Susan wrote: The Conseil was set up by Imperial Decree of 12 Feb 1812 (note, the accused had been in prison for over 3 years already) and the first session was set for 17 Feb; it was all done by the 27th.
So Dupont and the others were judged by a commission set up by the emperor personally, without reference to the known legal system, were not allowed defence counsel and had very little time to prepare; they were not allowed to call witnesses; the case was heard in secret.
If they had defence counsel, who were they?
How long did they have to prepare?
Which witnesses did they call?