Aaron Burr's Trial

Reports of the trials of Colonel Aaron Burr, (late vice president of the United States,) for treason, and for a misdemeanor, in preparing the means of a military expedition against Mexico, a territory of the King of Spain, with whom the United States were at peace: In the Circuit court of the United States, held at the city of Richmond, in the district of Virginia, in the summer term of the year 1807. To which is added, an appendix, containing the arguments and evidence in support and defence of the motion afterwards made by the counsel for the United States, to commit A. Burr, H. Blannerhassett [sic] and I. Smith to be sent for trial to the state of Kentucky, for treason or misdemeanor, alleged to be committed there.

This was a high stakes trial with some of the most celebrated names in history involved as players.  Aaron Burr, the former Vice-President, a founding father, and winner of the fatal duel with Alexander Hamilton was being charged with both treason and a misdemeanor. Former president Thomas Jefferson led the prosecution, distinguished defense attorney Luther Martin  was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and the trial judge was Chief Justice John Marshall, one of the most well-known and respected justices in American history.

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Aaron Burr's Trial