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This week in Maycomb there is a bit of a controversy There is a trial for a black man named Tom Robinson He is being tried for hurting and raping Mayella Ewell on November 21st There are two sides to this story I was lucky enough to be in the courtroom to witness this trial as it took place In this article I will examine each of the witnesses stories Judge Taylor was the judge for the case He was a good fair judge who had the respect of most of the town Mr Gilmer the Ewells attorney called the first witness He called Mr Heck Tate the county sheriff His testimony stated that Mr Ewell came to him and said that some nigger raped his girl Then Heck Tate continued on saying that when he reached the Ewell place he saw Mayella lying on the floor and she was hurt badly When Mr Tate asked who had done this Mayella said Tom Robinson She said that he took advantage of her Mr Tate giving the entire story went on telling the court that he then went down to the Robinson place and arrested him Now it was Mr Mr Finch Finchs turn to cross-examine the witness Mr Finch was Tom Robinsons attorney Mr Finch first question was Did anyone call a doctor Mr Tates answer was no Mr Finch then asked Mr Tate to describe Mayellas injuries She was beaten around the head There was already bruises comin on her arms and it happened about thirty minutes before Mr Finch then asked how me knew that Heck said it was what he was told he also said that Mayella was getting a black eye Mr Finch immediately asked which eye it was Mr Tate hesitated a moment then said it was her left eye when he was looking at it therefore it was her left eye Mr Finch made
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