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The Aaron Burr Trial


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The trial of Aaron Burr.
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The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr
by  Douglas Linder  (c) 2001 
Never has an American trial produced such an impressive set of key players:
The defendant--Aaron Burr, founding father, Vice President (and slayer of Alexander Hamilton in their famous duel three years earlier); The trial judge--John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (and the most important justice in history); The force behind the prosecution-- Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, President of the United States; Defense attorneys--Edmund Randolph  and Luther Martin, both delegates to the Constitutional Convention and among the most prominent men of the day; Prosecutors-- Charles Lee, former Attorney General, and William Wirt, future presidential candidate.

The high-stakes treason trial of Aaron Burr came at an unstable time in our young nation's history.....[CONTINUED]

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