Case of Judge Magruder

January 2, 1867


Judge was brought before United States Commissioner after refusing to hear African American testimony in court. The case was trying to state that Reconstruction violated the Civil Rights Bill.


Judge Magruder, of Annapolis, was brought before United States Commissioner Brooks this morning, charged with violating the Civil Rights bill by refusing to hear negro testimony, and selling negroes into slavery. He was bailed to appear at the spring term of the United States Court.
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