Aaron Burr Trial (Great American Court Cases)
Legal Citation: 25 Fed. Cas. 187 (No. 14,694) (1807)
Former Vice-President Aaron Burr
"Treason" within the meaning of Article III, section 3 of the Constitution
George Hay, William Wirt, Gordon MacRae
Chief Defense Lawyers
Edmund Randolph, John Wickham, Luther Martin, Benjamin Botts
Chief Justice John Marshall, District Judge Cyrus Griffin
Date of Decision
1 September 1807
Burr was declared not guilty.
The Burr treason trial was the only time in American history that a court tried such a high-level official of the United States for treason. Although Burr was acquitted, his political career was destroyed.
With the exception of scholars of American history, most people are oblivious as to how unstable the political situation in the United States was in the early decades of the 1800s. In the years immediately following the Revolutionary War, the country suffered under the...
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