Cause Célèbre

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Cause Célèbre

[French, famous case.] A trial or lawsuit in which the subject matter or a participant is particularly newsworthy, unusual, or sensational and that typically attracts a great deal of media attention. For example, the case of Scott Peterson, accused of the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, was a cause célèbre in 2003.

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Probably the most famous case to be heard at the court, of which there are reminders throughout the hotel, was the humiliation of Oscar Wilde in what has become known as the "Queensbury" case.
Along the way, he recounts the history of some of the most famous cases such as Leopold and Loeb, The Scopes trial, Dred Scott, the Rosenbergs and even the Clinton impeachment.
Michael Mansfield, QC, has worked on a long list of famous cases, including the Bloody Sunday inquiry and the inquests of Diana Princess of Wales and Jean Charles de Menezes.
There are the more famous cases like the ghosts at Aston Hall and the theatres but there are also a lot of cases that people might not have heard of.
Some of the website's most prominent features are: trial reports and daily updates of live trials on Court TV; breaking stories of important legal events; verdicts and complete dictionary of all trials covered by Court TV since 1993; details of some of the most famous cases ever covered such as O.
Here's a look at ten of the most famous cases of music plagiarism.
He and Mr Justice Gray had been told that those who received awards in past famous cases would now have got nothing.
It's one of the most well-documented and famous cases of its type, and even boasts the voice of a so-called spirit captured on tape.
Board of Education and famous cases involving celebrities, information on the Justices' personalities, and the chief justices and their Courts in chronological order, as well as the associate justices.
One of the most famous cases was in the Berwyn mountains in 1974 when a huge explosion was heard.
Carlson (letters and sciences, Arizona State University) reopens several famous cases of trials of women, all but one from the nineteenth century.
The crime-busting duo are solving some of their most famous cases from novels including The Illustrious Client, The Speckled Band and The Final Problem in the production Sherlock Holmes - The Science of Deduction, which runs until tomorrow night.