John Adams, Boston Massacre, And The Legal Trial Essay

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John Adams, Boston Massacre, and the Legal Trial

“The Part I took in Defence of Cptn. Preston and the Soldiers, procured me Anxiety, and Obloquy enough. It was, however, one of the most gallant, generous, manly and disinterested Actions of my whole Life, and one of the best Pieces of Service I ever rendered my Country. Judgment of Death against those Soldiers would have been as foul a Stain upon this Country as the Executions of the Quakers or Witches, anciently. As the Evidence was, the Verdict of the Jury was exactly right.” –John Adams

Three weeks after the Boston Massacre, the grand jury had indicted Captain Preston and his men. The jury also indicted four civilians. They were accused of having fired from the window of the Customs House. William Wemms, James Hartigan, William McCauley, Hugh White, Matthew Kilroy, William Warren, John Carrol and Hugh Montgomery were the soldiers of the twenty-ninth regiment that were accused of murder. If found guilty, they would face the death penalty. Preston and his soldiers could not find a legal representative counsel, they sought several lawyers without success until John Adams agreed to fight their defense.
This assignment was not popular among the public. This assignment is one that could have affected his reputation and future income. It 's hard to come about the reasons that Adams would take on the case. Adams strongly believed that all men were entitled to a fair trial. However, he also knew of the dangers of his…

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