- John Marshall
From the OYEZ Supreme Court Multimedia web site, you can examine the major cases that John Marshall presided over as the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme court. These cases, particularly, Marbury Vs. Madison laid the legal ground work of a National Gvernment.
- Landmark Supreme Court Cases
The description by this site's owner says it all...."This site was developed to provide teachers with a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases, helping students explore the key issues of each case. "
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- LII Supreme Court Collection: Decisions by Justice
From the Cornell Law School you can read all the opinions of the Justices of Historic Supreme Court Decisions.
- The Court-Martial of the Bounty Mutineers
From the fmous trials web site, examine the court martial of the Bounty Mutineers.
Primary documents (including court-martial testimony), images, maps, links, and other materials relating to 1792 court-martial of ten men from the Bounty. Site also includes an original narrative account of the case.
- The Men Behind the American Revolution: James Otis
The American Revolution started in 1775 with the battles of Lexington and Concord. However, before the war, the fighting took place in the courts. Throughout the Colonies, lawyers were arguing the finer points of the rights of Englishmen. One of these lawyers was James Otis. In this article from history1700s.com you will learn about his contribution to the fight for Independence.
- The trial of John Peter Zenger
This trial brought about the beginnings of freedom of speech. Here is what the web site says..."No country values free expression more highly than we do, and no case in American history stands as a greater landmark on the road to protection for freedom of the press than the trial of a German immigrant printer named John Peter Zenger. On August 5, 1735, twelve New York jurors, inspired by the eloquence of the best lawyer of the period, Andrew Hamilton, ignored the instructions of the Governors's hand-picked judges and returned a verdict of "Not Guilty" on the charge of publishing "seditious libels." The Zenger trial is a remarkable story of a divided Colony, the beginnings of a free press, and the stubborn independence of American jurors"
Essays, chronology, biographical sketches, journal excerpts, images, and trial record relating to the trial of John Peter Zenger. Information on the freedom of the press included as well.
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