A Time to Kill: the Law Field Is One of Controversy and Uncertainty

Topics: Ku Klux Klan, Racism, Perjury Pages: 3 (1337 words) Published: August 14, 2007
A Time to Kill

The law field is one of controversy and uncertainty. Many people have suffered the loss or injury of a loved one due to the crime of another. I believe the justice system as it is written on paper is flawless. Those who practice law or are sworn to uphold the law are the ones who carry the flaws. At times the fault can fall on no one, for we are all human and humans are not perfect. The movie A Time to Kill was one of trial and tribulations during a time where many had one track minds. Although I have seen the movie more than ten times, every time it ends I'm left with the thought of, "What would I do in that situation?"

The movie A Time to Kill is based on the novel by John Grisham, A Time to Kill. In the movie, a young ten year old girl, Tonya, is walking home from the store when she is brutally raped and beaten by two drunken racist white men. After being checked out by doctors, Tonya is okay but has been told she will never bear children. It is the 60s and racism is still ever so present in the small town of Clanton, Mississippi. Carl Lee Hailey, father of the girl, takes it upon himself to revenge the rape and brutality of his daughter. After recalling a case where four white boys who raped a black girl were set free, Hailey decides to gun down the two men in the courtroom the day of their arraignment. Hailey is now on trial for murder and asks for the help of Mr. Jake Brigance. Brigance is a young lawyer starting his practice and decides to defend Hailey. To help him win the trial and get justice for Hailey, Brigance enlists the help of his best friend, Harry Rex Vonner, his mentor, Lucien Wilbanks and a law student, Ellen Roark. Through no coincidence, the brother of one of the men Hailey shot is a Ku Klux Klan member. Because of the connection, throughout the trial Brigance and his team have to deal with kidnappings, threatening phone calls, burning crosses and a bombing attempt. Regardless of the tribulations they...
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