Tom Robinson Quotes

I need quotes and page numbers from To Kill a Mockingbird about "Justice." Can you provide quotes about the trial of Tom Robinson and how justice took part in it?

Any justice or eqaulity quotes and page numbers would help a lot!

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There are a number of quotes after the trial when the children are talking with Miss Maudie and Atticus.  Miss Maudie tells the children,

"I thought Atticus Finch won't win, he can't win, but he's the only man in these parts who can keep a jury out so long in a case like that." (pg 216)

Later Jem and Scout are talking with Atticus.  Jem tells Atticus that he doesn't think it is fair that Tom Robinson was given a death sentence for his crime.  Atticus replies,

"Tom Robinson's a colored man, Jem.  No jury in this part of the world's going to say 'We think you're guilty, but not very' on a charge like that.  It was either a straight acquittal or nothing." (pg 219)

Atticus tells Jem that if the jury was made up of him and eleven other boys like Jem that Tom Robinson would be a free man today.  He compliments the fact that nothing has interfered with Jem's reasoning.  He says,

"There's something in our world that makes men lose their heads --they couldn't be fair if they tried.  In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life." (pg 220)

He tells Jem and Scout that they will see as they get older that,

"The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box.  As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it -- whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash" (pg 220)

When Tom is shot down during an attempted prison escape, Aunt Alexandra says that it is the last straw.  Atticus says,

"I told him what I thought, but I couldn't in truth say that we had more than a good chance.  I guess Tom was tired of white men's chances and preferred to take his own." (pg 235-236)

These quotes are from my edition of the book, but the page numbers should be in close proximity.

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