American Public Trials

This page is a list of trials and legal controversies that have affected the progress of American identity, discourse and voice. The list is in chronological order.

List of Trials

1735 | Crown v. John Peter Zenger

"Crown v. John Peter Zenger". Historical Society of the New York Courts.
The Tryal of John Peter Zenger, of New-York, Printer, Who was lately Try'd and Acquitted for Printing and Publishing a Libel against the Government. With the Pleadings and Arguments on Both Sides. London: Printed for J. Wilford, 1738. Pdf.

1770 | Boston Massacre Trial

John Adams and the Boston Massacre Trial of 1770. Library of Congress Law Library.

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