What was the REAL 'Trial of the Century'?

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Monday, December 31, 2007 9:26 PM


Hey All

Just before I go to bed for the first time in 2008, this completely random question popped into my mind that made me think about this one thing that I've never really seen discussed anywhere.

What was the real "Trial of the Century" for the 20th century? I know that the O.J. Simpson trial in the early to mid-90's was called that (I even remember sitting in class one day and the teacher had turned the radio on so that we could hear the verdict, which was weird, considering that this was Grade 4), but that was just a celebrity media circus that went really overboard. I'm talking about a real "Trial of the Century", in which there was a huge political or social shift afterwards that really changed the world.

I think given that criteria, there are only three trials that could be considered the biggest trials of the 20th century. The first one would be the Scopes monkey trial, which was perfectly depicted in the Stanley Kramer film "INHERIT THE WIND". For those who don't know, that trial was about John Scopes, this science teacher who taught in this fundamentalist town in Tennessee Darwin's Theory of Evolution in the school. He got arrested for doing that, and his trial was a watershed for the creation-evolution controversy. This is the one trial that you would think wouldn't be under fire today, but there's still people who actually believe that six billion people of different nationalities and races were created by two nudist hippy WASPS, and that logic and reason should be denied to their kids.

If you want to know more about it, the above link should help you out.

The Nuremberg trials obviously should be considered as well. No explanation really necessary. Does make you wonder, though. If after the Bush administration is out of office, do you think years later that Bush and Co. will be put on trial for war crimes the same way Nixon was crucified over Watergate? Or will it be like Reagan with the Iran/Contra scandal. That he'll be able to walk away from it clean and no one will remember it. I'd like to think that there would be some accountability for the last seven years in the near future. But maybe I'm being too optimistic.

Roe vs. Wade - The trial that made abortion legal in the U.S. and everywhere else. It honestly scares me to think that there's a distinct possibility that this will be overturned soon. Not only on a humanistic level by saying to all women, "Fuck you, you now no longer have legal rights over your own body.", but also on what it can mean decades down the road. I'd rather not get into the huge can of worms that is abortion, since I want to go to bed, and I don't have the energy to get into an essay long description on why I'm pro-choice. I will say this, though. In that Freakonomic's book, one of the things it covers is that Roe vs. Wade is responsible for the downturn in crime over the last 30 years. And if you think about it, it makes sense. The lower class neighborhoods and cities generally have the worst crime. Anyone whose read Dicken's or knows about Michigan knows this. The lower class also has high birth rates, mostly due to lack of education on birth control as well as lack of birth control itself. With more lower class people getting abortions, mostly because they know that they can't properly take care of a child, the next generation of criminals are gone. Thus, Row vs. Wade not only empowers women, but cuts down on crime.

If I've inadvertently offended someone with that last assertion, I did not mean to offend anyone. I know on my Mom's side of the family, abortion is a bit of a touchy subject, since my Grandma Fran when she was a little girl, witnessed her mother having a coat-hanger abortion, because they were poor at the time and another mouth to feed would have ruined them. So while I know what happens at an abortion and that at times it can be unnecessary, I also know that at times it is essential and that if it's really early, then it's just a bunch of multiplying cells and not something with a soul.

But getting back on topic. Which of those do you think is the real "Trial of the Century", and is there any other trials that I havn't mentioned?

"And it starts with a sentence that might last a lifetime, or it all might just go down in flames. If I let you know me, then why would you want me? Each day I don't is a shame. Each day I don't is a great shame."

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Monday, December 31, 2007 11:25 PM


After O.J. couldn't get his glove on, he sat back down at the Defense table. He leaned to whisper to Robert Shapiro, "Hey, Bob, I was just thinking - maybe I really didn't do it!"

All of the above were hype, and the worst hyped injustice was Mike Tyson's ridiculous rape railroading. No other case of the century had more State Supreme Courts censuring the Indiana Courts for such a miscarriage of justice. Indiana State-sponsored corruption, perjury, jury-rigging, obstruction of justice, and ethics-devoid Judges and Prosecutors hardly scrape the surface. And then every convict around him got early release, but they refused to grant him early release because he refused to tell the lie they demanded, that he committed a crime and he was guilty - so he served the entirety of the sentence handed down.
Another horrible miscarrige would be the Jeffrey MacDonald railroading in South Carolina.

Why not the Impeachments of Clinton? Only the second President to be Impeached, and the only one Impeached twice. Also the only legitimately Impeached President, both times, as contrasted to the purely political shenanigans that Johnson had to endure.


Thursday, January 24, 2008 12:07 PM


Trial of the Gang of Four:

The Zinoviev-Kamenev Trial:

I don't think Nuremberg changed anything. Although it may have made people feel better.


Thursday, January 24, 2008 12:44 PM


Brown vs. Board of Education, as well as many other non-trial events throughout the Civil Rights Movement. But, this trial was one of the first stepping stones, not just for African-American rights, but for equal rights for all kinds of people; including women, religious groups, and the handicaped.

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-Joss on us fans and our persistent reputation
Thanks, Joss!


Sunday, January 27, 2008 12:24 AM


The McCarthy Hearings of the 1950's were not court room trials, but they effected our nation and the lives of many people. We were close to losing a lot of our civil liberties. For a while we did.


Thursday, March 10, 2022 9:45 PM


Kyle Rittenhouse although I watched less than 1 min in total


Friday, March 11, 2022 9:54 PM



Originally posted by JAYNEZTOWN:
Kyle Rittenhouse although I watched less than 1 min in total

Not sure why.
Innocent guy gets acquitted. Just like George Zimmerman.


Friday, March 11, 2022 9:58 PM


Epstein's would have been, but Hillary Clinton took care of that before we got any answers.

At this point, I'm probably going to have to give up any hope that he had a couple of Dead Man's Switches enacted. Either that, or TPTB were able to find them all.

Seems rather silly that a guy who specialized in blackmailing powerful people with the worst dirt imaginable didn't have a better system in place.


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