The Trials Of Tom Robinson In To Kill A Mockingbird And The Scottsboro Boys

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The Trials of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird and “The Scottsboro Boys” both deal with discrimination in the 1930’s where discrimination was formidable and a way of life. “The Scottsboro Boys” were nine black youths. The youths were accused of raping two white women Victoria Price and Ruby Bates who traveled with a few white companions. Despite the fact that there was little evidence, the boys were still convicted of the crimes. That is a very close similarity to the fictional trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. Who was also accused of raping Mayella Ewell. There are many similarities between both trials like the lawyers Atticus Finch and Samuel Leibowitz who were courageous enough to take on these trials and the men who had …show more content…
Also their were similarities between Victoria and Mayella and how they reacted especially when being cross examined and how the evidence affected the cases. While the Great Depression was taking place so was discrimination where whites were more beneficial of rights. A rock throwing feud commenced between blacks and whites with the hand of a black Haywood Patterson being stepped on by a white. The boys were originally convicted to death but had retrials with a new judge John Taylor and a new trying lawyer by the name of Samuel Leibowitz. In the retrials many of the boys had lesser charges like no time in prison, patrol duty, and less jail time (Linder, Chronology) Both Atticus Finch and Samuel Leibowitz are courageous for taking on their case. Atticus is courageous for taking on a case nobody else would take. Scout goes on to ask Atticus, “Do all lawyers defend negroes, Atticus?” Atticus goes on to reply “Of course they do …show more content…
Both these men were very serious men. Judge Taylor to Bob Ewell, “Well let’s get something straight. There will be no more audibly obscene speculations on any subject from anybody in this courtroom as long as I’m sitting her. Do you understand?” (230). Linder states, Alabama papers praised the judge 's "unusually equable nature, great legal ability, and fairness." Prosecutor Thomas Knight said that he thought Horton "would make an excellent judge" (Linder Biographies). Both judges had very distinct ways of handling people in the courtroom. Judge Horton when ordering the police to protect the boys, said to shoot to kill (Linder). Judge Taylor warned Bob Ewell not to use bad language or he was going to handle the situation. There will be no more audibly obscene speculations on any subject from anybody in this courtroom as long as I’m sitting her. Do you understand?” (230). Also both judges knew how the situation was like so they were a bit lenient with the defense. Judge Horton put his career at risk to set aside Haywood Patterson’s verdict and death sentence (Linder Biographies). “He was a man learned in the law, although he served to take his job casually in reality he kept firm grip on any proceedings that came before him (Lee

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