by Mike Dunning
December 30, 2004
This is not a new or unique situation. When the Patriots of what would become the US wanted to demonstrate the "righteousness" of their interpretation of government versus what they perceived as British tyranny, they used the defense of "British criminals" as a means. In particular, I'm referring to the defense of the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre in 1770. Two of the leading Patriot pamphleteers and also two of Boston's leading attorneys, John Adams and Josiah Quincy, Jr., defended the soldiers out of their belief that anyone accused of crime was entitled to legal counsel. This right to counsel was later incorporated into our Constitution as the Sixth Amendment.
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