The defendant is not guilty, but somebody in this courtroom is.
After many telephone calls, much pleading on behalf of the defendant, and a long forgiving letter from his mother, it was decided that Dill could stay.
A question from Judge Taylor made him relax: "Mr. Ewell, did you see the defendant having sexual intercourse with your daughter?"
The spectators were quiet, but the defendant said something.
What did you do when you saw the defendant?
Miss Mayella, not to be tedious, you’ve testified that the defendant hit you, grabbed you around the neck, choked you, and took advantage of you.
Atticus turned to the defendant.
"Now," said Atticus, "Miss Mayella, you’ve testified that the defendant choked and beat you—"
Her father saw it, and the defendant has testified as to his remarks.
A jury never looks at a defendant it has convicted, and when this jury came in, not one of them looked at Tom Robinson.
The law says ’reasonable doubt,’ but I think a defendant’s entitled to the shadow of a doubt.
I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family.
It has relied instead upon the testimony of two witnesses whose evidence has not only been called into serious question on cross-examination, but has been flatly contradicted by the defendant.
We were surprised to find that we had been gone nearly an hour, and were equally surprised to find the courtroom exactly as we had left it, with minor changes: the jury box was empty, the defendant was gone; Judge Taylor had been gone, but he reappeared as we were seating ourselves.
"Gentlemen," he was saying, "I shall be brief, but I would like to use my remaining time with you to remind you that this case is not a difficult one, it requires no minute sifting of complicated facts, but it does require you to be sure beyond all reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant."
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The defendant is confident she will be found innocent.
The jury did not know about the defendant had a long criminal history.