Gentlemen: We are getting close to the end of this case. It has been a long, serious, tedious trial, and you of the jury probably have had the worst of it.
This case illustrates the working of human destiny more than any other case I have handled. It illustrates the effect of sorrow and mishap on human minds and lives, and shows us how weak and powerless human beings are in the hands of relentless powers.
Eight months ago Mrs. Fortescue was in Washington, respected and known like any other woman.
Eight months ago Lieutenant Massie worked himself up to the rank of lieutenant in the navy, respected, courageous and intelligent.
His young wife, handsome and attractive, was known and respected and admired by the community.
In that short space of time they are in a criminal court and the jury asked to send them to prison for life.
What has happened is a long series of events, beginning at a certain time, ending we don't know where.
A whole family--their life, future, name-- bound up in a criminal act committed by someone else in which they had no part.
About eight months ago Massie and his wife