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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Her case became a cause celebre for forced marriage campaigners after she sent text messages to friends in London pleading for help.
Knox, 24, collapsed in tears after the verdict was read, a stunning reversal in a sensational saga that became a cause celebre in the U.
The incident was embraced as a cause celebre by jobless graduates, unionists and human right activists, and the protests later spread to other towns including the capital Tunis.
AL, Eire A cause Celebre Olivier Peslier must have been on the vin rouge when he compared Harbinger to the truly exceptional Peintre Celebre.
It was sort of a local cause celebre when Northern California poet "Mighty" Mike McGee moved to Worcester about a year ago.
Those who say the gay rights movement has no singular voice, no cause celebre, may be correct.
The Bloodgate affair has become a cause celebre in rugby in recent weeks after English club side Harlequins was caught out using a joke-shop blood capsule in order to force a blood substitution at a crucial point in a Heineken Cup quarter-final.
Shalit, who also has French citizenship, has become a cause celebre on Israel.
As RBS chairman Sir Philip Hampton has noted, the Goodwin affair became something of a cause celebre and seemed to underline the wholly irresponsible way banks went about selling sub prime mortgages and creating toxic debt.
Sanctions were biting, Nelson Mandela's imprisonment was an international cause celebre and the ANC guerrilla attacks were escalating.
A film about a bevy of lively ladies over 80 being catered to by a boyish middle-aged boozer is doing gangbuster biz at the Italo box office and becoming an international cause celebre.
She became a cause celebre in France, with her portrait hung on town halls and constant street rallies by supporters.