"Trial of Error": The Impeachment with no Conviction of Bill Clinton


Westmount Public Library, CA, 4574 Sherbrooke Street West, Westmount, QC, CA

A Great Trials Lecture with Professor Gil Troy (History).

This lecture will explore the extraordinary mess Bill Clinton stumbled into when he carried on an affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. The title reflects the American people's ultimate verdict - they thought the President was being unfairly tried for an error of judgment not a crime; while the subtitle captures the ugly partisanship - with little consistency or conviction - that shaped most politicians' reaction to the scandal.

This lecture has been accredited by the Barreau du Québec for 1 hour of Continuing Legal Education: no. 10060936.

Great Trials III Lecture Series: Private Lives, Public Law

Organized by the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI), the Great Trials lecture series considers a collection of history-making trials across time and examines the social and political contexts in which they took place as well as their cultural consequences. The series takes the position that ‘law’ happens as much outside the courtroom as it does within it, and that each of these pivotal events stands as testament to the ways in which constructions of authority, law, and justice have informed cultural consciousness across centuries.

Fees: $60 for the series of five lectures, or $15 for individual lectures.

Registration: www.mcgill.ca/iplai/events/great-trials-lecture-series/great-trials-registration