When Tom Robinson went to court for his rape case, he had lost the case before the jury even had time to come up with the verdict. I can prove this by saying"Scout realizes that although it may appear that Tom is given a fair trial, “in the secret court of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth.” Scout understands that, despite evidence of the contrary, the white jury will believe a white person instead of a black person"(Champion). Even though Tom was innocent just because he wasn 't white he was set to die the moment he stepped into the courtroom. If people saw past his skin color and actually looked at the evidence.
The same girl he did work for every day started a trial against him saying he raped her. Her claim should have been disproven in many ways, there was enough evidence to contradict it but the jury is so racist they look right past it. Tom was found guilty and sent to Enfield Prison Farm waiting for an appeal even though he shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Finally, as Tom was in that prison he got sick and tired of waiting for an appeal so he made a run for it, and was shot 17 times to be stopped. This ends up killing him and once the news makes it to the town it just rolls off their shoulders.
In an overarching summary, Stevenson begins with the story of Walter McMillan, a young black man who is put on trial for murdering an 18-year old white woman named Ronda Morrison. The chapters often alternates between narrating McMillan’s trial and his journey towards justice. Stories of other wrongfully persecuted individuals are recounted as well, with one case being that of a 14-year old boy named Charlie who was sentenced to life in prison for killing his mother’s abusive boyfriend. These two cases will be further discussed later. To begin, the first chapter, titled Mockingbird Players, starts with Stevenson, who had already been an established member of the bar (American Bar Association), in both Georgia and Alabama.
As a result of this Tom Robinson was found guilty with no evidence to prove that he was. In this trial, the jury was racist and prejudice towards Tom Robinson and that lead to him being found guilty of a crime that had no medical evidence at
This shows that John is a merciful being and desires forgiveness from his wife and God, therefore demonstrating traits of a good man. Furthermore, John has a heated argument with his wife, due to his encounter with Abigail, alone. Although, he thinks his wife will doubt him, she states on the contrary, “I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. I never thought you but a good man, John - only somewhat bewildered” (55).
Racism is also found in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. In the book, Tom Robinson is on trial in 1930’s Alabama for being accused of raping Mayella Ewell and, in the end; found guilty, sent to jail, and ultimately killed. However, the reason he is found guitty is because the color of skin. Tom Robinson is innocent due to the character of Bob Ewell, the racism of the story and its setting, and the trail and its aftermath. The first feature of Tom’s innocence to examine is the character of the man who accused him, Bob Ewell.
The people were less open and more stuck on this one idea of race, while everyone outside of Maycomb were fine. With this mindset and the growth of everyone outside of Maycomb, they would eventually just be so lost and racism would probably be the end of them. This was like rabies, a disease where the animal can’t get rid of it immediately and has to live with it until they get treated or die with it. Without Atticus, Tim would have to live his final days in misery, but Atticus freed him of the rabies, like he would soon contribute in freeing Maycomb of racism. Then, after talking to Jem and Scout about how people’s views in Maycomb were changing for the better, Maudie Atkinson said, “...it’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step” (289).
He should have been more careful when telling Friar John to deliver the letter. Friar John was innocent and did not recognize the importance of the letter when it wasn’t delivered. This was because of Friar Lawrence’s ignorance to inform him. He should of took matters into his own hands with a job this important. This ignorance also occurs by him with Romeo and Juliet.
The first person she killed was a man named Richard Mallory; he was found in a junkyard with five more men’s bodies (College). Aileen Wuornos was found out and convicted with the death sentence; even if her sanity was questioned she was executed by lethal injection in 2002. On the psychological side of the scale, both Nature and Nurture are present in this case. Aileen had a very bad upbringing being abused, and abandoned which in tow would seem as if the nurture of her past drove her over the edge to commit those murders, but on the biological side of things her dad had some sort of problems as well, her father being a child molester that it could be argued that he gave her traits of being a molester, through heredity. This being said, in this case both nature and nurture had some play in part to why Aileen Wuornos became a serial
Today, people are innocent until proven guilty. For the people accused it was hard to find evidence that proved their innocence so they remained guilty. Also, he did not allow a lawyer for the people that were accused of witchcraft. He expected them to be able to defend themselves when most of them did not
In both trials, young black men were accused of raping a young white girl; both were sentenced to jail and/or death (we don’t know what Tom Robinson’s sentence was because he died before he could receive it); and both lots of black men/man were found guilty. In this way we know that there are for sure several consistencies between Lee’s childhood and current life, and what is depicted within the
Giles Corey and John Proctor presented the court with credible and tangible evidence. We examined and hesitated because of their confidence in their evidence. Excellency, are you condemning these innocent souls to death because you believe in your heart that this is the correct thing to do or are you condemning them because if you announce they are indeed innocent the court’s and your reputation and credibility will be ruined? Do you beguile yourself with lies because twelve are already executed (Act 4, p103)? Postponement does not speak a
In the book of mice and men by john steinbeck killing lennie is never justified. killing lennie is not right because of the problems lennie had. not justifying george is basically letting him get away with it which is not right he needs to to be caught. george never should have killed lennie because it 's not like Lennie can handle his problems. So therefore in this situation killing should be justified.
Jesse died instantly at the age of 34 and the rain of the infamous Jesse James came to an end. The Fords announced they had taken down the notorious outlaw Jesse James to the authorities and were convicted of murder and sentenced to death by hanging; however, the governor quickly pardoned them. The people of Missouri where outraged with the methods utilized to take him down and considered it a cowardly assassination. The Fords began traveling the country reenacting the death of Jesse James to the obsessed public until Charlie Ford committed suicide in the 1884, Bob Ford was shot and killed 10 years later. Six months after the murder of Jesse his brother Frank surrendered in Missouri and stood trial over the next several months for crimes in Missouri and Alabama only to be acquitted.