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Follow the Evidence: The Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators

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John Surratt

John Surratt | Evidence | Prosecution | Verdict | 
April 14, 1865 | The Conspirators

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John Surratt's attorneys Joseph H. Bradley, Sr., Joseph H. Bradley, Jr., and Richard T. Merrick worked to put doubt into the witnesses that placed Surratt in Washington D.C. on the night of President Lincoln's assassination. By retracing their client's steps, Surratt's attorneys were able to produce witnesses that placed him in Elmira.


Judge R.T. Merrick of D.C.
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Speech to the jury of
Richard T. Merrick, Esq.
on the trial of John H.
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