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Season 3 Episode 14

John Marshall and the Burr Case

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 03, 1954 on CBS
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John Marshall and the Burr Case
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Chief Justice John Marshall presided over the case involving Aaron Burr with treason. In 1805 Burr attempted to purchase more than one million acres in Orleans Territory, meeting up with Brigadier General James Wilkinson, Governor of the Louisiana Territory and a secret agent of the Spanish Crown. Charged and tried for treason twice in Mississippi and acquitted both times other evidence was brought forth and Burr was arrested and taken to Richmond to stand trial under the order's of President Jefferson. Marshall's final ruling at the conspirators' meeting was the Burr had not committed any overt act of treason after he was indicted for instigating war against Spain.moreless

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