Comparing The Scottsburo Trial And The Tom Robinson Case

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Comparing the Tom Robinson Case with the Scottsboro Trial On March 25, 1931 nine black males are arrested after two white females claimed to have been raped on a Southern Railroad train. On March 30th they were indicted by the grand jury. The conclusion after the trial was that the majority of the nine boys were guilty. This conclusion caused a huge dispute about the innocence of the boys, and the case had numerous retrials. 2. In both cases I noticed that it was a white “victim” who claimed to have been raped and all of the accused were black males in their teens. Both of the victims lied in order to have black men convicted of rape. In both scenarios the judges seemed to be partisan to the white females. No matter what argument the defendants could have come up with, the judges were going to side with the victims. The lawyers probably took the cases very reluctantly, knowing that they were over before they had even begun. I’m sure, that like Atticus, they were ostracized in their communities for taking the case of a black man. Although solid evidence was produced showing that the defendants may have been innocent, the courts still ruled against them. I’m sure this was the case in hundreds of “white v. black” trials in America. Tom ended up being shot and killed before he got a chance to get an appeal and the majority of the nine black men were put to death for rape. A study showed that in the 1940s to the 1970s there was a 38% higher rate of death penalties for blacks than any other race. This study makes you wonder whether if it is prejudice or just a coincidence. 2(b). Harper lee probably used bits and pieces of different trials to make her story seem more real and appealing. This also makes the story more believable, which is important in a story which is trying to portray lessons. Lee used many details from certain real-life trials, like the use

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