UMKC School of Law

I submit, Your Honor, please, if we can take the power of American manhood, take the boys at 18 years of age and send them to their death in the front line trenches of France in defense of our laws, we have an equal right to take men 19 years of age and take their lives for violating those laws that these boys gave up their lives to defend.

Ah, many a boy 18 years of age lies beneath the poppies in Flanders fields who died to defend the laws of this country. We had no compunction when we did that; why should we have any compunction when we take the lives of men 19 yeas of age who want to tear down and destroy the laws that these brave boys died to preserve?