Who is Link Deas in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?What (unsolicited) comment does he add to the proceedings?

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Link Deas is Tom Robinson's boss in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.  Deas, recognizing how unfairly Tom is being treated, yells out during the trial that Tom has worked for him for eight years and proclaims that he hasn't had a "speck o' trouble" out of him. 

Deas's outburst further reinforces the idea that Tom is a good, hard-working man and that he isn't the type of person the Ewells are attempting to make him out to be.  Despite all the evidence that should have exonerated Tom, and despite the fact that the Bob Ewell is an alcoholic who has proven to be incapable of taking care of his family, Tom is still convicted of rape. 

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