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Famous American Trials

written by: silverqueen
The blurb on the book Great American Trials sums up this quiz: "Murder, Mayhem and Milestones". Let's see how much you can remember about these milestones in American Jurisprudence.

Question 1:

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"In the guest room lay Herman, who trying to sleep
Was counting the broads in his life instead of sheep.
On Hilda, on Sigrid, on Jinx and Raquel;
Brunhilde, Veronica, Gretel, Michele;
Now Tanya, Rapunzel, Electra, Adele;
Now Susie, Anita keep truckin, Giselle."
This headmistress of the very exclusive The Madeira School wrote this poem for her lover and former fiancee Dr. Herman Tarnower. Although Jean Harris claimed to have meant to commit suicide on the fatal night of March 10, 1980 and accidentally shot Tarnower as he tried to take away her gun, the three gunshots to his body were hard to explain to the jury. The case gained national attention because, not only was Herman Tarnower a great doctor, but he was a best selling author. What was the name of Dr. Tarnower's best selling book?
The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet
The Power of Positive Thinking
The Zone Diet
Green Eggs and Ham

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Question 2:

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were found guilty of treason and electrocuted on June 19, 1953.

Question 3:

It was on a hot summer day that the outside world descended on the small town of Dayton, Tennessee to see famed defense lawyer Clarence Darrow take on "The Great Commoner" William Jennings Bryan in what was known as "The Monkey "Trial". Who was the defendant?
John T Raulston
Arthur Garfield Hayes
John Thomas Scopes
Dudley Field Malone

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On December 22, 1984 a subway rider was approached by four young men who demanded $ 5.00 dollars from him. The man responded by pulling a gun and spraying the young men with bullets and then walked away. The subway rider turned himself in and went to trial on charges of attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a gun. What was the name of the defendant who became known as the "Subway Vigilante"?
Joel Steinberg
Randall Adams
Jack Henry Abbott
Bernhard Goetz

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Question 5:

The kidnapping and rape of a theater attendant on the night of March 3, 1963, while a very horrible deed, was to have far reaching consequence outside of the town of Phoenix, AZ. In a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court of the U. S., this ruling was made to protect the ignorant and indigent but it applies to everyone when they are arrested. Who was the defendant in this landmark case in American Jurisprudence?
C;aremce Earl Gideon
Dred Scott
John Henry Faulk
Ernesto Miranda

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On May 8, 1978 David Berkowitz went on trial for his killing spree that terrorized New York City. By what name is Berkowitz better known to the public?
The Night Stalker
The Green River Killer
Son of Sam
The Boston Strangler

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What lawyer in the O.J. Simpson Trial of the Century, told the jury "If the gloves don't fit, you must acquit."?
Barry Scheck
Robert Shapiro
Johnnie Cochran
F. Lee Bailey

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According to the defendant, he was attacked while asleep on his couch on the morning of February 17, 1970 at Fort Bragg, N.C. All the defendant could remember was a white man, two black men and a white woman in a large hat chanting "Acid is groovy...kill the pigs." His wife and two small daughters had been stabbed to death. Who was the defendant in the trial that Joe McGinnis wrote about in his true crime book Fatal Vision?
Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald
Albert DeSalvo
Richard Speck
Dr. Sam Shepherd

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"Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her her Mother forty whacks
And when she saw what she had done
She gave her Father forty-one."
Lizzie Borden was found not guilty of the murder of her stepmother and father.

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Question 10:

John Gotti, head of the Gambino crime family in New York, was known as "The Teflon Don" because three times he was brought to trial and three times he walked. But in 1992 "The Dapper Don" was found guilty of violating the RICO law. Who was Gotti's second in command that turned state's witness and helped, with his testimony, bring down Gotti?
James McElroy
Luca Brasi
"Sammy the Bull" Gravano
Carmine "The Snake" Persico

Question 11:

"Only the little people pay taxes", declared the "Queen of Mean". What lady faced charges of tax evasion, mail fraud, extortion and filing false tax returns for over 4 million dollars?
Martha Stewart
Jean Harris
Leona Helmsley
Carolyn Warmus


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