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The Resource Massachusetts Superior Court Files, 1859-1959

Massachusetts Superior Court Files, 1859-1959

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Massachusetts Superior Court Files, 1859-1959
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Massachusetts Superior Court Files, 1859-1959
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This dataset contains data about case records created between 1859-1959 in the Massachusetts Superior Court (and its predecessors) for two Massachusetts counties. Part 1 contains data for 1,952 criminal cases with 52 descriptive variables, including: type of crime, year crime was committed, pleas, sentences, appeals, size of file, and demographic characteristics of victim and defendant (e.g., gender, status, residence, and occupation). Eighteen variables describe and rate each case's historical interest. Part 2 contains data on 1,968 civil (law, equity, and divorce) cases, with 82 descriptive variables, such as: relationship between parties, type of complaint, relief sought, disposition, relief granted, number of claims, damages awarded, size of file, and demographic characteristics of plaintiff and defendant (e.g., gender, status, residence, and occupation). Ten variables describe and rate each case's historical interest. In both data files, criteria for historical interest coding include: (1) inherent interest, such as offenses that are not routine (e.g., white-collar crimes, sexual crimes, and serious felonies), parties who are inherently interesting (e.g., famous persons, institutional defendants, and law enforcement personnel), and legal proceedings that are inherently interesting (e.g., alleged violations of prosecutorial or judicial discretion), (2) contexts that are inherently interesting, and (3) extraordinary documentation, such as those that shed light on the legal system (e.g., pardons or letters from citizens' committees), shed light on social history (e.g., the testimony of a woman who moved to the city and inadvertently ended up in a brothel), provide legal/procedural information (e.g., the details of search or a technical challenge to an indictment), and describe public or political history (e.g., milk inspection or zoning laws)
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1946-
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Hindus, Michael Stephen
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  • Hammett, Theodore M.
  • Hobson, Barbara M.
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Massachusetts Superior Court Files, 1859-1959
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  • 1859--1959
  • 7776
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ICPSR07776.v2
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Massachusetts Superior Court Files, 1859-1959
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  • 1859--1959
  • 7776
Control code
ICPSR07776.v2
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Access restricted to subscribing institutions

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