Historic Retrials Set For Abe Lincoln Conspirator Surratt

CHICAGO (CBS St. Louis/AP) – Nearly 150 years after four people were executed in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, one of them is getting a new trial.

The historic retrial of Mary Surratt will involve well known Illinois attorneys and the same judge who oversaw the Blagojevich trial.

Surratt ran a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others plotted the Ford’s Theater assassination. She will be portrayed by an actress to be determined, and she’ll actually get two retrials. The re-enactments are courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission.

The first retrial will be Sept. 23 at Chicago’s Harold Washington Library. The second is set for Oct. 3 at the Lincoln Museum in Springfield.

Surratt and three co-conspirators were executed on July 7, 1865.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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