John Adams, 2nd President of the United States, signer of the Constitution, and a Patriot who was actively involved in winning the war of Independence from the British, ALSO took on the extremely unpopular task of defending the nine (9) British soldiers who were charged with the "Boston Massacre". Despite popular sentiment against the British soldiers, Adams took the cases (two separate trials) and won acquital for the commander of the Soldiers (Preston), and acquital of six of the eight soldiers. Much later, Adams said his defense of the soliders was one of the deeds of his life that he was most proud of. EVERYONE deserves a defense in court. Some get very good defences; others, not so.