Court Cases Involving Sex
Recipient of the LLS 1999 Excellence in Teaching Award
COURSE DESCRIPTION: There are many different types of sensational court cases - fraud, bribery, perjury, conspiracy, homicide and espionage, etc. But the cases that fascinate people the most, and stir up the most emotions, are cases involving sex. From sexual harassment to sexual infidelity to perverse sexual activity and murder, this subject sells. The media reaps the benefits and the populace hangs on every word. Those involved find themselves catapulted to fame and even celebrity status. This lecture series will focus on court cases where sex was a motivating factor. Our objective is to analyze the details of each case and determine how, or if, the verdict was influenced by public opinion. From the sterilization tragedy of Carrie Buck to the unfortunate sex tale of Vera Stretz to the revealing circumstances of the Pulitzer divorce trial, to the bizarre revelations of the Ruth Snyder/Judd Gray murder trial, these and other stories established legal guideposts and became legends in our judicial history.
1. Buck vs. Bell; Harry Thaw Trial (including Evelyn Nesbitt)
2. Ruth Snyder/Judd Gray Murder Trial; Albert Tirrell Trial
3. Jean Harris Murder Trial
4. Roxanne Pulitzer Divorce Case; Pamela Smart Case
5. The Tragic Tale of Vera Stretz
6. Thomas Massie Trial
7. Fatty Arbuckle Trial; Errol Flynn Trial
8. Daniel Sickles; Central Park Jogger Case
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Myrna Goldberger has been a presenter for the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) for 21-plus years. Educated at the University of Maryland, Loyola College and Johns Hopkins University, Myrna has had more than 50 years of experience in educational programming, including Elderhostel and scholar-in-residence weekends. She currently presents lectures to community and religious groups, as well as to special-interest groups in Florida and other states. Moreover, she performs in self-written, one-act plays focusing on famous American women and men. Her students, who call themselves “Myrna’s Groupies,” describe her as “charismatic, knowledgeable and dynamic." Myrna calls what she does "Edutainment," and she has been the recipient of several LLS awards.
||1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
||Thursdays, September 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$68 member / $98 non-member