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
Jem now realizes how much racism there is in Maycomb and his faith in the justice system is badly hurt. Scout doesn’t grasp the severity of the trial as much as Jem but they both know, although to different degrees, that life isn’t fair, justice isn’t always served, and people would lie just to save their own
On August 28th 1955, a fourteen-year-old black boy was brutally murdered by two white men because he allegedly flirted with a white woman. The accused were acquitted, and walked away free from a second trail due to a legal practice preventing someone to be recharged with a crime that has already been pressed against them- double jeopardy. Double jeopardy should be subject to revocation if a subject in question for a crime admits they are guilty or information providing evidence against an indicted person should arise. Complete double jeopardy gives guilty people freedom to confess, without repercussions, to the world. Their freedom from consequence is wrong because serious crimes should be payed for, their liberty puts others at risk, and victims and their families should be able to see their aggressor put behind bars for mental health reasons.
In To Kill a Mockingbird an innocent man by the name of Tom Robinson loses his life. “In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins” (Lee 38). Tom Robinson was tried on a case of rape, and with him being black, his word had less of a say than a white man's. With that he was wrongfully convicted of raping a girl. No matter what evidence he and Atticus could pull together, it wouldn’t change the mind of the jury.
This situation violates article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that we are all born with free and equal rights. “Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed. “ ( Lee, 323 ) Article 2 emphasizes the idea that we are all given equal opportunities. Tom Robinson was not given a fair trial; his trial was irrelevant. Mr. Bob Ewell had no evidence that Tom Robinson raped his daughter; the jury made their decision based off assumptions.
An example of this is when John Procter is accused he had to confess or he would have been hanged and when he confessed it was not enough for Danforth. Danforth wanted Proctor to sign a confession “Come then, sign your testimony” (cite). He says this even though Procter has made it obvious that he is confessing to a crime he did not commit. Danforth does not care about this though he only wants Procter to confess to secure his own reputation and so his authority does not go into question. This as well as most of the actions that took place during the trials shows how corrupt Danforth was and that all the people who died in the name of the “law” really died to secure Danforth’s own idea of
Tom Robinson was put on trial and backed up by Atticus. Tom was black, so he was hopeless because the Jim Crow laws were in play. At then end of the trial the jury found Tom guilty. Tom Robinson was then put into a county trial, and was found not guilty. Tom was sentenced to life in jail.
If it was a white man that was acued of rapping a woman I don't think he would be just let go. But certainly not the punishment that Tom got in the end. In my opinion the jury was tyrannical. Because the evidence that they had to call him guilty was only circumstantial. They all know he was innocent but unfortunately for Tom, they were prejudice.
I believe that the most important part of the book To Kill a Mockingbird is on page 282, when Judge Taylor is polling the jury on whether or not to let Tom Robinson free. I was astonished when the jury answered, “Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty…” The jury’s response surprised and saddened me as it seemed that Tom Robinson would go free, thanks to Atticus’s defense. Atticus destroyed the prosecutor's case with a well thought out rebuttal; the verdict seemed to be blatantly obvious. But even though Tom should have gone free, he was sentenced to death for something, I believe, he didn’t do.
The case against the men, always weak, fell apart after DNA evidence implicated another man whose possible involvement had been somehow overlooked by the authorities even though he lived only a block from where the victim’s body was found, and he had admitted to committing a similar rape and murder around the same time. The startling shift in fortunes for the men, Henry Lee McCollum, 50, who has spent three decades on death row, and Leon Brown, 46, who was serving a life sentence, provided one of the most dramatic examples yet of the potential harm from false, coerced confessions and of the power of DNA tests to exonerate the innocent. As friends and relatives of the two men wept, a Superior Court judge in Robeson County, Douglas B. Sasser, said he was vacating their convictions
Victims of color rarely get their accomplishments broadcasted by the media. Instead the media broadcasts criminal records or other troubling aspects from their past. This sends the message that when it’s partially the victim 's fault that a bad thing happend to them. For example after the tragic death of mike brown they depicted him as “no angel” while eagerly looking for a reason why the unarmed teenager deserved to die. “Studies show implicit biases lead many of us to see innocent Black children as guilty adults (Johnson).”
And the sad part is if I had known what I know now then I would have not been so surprised. This justice system is unfair, to all of its citzens, but more so black and brown citizens. Michael Brown and his family deserved for justice to brought. Some try and say that michael was a thug or like to bring up the fact that he had possible stolen something but the fact remains that an unarmed teen was killed by a police officer. An oifficer who was supposed to serve and
He knew he was innocent so he requested a DNA test to set things straight. The police found fingerprints on the gun that belonged to another person who had actually committed the crime and he was set free. Penal Code 1405 was created for the convicted felons already in jail that have a reason to be found innocent. This policy was created specifically for California to get those innocent people out of jail. Others may claim that DNA evidence isn’t sufficient to convict someone for a crime or prove others innocent.
Extreme racism and Jim Crow Laws in the Southern United States in the 1940s led to prejudice and tension between blacks and whites. This tension prompted the Judicial System to demonstrate bias in the favor of whites. The trial and execution of George Stinney supports this idea of a biased court system. In 1944, law enforcement in Alcolu, South Carolina convicted Stinney, 14, for the murder of two young white girls, Betty June Binnicker, 11, and Mary Emma Thames, 8 (Chapell). After the initial arrest, Stinney supposedly confessed, but no written or oral proof actually existed..