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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Explorer Meriwether Lewis Stands Trial

From a press release:  (Portland, Ore.)— U.S. District Judge Owen Panner will sit in judgment over history when Lewis & Clark Law School and the Oregon Historical Society put Meriwether Lewis on trial.

As part of the national bicentennial commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the law school and historical society will produce two mock trials based on charges arising from the expedition. The charges involve the theft of a Clatsop Indian canoe by Capt. Meriwether Lewis while at Fort Clatsop, and the killing of two Blackfeet Indians in Louisiana territory during Lewis’s return trip home. The indictments are based on violation of federal law.

Four third-year law students from Lewis & Clark Law School will serve as prosecutors and defense attorneys. Among the historical figures expected to testify are Sacagawea, expedition guide; York, a slave to Capt. William Clark; Capt. William Clark; George Drouillard, an interpreter; and others.

The mock trial will be held twice: on Thursday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 22. The sessions convene at 7 p.m. on each date in the Mark. O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, 1000 S.W. Third Ave. Seating is limited.

For more information about the mock trials, call 503-222-1741. More information about commemoration events during the Lewis and Clark bicentennial can be found at Lewis & Clark or at the Oregon Historical Society.   [Mark Godsey]

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