A courtroom, Marco is inside the docks with police officers either side of him. The judge sits at his high table. In the gallery there is Catherine, Beatrice and Rodolpho. Alfieri sits at one of the table he is Marcos defence attorney. The prosecution attorney sits at another table. Your Honour I am here to tell you the true sad story of Marco, a man who came here to save his children's lives and make a good life for them. You swear to tell the truth, noting but the truth and everything but the truth. Alfieri: Ladies and Gentleman of the Jury. I am representing in the court a man whose only crime was only to care for his family.
He put his life on the line by the Mafia. He had to travel half of the ocean to a country, culture and language which was totally different to what is in Sicily. The other risk was the immigration, which he is now being charged and the murder of Eddie. The life that Marco my defendant in this case is lining is a harsh and dangerous life but Marco was choiceness unless he wanted to see his family again. If Beatrice and Eddie never welcomed him to they home he would have succeeded but instead of that the trust he had in Eddie was taken away from him by anger, Jealous and a desperate man who betrayed everyone he knew and loved.
I would like to call out Marco the defendant and he will explain what happened Marco: Life in Sicily was a gamble because you never know when the police might shot for any reason. I had a wife and 3 kids one of my kids are sick and has trouble breathing properly. I never had a job in Sicily the only job I had was to go down the city and beg for money. I could not even support my own family. I use to lay there in bed not knowing what will happen to them the next day. Alfieri: Tell the court about life in Brooklyn in the Slums of Red Hook roughing in Eddies Flat
Marco: My life in Brooklyn in the slums of Red Hook is unimaginable. I have to unload the ships and carry insignificant loads of boxes. I have to do this because of my family if I don't my family will die of poverty and starvation. Eddie always said there was other job which you get more wages than the waterfront. Ever wage I get, I send all of it back home in Sicily I don't use a penny from the wages. Alfieru: Could you tell us what happened between Eddie and your brother Rodolpho and tell us the way he abused him.
Marco: Eddie was always Jealous of Rodolpho because Rodolpho knew how to enjoy himself and he loved Catherine dearly. Eddie had feeling for Catherine he told her that Rodolpho was using her just for his passport and to become an American Citizen. Eddie use to teaching Rodolpho Boxing lessons for an excuse to punch him. I warned him of by asking him to pick up a chair from the bottom to see if he was a boxer back in the days well he couldn't pick it up I picked it all the way up a glazed into his eyes saying not to do it again.
He also grassed us up to the immigration Office I accept that I am guilty for coming her illegally with out get permission for the government but I had to because if I didn't come to New York my family would of died I know that there are in good hands now that I am sending money home. My Plan was to come to New York, earn some money and send it back home to Sicily and after 3, 4 Years I was going to return back to Sicily to reunite with my Family.
In New York I have my cousin Beatrice which is an American Citizen and my brother Rodolphio and also my sister in law Catherine which both have an American Citizens. Alfieri: How do you consider Italian-Americans? Marco: I consider Italian-American to help the poor even if someone was in trouble they would help them out. I would also like to tell the court that it is a very deadly crime grassing up someone to the immigration Burrow because you are suppose to take full responsibility but Eddie choice not to take that responsibility.
Alfieri: What did you mean when you accused Eddie of "killing my children" and "Stealing the food from there mouths. Marco: What I meant by that was Eddie killed my children by turning me in to the immigration office now I can't send them money because no one will employ a person which is an immigrate. Alfieri: How was your attitude to Eddie's betrayal? I couldn't believe that he was the one who betrayed us; I treated him like a brother and all he done was to throw it all back in my face I was stunned. Alfieri: Did you or did you not say that you will not hurt Eddie?
Marco: Yes I promised not to hurt Eddie and I stack to my word but he was the one who pulled out the knife and tried to stab me I refused to fight him even Theo he said thing which really hurt my feeling. I had acted in self defence I wasn't going to say kill me I had to act in self defence for my protection. Alfieri: How did you Stab him? Marco: As he tried to stab me I turned his had around and it accidentally stabbed him I quickly got up not knowing what I was doing it was like a frightening nightmare the knife went Theo his Chest.
You have to believe me for my Families sake if I go back to Sicily it will be the same as last time underprivileged with out no money and I have to go back on begging. Just release me and give me 4 years to earn a few money after that time I swear to go back to Sicily. Thank You Alfieri: I have no more Questions for the defendant. (Marcos life was on the line. Out of all the risks he was taking this was the leading risk) Judge: Now I am going to say if Marco is allowed to stay based on the evidence I give Marco 4 and a half years to earn some money and return back to Sicily