[tr-m] The Launch of Federalism
- I saw a review of a book titled Contempt of Court authored by Mark Curriden.
The book is subtitled The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching that Launched a
Hundred Years of Federalism.
In short, a Tennessee court convicted a black man of aggravated rape
against a white woman and sentenced him to death. State of Tennessee v. Ed
Johnson. The US Supreme Court issued an immediate emergency stay of
Johnson's execution. The Court also ordered the local sheriff, Mr. Shipp, to
protect Johnson. Shortly thereafter a local mob led by sheriff Shipp lynched
After lengthy consults with the US Attorney General and President
Theodore Roosevelt for the first time in history The U.S. Supreme Court
brought criminal contempt of court charges against sheriff Shipp and others.
Then, in an occurrence that never happened before or since, the justices
decided to hear the case themselves and found sheriff Shipp and others
guilty. U.S. v. Shipp.
Does anyone have a good source for President Theodore Roosevelt's
involvement in this matter?