As noted in the 2008 hbo mini-series chronicling the life and career of john adams (1735-1826), as a young lawyer the future president served as counsel for the defense in the trial of eight british soldiers accused of murder during a riot in boston on march 5, 1770.
The boston massacre resulted from british soldiers of the fourteenth and the twenty-ninth regiments occupying boston as a police force for two years they were quartered in private homes and public buildings. A collection of primary documents, essays, statistics, images and other materials relating to the boston massacre trial of 1770 the boston massacre trial of 1770 essays, trial transcript excerpts, images, chronology, biographical sketches, and other materials relating to the boston massacre trials of 1770. Soon after, the trial of the other eight men—hugh white, hugh montgomery, matthew kilroy, john carroll, james hartigan, william mccauley, william warren, and william wemms—began by now, captain preston had great admiration for their lawyer’s abilities.
Boston massacre trials british soldiers occupied the city of boston for a tension-filled 18 months before mutual hatred turned to outright violence the events of march 5, 1770, which resulted in the deaths of five americans, were described as the boston massacre by patriot propagandists.
The summary of the boston massacre trial written by stephen c o'neill, supreme judicial court historical society the law shall have its course i will live and die by the law tension and hostilities grew between civilians and soldiers until it finally erupted on the night of the massacre the trials for the captain and for the eight. The role of boston massacre trials in the history of the united states of america. The boston massacre, known as the incident on king street by the british, was an incident on march 5, 1770, in which british army soldiers shot and killed five people while under attack by a mob.
The boston massacre trials: an account the boston massacre trials: a chronology key figures in the boston massacre trials the boston massacre trial: images the boston massacre: a patriot's poster in remembrance (1772) transcript of the soldiers trial, taken in shorthand by john hodgson.