Top legal minds hold mock trial on Lincoln assassination

September 23, 2011 8:14:48 PM PDT
Some of the top legal minds in Chicago took part in a mock retrial Friday night involving the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Mary Surratt was one of four people executed for conspiring to kill Lincoln. Some historians have debated her innocence of guilty.

Surratt owned a boarding house where the assassin John Wilkes Booth and others plotted the murder.

Judge James Zagel presided over the mock trial.

The audience at the Harold Washington Library decided Mary Surratt was not guilty.

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