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Pamphlet "Brent Dow Allinson: Conscientious Objector to War"
May, 1, 1919.
Now that the question of military justice is open for discussion, a case of injustice like Allinson’s ought to be thoroughly and widely understood.
Although never an absolutist himself, Brent Allinson, by the bold and uncompromising statement of his position, drew the attention of the whole country to the general problem of the conscientious objector, whose very existence up to that time was almost unknown to the American public. Tried for desertion, he was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor in Leavenworth--a sentence later commuted to fifteen years, more recently again to four years--significant admission of injustice! In our opinion and in the opinion of his counsel the Selective Service Act was violated by a draft official. This violation of law and hostile newspaper publicity were the underlying factors in this case.
Eminent legal authority has rendered an opinion to the War Department that there is no legal claim against him.
We wish pressure brought to bear upon President Wilson for an immediate amnesty to him and all other C.O’s still in prison. It is the least that can be done to right the wrongs they have endured for steadfast loyalty to their convictions.
THE AMNESTY COMMITTEE OF CHICAGO.