1808.019: Principal Arguments of William Wirt on the Trial of Aaron Burr.

Published: 1808

Full Title: The two principal arguments of William Wirt, Esquire, on the trial of Aaron Burr, for high treason, and on the motion to commit Aaron Burr and others, for trial in Kentucky.

Author: Wirt, William (1772-1834).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

Description: 222 pgs.; 16 cm. (16mo).


Wirt was a member of the prosecutorial team in the treason trial of Aaron Burr in Richmond in 1807; herein, he presents the arguments made against John Marshall's interpretation of evidentiary requirements for a treason conviction, which freed Burr in November 1807, and an argument as to why Burr's release from a separate treason charge in November 1806 was not a proper one – both being indictments of Federalist reliance on English precedents.

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