The Trial of Dr. Watson

December 14, 1866


Publishing the third article about Dr. Watson, the paper announces that his trial has begun. Watson is defending himself by saying the military had no jurisdiction to arrest him and therefore he should be released.


The Trial of Dr. Watson.--The examination of Dr. Watson, of Rockbridge, for shooting a negro in Rockbridge county, has commenced. Messrs. Lyons, August, Carrington, and Ould are the counsels for the defendant. The argument used by the defendant's counsel is that the military authorities have no jurisdiction in the case, and that it can only be decided by the civil courts. Today Mr. August will address the military commission.
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