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Eight Executed For Witchcraft In Salem

Admittedly, I stole that headline from Jurist, one of my favorite legal news sources.  It's actually true - but as you've probably figured out by now, it happened 313 years ago today in 1692, even though the headline has a twinge (paste that link here if it's broken) of reality these days.  Nineteen witches were burned at the stake, and several more died, languishing in prison.

With Halloween just around the corner (can you believe it's Fall already?), it seemed an appropriate famous trial to feature.  That's not the only historical trial out there.  Jurist links to UMKC's Famous Trials website, with a host of tremendously interesting trials and hours of reading and learning. 

Just check out some of the cross-examinations by the Salem elders (in the abstract) to the cross-examinations offered by our modern-day Senators.  You won't be surprised how history repeats itself.

Thankfully, no one got executed this time.

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