John Adams 1st of three Legal Victories; a Murder on the HMS Rose; A major Confrontation running up to the the Boston Massacre
January 7, 1769, The Admiralty Court Case Against John Hancock Closed the Court Room from the Public. 422 Days before the Boston Massacre
Lt. Panton, removes his sword and asks to be shown the captain’s cabin. This is a symbol that he was not going to impress. Four seamen hide in a secret hole that was not visible from below deck. They are eventually discovered from the above deck and a stand-off ensues with swords and sabers probing the hidden hole. Corbett draws a line in salt on the lower deck and tells Panton based on trial testimony that : “ 'If you step over that line, I shall consider it as a proof that you are determined to impress me, and by the eternal God of Heaven, you are a dead man.' '
Learn how this initial confrontation escalates the conflict between similar legal systems and leads to the Boston Massacre.
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