The courthouse in Marquette was compleated in 1904. It is a beautiful Neo-Classical Revival building built with local sandstone. The courthouse has held a few notable cases. in 1913, President Theodore Roosevelt won a libel suit against Ishpeming newspaper publisher George Newett and was awarded six cents, “the price of a good newspaper.”
In 1952 Lt. Coleman A. Peterson was tried for killing a man in Big Bay. His trial gained notoriety when he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. The murder and trial inspired the book and movie Anatomy of a Murder. The movie starred Jimmy Stewart and portions were filmed in the courthouse.
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