Small Town; Big Scandal
By: Jessica Morash
Above shows defence Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson
Under the authority of Judge Taylor in the small town of Maycomb County, a black man named Tom Robinson (age twenty-five) was allegedly accused of raping Mayella Ewell (age nineteen). The events being told had originally happened according to defense Atticus Finch, when we heard him ask the alleged accused, “Tom, what had happened to you on the night of November twenty-first of last year?” One of the first witnesses is called to the stand by Mr. Gilmer to testify on what happened the night Miss Ewell stated that she was raped. The first witness was Heck Tate, Maycomb’s sheriff. According to his testimony, Mr. Tate stated that he was just leaving to go home when, “Mr. Ewell (Mayella’s father) came in, very excited he was, and said get out to his house quick, [a black man] raped his girl.” In return, Mr. Tate was asked if he had indeed gone to Mr. Ewell’s house, and he had given his response, “Certainly. Got in the car and went out as fast as I could.” It was reported that Mr. Tate had seen Miss Ewell lying in the middle of the floor and was “pretty well beat up,” Mr. Tate then continued, “I asked her who hurt her and she said it was Tom Robinson – asked her if he beat her like that, she said yes he had. Asked her if he took advantage of her and she said yes he did. So I went down to Robinson’s house and brought him back. She identified him as the one, so I took him in. That’s all there was to it,” he finished, and the Judge proceeded by asking if Atticus Finch would like to ask any questions to Mr. Tate, and responded yes. Mr. Finch, seeming very relaxed with his legs crossed and arm on the back of his chair asked, “Did you call a doctor, Sheriff? Did anybody call a doctor?” In response Mr. Tate stated that no, he did not call a doctor. However, Mr. Finch wanted to make it clear to everyone in the room; he repeated himself twice more and in reaction to doing this, he...
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