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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Dafydd Enoch QC - PS432,890 Famous cases include prosecuting paranoid schizophrenic Zoe David, 34, for killing daughter Zoey-Anne at their Newport home.
With 90 per cent of murders committed by men, the programme asks what motivates women to kill, looking at some famous cases.
Van Zant was part of the Waco, Texas debacle, and helped bring Ted Kaczynski, the Unibomber, to justice; he was involved in many more famous cases as well.
IN two famous cases, the people surveyed couldn't decide whether the endings were happy or sad.
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Unfortunately, this means that it's primarily the most difficult or famous cases that are determined by slack-witted dullards.
To illustrate that it's not just school policy but that their free speech rights are legally limited, I assign a research paper on student speech as outlined in famous cases such as Tinker v.
There have been some famous cases in the news lately of bloggers losing credibility by not being completely open and transparent.
While this problem occurs everywhere, and stone of the most famous cases come from Europe and developed Asia, it is most damaging in poorer countries with limited government budgets.
And he points out that while there are famous cases of American presidents undertaking constitutionally dubious measures during times of conflict--Abraham Lincoln's suspension of habeas cot pus during the Civil War, Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 decision to launch an undeclared war in the North Atlantic--there was an equally long-standing tradition among these presidents that such measures were generally understood as emergency powers, not as inherent rights of the president.
Ring wrote dozens of legal articles, treatises, and books, and he served as counsel on many famous cases.
Some famous cases are in these pages: Thelma Todd slumped over her front seat in her mink coat, dead - the crime still unsolved.