During his closing arguments in the Beer Hall Putsch trial against Adolf Hitler, General Erich Friedrich Wilhelm Ludendorff, and others, the prosecutor asks that Hitler be sentenced to eight years in prison but that Ludendorff only be given two years because he's such a fine, upstanding German.
Apparently, being a fine, upstanding German means that treason and an attempted coup isn't so bad.
The Daily Telegraph reports on the prosecutor's summation:
"Counsel's speech contained as many compliments as condemnations. He said that, even where Ludendorff had broken the law, he had shown himself to be a German from top to toe, and a brave soldier. His activity had accessory significance after the chief participators had already begun the violent overthrow of the Government.
Ludendorff could be pronounced guilty only of aiding and abetting the crime of high treason. the newspapers generally regard the speech as confirming the early impression that the trial would be merely a whitewashing of Ludendorff."
General Erich Friedrich Wilhelm Ludendorff will be acquitted entirely of all charges.