Mark Iris, Lecturer, MMSS (Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences)
While legal disputes, civil and criminal, number in the millions annually, only a small percentage of these cases acturally go to trial. And of those which do go to trial, the vast majority are wholly unmemorable, of no significance to anyone other than those directly involved. But a very small fraction of trials are memorable, with broader implications for the society at large. We will look at a sampling of these atypical cases, both civil and criminal, most of national import, some specific to Chicago. Our analyses will also highlight how each of these cases is and is not typical of litigation in general.