I was watching HBO’s ‘John Adams’ miniseries and John Adams (played but Paul Giamatii) is advocating for the British soldiers who alegedly participated in the Boston Massacre.
As an American, the arrangement of the courtroom was puzzling. Here’s my meagre attempt at a screenshot:
I think the guy on top is the Judge. The guys below him are the jury, I think. There’s two guys scribbling furiously during the scene, just behind Our Hero; I assume they’re stenographers of some sort.
I don’t get the guys flanking the Judge, though. They’re also wearing red…are they assistant judges or something? I don’t usually see persons flanking the Judge in modern American courtroom proceedings. Can anyone expand as to the function of these jurists?