To kill a mockingbird; innocently accused

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Innocently Accused Guilty until proven innocent. Is this not how many cases begin? So many death row cases yearly are overturned thru an appeal and found innocent, it has become hard to know who is guilty and who has been innocently accused. This issue is prevalent in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which takes place in the 1930’s. The legal system fails the innocently accused back then and still today. In the trial in To Kill a Mockingbird, a black man is charged with rape of a white girl, with no medical evidence and no solid support except the religiously supported views of racism. “The state has not produced one iota of medical evidence to the effect that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place. The defendant is not guilty…”said Atticus, the lawyer. In this trial, an all white jury charges a crippled man with rape of a white girl just because he is black. With no medical evidence and clear proof that the accused was not able to commit the crime charged with, this jury found the defendant guilty. This clearly innocent man died as a result of this trial. Unfair juries always have and always will be a problem in today’s society. Kendall 2 In 1990, Virginia Beverly Monroe was convicted of the killing of one of her greatest friends. The case against her was almost unfathomable. “I am innocent and I would not have killed my best friend.” recalls Monroe. The police officer persuaded her to sign a hypothetical statement that was later construed as declaration of guilt. She had gone to jail for twenty-two years. After her sentence, it was found the companion had actually committed suicide. Whether in the 1930’s or the 1990’s people lives have been wasted on inconceivable evidence and faulty juries. In both the cases of Tom Robinson and Virginia Beverly Monroe, their lives were wasted unfairly. Tom was a crippled man accused
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