a trial by combat with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. His demand was rejected, and he was fined by a court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Aaron Burr's 2nd wife was represented in their divorce trial by Alexander Hamilton Jr., the son of the man Burr shot and killed 30 years before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Ted Bundy got married on court while he was on trial womenshealthmag.com/life/…
100g of pistachios a day in a trial resulted in improved erectile function pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
The Nazi leadership was given the Rorschach test prior to the Nuremburg trials newsweek.com/nazi-crimina…
An 81 year old man called Giles Corey, accused of being a wizard in 1692, was the only man in American history to be subjected to death by pressing in an attempt to get him to submit to trial by jury. It is said that his response to the torture was to tell them to add 'more weight.' historyofmassachusetts.or…
In 1915 Joe Hill, the author of "Rebel Girl", was executed on a murder conviction in Utah. The evidence, used in the trial, was circumstantial, and it was thought to be a political trial. In his last letter to Bill Haywood, he was quoted "Don't waste any time mourning. Organize". encyclopedia.com/law/law-…
Today I learned of Hans Munch - the good man of Auschwitz - the only doctor who refused to participate in the selection process. He created elaborate, safe, experiments to keep his subjects from being exterminated. He is the only person to be acquitted at the Auschwitz Trials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Dr. Fredrich Wertham, a psychiatrist that believed comic books were dangerous in his book Seduction of the Innocent, testified at the trial of Albert Fish. Fish was a sadistic cannibal and one of America's earliest serial killers whom Wertham described as "the most deranged human being". psychology.wikia.org/wiki…
On 3 December 1976, seven gunmen attempted to assassinate Bob Marley. During the trial, one of the gunmen claimed that the CIA hired them to do it, as Marley backed the left wing party PNP rather than the right wing JLP. Two days after the injured Marley gave a 90 minute concert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
Today I learned of Thomas de Mahy, an aristocrat who was sentenced to be hanged during the French Revolution after a two-month trial. Upon the reading of his death warrant, he remarked, "I see that you have made three spelling mistakes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…

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