In Monster by Walter Dean Myers, what are some of the reasons why Steve Harmon is pronounced not guilty/innocent?

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In Monster, while Steve Harmon is pronounced "not guilty," he is definitely not pronounced "innocent." While that is not the heart of this question, it is worth mentioning. Steve doesn’t go to prison at the end of the story, but every one of his relationships is changed by the accusation and trial. His parents see him differently, his lawyer doesn’t want to associate with him, and people look at him as a monster despite the verdict. Along with that, the court cannot pronounce someone innocent—that is not something any court of law can do.

Why was he given the not guilty verdict? The plainest answer is that the prosecution really had a terrible case. Their evidence almost entirely focused on James King, which is why he was found guilty in the end, but Steve is almost shoehorned into the trail as an attempt by the prosecutor to punish someone for the murder. Steve is only nominally connected to the murder, there isn’t clear evidence that he was the lookout, and the prosecution...

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