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Goat CastleA True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South$
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Karen L. Cox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635033

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635033.001.0001

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Cold Justice

Cold Justice

(p.131) Chapter Nine Cold Justice
Goat Castle

Karen L. Cox

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter covers the trial of Emily Burns as an accessory in the murder of Jennie Merrill. It demonstrates the double standard of justice that befell her in late November when the weather in Natchez turned cold. Jim Crow injustice meant that Emily did not have an attorney until she was indicted by the grand jury of Adams County. Within one week she went on trial and was convicted in a day and a half. She could have received the death penalty, but was sentenced to life in the Mississippi State Penitentiary. Her attorney Wilfred Geisenberger was said to have saved her from death.

Keywords:   Emily Burns, Injustice, Jim Crow, Grand Jury, Trial, Wilfred Geisenberger, Mississippi State Penitentiary

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