During the trial, how long did the jury deliberate, before they came back in to announce whether or not Tom Robinson was guilty or not?
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We are not told specifically how long the jury take when deliberating Tom’s case. However, we do know that they took long enough for Atticus to feel that he had made a difference in that attitudes towards the way the justice system treated black men-
That jury took a few hours. An inevitable verdict, maybe, but usually it takes ‘em just a few minutes.
Atticus realises that his efforts to prove that Bob and Mayella Ewell were lying, and that Tom Robinson could not have committed such a crime due to his physical disability made some of the jury consider, however briefly, the true nature of those involved rather than just the color of their skin. He may not have been able to get the jury to accept the truth, but they were closer to seeing it than any jury before them.
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