So I was excited to learn tonight that Robert Redford has a new movie coming out about the trial of Mary Surratt and the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln. “The Conspirator” has a great cast:
Robin Wright — Mary Surratt
James McEvoy — Frederick Aiken (defense counsel for Surratt)
Kevin Kline — Edwin Stanton
Tom Wilkinson — Reverdy Johnson
Who is missing from this list? John Bingham. One of the three prosecutors in the trial. The guy who was later accused of misconduct that led to Mrs. Surratt’s execution. The Fourteenth Amendment guy. He’s not in the movie.
Note to Hollywood–hire more legal historians as movie consultants. I get along well with starlets.