The Boston Massacre Trials

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The Boston Massacre Trials

John Adams fought extremely hard to win both of his defenses. He benefited from the prosecutions weak management of witnesses and ability to use facts (John-Adams-Heritage.com, Boston Massacre Trials). John Adams did a great job of not antagonizing the jurors that sympathized with the Sons of Liberty (John-Adams-Heritage.com, Boston Massacre Trials). John Adams was viewed as one of the best lawyers in Massachusetts after he won both the defenses. John says winning the trial was one of the hardest things he ever did and one of the best pieces of service to his country (John-Adams-Heritage.com, Boston Massacre Trials). Eventually, he became a representative in Massachusetts, and the 2nd president of the United States of America.

The soldiers trial came after Captain Preston's, and lasted from November 27th to December 5th. William Wemms, James Hartigan, William McCauley, Hugh White, Matthew Kilroy, William Warren, John Carroll, and Hugh Montgomery wanted to be tried with Captain Preston because they believed that he had ordered them to fire. John Adams defended the soldiers as well. The jurors were somewhat inclined to believe that the soldiers were guilty because Captain Preston was innocent. John adams said that the mob was threatening, provoking and harassing the soldiers. Patrick Carr's doctor spoke for him while he was on his death bed, he said that the soldiers were being attacked and it was an act of self-defense (John-Adams-Heritage.com, Boston Massacre trials). The soldiers ended up winning their trial, but Matthew Kilroy and Hugh Montgomery were branded at the branding iron (law2.umkc.edu, The Boston Massacre Trials: An Account).

The Boston Massacre Trials

Captain Preston

John Adams

British Soilders

Captain Prestons Trial

The Soldier's Trial

Captain Thomas Preston's trial came first and it was an individual case. His trial took place from October 24th to the 30th, 1770 in Boston's new courthouse. Preston pleaded not guilty in his trial, but he did not testify. John Adams, his lawyer, tried to show that Captain Preston had not ordered his soldiers fire. Many witnesses said that the soldiers were provoked and fired on their own, but the other witnesses said that he ordered them to fire. Daniel Calef said “I heard the officer who stood on the right in line with the soldiers give the word fire twice” (law2.umkc.edu, The Boston Massacre trials: An Account). The judge kept the jury away from their friends and family so their judgment would not be hindered. Captain Preston won his trial based on the fact that he ordered his soldiers to fire after the first shot, and the jury acquitted Captain Preston on the basis of reasonable doubt (john-adams-Heritage.com, Boston Massacre Trials).

Captain Prestons Trial

The Soldier's Trial

John Adams

the trial

The branding iron


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