HISTORICAL FICTION By Michael G. Malaghan

Chapter 127

Taka and Pafko witnessed the same trial, but their columns would have had you believe otherwise.

Prosecution Proves its Case
By Takeshi Takayama

Despite the brilliantly clever defense by the renowned Clarence Darrow and tear-filled testimony by alleged assault victim Thalia Massie, the defense failed to make its case. In response to Darrow’s rhetoric, prosecutor Kelley pointed out: “If an unwritten law or a temporary insanity defense can excuse murder when one’s wife accuses a man of rape, where does it stop? What other injustices can excuse one for the murder of another?” Kelley presented the simple facts: They did it. Then he asked the simple question: “Will you let them get away with murder?” The prosecutor added: “The only compassion available is a recommendation for compassionate sentencing.”

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