This course will examine criminal justice in Chicago from a social and historical perspective by dissecting high profile trials of jazz age murderers, a floppy-haired governor, disgraced members of the judiciary, bar, and police force, and a Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist. Students will study the unique political and judicial history of the city at the time of each case by exploring historical nonfiction, newspaper articles, court documents and transcripts, and by touring historical and contemporary Chicago sites relevant to each case. Using the context of these cases, students will gain an understanding of the judicial process as it functions in state and federal court and an ability to distinguish between the reality of justice in a court of law and the often times fictionalized perception of such reality. This course will include campus visits from judges, attorneys, and other members of the Chicago legal community with personal and specialized knowledge of the particular trial