April 12, 2011

Top 10 Trials That Shook The World

The trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the main Nazi architects of the Holocaust, started 50 years ago today. The proceedings, which took place 15 years after the Nuremberg Tribunals, forced the world to relive the Third Reich's atrocities. TIME looks back on other momentous trials, such as the Roman Trial of Jesus and South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Nuremberg Tribunal which set a precedent in international law that individuals, just like states, could be found guilty of war crimes. 

On Apr. 12, 1633 Galileo was ordered to the Holy Office to be tried for holding the belief that the Earth revolves around the Sun, a belief deemed heretical by the Catholic Church.

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