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Lincoln Insanity Re-trials

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Monday, October 01, 2012by millie.lange

Was Mary Todd Lincoln insane? The troubled former First Lady, who was judged insane at an 1875 Chicago trial, will get another day in court . . . two days in fact . . . as retrials on those charges using modern laws will occur Monday, September 24 in Chicago and Monday. October 1 in Springfield. A roster of well-known modern judges will serve as attorneys for the petitioner and respondent and audience members at each location will decide Mrs.Lincoln's fate after hearing the arguments and testimony.

Auditorium seating for both events is no longer available. However, an additional 100 auxiliary seats at both the Chicago and Springfield events are available. These allow patrons to see live video of the re-trials projected on a large screen. These auxiliary tickets are 415 each and may be reserved through the event website at

The retrials will take place at Chicago's Murphy Auditorium at 50 E. Erie at 5:30 p.m. September 24 and at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 1.