George Shearer is defending Henry Reyna and members of the 38th
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you have heard me object to the conduct of this trial. I have tried my best to defend what is most precious in American society--a society now at war against the forces of racial intolerance and totalitarian injustice.
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Find them guilty of anything more serious than a juvenile bout of fisticuffs, and you will condemn all American youth. Find them guilty of murder, and you will murder the spirit of racial justice in America.
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. 48.
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