Notable Historical Trials III – Aaron Burr

Another Chapter down in the Folio Society’s trials book.  This one is about the rogue Vice President, Burr.  No, it isn’t about his shooting of Alexander Hamilton, but about his being arraigned for attempting to either set up and empire out of the Midwest USA or out of the Spanish posessions adjacent to it.

It seems like in the end, the government jumped the gun on this one.  Jefferson hated Burr, and did not wait until he had actually done something overt to grab him.  This seemed to be the crux of why he ended up being acquitted of treason, but still maligned by the people of the country afterward.

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