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The Eichmann Trial

Charges from the court transcript:
Clerk of the Court: Criminal Case No. 40/61. The Attorney General versus Adolf Eichmann, the son of Adolf Karl Eichmann. On behalf of the prosecution, Mr. Gideon Hausner, Attorney General, Dr. Ya'akov Robinson, Assistant to the Attorney General, Mr. Gabriel Bach, Mr. Ya'akov Baror, Mr. Zvi Terlo --Assistant State Attorneys; the Accused in person and his Counsel, Dr. Robert Servatius.
Presiding Judge: Adolf Eichmann, are you Adolf Eichmann, the son of Adolf Karl Eichmann?
Accused: [standing] Yes.
Presiding Judge: Are you represented in this trial by Dr. Robert Servatius and by Mr. Dieter Wechtenbruch?
Accused: Yes.
Presiding Judge: You are accused before this Court in terms of an indictment containing 15 counts. I shall read the indictment to you and this indictment will be translated for you into German. This is the indictment against you on behalf of the Attorney General.
Adolf Karl Eichmann
The Leopold And Loeb Trial
Few trial transcripts are as likely to bring tears to the eyes as that of the 1924 murder trial of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold.
Nathan Leopold
The Trial of Charles I, 1649
The King. I would know by what power I am called hither. . .by what Authority, I mean, lawful; there are many unlawful Authorities in the world, Thieves and Robbers by the highways...
The Trial of Louis XVI 
Barere: On January 29, 1792, the Legislative Assembly issued a decree against factious priests, which you suspended.
Louis: The constitution left me the right of sanctioning decrees..
The Trials of Oscar Wilde
Old Bailey, the main courthouse in London, had never presented a show quite like the three trials that captivated England and much of the literary world in the spring of 1895
Oscar Wilde
Scottsboro Trial
Tom Robinson's trial bears striking parallels to the "Scottsboro Trial," one of the most famous-or infamous-court cases in American history.

The Trial of Orenthal James Simpson

Although the 1995 criminal trial of O. J. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman has been called "a great trash novel come to life...
O. J. Simpson
Steunenberg's assassination
The day after Steunenberg's assassination, a waitress at the Saratoga Hotel in Caldwell reported that a guest, calling himself Thomas Hogan, had "trembling hands"
In May, 1868
the Senate came within a single vote of taking the unprecedented step of removing a president from office. Although the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson was ostensibly...
president
The Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial
What did it all mean? Was the Chicago Seven Trial merely, as one commentator suggested, "a monumental non-event"?
The execution of 38 Sioux
A framed photograph of the scene depicted on this homepage, the execution of thirty-eight Sioux on December 26, 1862, used to fascinate me when, as a...
execution of 38-Sioux
Government controlled rock music
Rock Against Racism sponsored an annual concert in Central Park. After the concert produced complaints about noise, and after several...
Lieutenant William Calley
The My Lai courts-martial are the stories of two tragedies growing out of American involvement in Viet Nam. One was the massacre by United States soldiers of as many as 500 unarmed civilians--
Lieutenant William Calley
Bartolomeo Vanzetti & Nicola Sacco
On April 15 year 1920, a guard and a paymaster were killed during a payroll hold-up outside a shoe factory near Boston, the bandits escaped, but...
Schooner Amistad
The improbable voyage of the schooner Amistad, and the court proceedings and diplomatic maneuverings that resulted from that voyage, form one of the most significant stories of the nineteenth century. When Steven Spielberg chose ...
Schooner Amistad
Big Bill
"War" is not too strong of a term to describe the state of affairs
existing between the Western Federation of Miners and the
Western Mine Owners' Association at the turn...
An Account of Events in Salem
From June through September of 1692, nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft, were carted to Gallows Hill, a barren slope near Salem Village, for hanging. Another man of over eighty years was pressed to death ...
Salem

Historical Facts

Burke and Hare / A Perfectly Ordinary Little Case / Not naughty Enough / A Georgian Gender Bender / Boiling to Death / Fingers of fate / The Law West Of The Pecos

Landmark Judgments

KK Modi Vs KN Modi: This case discussed the attributes which are necessary for considering an agreement as an arbitration agreement

Company Law Board v. Arbitral Tribunal: The legislature never intends to contradict itself...

