"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Miscellaneous [Faux] Americana (Part II) -- John Merryman: Time Traveller

--Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Civil Liberty and the Civil War: The Indianapolis Treason Trials, 72 Indiana Law Journal 927 (1997):


"[John] Merryman [was] suspected [by the authorities] of being a major actor in the dynamiting of the railroad bridges."

--Geoffrey R. Stone, Civil Liberties in Wartime, 28(3) Journal of Supreme Court History 215 (Nov. 2003):


"Union soldiers seized John Merryman, a cavalryman who had allegedly burned bridges and destroyed telephone wires during the April riots."



Do you see the problems here?



For more on Professor Stone ... See generally Tillman, Response to Geoffrey Stone’s Nimmer Lecture, 114 Penn State Law Review 391 (2009); Ramesh Ponnuru, Letter to the Editor, On Geoffrey Stone, National Review Online: The Corner (Aug. 30, 2013, 1:36 PM), . 

PS: My prior post is hereSeth Barrett Tillman, Is it the Constitution which evolves or Judge Posner?, The New Reform Club (Jan. 13, 2016, 2:53 PM)



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5 comments:

Fat Man said...
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Fat Man said...

Stone was the Dean of the U of Chicago Law School when Obama started "teaching" there. he must bear a goodly share of the blame for that disaster.

previous comment deleted to edit typo.

Anonymous said...

Telephone wires in Lincoln's time?

jaed said...

dynamite
Civil War

Wut.

Tom Van Dyke said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Telephone wires in Lincoln's time?

1/15/16, 12:36 AM Delete
Blogger jaed said...
dynamite
Civil War

Wut.


Well done, sirs.