11 trials that captivated the country

Which of these do you remember most vividly?

Casey Anthony listens to the testimony of Krystal Holloway, who claims to have had an affair with Anthony's father, during her murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse on June 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Anthony's defense attorneys argued that she didn't kill her two-year-old daughter Caylee, but that she accidentally drowned. (Photo by Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images) (2011 Getty Images)

In case you haven’t turned on your TV in the past week or so, the trial of the police officer accused of killing George Floyd last summer is now underway.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, faces charges of second-degree unintentional murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder for Floyd’s death in May 2020.

It’s hard to say how long the trial will last, but given the first day went on for hours, this could span weeks -- and sure enough, people will be watching.

A big court case will often dominate the TV airwaves and lately, livestreams, for as long as it’s happening, and the trial of Chauvin doesn’t seem to be any different. With key civil rights issues on the line, it will be a landmark case.

Not only did Floyd’s death start a very real and overdue conversation about race in America, but the sentencing for Chauvin will be just as significant.

As for what other court trials had our eyes glued to the TV, we’ve come up with the following list.

Some of these listed below are pretty infamous, and a few, like the one happening now, are demands for more social justice.



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