L. C. Golaknath V. State of Punjab: In the famous case of Golaknath V. State Of Punjab, in the year 1967 the Court ruled that Parliament

Power of Indian courts to issue Garnishee Order: The word ‘Garnish’ is derived from an old French word ‘garnir’ which means to warn or to

Supreme Court is the final Pedestal for justicee: the supreme is the final and the highest authority for which a person ca go for appeal into

Case Comment on SK. Shukla V State of Uttar Pradesh : Conditional legislation is of different types: (i) power to bring an Act

Peter Scott or Scotch: Providing a rigorous independent review of the recent judgment delivered by Supreme Court of India in ‘Khoday Distilleries Limited Vs. The Scotch Whisky Association and Ors

The State of Madras vs. Smt. Champakam Dorairajan: On November 25, 1949, Dr BR Ambedkar sounded

Waman Rao Vs Union of India: This article aims to explain how this case has settled the uncertainty which arose in the constitutional law immediately after Keshavananda Bharti Case

BMW Case- A Massive Judicial Failure: On the evening of 30th May, two senior advocates- I.U. Khan, who was the Special Public Prosecutor in the BMW case and R.K. Anand defending the main accused Sanjeev Nanda

Judicial Review of Supreme Court Judgment on IX schedule of the Constitution: Recent Judgment of Supreme Court dated 11.01.2007 rendered in the case in I R Coelho (Dead) by LRs Vs. State of Tamil Nadu and Others

I. R. Cohelo Vs. State of Tamil Nadu : In the present study this chapter is of utmost importance as it is the recent case relating to the confrontation

The Lockerbie Incident Cases: The United Nations Security council is presently the most powerful institutional body ever established at

Bhatia International Vs. Bulk Trading S.A: This Judgment is one of the important judgments of the Supreme Court of India that is bound to attract attention from those

Salem Advocates Bar Association v. Union of India: The present case Salem Advocate Bar Association v. Union of India is basically an aftermath of the original case Salem Advocates

Back log of cases: India has to suffer the scourge of the world's largest backlog of cases. Over three crore cases

Priya Patel Vs State of M.P: The present case holds its importance for being the only celebrated case

I.R. Coelho v. State of Tamil Nadu - A Judicial Challenge: The nine judges' Bench presided by Mr. Justice Y.K. Sabharwal

Hutch Vodafone Merger - An Issue of Tax Planning: It is a landmark case that will severely impact the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) landscape in India

Vishakha Judgement: Vishakha Judgement brought out the problem of sexual harassment at workplace in public glare. Even after the Supreme Court gave the guidelines, harassment is

Danial Latifi v. Union of India: A Muslim is required to maintain his other relations only if he has the means. But a Muslim

Om Prakash v. State of U.P: In the month of May 2006, in the chaos of Reservation debates

The Shah Bano Mandate: The Need For Revival: Long back in 1985 came the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of Mohd. Ahmed Khan v. Shah Bano Begum

Kapila Hingorani v. State of Bihar Judicial Profligacy or Philanthropy: Our constitution, which is arguably the largest written constitution

Legality of Foreign Judgments: aims to study the binding nature of the foreign judgments

Stellar Vs. Sophia 
The basic intention of the High Court was to punish the guilty. You cannot punish somebody else where the crime is of another

De Penning v/s Coramandal Indag Products: Case study. Suit filed for infringement of patent by Monsanto Company. One of the

State of Bihar V. Bihar Pensioner Samaj: This article analyze the judgment of the Apex court in this case. Another objective is to highlight any

A Rear View of the YouTube case: The Delhi High Court recently passed an order of interim injunction against YouTube.com

Bihar Assembly Dissolution Case: The detailed judgment of the Supreme Court in Rameshwar Prasad And Others v. Union of India on January 24, 2006 holding.

S. R. Bommai v. Union of India: Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar referred Article 356 of the Constitution of India as a dead letter of the Constitution but sadly

M.C. Mehta v. Union of India: This article deals with the landmark judgment of M.C. Mehta v. Union of India AIR 1987 SC 1086

Copyright in judgments: It is very important to know certain details about copyrights before analyzing the topic

Brief history on nobel prize and its winners

Alfred Nobel left a legacy promoting peace and achievement, yet he made his fortune from a weapon of war. ...

Court Humour
The following exchanges are all taken from REAL court transcripts Some of them involve stupid or confused people, or outrageous lawyer babble.

Lawyer's creed : A man is innocent until proven bankrupt.

Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal
These are questions actually asked by lawyers to witnesses during trials and, in certain cases, the responses given by insightful witnesses...

What do call a lawyer with an IQ of 50?
"Your Honour. "Benjamin Franklin

Why drinking is good: The Buffalo Theory
A herd of buffalo can move only as fast as the slowest buffalo, and when...

