In To Kill a Mockingbird, does Judge Taylor know what they are doing to Tom Robinson is wrong?Please give a good amount of info.

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Judge Taylor never revealed his thoughts on the matter of the trial, but there are clues that he recognized Tom's innocence and disagreed with the jury's decision. First, Taylor assigned Atticus to the case instead of the regular public defender, knowing that Atticus will be sure to give Tom the best representation possible. The judge didn't seem to think much of Bob Ewell: He looked "benignly" at him, then "glanced sharply" at him twice. When Bob brought the specatators to an uproar when he identified Tom as "that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!', Taylor had had enough. He directed Bob to keep his language to that of a Christian nature, "if that is possible." Bob's

Smugness faded... replaced by a dogged earnestness that fooled Judge Taylor not at all: as long as Mr. Ewell was on the stand, the judge kept his eyes on him, as if daring him to make a false move.

Later, Judge Taylor stared at Bob as if "he were some fragrant gardenia in full bloom on the witness stand." When Mayella took the stand, he directed her to stop crying, and then seemed to side with Atticus during her emotional testimony. Reverend Sykes later thought that Judge Taylor

"... was mighty fair-minded... I thought he was leanin' a little to our side--"

Bob must have thought that Judge Taylor knew the truth, since he was probably the man that the judge nearly caught prowling outside his back porch.

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