Saturday, Sept 21st 3 PM The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr: Law, Politics, and the Character Wars of the New Nation
One of the greatest criminal trials in American history, featured some of the nation’s best lawyers. It pitted President Thomas Jefferson, Chief Justice John Marshall and former Vice President Aaron Burr against each other. At issue, in addition to the life of Aaron Burr, were the rights of criminal defendants, the constitutional definition of treason, and the meaning of separation of powers in the Constitution. Capturing the sheer drama of the long trial, Kent Newmyer’s book sheds new light on the chaotic process by which lawyers, judges, and politicians fashioned law for the new nation. $5 Entrance
About Kent Newmeyer
Kent Newmyer is a Professor of Law and History at University of Connecticut. Before coming to the Law School, Newmyer taught American history at the University of Connecticut. He was designated University Alumni Professor in 1988 and became emeritus in 1997. Newmyer’s publications have appeared in a wide range of historical and legal periodicals. His books include The Supreme Court Under Marshall and Taney, John Marshall & the Heroic Age of the Supreme Court and Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story: Statesman of the Old Republic. The latter received the Littleton-Griswold Award from the American Historical Association in 1985 for the best book on law and society, also a Certificate of Merit from the American Bar Association.