[Papers] / Paul A. Dever. 1930-1945.
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In connection with a robbery and murders committed Apr. 1920 in South Braintree, Massachusetts, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were indicted Sept. 1920 and prosecuted and convicted in 1921 in Norfolk Superior Court. After reviews of the trial and conviction by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and by an advisory committee appointed by Gov. Alvan T. Fuller and denial of petitions by defense counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court, the sentence of execution originally imposed on Sacco and V...
Under the 1786 agreement between New York and Massachusetts settling land claims west of the Hudson River (see: Massachusetts. Office of the Secretary of State. Agreement between Massachusetts and New York relating to western lands, 1784-1793 ((M-Ar)31X)), the Commonwealth retained the right of preemption to purchase lands from the several Indian nations, and the obligation to supervise the sale of any of these lands should the right of preemption be transferred to third parties. After a final s...