Can somebody summarize the trial in To Kill a Mockingbird?I need to write a diary entry through Scout or Jem's point of view. It would be really helpful if I had a better understanding of it!...

Can somebody summarize the trial in To Kill a Mockingbird?

I need to write a diary entry through Scout or Jem's point of view. It would be really helpful if I had a better understanding of it! ASAP. Answers, please! Thanks. (:

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Heck Tate testifies first, disclosing that Mayella Ewell's assault was reported by her father, Bob, and that no medical evidence was gathered. He also tells Atticus that she had been beaten on the right side of her face--probably by a left-handed man. Bob, the "disgrace of Maycomb," testifies next, claiming that he came home and caught Tom "ruttin' on my Mayella." We also find out that he is left-handed. Mayella testifies that Tom

"... hit me agin an' agin... --he chunked me on the floor an' choked me'n took advantage of me."

However, Mayella contradicts herself several times during Atticus' cross examination, and she leaves the stand cursing at him and the jury. During Tom's testimony, we find that he has a crippled left arm, meaning that he probably could not have caused the damage to Mayella's face. He claims that Mayella hugged and kissed him, and then he ran away. On cross examination, the prosecutor, Mr. Gilmer, repeatedly calls Tom "boy," and Tom admits that he felt sorry for Mayella--something a black man should never feel for a white woman in 1930s Alabama. During Atticus' summation, he begs the jury to forget that Tom is black and

"In the name of God, do your duty... In the name of God, believe him."

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