American Journal of Legal History, Vol. 49, p. 257, 2007
45 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2010
Date Written: 2007
Many charges were made in the early decades of Virginia's adherence to the federal union that membership on the state's federal court grand juries was often granted for overt political reasons. By exploring three notorious instances - the 1797 grand jury presentment of Jeffersonian Congressman Samuel J. Cabell, the 1800 indictment of Jeffersonian propagandist James Thompson Callendar, and the 1807 indictment of former Jeffersonian Vice President Aaron Burr - it is shown that the charges were very likely true. The article also provides background information on the importance of petit and grand juries in the early Republic.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Holt, Wythe and Tarter, Brent, The Apparent Political Selection of Federal Grand Juries in Virginia, 1789-1809 (2007). American Journal of Legal History, Vol. 49, p. 257, 2007; U of Alabama Public Law Research Paper No. 1547191. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1547191