To Kill A Mockingbird Justice Fair

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By definition, justice is supposed to be fair. It is supposed to give the defendant a chance to defend himself. The belief that factors such as prejudice, stereotype or racism take a big part in the final verdict in a courtroom has always been sustained by wrongdoings happening around the globe. Knowing that on average, judges sentence African-American 20% more jail time than Caucasian people who committed the same crime, one can state that justice is hindered by these negative concepts. The two main points that will be further explained in detail along this essay will be about how justice initially seems equal, fair and even, while in the second point, it will be proven that in the end, it can never end up being fair, due to the verdict being…show more content…
Everybody has freedom, but if they exceed this freedom by committing a crime, do people always get punished equally? If two men from a different race commit the same crime, why aren’t they always awarded with the same punishment? This thought could have went through one’s mind when said one was reading To Kill a Mockingbird, and asked themselves if a Caucasian man would have gotten the same punishment as Mr. Robinson after the same great defence Mr. Finch delivered. As a matter of fact, one might have also wondered how, being poor, Mr. Robinson still managed to get a lawyer. This fact is explained by two elements. First, the Human Rights Act which states the trial must be fair, and that everyone is entitled to the lawyer of their choice (Jefferson, declaration of independence). Knowing Mr. Robinson was poor, the last part didn’t affect him so he had to get a lawyer who defended poor people for little to no money, but with a struck of luck, he got a good lawyer who not only accepted his case, but also to be paid with anything but money, like chickens. However, in the era where the novel takes place, racism was still too strong a factor to turn the verdict into Mr. Robinson’s favour, even if Atticus had all the information to prove the plaintiffs’ claim to be
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