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    Rex v. Wemms: Suffolk Superior Court, Boston

    From: Adams Papers | Legal Papers of John Adams | Volume 3 | R. Criminal Law, continued: The Boston Massacre Trials | Rex v. Wemms: Suffolk Superior Court, Boston

    If therefore on the whole of the evidence offered, you should be of the mind that this meeting of the soldiers was lawful, as they were enjoyned it by their officer who had the command, you must look upon it that there being thus met was lawful; whether it was so or not may be after considered; but, on that supposition, it will be necessary for you to determine by which or how many of the...
    22Verdicts: 5 December 1770 (Adams Papers)
    After the Court had summed up the Cause, the Jury withdrew for about two hours and an half, and then returned to the Court. Clerk of the Court . Gentlemen of the Jury, are you all agreed in your verdict? Jury . Yes. Clerk . Who shall speak for you? Jury . Our Foreman. Clerk. William Wemms, hold up your hand. ( which he did ) Gentlemen of the Jury, look upon the prisoner: How say you, is...