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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


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.




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Daily National Intelligencer
Tuesday, May 23, 1865

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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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