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The Start of the Maycomb Rape Trial Maycomb Alabama- The Tom Robinson trial has just begun and so there is no verdict For those of you who are just learning about the case Tom Robinson a young black man is accused of rape by Mayella Ewell a 19 year old girl The trial began with Judge Taylors presiding and then Heck Tate1st officer of the county began by testifying He began with saying that on November 21 Bob Ewell father of victim and 7 others came to him claiming Mayella had been raped by Mr Robinson He continued with saying how him and Mr Ewell had went to the Ewell household where Miss Ewell was lying on the floor and looked enervated He asked her who did it and she claimed Mr Robinson was responsible for her rape and ill state Atticus Finch a well respected lawyer that is representing Tom Robinson then asked repeatedly if a doctor was called to examine Miss Ewell and in response Mr Tate saidWell I can tell you why I didnt It was necessary Mr Finch She was mighty banged up Something sho happened it was obvious Mr Finch then pointed out that from Mr Tates testimony Mayella was beaten on the right side of her face which he highly stressed Next to the stand was Bob Ewell who answered Mr Gilmer social solicitor questions in a very bold manner and explained that he heard Mayella screaming while he was kindling He ran to the house and looked through the window to see Mr Robinson on top of his daughter Mr Ewell resumed with saying he couldnt go after Mr Robinson since he was concerned for his daughter He said he went after Mr Tate and brought him to his home Mr Finch began his cross-examination and Mr Ewell seemed very careful to answer the question but Mr Finch seemed to make it a more secure atmosphere They
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