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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The workhouse girls became a cause celebre as the poor law became a nationalist and class issue in local newspapers.
Cause Celebre, Criterion Theatre, Coventry (to Saturday).
One official said: "The Minister is anxious not to get caught up in a cause celebre.
These people continue to dog us, they think they have a cause celebre, and pursue every avenue available.
The story of Rubin ``Hurricane'' Carter, the Hollywood cause celebre of the '70s, finally is coming to the screen - with Denzel Washington portraying the boxer who wrongfully was convicted of murder twice.
The Jane Downes case bears similarities to that of Sara Thornton, which became a cause celebre for women's rights campaigners.
Now, in comparison, the AIDS pandemic, the most virulent and deadly venereal disease in history, is the cause celebre of the federal government.
And since filing a wrongful termination lawsuit in federal court, he's become a cause celebre of far-right religious groups, who are demanding he be rehired with back pay.
Champion Cracknor Cause Celebre - known as Coco - had previously won the terrier category but beat six other group winners in the final.
Spokesman Terry Brownbill said: "This is stepping up to become a national cause celebre.
Of course, $125,000 won't be enough, so soon it will be 10 times that, and a short while later millions of dollars will be devoted to this cause celebre.