On Being a Citizen

AB’s treason trial was a drawn-out affair, with many starts, stops and long periods of delay in the proceedings. Tempers flared frequently on the prosecution’s side, in that they were consistently out-lawyered by AB and his world class representation. At one point, U.S. Attorney George Hay made a heated objection to a very mundane request from AB to have justice Marshall instruct jurors about the admissibility of certain pieces of evidence. Hay inferred that the instruction amounted to special treatment, and that AB was on “the same footing with every other man charged with a crime.” To which, AB replied:

“Would to God that I did stand on the same ground with every other man! This is the first time that I have been permitted to enjoy the rights of a citizen.”

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