No jury in this part of the world 's going to say 'We think you 're guilty, but not very ' on a charge like that. It was either a straight acquittal or nothing" (Lee 219). After reading this in the novel the quote really shows that if a white man and a black man both commit the same crime almost a certain chance the black man will get accused wrongly first before the white man will ever be. This quote changed the point of view on many characters in To Kill A Mockingbird. It changed the view of Tom Robinson
Crimes are happening around us whether we pay attention to them or not. Those crimes as dangerous as murder are committed by all ages but should younger criminal in their juvenile age received the same punishment as older criminals. On June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that juveniles committed murder could not be sentenced to life in prison because it violates the Eighth Amendment. (On-Demand Writing Assignment Juvenile Justice) Advocates on the concurring side believes that mandatory life in prison is wrong and should be abolish. However, the dissenting side believe that keeping the there should be a life in prison punishment for juvenile who commit heinous crime regardless of their age.
It is said that every person is innocent until proven guilty, and not the other way around. It is also said that when officials use profiling, it puts off the wrong message that they are blaming entire communities only because few have committed a crime, like Muslims with terror attacks. These actions go against the constitutional rights given to every American. Racial Profiling“... is inconsistent with America 's core constitutional principles of equality and fairness.” (Nomani and Abbas). Racial profiling is “inconsistent” with
Atticus is the primary character Lee uses to show the difficulty of acting courageous as he is faced with challenge to defend Tom Robison, a black man who has been accused of rape by the Ewell family. With doubt he decided to take the case as if he was to argue, upholding his sense of justice and equality. " The main one is, if I didn 't I couldn 't hold up my head in this town, I couldn 't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn 't even tell you or Jem not to do something again" (Lee 100). Atticus is explaining he basically would have been a hypocrite if he did not take on this case. He could have simply shown up at the court room and not do much, but that’s helpless to Tom, and no one would think less of him but
Yet, still today many will continue to judge based upon looks or religion or hate just too easily convict others of crimes they didn’t commit. In the years from 1600s until now millions of people are affected by the act of profiling. From the witch hunt trials to the events after 9/11 and furthermore. It is still unjustifiable to target specific groups for achieving justice in society for a person’s specific beliefs. In today times “To argue that racial profiling is harmless, that it only hurts those who break the law, is to totally ignore the psychological and social damage that can result from always being considered one of the “usual suspects.” S. Wortley, Racial Differences in Customs Searches at Pearson International Airport: Results from a Pilot Survey, supra, 2001 as stated profiling causes more effects than just on the outside just as much on the
Courage Does Not Always Roar Atticus demonstrates courage when he goes through with Tom Robinson’s case and gives his best effort to help Tom win the case, even though everyone is against him doing the trial. Tom Robinson is a black man in the 1930’s who has been accused of falsely raping a white woman and Atticus is planning on representing him. Mr. Link Deas provides insight about the trial and tells Atticus, “You’ve got everything to lose from this Atticus.” Atticus replies, “Link, that boy might go to the chair, but he’s not going till the truth 's told… And you know what the truth is” (Lee 195). Even though Atticus most likely will not win, he still goes through with the case because he wanted to show the real evidence and show Tom did
Ewell takes a stand to defend Mayella in the courtroom when Atticus starts to realize that Mr. Ewell could’ve been guilty for Mayella’s rape. Atticus tries to prove that Mr. Ewell is guilty by intentionally asking Mayella questions, but Mayella refuses to prove that Mr. Ewell is guilty and responds to this saying “I got somethin’ to say an’ then I ain’t gonna say no more. That nigger yonder took advantage of me.. “ (Lee 251). This quote symbolizes the judgement that Mayella made on Tom Robinson to prove that he’s guilty. The Ewells try to prove that Tom is guilty by using racial profiling so they can look good in Maycomb and can still be accepted towards society.
The concept of criminal failure to act is an interesting one in that in the one hand it tries to make persons to be orally and ethically responsible for the common good, on the other hand it attempts to restrict or stop criminal liability in situations in which the defendants have no control over (Sistare, 1989). The concept advocates for the understanding that the failure by someone to act in a particular situation results in the cat tagged as omission. In the case of the Sandusky rape case at the Penn State University; there have been debates on whether or not the Assist Coach McQuery was justified not take action by preventing his senior, Sandusky form molesting r raping the boy (Sistare, 1989). However, as the debate rages on, it is critical
That is because justice is not the same for everyone. For example, take Tom Robinson's case he is a black man accused of raping a white girl, and the jury is a group of white men . We know that no matter how hard Tom Robinson tries to prove he is not guilty the jury will go against him because of the color of his skin. So, no, justice is not the same for everyone and I don't think it will ever be. In today's world the only way we will achieve equal justice for everyone is when people stop placing themselves on pedestals and thinking that they are better than the next person.
Obviously the reason that the majority of the community believes that Atticus and Tom will lose the case is because Tom is African American accused of raping a white girl which is bad but not yet decided if true. Atticus who is an educated lawyer believes his client has a very good chance at winning this case, he believes “his client has a good chance of being pardoned by the court” (Lee, 293). This is because Atticus is very confident in his cases and believes that there is a chance that Tom will win. But in reality, because of Tom’s race and what he has been accused of there isn’t a very high chance of him
Convicted felons should have the right to collect their reward for winning the lottery. Today, felons already face a myriad of sanctions on account of their criminal history. For instance, felons may lose voting right, the right to bear arms, and limited employment opportunities. Moreover, thwarting felons from the chance of winning a lottery ticket is an unnecessary infringement on one’s civil rights. In the end, if an individual has enough money to purchase a lottery ticket he or she should be able to receive their prize.
The solution, some might suggest, to minimize racial discrepancies in capital sentencing is to eliminate the ability of prosecutors to disqualify anyone with qualms about capital punishment from the jury pool. Jury selection in capital cases often takes weeks, if not months, as the “death qualified” jurors are isolated by the State. Numerous studies have shown that those who survive the death qualification process are inherently biased towards conviction. People who have no qualms about the death penalty favor the State. They would be more likely to convict in a jay-walking
The invasion of privacy was both problematic and unethical. At the time Humphreys’ research homosexuality was a crime in most of the U.S. If the police had got hold of his data, these men could be arrested and sentenced to years in prison. Furthermore, it could have imposed a bad image on sociologists and it could have made future research more difficult. Humphrey’s, (1975) convincing defense on his efforts to protect his respondents’ privacy from public (not from him), did not change the fact that he did violate their privacy.
I don’t believe a person should be convicted of a crime based only on circumstantial evidence because I don’t think it’s fair for the victim. The victim might not have all the evidence of what happened to them but they know that it really happened or maybe there isn’t any witnesses but the victim. For example, in Los Angeles on January 18, 1991 a man named Donald Sarpy who was putting his
As the democratic view adheres to the nation’s longstanding history of immigration, the Republican party does not believe immigrants should be granted the same rights as any american citizen. They believe that these illegal immigrants bring with them drugs and crime as well as take jobs that should be held by US citizens, calling for their mass deportation. With crime at its lowest in the last 25 years, both the democratic party and republican party seek to further this societal improvement. To them, the best method of controlling crime is to administer tougher punishments for those who commit violent crimes as well as leaving the death penalty as an option for the most heinous offences. The Democratic party believes we must also increase the number of cops on the streets, while Republicans wish to limit the amount of freed prisoners.