PETITION ON THE SLEEPY LAGOON CASE TO HONORABLE ROBERT W. KENNY, ATTORNEY GENERAL,
STATE OF CALIFORNIA

WE, the undersigned, interested in the maintenance of our democratic institutions and the eradication of race prejudice, hereby petition you, the Attorney General of the State of California and the official charged with the responsibility of representing the State in the Sleepy Lagoon case (People vs. Gus Zamora, et al)—personally to take charge of and thoroughly investigate this case in order that your office shall not be used as an instrumentality for the support of convictions based upon race prejudice.

An investigation will reveal that the 12 boys convicted in the Sleepy Lagoon case and now confined in San Quentin prison were tried during a wave of anti-Mexican hysteria whipped up in Los Angeles, during which an offical report was presented to the Grand Jury by Ed. Duran Ayres of the Sheriff's office, which in an amazing reproduction of the "logic" of Hitler's race theories, urges the Grand Jury to consider the "biological" basis for crime in Mexican youth and states that Mexicans have the desire to use a knife or some lethal weapon and want to kill or at least let blood.

We are confident that an examination of the essential facts of this case will convince you, as one who has always opposed racial discrimination, that the convictions in this case are indefensible, unsupported by the evidence, and in violation of the defendants' constitutional rights, and will prompt you to take decisive action to assure a reversal of these judgments. We, therefore, call upon you to join in requesting the court to set aside the convictions.

NAME ADDRESS CITY

Name of Solicitor

Address of Solicitor

Please return this petition promptly to:

SLEEPY LAGOON DEFENSE COMMITTEE
129 West Second Street, Room 302
Los Angeles 12, California — MU-4964.