I suppose civilization will survive if your Honor hangs them. But
it will be a terrible blow that you shall deal. Your Honor will be turning
back over the long, long road we have traveled. You will be turning back
from the protection of youth and infancy. Your Honor would be turning back
from the treatment of children. Your Honor would be turning back to the
barbarous days which Brother Marshall seems to love, when they burned people
thirteen years of age.
And for what? Because the people are talking about it. Nothing else.
It would not mean, your Honor, that your reason was convinced. It would
mean in this land of ours, where talk is cheap, where newspapers are plenty,
where the most immature expresses his opinion, and the more immature the
stronger, that a court couldn't help feeling the great pressure of the
public opinion which they say exists in this case.