Arraignment, the calling of a person before a court of law to answer a criminal charge. The charge is read and the person accused is requested by the judge to plead guilty or not guilty. In the United States, no person can be brought to trial unless he or she is first arraigned. Arraignment is designed to prevent the injustice of bringing an accused person to trial without previously informing him of the nature and cause of the charges against him.
It could happen: As you're rushing to get to the airport, you absentmindedly throw a gassed-up chain saw into your suitcase. Or a bag of live eels. Yes, TSA officials really spotted these items at U.S. airports. And stranger things, too.
Few incidents shaped the U.S. civil rights movement more than the brutal death of Emmett Till. What other murders have sent shock waves through the public psyche?