Article - Tom Robinson to Kill a Mockingbird. Was Justice Served?

Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Evidence, Circumstantial evidence Pages: 2 (749 words) Published: March 12, 2011
The case of Tom Robinson - Was justice served?

Yet another incident against a Negro has taken place in Maycomb County of Alabeama. The young man, Tom Robinson, was accused of physically and sexually assaulting a young woman, Miss Mayella Ewell.

Atticus Finch was Mr Robinson’s lawyer, and during the trial he pointed out a few things that were evident and proved Mr Robinson’s innocence. Miss Mayella Ewell claims that Tom Robinson came into her house and suddenly jumped on her - attacked her, grabbed her by the throat, punched her right eye and raped her. Mr Finch of course did not believe a word by Miss Mayella or the two witnesses, who were her father Mr Bob Ewell and sheriff of the county Mr Heck Tate, of whom Atticus claimed that their “evidence has not only been called into serious question on cross examination, but has been flatly contradicted by the defendant. Now there is circumstantial evidence to indicate that Mayella Ewell was beaten savagely by someone who led, almost exclusively, with his left. And Tom Robinson now sits before you, having taken "The Oath" with the only good hand he possesses -- his right.”

Mr Finch was indeed correct - Tom Robinson had lost all use of his left arm since he was a young boy when he got it caught stuck in a cotton gin. Now the only good hand he possesses is his right hand, which makes it very impossible for him to be able to wrap both of his hands around the woman’s neck and punch her in the right eye also. The evidence from both witnesses was contradictory - Mr Ewell and Mr Tate claimed different things about the state of Mayella after the incident as well as the order of which the incident took place.

Mr Tom Robinson claims that the only reason he went in to help Miss Mayella was to be neighborly and help her with any chores that she needed done around the house that required a man’s strength or assistance. He tells us what happened, saying that he went to get something for Mayella off the top of the...
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