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Guilty verdict has been reached in the trial of Tom Robinson A jury of twelve whites has reached a verdict that Tom Robinson a black male raped Mayella Ewell a white woman The rendition of this verdict has brought to a close a trial that has captured the news and stirred the emotions of this town for several months It somehow seems fitting that this trial for a most horrible crime began during the winter months when all of nature is dead and has ended with the beginning of Spring when all of nature seems to come alive Tom Robinson a 25 year old black male stood accused of raping a 19 year old white woman named Mayella Ewell The crime took place in November of last year Both the victim and the accused were lifelong residents of Maycomb County and were acquainted Mr Robinson was represented by County lawyer Atticus Finch a well renowned and respected lawyer Highlights of the Trial The Prosecutions strongest witness was the alleged victim Mayella Ewell Ms Ewell stated under oath that the defendant Tom Robinson was in fact the person who raped her However there were several discrepancies in the testimony that she provided under questioning and cross examination The defendants lawyer Atticus Finch tried to capitalize on the contradictory statements made by Ms Ewell He questioned the witness using a variety of techniques and seemed to receive less than uniform answers to the same questions that were asked in a different manner At times the witness appeared confused and became frustrated and emotional as Mr Finch continued to try and raise a reasonable doubt among the jurors concerning the testimony that was being given by Ms Ewell The Defenses strongest witness was the accused himself Tom Robinson Lawyer Finch called his client to the stand and questioned him about the allegations that were being made about him Mr Robinson answered his lawyers question
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