Court Case – Boston Massacre

Witnesses and Jury Members:
1. Was the so-called Boston Massacre merely an accident waiting to happen? Explain.
2. Could the violence on March 5, 1770 have been avoided by better civilian and military leadership? Explain.
3. Were there any examples where the defense and prosecution introduced biased information? Was it effective?
4. Did the defendants get a fair trial? Why or why not?
5. In the real trials the defendants were not allowed to testify in their own behalf, Would that have made a difference in the outcome of the trial? Explain.
6. What was the most damaging evidence against the accused? Explain.
7. Was it “fair” to try soldiers for doing their duty? Explain.
8. If you believe the soldiers heard the word “fire” was it “fair”to try them for obeying orders? Explain.
9. Is it justifiable for citizens to take mob action against lawful measures that they deem harmful or illegal? Explain.
10. This incident took place on a clear moonlit night, before hundreds of people, yet no two witnesses were able to give the same account of what happened. What does this tell you about the struggle for truth in a courtroom? Can we ever be sure about the facts in a highly controversial case?

Judge and Clerk (Attorney just number2):
1. What was the most challenging aspect of the court case? Explain.
2. What could have helped you to perform your role better? Explain.

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