The Lincoln Assassination in Law and Lore

Frank J. Williams

in The Lincoln Assassination

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232260
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240784 | DOI:

Series: The North's Civil War

The Lincoln Assassination in Law and Lore

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This chapter explores the nature of the military tribunal that weighed the fate of the conspirators—with a different goal in mind. It illuminates the important questions its work raised (and continues to raise) on the issue of constitutional due process, deficient at many junctures during the conspirators' trial. Strikingly, the questions about such tribunals in Lincoln's day mirror those confronting Americans in the 21st century. The chapter thus serves as backdrop to the use of military tribunals, and the due process to be accorded the accused, in the modern wars on terror. The lessons of yesterday, as always, offer potentially valuable insights into the problems of today.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; military tribunal; conspirators; due process

Chapter.  6418 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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