After the jury proclaimed Jake guilty, and after Judge Wade said he was to be hanged by the neck until dead, Jake stood up and asked if he could say something to the courtroom.
Judge Wade frowned. He said, "You've been given more than enough chances to speak out, and you chose to sit there smirking instead." But Judge Wade was a fair man, and so he relented. "All right, have your say. But make it quick."
"Oh, it'll be quick," Jake promised. Still, he turned around to look at the members of the jury and the spectators. Then he turned back to the Judge. "You may kill me," he said. "But if you do, I'll come back. I'll take you with me."
In the moment of stunned silence that followed, he seemed to have all the time in the world to turn around yet again. "And you," he said pointing to Pa, who'd been the one to arrest him, "and you," he pointed to Mr. Chetwin, who'd been the foreman of the jury and who'd been the one to announce the jury's decision, "and--"
Judge Wade was banging his gavel like crazy, the crowd was all talking at once, and Emmett Sanders, Pa's deputy, grabbed hold of Jake's arm.
"And you," Jake told him, not shouting, not threatening, just soft and serious. "And all your families, too."