The John Scopes Trial

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…for this case. Dudley Field Malone and Arthur Garfield Hays, two other well-know attorneys, would give assistance. Three other lawyers represented Scopes, including a Tennessee law professor John R. Neal, who was placed in charge of the case. The trial started on Friday, July 10 and ended on Tuesday July 21. The trail on lasted for 8 non-continuous Day. On the 8th day the jury came to a final decision of guilty. They fined Scopes one hundred dollars.