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When Is a Rush to Prosecute a Rush to Judgment?

In today's America, the law requires that criminal defendants receive a “speedy trial.” Even under those circumstances, prosecutors take many months to prepare their case. Do you think the conspiracy trial, involving President Lincoln's death, was a “rush to judgment?” Why, or why not?

Was it appropriate to try the “Lincoln Conspirators” in a military court when none of the defendants were in the military? Why, or why not?

What would be some of the reasons why the government used a military court of justice instead of a civilian court?

If jurors were split on whether Mary Surratt should be executed, how could it ever be that a death sentence was actually carried out?


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