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The Anthony Burns case paralyzed Boston for a week while lawyers debated Burns's fate before United States Commissioner Edward G. Loring, and stimulated a revolution in public antislavery sentiment in Massachusetts.
This Article explores the issues of legal ethics through an analysis of the rendition of Anthony Burns, the most famous return of a fugitive slave in American history, and the key figures in the legal proceedings.
Keywords: Anthony Burns, fugitive slaves, Edward Loring, legal ethics
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Finkelman, Paul, Legal Ethics and Fugitive Slaves: The Anthony Burns Case, Judge Loring, and Abolitionist Attorneys. Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 17, No. 1793, 1996. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1120322