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Have you heard of Mary Surratt?
She was the woman who was accused of assisting the conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and got hung for it.
Her case was plead at the U.S. Supreme Court in April 1866.
Mary lost her case of pleading innocent because she let the conspirators of the assassination use a room in her boardinghouse.
She was the first woman executed by the U.S. government.
Her case called into question the practice of trying civilians before military commissions.
Mary Surratt hurt our nation by helping John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices even if she might not have known about their plans.
Mary's conviction and hanging started a nationwide debate over whether female criminals deserve special treatment in the eyes of the law.
John Jr. Surratt was thought to help with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He fled to Canada so he wouldn't be captured.
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