On November 11, 1991, prosecutors from the United
States and the United Kingdom announced their indictments in the
bombing of a passenger airplane over Lockerbie, Scotland. A Scottish
court convicted Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, allegedly a former
Libyan intelligence official, of the 270 murders in 2001.
Read documents from the Lockerbie bombing trial.
On November 14, 1881, Charles
Guiteau went on trial for the assassination of
James A. Garfield.
The trial of Guiteau, a probable paranoid, pointed up problems with nineteenth century law's treatment of insanity; Guiteau's trial is also problematic in retrospect as Garfield's death was immediately attributable not to Guiteau, but to Garfield's doctors who - before sterilization was well understood - repeated probed his wound with unwashed hands while searching for an embedded bullet.