December 17 (December 7, o.s.)

Massachusetts: The council appoints judges to the new Superior Court of Judicature set up as part of the new judicial system approved by the assembly on November 25.  Lieutenant Governor William Stoughton is appointed chief justice, the same position he held in the now-discredited Court of Oyer and Terminer which handled the witchcraft cases now under the purview of the new court.  John Richards, Waitstill Winthrop, and Samuel Sewall, also former members of the Court of Oyer and Terminer, are appointed as members of the new court as well, along with Thomas Danforth, a prominent critic of the old court and its handling of the witchcraft cases.

Published in: on December 17, 2008 at 12:00 am  Comments Off on December 17 (December 7, o.s.)  
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