How About all Those
Hats, with me in the middle?
The Lincoln Presenters are, from left: Jim
Conine Larry Givens, Howard Taylor (Guest of the Lincolns),
Rubin, Ralph Borrer,
far right, our own B.F. Mac, McClerren
Abraham Lincoln traveled around the
on his horse, Bob, or later would have the comfort of a "not so fancy"
He didn't take a large trunk of clothes, books or supplies, didn't have
S-U-V, or such convenience to carry his papers and necessary
He would have to pack the books and larger items in smaller sized
. . .but legal documents and papers were stored in the lining of his
hat. This was a safe place and very convenient. This
is Dedicated to Abe Lincoln's tall hat, and all cases that he won, or
TRIAL LAW has its' own special vocabulary.
Go to the Trial Law Vocabulary site to learn many of the words and meanings,.
Select an actual court case from Abraham's tall hat file.
Start by reviewing and studying the "cast of characters" on this page.
Decide which of the characters you will include in your trial(s).
Choose as many
as you would like to hear, and then be the Judge. Judge Davis was
judge of the 8th Circuit, in which most of these cases were
cases are about business dealings, some about property ownership, some
While "judging" the case, you need to make sure the trial is fair, only the truth
said, and that the jury (if there is one) decides on their own.
don't want any outside influence on the Jury's decision.
If a bench trial, the Judge (you), will have to decide guilt or innocence, or who gets the
property. You will have to render the verdict. Remember: a person is innocent until proven guilty. The state has to prove
beyond a reasonable doubt.
Click the link to get a trial reporting form
and complete it for your case and trial.
Judges often render an opinion on a case along with the final
decision about what is to be done to the plaintiff. Write a one page
opinion (like an essay) on the final trial decision and results. Include
what you think happened to the plaintiff.
THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
Lincoln's Friends and Associates on the
Click Here for a Trial Form to Record the Decisions
Choose Your Case,
Read about it and complete the Trial Form
To Give Your Case a True Lincoln
these photos are from the old Macon County Courthouse (Log) with really
furniture ready for Judge, Defense and Prosecuting Attorneys, and
Abraham Lincoln was very popular with area people when he would hold
The room would be filled. He was a very serious lawyer, very
a good detective, and knew the law. He was known to tell a story
directly related to the case and people involved.
During the recesses, and lunch
was known to visit with the young people outside the courthouse and
little stick ball. No wonder most people loved and respected this
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