The men's guide to what a woman
You want = You want :We need = I want..

What's the difference between a female lawyer and a pit bull? Lipstick.


The woman's guide to what a man is really saying...
I'm hungry." = I'm hungry: I'm sleepy." = I'm sleepy: "I'm tired." = I'm tired...

Futhe went to look for an honest lawyer. "How's it going?", someone asked. "Not too bad", said Futhe. "I still have my lantern."


What is the difference between a vulture and a lawyer? The vulture eventually lets go


Neil Armstrong's Message:
When Apollo Mission Astronaut Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, he not only gave his famous...

What's the difference between a lawyer
and a leech? A leech quits sucking your
blood after you die.

The Affair
A married woman is having an affair. Whenever her lover comes over, she puts her nine...

What's the difference between a lawyer and a catfish? One is an ugly, scum sucking bottom-feeder and the other is a fish.

Beware of the Guide Dog
"We will not have him put down. Lucky is basically a damn good guide dog...

Strange Legal Case
At the 1994 annual awards dinner given by the American Association for Forensic Science, AAFS President Don Harper Mills astounded his audience in...

Iraqi Supergun?
In rural Carbon County, PA, a group of men were drinking beer and discharging firearms from the rear deck of the home owned by Irving Michael...

Livestock Demolition
True news by Chris Woolston, "The Billings (MT) Gazette", as reprinted in "The Missoulian", August 22, 1995 Don Senn usually loves a good...

Lawyers are safe from the threat of automation taking over their professions. No one would build a robot to do nothing.

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats

What's the difference between a lawyer and a prostitute? Clothes

Rules for Bank Robbers
According to the FBI, most modern-day bank robberies are "unsophisticated and unprofessional crimes...

If you laid all of the lawyers in the world, end to end, on the equator ... it would be a good idea to just leave them there.

Lawyer Jokes (How was copper wire invented?}
Two lawyers found a penny.
Question & Answer Form Jokes
Q: What do you call 5000 dead lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?
A: A good start!

The judicial process is like a cow. The public is impaled on its horns, the government has it by the tail, and all the while the lawyers are milking it.

Lawyers in Action
Lawers typically aren't funny - unless by accident. Case in point: The following questions from lawyers were taken from official court records nationwide. They were compiled by a client of the Salt Lake City law firm..

"Your Honor, in the first place, as they say, I am going to say it. I was going to say what you said and the reason I am going to say it, is not because you just said it. If you had not said it, I was going to say it first." --A lawyer speaking to a judge

Longer Jokes:
A housewife, an accountant and a lawyer were asked "How much is 2+2?"
The housewife replies: "Four!"
The accountant says...

A lawyer's dog
running about unleashed, beelines for a butcher shop and steals a roast. Butcher goes to lawyer's office and asks, "if a dog running unleashed steals a piece of meat from my store, do I have...

What happens when you cross a pig with a lawyer?
Nothing. There are some things a pig won't do.

Attorneys At Law
The lawyer is standing at the gate to Heaven and St. Peter is listing his sins:
Defending a large corporation in a pollution suit where he knew...

Why God never received a PhD
He had only one major publication. It was in Hebrew...

Criminal Stupidity South Carolina
A man walked into a local police station, dropped a bag of cocaine on the counter, informed the desk sergeant that it was substandard...

Phone Problems
Leola Starling of Ribrock, Tennesse, had a serious telephone problem. But unlike most people she did something...

How I Got Into Heaven
Three men were standing in line to get into heaven one day. Apparently it had been a pretty busy day, though, so.

There was the cartoon showing two people fighting over a cow. One was pulling the cow by the tail; the other was pulling on the horns. Underneath was a lawyer milking the cow.

A King enrolled his donkey in a race & won.

Local News paper read:
'KING's ASS WON'
The king was so upset with this kind
of publicity that he gave the donkey
to the queen.
The local paper then read:
"QUEEN HAS THE BEST ASS IN
TOWN"
The king fainted....
Queen sold the donkey to a farmer
for 10$.
Next day News paper read: "QUEEN SELLS
HER ASS FOR $10"
The queen fainted...
The next day king ordered the queen
to buy back the donkey and leave it
in jungle.
The Next Headlines:
"QUEEN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS
FREE & WILD"
The king died... !!
Thats Media

On the differences between men and women
Let's say a guy named Roger is attracted to a woman named Elaine. He asks her out to a movie; she accepts;

 


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