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Scopes trial

Definitions of Scopes trial
  1. noun
    a highly publicized trial in 1925 when John Thomas Scopes violated a Tennessee state law by teaching evolution in high school; Scopes was prosecuted by William Jennings Bryan and defended by Clarence Darrow; Scopes was convicted but the verdict was later reversed
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    (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law
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