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.
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