Clarence Darrow Testifying in Hearing to Abolish Capital Punishment in the District of Columbia
Feb, 1926
In February 1926 Darrow testified during hearings held by the Subcommittee on the Judiciary of the House Committee on the District of Columbia to abolish capital punishment in the District of Columbia. Darrow told those present:

"If a man can think of how often he has been a murderer himself, he would have some sympathy with other fellows who are legally killed; and, of course, we are all murderers at heart--that is, I never killed anybody, but I often read an obituary notice with great satisfaction [laughter], which means that I approve of it alright, and everybody else does the same. Good people get a great kick out of hanging; they always approve of that death. And there you are. It is in all of us; it is only a question of terms and conditions under which it comes out. If we realize it, we are probably a little sorry for the other fellows, whom we know perfectly well were governed by circumstances just as well as we are."

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