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Follow the Evidence: The Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators


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Mary Surratt

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


Defense

Lincoln CSIFrederick Aiken, defended Mary Surratt in the case against her as a conspirator in the assassination of President Lincoln. Aiken claimed the commission should not believe John Lloyd's story as he was a known alcoholic. As to Surratt denying she knew Lewis Powell (Payne), the defense called for witnesses that would testify that in casual acquaintances Surratt's vision would often fail her.

 

 

 

Court Documents
Footnote.com

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Daily National Intelligencer
Tuesday, May 23, 1865
Footnote.com

Lincoln CSI

 

 

 

Reverdy Johnson
Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs
(Johnson was Mary Surratt's lead council)

 

 

 

 Defense starts on page 22 of link.


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