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ScottsBoro Boy's trial vs. Tom Robinson's trial

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Transcript of ScottsBoro Boy's trial vs. Tom Robinson's trial

Compare Tom Robinson's Case Scottsboro Boy's Trial Scottsboro Boys Contrast- Tom Robinson Contrast- Scottsboro Boys Both accused because of their race
Both took place in 1930's
Begins with a charge of rape from white women against black men
Main figure is member of the Alabama Bar that defends the African-American
Poor white status of the accusers was a critical issue Compare Takes place in southern Alabama
The judge didn't necessarily 'try' to protect
Tom Robinson, but he wasn't prejudice
Jury is made up of poor white residents of Old Sarum
Lawyer (Atticus) protects the rights of Tom Robinson
Tom's physical ability makes it obvious that there was a small chance he raped Mayella
Mayella had bruises and scars Takes place in Northern Alabama
he judge tried to protect the rights of the Scottsboro boys
First jury had no African-Americans, which caused the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the guilty verdict
The judge defends the Scottsboro Boys
The Scottsboro boys were all in a healthy physical condition, making their crime a possibility
The two white women had no bruises or scars on their bodies Tom Robinson Compare and Contrast In 1931, nine black teenagers from Scottsboro, Alabama were falsely accused of gang rape by two white women, and this would soon become one of the most controversial cases in American history. Tom Robinson was innocent, but because Bob Ewell knew that no one (the white population) would believe Robinson, (and that Ewell made up a "convincing" testimony about Tom Robinson raping Mayella), the jury found Robinson guilty of all charges. Attitudes about Southern women and
poor whites made the trial more difficult
Both the judge and Atticus goes against the community
Jury ignores evidence that was provided on the physical body "In the Scottsboro case, the girls said that the accused boys met them while hoboeing on a train car in Alabama. After fighting with and eventually discarding of a group of white boys, the girls stated that the black boys proceeded to rape them on the train car. Ruby Bates was a bit uneven in her accusations and seemed to be going along with whatever Price told the police. This is similar to what happened with Mayella Ewell in the book. After giving an unconvincing story about how Tom Robinson attacked her when she was home alone, it seemed obvious that Mayella was only trying to follow a story given to her, most likely, by her father."
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