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Olmstead v. U.S.: The Prohibition Trial of a Seattle Bootlegger

The trial of a well-known bootlegger increases public doubts about the "Noble Experiment" and presents the courts with questions about civil liberties in the age of telecommunications.

Famous Federal Trials

by Richard F. Hamm, University at Albany, SUNY

Learn about the case — historical background and documents

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Analyzing Debates About Prohibition and its Enforcement — A Primary Source Activity

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Congressional Hearing and Debate on Anti-Wiretapping Legislation — A Simulation Activity

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Olmstead v. United States and Katz v. United States — A Comparative Activity

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Resources for Judges and Educational Outreach

Olmstead v. United States — Suggestions for Judges

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