Were Sacco and Vanzetti ever pardoned for their crimes?

Sacco and Vanzetti were pardoned, but not until long after their deaths.

On July 14, 1921, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two avowed anarchists, were convicted of robbing a shoe factory and murdering a paymaster and guard in South Braintree, Massachusetts.

Their trial was marred by possible perjury, suppression of evidence, and the bias of the judge against foreign-born anarchists.

The two defendants were executed on August 23, 1927.

Their names were cleared 50 years later in a special proclamation by Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis.

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