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Famous Trials in History
Can you name the famous trials throughout history?
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Year of trial(s)
Forced to drink hemlock for corrupting the youth and spreading disbelief in the gods.
New York printer acquitted for libel in 1735 because his base assertions were true.
Tried and executed before Roman prefect Pontius Pilate.
He allegedly muttered 'E pur si muove' after recanting.
It didn't fit. They did acquit.
The rape trial of these boys was the inspiration for 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
John Adams successfully defended the men involved in this pre-Revolutionary act.
Australian Lindy Chamberlain was falsely convicted for the murder of her child. Name the actual perpetrator.
He was granted a new trial for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, but died days beforehand.
His impeachment trial depended on what the meaning of the word 'is' is.
He was framed for treason by members of the French Army because he was Jewish.
1894 & 1899
Contrary to popular belief, no one was burned at the stake in this town (Hanging is another story).
Found guilty of nuclear espionage, their guilt was contested until recently.
Year of trial(s)
The United States Supreme Court ruled he was property, not a person.
Three of the British sailors involved in this act were hanged, the rest went free.
Laws named after this city stripped Jews of their rights. Years later, it was the setting of Nazi war crime trials.
After officers were found not guilty of assaulting this man, Los Angeles erupted in riots.
He stood trial and was martyred for refusing to recognize King Henry VIII as head of the Church.
This Cuban rebel was convicted of treason, but mass public support won him amnesty only two years later.
Dan White was found to have committed 'voluntary manslaughter' instead of murder of this San Fran politician.
Refused to recant his beliefs about salvation at the Diet of Worms.
The trial and execution of this English king was followed by Oliver Cromwell's rule.
Despite the famous 'Monkey' trial, he admitted later in life that he never even taught evolution to begin with.
She was found not guilty of murdering her parents, who were killed with far less than 40 and 41 whacks.
This famous Irish playwright was tried and imprisoned for having homosexual relationships.
This French woman's accuser was also the judge and she burned at the stake for heresy.
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