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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

What is "The case of the century"?

I see a lot of talk in fiction about something being "the case of the century", but what is the case of the current century? Has it happened yet? And in that vein what was the case of last century? I am very intoxicated at the moment, so my apologies.

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  • Rita
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    In its Case of the Century decision, issued on the 3rd of February 2021, the Paris Administrative court acknowledged the French State's responsibility in the climate crisis. It also recognised that it was illegal for the State not to respect its commitments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The "trial of the century" is variously ascribed relevant to interest/media coverage and/or lasting influence on society. In the US, Scopes (monkey trials) and Hauptman (Lindbergh baby) were labeled as such. 

  • 2 months ago

    The case of this century will be the one in which Trump is conviicted of treason.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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  • 2 months ago

    By the look of things the two anons who've answered you so seriously are intoxicated at the moment as well.

    Edit:

    3 anons.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    There's about 80 years left in the current century, so in all likelihood it hasn't happened yet. Maybe the Micheal Jackson case, or the Casey Anthony case if you're going with "case of the century so far."

    As for the last century, probably the Dreyfus Affair in France (technically it started in the 19th century, but wasn't resolved until the 20th). American contenders would be Sacco and Vanzetti, Leopold and Loeb, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the Black Dahlia, D.B. Cooper, or O.J. Simpson. Basically cases with a political angle, cases involving celebrities, or unsolved cases. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The idea of the "case of the century", or more commonly "trial of the century", is a case, generally a criminal case, which is especially prominent in media and public attention.  There have been a number of "trials of the century" in different times and in different countries.  In the US one of the early ones in the 20th century was the Lindbergh kidnapping, where the infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped and held for ransom, later turning up dead.  The case, involving a horrible crime which happened to a celebrity family, made major headlines.  Eventually they arrested a semi-employed German carpenter for the crime, alleging that he had committed it with accomplices who were now either dead or missing.  The trial became an early "trial of the century".  Another major "trial of the century" in the 20th century was he OJ Simpson murder trial in the 1990s.  Simpson's ex wife Nicole had been murdered along with a friend of hers Ron Goldman.  Based on forensic evidence, the police charged her ex husband, former NFL star OJ Simpson for the murders.  The case became incredibly high profile due to OJ's relative fame.  While he wasn't a huge celebrity, he was probably the most prominent person to have been accused of murder thus far.  It also coincided with an expansion of media coverage, including cable news networks devoted to trials and crime.  Around the same time you also had a "case of the century" in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, a young girl who was found beaten and strangled to death inside her home on Christmas.  The case grabbed hold of the public attention not only because of the horrific crime committed against a six year old, but also because JonBenet had been involved in child beauty pageants, which lent a creepy air to the whole thing.

    In the 21st century I'm not sure there has been a "trial of the century" in the US.  Other countries have seen "cases of the century".  In the UK, one example of a "case of the century" is probably the Madelaine McCann case.  She was a young British girl who disappeared while on holiday with her family in Portugal.  The case isn't huge in America but in the UK it became universally known, with people speculating about what might have happened to her.  In Italy an example of a "case of the century" might be Amanda Knox.  She's an American woman who was living in Italy at the time and whose roommate turned up dead.  Knox, along with her boss, were charged with murder in the case.  The whole thing went through several trials, with Knox's side alleging various police misconduct.  Eventually she was convicted and spent a few years in prison before the Italian courts finally overturned the verdict.  I'm not sure if we'll have another "case of the century" in the US.  Maybe if Donald Trump gets charged with some kind of crime.  But the media culture seems to have changed, and diminished some of the trends which caused previous cases to blow up.  The OJ case became huge because of the confluence of celebrity and crime.  But a few years ago we saw the Bill Cosby rape case go to trial.  Cosby was massively more famous than OJ had ever been, and these were really serious charges against him.  But while the trial attracted media attention, we didn't see the circus around it that we had seen in a number of 20th century trials. 

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