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Old 06-16-2001, 11:34 AM
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Hey all, last night I heard a pretty interesting comment that once Thomas Jefferson once shot a man on the white house lawn for treason. Is this true?
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Old 06-16-2001, 11:50 AM
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No.

The only possible connection between "Jefferson" and "shot and killed man" would be the fact that Jefferson had Aaron Burr arrested and tried for treason in 1807. He was acquitted.

Three years earlier, Burr had fought a private duel with Alexander Hamilton in which Hamilton was killed and Burr was charged with murder. But it was absolutely nothing to do with Jefferson.

http://gi.grolier.com/presidents/nbk/bios/03pjeff.html
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Old 06-16-2001, 11:52 AM
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And, I might add, as factoids go, that's a particularly dumb one, since the Constitution doesn't allow the President to "shoot and kill people" for treason, let alone "on the White House lawn".

Sheesh.
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Old 06-16-2001, 12:07 PM
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But Clinton had Vince Foster shot and killed!

Except it was in Virginia, not the White House.

Darn.

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Old 06-16-2001, 12:11 PM
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But Clinton had Vince Foster shot and killed!

Except it was in Virginia, not the White House.
I thought it was Miss Scarlette in the Library with a candlestick.
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Old 06-16-2001, 12:26 PM
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Hey, how often is it one thread answers another?
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Old 06-16-2001, 01:55 PM
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No. But I heard he once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.
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Old 06-16-2001, 02:10 PM
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A man in Reno? That is certainly hard to imagine.
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Old 06-16-2001, 02:12 PM
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Bada-bing!
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