If the court please, gentlemen of the jury: You have listened so long and patiently that I do not know whether you are able to stand much more. I want to say, however, that while I have tried a good many cases in the forty-seven or forty-eight years that I have lived in courthouses, that in one way this has been one of the pleasantest trials I have been in. The kindness and consideration of the Court is such as to make it easy for everybody, and I have seldom found as courteous, gentlemanly and kind opponents as I have had in this case. I appreciate their friendship. Lawyers are apt to look at cases from different standpoints, and I sometimes find it difficult to understand how a lawyer on the other side can think as he thinks and say what he says; I, being an extremely reasonable man and extremely free from all kinds of prejudices myself, find this hard to comprehend.
My friend Mr. Moll says, gentlemen, that this isn't a race question. This is a murder case. We don't want any prejudice; we don't want the other side to have any. Race and color have nothing to do with this case. This is a case of murder.
I insist that there is nothing but prejudice in this case; that if it was reversed and eleven white men had shot and killed a black