Saco Vanzetti Trial Essay

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While it may be a bit extreme to associate Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti with the image of two pure, well-intentioned individuals inequitably cheated by the legal system (they supported Luigi Galleani, an anarchist leader who committed several acts of terrorism and published newspapers that contained bomb-making manuals) the proclamation stated by the governor of Massachusetts in 1977 wasn’t incorrect in stating that the Sacco Vanzetti trial had been influenced by several unjust factors. In fact, Webster Thayer, who judged the infamous case, was quoted as saying to a group of friends early in the trial, “Did you see what I did to those anarchist [explicative deleted] the other day?” Based on this quote alone, it appears as though judge Thayer was driven by some ulterior motives in his decision making -perhaps the desire to punish anarchists for whatever reasons to which he owed the misfortune of despising them- a quality that in no way should ever characterize a judge. Not only was Webster Thayer incredibly biased, but evidence sufficient enough to prove the two men guilty was never supplied. Nearly all of the witnesses’ stories were inconsistent or conflicted and the few who claimed to see things like the car’s license plate number or that Sacco and/or Vanzetti were there were later revealed to be in a position nearly…show more content…
While it is still highly debated whether or not Sacco and Vanzetti were indeed innocent, the fact that conflict and debate surrounding the case in its day has failed to die out demonstrates just what lack of evidence there really was and still is. The proclamation made by the Massachusetts governor in 1977 was correct in saying that Sacco and Vanzetti did not deserve such unjust fate. People 's’ minds were unfortunately clouded with the hatred of anarchism and immigrants, and such bias cannot morally be afforded when determining the outcome of another’s
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