Setting the Stage: The Butler Law
days after the trial ended
, Bryan lay down for a Sunday afternoon nap and never woke up. The diabetes with which he had contended for years had finally taken his life.
The trial itself also passed
on when more than a year later
, on January 14, 1927, the State Supreme Court in Nashville handed down a decision which reversed the earlier one. However, the court's decision stemmed from the very point Darrow sought to avoid - a technicality.
By Tennessee state law
not the judge
, must set the fine if it is above $50.
The Butler Law
, then, stood untested.
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