Essay/Term paper: Defense statement
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Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, we, the defense, have shown you that
there is no reason that George did not do the right and humane thing by shooting
Lenny and that he is innocent of all charges against him.
I agree with the prosecution however when they say that murder is
unlawful, but would you say what George Milton did was murder? He was saving a
life more than taking one. Lenny was already "dead" in a sense at the point that
George pulled the trigger. There were a lot of men with shotguns and hunting
dogs searching for Lenny, who had absolutely NO chance of escape. For the men
who worked at the farm were almost on to where Lenny was hiding and there was no
time for Lenny and George to run. If Lenny were to fall in the hands of the
people, he would have been tortured and killed. He would have died with the
worst feeling of all in his body, hatred, and the hatred of himself.
What Lenny did was wrong, but he did not understand. He was mentally
handicapped. He was a very caring person, but did not realize his own strength.
The men did not understand that he didn't mean to do it and were going to make
sure he had a cruel death.
George in a sense "saved" Lenny's life by making sure he died happily and
not in the face of strangers that were hitting him and torturing him.
Ladies and gentlemen, I beg you, this man is innocent. He didn't do
anything wrong unless being a humanitarian is a crime. Thank you for your time.
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