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Insane or Not – Audience Represents Plaintiff, Defendant in Recreating the Insanity Trial of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln

CHICAGO, July 23, 2009 – In 1875 Mary Todd Lincoln, widow of the president went on trial for insanity in Chicago.  On Friday, July 31, during the 2009 _ Annual Meeting in Chicago, a group of experts will use modern psychological, forensic and legal techniques to recreate the case.  Audience members will be able to join with the plaintiff’s team supporting Robert Todd Lincoln, Mrs. Lincoln’s son, or the defense team, representing Mrs. Lincoln.

Participants include:

The Hon. George Leighton, who will preside
Shane Khoshbin and Carlin Phillips, leading the defense and plaintiff teams
Nancy Schleifer, author, A Warrant for Mrs. Lincoln
Darlene Shelton, clinical psychologist
James E. Starrs, forensic evidence expert
David Weinberg, trial themes expert

The historical trial program will take place Friday, July 31, from 2-5 p.m. in Regency Ballroom C, Gold Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Online registration for news reporters is easier than ever.  Credential guidelines are at www.abanews.org/credentials.html.

With more than 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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