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Top 5 Most Famous Court Cases in History

Last updated 3 years ago

All throughout history there have been cases that have stuck with us.  Everything from the first trial of Jesus Christ to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton have been documented and recorded.  It takes dedicated court reporters who have gone through court reporting training and court reporting courses to fill us in on the details of these fascinating and historical cases.

Interested in some top cases?  We’ve narrowed them down:

1. O.J. Simpson

Orenthal James Simpson was charged (by a civil trial), with the murder of his wife, Nicole Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Nicole and Ronald’s bodies were found severely mutilated.  One of the most controversial court cases in American history, Simpson was found not guilty.

2. Galileo Galilei

Galileo, master scientist and engineer, was brought to trial after he proposed the Copernicus theory, which suggests the sun is the center of the universe. He was sentenced to imprisonment in the Holy Office for three years and forced to recite all seven penitential psalms once a week while imprisoned.

3. Dred Scott vs. Sanford

Dred Scott was a slave that sued for his freedom after the death of his master, Dr. Emerson.  He was rejected by the Supreme Court (even under the Missouri Compromise) and returned to his original owner, Henry Blow, who had given up slavery and freed Dred Scott.

4. Patty Hearst

In 1974, Patty Campbell Hearst (daughter of millionaire Randolph Hearst) was kidnapped from her home by the Symbionese Liberation Army. 

Patty Hearst became a renegade for the SLA. After the Hibernia Robbery, Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison. She was given an early release by President Jimmy Carter and a full pardon by President Bill Clinton.

5.  JonBenét Ramsey

December 26 1996, six year old JonBenét Ramsey was found battered and strangled in her home. The parents, who were also the main suspects, stated that an intruder had broken into their home and murdered their daughter. After the trial, the case was dismissed due to lack of evidence. This case still remains unsolved today. These cases made a huge impact on society.  If you’re interested in taking court reporting classes, New York Career Institute can help you begin court reporting training, including court reporting classes and paralegal courses. Contact us for information about court reporting training today!


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