Bone McAllester Norton attorney James Mackler served on a panel discussion that re-examined the 1860s trial of Mary Surratt, the first woman executed by the federal government. The Tennessean covered that discussion and quoted James.

“We were in war,” he said. “Although this was a civilian, this was a civilian being tried for war crimes. She was a civilian acting on behalf of the enemy accused by the United States of war crimes. I’m not saying that Mary Surratt was tried fairly; she was certainly not.”