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The Sweet Trials

1925 & 1926.

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    The all-white Detroit jury that acquitted Henry Sweet.
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The Sweet Trials: An Account
by  Douglas Linder  (c) 2000  
If I thought any of you had any opinion about the guilt of my clients, I wouldn't worry, because that might be changed.  What I'm worried about is prejudice.  They are harder to change.  They come with your mother's milk and stick like the color of the skin. I know that if these defendants had been a white group defending themselves from a colored mob, they never would have been arrested or tried.  My clients are charged with murder, but they are really charged with being black.   --Clarence Darrow, 11/24/25.

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