Henry Reyna and other members of the 38th Street Gang have been on
Your Honor, ladies and gentlemen of the jury. What you have before you is a dilemma of our times. The City of Los Angeles is caught in the midst of the biggest, most terrifying crime wave in its history.
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The specific details of this murder are irrelevant before the overwhelming danger of the pachuco in our midst. I ask you to find these zoot-suited gangsters guilty of murder and to put them in the gas chamber where they belong.
For full extended monologue, please refer to clips or the script edition cited here: Luis Valdez, Zoot Suit: A Bilingual Edition, Arte Público Press, 1992, pp.47-48.
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