Gentlemen of the jury, My reputation, my liberty, my life are at your discretion. So confident I am in your sense of duty that I have not the slightest anxiety, not the slightest doubt that your decision will be favorable to me. The calmness of my mind concerning your verdict does not come from any injustifiable presumption of my part. I simply trust that through God's help, that you will balance every thing in a conscientious way and that after having heard what I have to say, you will acquit me. I do protest against your number of six, as a jury. I so protest against the fact that you have been selected by the honorable judge who presides this court. I will put forward that the court is incompetent to judge me. I am taking the circumstances of my trial as they are. The only things which I like to call respectfull your attention to, before you retire to deliberate, are: 1. That the House of Commons, the Senate and the Ministry of the Dominion, which make laws for this land and govern it are no representation whatever of the people of the North West. 2. That the Northwest council generated by the Federal government has the great defect of its parent. The number of members elected by the people to that council makes it only a sham representative assembly and no representative government at all. British civilization which rules today the world and British constitution have defined governments as those who rule the Northwest and called them irresponsible governments. Which means that they are not responsible. By all the science which has been expanded here before you, you are compelled to admit that if they are not responsible, they are insane. Good sense alone, without scientific theories or explanations, leads us all to the same conclusion. By the testimonies which have been laid before you during my trial, the witnesses on both sides have made it certain that petitions after petitions have been sent to the Federal government. And so irresponsible is that government that in the course of several years, besides doing nothing to satisfy the people of the North West, it has even hardly been able to answer once, or to give one response; the fact would indicate that its want of responsibility or its insanity is complicated with strange paralysis. The [ministers] of [an] irresponsible insane government and its little one the North West Council had made up their minds to answer my petitions by surrounding me slighly by attempting to jump at a sudden on me and my people in the Saskatchewan. Happily when they first showed out their heads and teeth ready to devour me I was ready. I have fired and wounded. They hold me today. O my good jurors, help me. For they are trying to tear me to pieces. If you take the plea of the defense that I am not responsible of or for my acts, acquit me completely, since I have been quarrelling with irresponsible insane governments of my kind[?]. If you pronounce in favor of the crown which says that I am responsible, acquit me also being [that] having my reason and a sound mind, I have acted reasonably. Bear it in mind, that is what is called my crime of high treason.