Supreme Court Trivia

Miscellaneous Trivia

Which former U.S. Supreme Court justice prosecuted alleged ax-murderer Lizzie Borden?

William Moody, who served on the Court from 1906 to 1910, prosecuted Lizzie Borden when he was a district attorney in Massachusetts. Borden was immortalized in the famous verse: “Lizzie Borden took an axe / And gave her mother forty whacks. / And when she saw what she had done, / She gave her father forty-one.”

Borden allegedly killed her father and stepmother with an ax in Fall River, Massachusetts. Moody assisted in the prosecution even though the crime took place outside the Eastern District of Massachusetts, where he was district attorney. Borden was acquitted.


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