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After Tom Robinson's trial verdict was guilty, what would have happened?After Tom was...

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lala84 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 22, 2012 at 1:36 AM via web

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After Tom Robinson's trial verdict was guilty, what would have happened?

After Tom was considered guilty, what would have happened if he had not run away, would he have a retrial? Or is the case done and he would have been in prison forever?

Also, if he had been considered guilty, would he be killed? I mean if he had not gotten killed by trying to run away, would he have been excuted or would he have a retrial? And if he had had a retrial and was still considered guilthy there, would he be excuted?

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abrown008 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 22, 2012 at 1:44 AM (Answer #1)

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He would have not had a retrial, the case was over and he would have been in prison forever. Seeing as how he was black, he probably would have been killed anyways. He wasn't going to get a retrial no matter what, the case was pretty much over before it even started.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 22, 2012 at 3:48 PM (Answer #2)

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Legally, Tom could have appealed the decision.  Appeals take time and Tom certainly would have been kept in prison during the appeals process.  The trial was over and Tom would have been sentenced, however an appeal would likely have put the sentence on hold until an appeals trial could be held.  It is unlikely that the appeal would have gone through.  He would likely have been denied an appeal and the original verdict would have been upheld.  Remember that an appeal is not a retrial but a separate procedure.  The original trail was over and there is nothing else to be done but appeal after the verdict is presented.  Tom might have spent his life in jail or he might have been sentenced to something more like hanging.  Remember this was a very prejudice time and Tom would not have had many opportunities for justice.

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