Ridicule for the Defense's
Mitigation. Mitigation. I have heard so many big words, and foreign
words in this case that I sometimes thought that probably we are letting
error creep into the record. So many strange, foreign words have ben used
here; and the Constitution provides that the trial must be conducted in
the English language. I don't know; maybe I have got aggravation and mitigation
It is a mitigating circumstance, if Your Honor please, that when
they were outlining the plan of this conspiracy and murder, they wanted
to take a little girl, the daughter of the rich and first rape her and
then murder her, and then collect the ransom. If that evidence had been
put in by the State, I would have thought it was an aggravation.
These three wise men, with their distorted theories, hired by the
defense, put that evidence in. Clarence Darrow calls it a mitigating circumstance.
Why, when they murder a boy, they ought to be treated with kindness and
consideration. If they had taken a little tot, a little girl, debauched
her and raped her, I suppose we ought to give them each a medal and tell
them to go on their ways.