Imminent Evidence Essay

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The identification of firearms has been around longer than any other forensic study. Since the creation of the comparison telescope in the 1920’s, many scientists are able to compare bullets and identify their individual striations marks, and identify if two of the bullets came from the same barrel. On April 15, 1920, two armed security guards were robbed and killed while transporting company payrolls worth nearly $16,000. Eyewitnesses claim that they assailants were “Italian looking” and the getaway car was a dark Buick. Authorities believed that they were five suspects but only arrested two men: Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. The men claim to not own a gun but were found armed. Sacco’s pistol was a .32 caliber; similar .32 caliber bullets were found at the crime scene. During this time, post-World War 1 America suffered a red-scare and since they were both anarchist, they made them even more suspicious. Despite the vague testimonies by eyewitnesses, forensic expert for the prosecution proved that the gun carried by Sacco was the murder weapon. For years the public doubted the findings found in the Sacco and Vanzetti case that with improvements in technologies the findings were conclusive. Although Sacco and Vanzetti’s political views heavily influence their trial, ballistics evidence proved that a crime was committed.
Despite the vague testimonies given by many eyewitnesses during trial, forensic expert for the prosecution proved that the gun carried by Sacco was the murder weapon. During their trial, many prosecutors wanted to convict them because of their political views, and even one claim that “they ought to be hanged already.” Although the prosecution had as much as thirty-four witnesses, most gave ambiguous testimonies. As a result of this, most testimonies had to be dismissed because they could not possibly identify Sacco or Vanzetti to...

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