Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke to speak at Bradley

March 21, 2012

Peoria, IL (March 21, 2012) Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke will participate in a presentation in April at Bradley University that will focus on the trial and retrial of Mary Surratt. Surratt was the first woman executed by the United States government for allegedly conspiring to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.

Part one of the program will be a viewing of the movie “The Conspirator” on April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Marty Theatre in the Michel Student Center. The film tells the powerful story of a woman who would do anything to protect her family and the man who risked everything to save her. In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman were arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the president, vice president, and secretary of state. The lone woman charged was Mary Surratt.

The second part of the program will be a presentation by Justice Burke on April 11 at 4:30 p.m. in the Marty Theatre. She will present a dvd of the Chicago production of the Mary Surratt retrial. Justice Burke will then speak on whether the trial in 1865 was fair

Bradley’s Pre-Law Center, Legal Education Programs, Women’s Studies Program and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are sponsors of the event.

The event is free and open to the public. It has been approved for one hour of free Continuing Legal Education Credit to attorneys who attend Part II of the event.



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