Professor Ed Larson on the Scopes Trial and the Impeachment Trial
Professor Edward J. Larson's opinion piece, "How Tennessee's Infamous Scopes Monkey Trial Can Inform Trump's Impeachment Trial," has been published in the Tennessean. The article considers the decision to prevent witness testimony for the defense during the 1925 trial, State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes. Professor Larson received the Pulitzer Prize in History for his book, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.
Excerpt from "How Tennessee's Infamous Scopes Monkey Trial Can Inform Trump's Impeachment Trial"
The judge determines the admissibility of evidence at a criminal trial, much as Judge Raulston did at the Scopes trial. In an impeachment trial, that duty falls on the senators, two of whom come from Tennessee. They should not repeat Raulston's mistake.
The complete article may be found here