The Marshall Court (1801–35)


What famous man represented Fletcher in both arguments before the Court?

Luther Martin, a Maryland delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention in 1787, represented Fletcher both times. Martin allegedly showed up drunk to the first argument and the Court had to adjourn until he became sober. Martin was Maryland’s first attorney general and served as a defense counsel for Supreme Court justice Samuel Chase and Vice President Aaron Burr during their impeachment trials.


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