The Law Library has DVDs of many of the cases you’ve heard about – but probably don’t know the details.
Some of the titles we have relating to famous cases are:
1. Black/White & Brown: Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka
KF 228 B76 B53 2009
Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.
2. Democracy on Trial: The Morgentaler Affair
KF 9315 D383 2008
This docudrama unravels the complexities of the case that began as a challenge to Canada’s abortion law and turned into a precedent-setting civil rights case.
3. Hot Coffee
KF 1250 H68 2011
Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end. After seeing this film, you will decide who really profited from spilling hot coffee.
4. Justice Denied
KF 224 M335 J967 1989b
Donald Marshall, Jr., a Micmac Indian, was only seventeen when he was sentenced to life imprisonment–for a murder he did not commit.
5. Kansas vs. Darwin
QH 362 K36 2008
Even before they took place, the 2005 Kansas school board hearings on evolution were recognized as a pivotal battle in America’s ongoing war over teaching evolution in the public schools.
Kansas vs. Darwin reveals the fascinating and sometimes baffling personalities behind the spectacle, with exclusive footage of the hearings and revealing, in-depth interviews with the major figures on both sides. Never revealing their own opinions, the filmmakers allow the characters to fight it out, with emotionally polarizing and often humorous results.
6. Kikkik E1-472
E 99 E7 K233 2003
During the 1950s’ famine in the Canadian Arctic, Kikkik, an Inuk woman, killed a man in self-defense and then found herself having to leave two of her five children on the tundra. She was tried for murder and criminal negligence, and subsequently acquitted.
7. Lizzie Borden had an axe…
KF 223 B6 L59 2004
Lizzie Borden’s court case was labeled ‘The Trial of the Century” by reputable newspapers and the yellow press, which competed to see who could come up with the most lurid headlines. This film recreates the brutal crime based on two different scenarios: the prosecuting attorneys’ and Lizzie’s story of a ‘mysterious stranger’ committing the murders.
8. The Paisley Snail: Donoghue v. Stevenson
KF 1284 P35 2007
The facts involved Mrs Donoghue drinking a bottle of ginger beer in a cafe in Paisley, Renfrewshire. A snail was in the bottle.
This case created the modern concept of negligence, by setting out general principles whereby one person would owe another person a duty of care.
9. The People vs. Larry Flynt
PN 1995 P4565 2003
Based on the true story of the notorious Hustler publisher who was sued by the Religious Right and paralyzed by a fanatic’s bullet, THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT is a stranger-than-fiction comedy about one man’s outrageous public persona and eccentric private life.
10. Steven Truscott: His word against history
HV 6535 C23 O57 2000
In 1959, when a 12-year-old girl disappeared, an investigation lasting less than two days and a trial of less than two weeks sent a 14-year-old schoolboy to prison. Steven Truscott’s murder trial was the most famous, infamous and one of the most disputed child criminal cases in Canadian legal history.