The Sacco-Vanzetti Case

New York: The Notable Trials Library, a Division of Gryphon Editions, 1990. Privately printed from the 1931 Alfred A.. Knopf edition [stated]. Hardcover. [4], xvi, 550, xv, [3] pages. Chronology. Illustrations. Maps. Index. This special edition "has been privately printed for the members of The Notable Trials Library by Arcata Graphics/Kingsport." The introduction was written for this edition by Alan M. Dershowitz, Professor of Law, Harvard University. Film was prepared from the first American edition of 1931 courtesy of the Columbia University Law Library. New type matter was composed by P&M Typesetting, Inc. in Goudy Old Style. The text paper was especially made for this edition by the P. H. Glatfelter Company. The volume has been quarter-bound in genuine leather by Arcata Braphics/Sherwood. Endleaves are a specially commissioned original marbled design of Richard J. Wolfe. Edges are Gilded, the spine is stamped in 22-karat gold. Cover stamping and design of the edition by Daniel B. Bianchi and Selma Ordewer. Osmond Fraenkel (Oct. 17, 1888-May 17, 1983) was an American attorney who served as general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1911, he received an LL.B. from Columbia Law School. In the 1930s, Fraenkel came to notoriety, first as attorney for the Scottsboro boys, then as attorney for Harry Bridges and Bertrand Russell. In De Jonge v. Oregon he defended a client accused of criminal syndicalism after this person had spoken at a meeting of the communist party. He did legal work for the cases around Japanese American internment, the Pentagon Papers, and school prayer in the United States. Fraenkel was a co-founder of the National Lawyers Guild. Nicola Sacco (April 22, 1891 – August 23, 1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (June 11, 1888 – August 23, 1927) were Italian immigrants and anarchists who were controversially convicted of murdering Alessandro Berardelli and Frederick Parmenter, a guard and a paymaster, during the April 15, 1920, armed robbery of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in Braintree, Massachusetts, United States. Seven years later, they were executed in the electric chair at Charlestown State Prison. After a few hours' deliberation on July 14, 1921, the jury convicted Sacco and Vanzetti of first-degree murder and they were sentenced to death by the trial judge. Anti-Italianism, anti-immigrant, and anti-anarchist bias were suspected as having heavily influenced the verdict. A series of appeals followed, funded largely by the private Sacco and Vanzetti Defense Committee. The appeals were based on recanted testimony, conflicting ballistics evidence, a prejudicial pretrial statement by the jury foreman, and a confession by an alleged participant in the robbery. All appeals were denied by trial judge Webster Thayer and also later denied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. By 1926, the case had drawn worldwide attention. As details of the trial and the men's suspected innocence became known, Sacco and Vanzetti became the center of one of the largest causes célèbres in modern history. In 1927, protests on their behalf were held in every major city in North America and Europe, as well as in Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Montevideo, Johannesburg, and Auckland. Celebrated writers, artists, and academics pleaded for their pardon or for a new trial. Harvard law professor and future Supreme Court justice Felix Frankfurter argued for their innocence in a widely read Atlantic Monthly article that was later published in book form. Even the Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was convinced of their innocence and attempted to pressure American authorities to have them released. The two were scheduled to die in April 1927, accelerating the outcry. Responding to a massive influx of telegrams urging their pardon, Massachusetts governor Alvan T. Fuller appointed a three-man commission to investigate the case. After weeks of secret deliberation that included interviews with the judge, lawyers, and several witnesses, the commission upheld the verdict. Sacco and Vanzetti were executed in the electric chair just after midnight on August 23, 1927. Investigations in the aftermath of the executions continued throughout the 1930s and '40s. The publication of the men's letters, containing eloquent professions of innocence, intensified the public's belief in their wrongful execution. However, a ballistic test performed in 1961 proved that the pistol found on Sacco was indeed used to commit the murders. Condition: Fine.

Keywords: Nicola Sacco, Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Webster Thayer, Lawrence Lowell, Robert Grant, Samuel Stratton, Alessandro Beradelli, Frederick Parmenter, Deportation, Alvan Fuller, Frederick Katzmann, Jeremiah McAnarney, Frederick Moore, Criminal Trials, Executi

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