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Comparison OJ Simpson and Tom Robinson Trials All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States nor shall any State deprive any person of life liberty or property without due process of law nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws This was taken directly from the Bill of Rights Amendment XIV section I and it clearly states that nothing should make or enforce any law that dispossesses the immunity of the citizen on trial In the trials of Tom Robinson and Orenthal James Simpson this amendment seemingly may not have been considered Every man should be treated equally regardless of his race and social status and in these two trials that statement was not being applied The social and political climate of the town in both cases was a major factor in the result of Robinson and Simpsons trials In To Kill A Mockingbird Tom Robinson was a man of innocence that was accused of rape a crime he did not commit Back in the 1930s white men were constantly trying to prove the natural inferiority of the African American race condemning them as unreasonable The jury was unable to look past race and praise the integrity of Tom and epitomize the opposite of prejudice If Tom Robinson were a white man the outcome of the trial would be entirely different However in 1994 times have shown to have changed from the extent of racism and prejudice from the early 1900s Now money and popularity is power despite the race of a person OJ Simpson was an African American who was ranked fairly high on the social scale He was a well-known NFL-all star with a great deal
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