Around the time of the OJ trial, there was a lot of hoo-ha about how it was the “trial of the century”. Well, now that we’re firmly into the next century and are able to look back a bit more dispassionately (or so one would hope), what really WAS the “trial of the century”?
Famous trials that immediately come to mind are Sacco and Vanzetti, the Scopes Monkey Trial, and Marbury v. Madison.
Which leads me to another question: would the trial of the century necessarily have to be a case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court? Would all other trials be lesser simply by nature of not having made it to the highest court in the land? Or could a trial win the title of “trial of the century” just by dint of having had the biggest hoopla associated with it. (The Chicago Seven trial comes to mind.)
Anyway, I’d have to go with the Scopes Monkey Trial. A matter of great importance, lots of controversy, and people are still talking about it nearly a century later.