In 1770, respected Boston attorney, John Adams agreed to represent the British soldiers accused of murdering Boston civilians on March 5, in a tragic incident that came to be known as "The Boston Massacre". Despite the risk of permanently damaging his reputation, Adams agreed to defend the soldiers. His brilliant closing argument at the trial contained a universal truth : "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence; nor is the law less stable than the fact..."
Adams statement, like all wisdom, has relevancy to present times.
Adams example of standing up for justice and truth to risk universal scorn, is to be admired and followed.
In law, habeas corpus is a writ ordering that a person be brought before a judge, especially to decide whether a prisoner's detention is lawful. Its suspension means that prisoners can be held indefinitely without being charged. During the US Civil War, President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus to arrest and silence Southern dissenters. A legal battle e […]