Criminal Justice: 1944

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Defendants in the “Sleepy Lagoon” murder trialDefendants in the “Sleepy Lagoon” murder trialAfter criticizing the trial judge and stating that there was a lack of evidence for a jury to convict, an appellate court reverses the convictions of seventeen young Mexican American for murder and lesser charges in what was known as the Sleepy Lagoon murder, the mysterious 1942 death of a young Mexican American in Los Angeles.