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jessicasauve | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 23, 2012 at 10:53 PM via web

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What are three examples of evidence that the jury chose to ignore in the trial in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 24, 2012 at 3:01 PM (Answer #1)

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Atticus has seemingly presented enough evidence to contradict the statements made by the "eyewitness" to Mayella's rape--her father, Bob. First, no doctor was ever called to determine if there was actually a sexual assault. (Additionally, no rape kit was available in the 1930s to determine if Tom was Mayella's attacker.) According to Atticus, and with the agreement of Sheriff Tate, Mayella's bruises on her face could only have been caused by a left-handed man. When Atticus requests Bob to sign his name, he signs with his left hand. The bruises around Mayella's neck could only have been caused by a man with two good hands, and Tom's

... left arm was fully twelve inches shorter than his right, and hung dead at his side. It ended in a small shriveled hand.  (Chapter 18)

Tom's crippled left arm precluded him from either punching or choking Mayella. The jury also chose to ignore all of Tom's testimony, which included Bob's threat to his daughter:

"... you goddamn whore, I'll kill ya."  (Chapter 19)

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