Legal Panel Re-examines 1860s Trial

Sumner County Criminal Court Judge Dee David Gay, Chancellor Tom Grey, Penny White and James E. Mackler participated on a panel that re-examined the 1865 trial of Mary Surratt, the first women executed by the federal government. Surratt was convicted of being co-conspirator of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Following a viewing of the 2010 film “The Conspirator,” the analysis concluded that Surratt had been tried in a mock court that set out to convict her without following the rules of justice or fairness. The event took place during a continuing legal education seminar sponsored by the Sumner County Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessean reports.