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To Kill A Mockingbird. The Trial Of Tom Robinson

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'Guilty' verdict has been reached in the trial of Tom Robinson. A jury of twelvewhites has reached a verdict that Tom Robinson, a black male, raped Mayella Ewell,a white woman. The rendition of this verdict has brought to a close a trial that hascaptured the news and stirred the emotions of this town for several months. Itsomehow seems fitting that this trial, for a most horrible crime, began during thewinter months when all of nature is dead, and has ended with the beginning ofSpring when all of nature seems to come alive.Tom Robinson, a 25 year old black male, stood accused of raping a 19 year oldwhite woman named Mayella Ewell. The crime took place in November of last year.Both the victim and the accused were lifelong residents of Maycomb, County andwere acquainted. Mr. Robinson was represented by County lawyer, Atticus Finch, awell renowned and respected lawyer.Highlights of the TrialThe Prosecution's strongest witness was the alleged victim, Mayella Ewell. Ms.Ewell stated under oath that the defendant, Tom Robinson, was in fact the personwho raped her. However, there were several discrepancies in the testimony that sheprovided under questioning and cross examination. The defendants lawyer, AtticusFinch, tried to capitalize on the contradictory statements made by Ms. Ewell. Hequestioned the witness using a variety of techniques and seemed to receive less thanuniform answers to the same questions that were asked in a different manner. Attimes the witness appeared confused and became frustrated and emotional as Mr.Finch continued to try and raise a reasonable doubt among the jurors concerning thetestimony that was being given by Ms. Ewell.The Defenses' strongest witness was the accused himself, Tom Robinson.Lawyer Finch called his client to the stand and questioned him about the allegationsthat were being made about him. Mr. Robinson answered his lawyer's question inwhat appeared to be a forthright and honest manner. He denied ever contemplatingor committing such a...

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