In the novel Monster, did Steve Harmon receive a fair trial?

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Since the novel is written from Steve's point of view, the question really is if Steve thinks he received a fair trial. At one point, he recalls a dream that seems to sum up his feelings.

The dream took place in the courtroom. I was trying to ask questions and nobody could hear me. I was shouting and shouting but everyone went about their business as if I wasn't there.

Steve and his lawyer know that, because of his race, he will have to work even harder for the court listen to his point of view. As his lawyer, Miss O'Brien, states:

“My job is to make sure the law works for you as well as against you, and to make you a human being in the eyes of the jury.”

The reader has to presume they do listen, and, therefore, he does receive a fair trial, because they find him not guilty. There is, however, a sense that he is actually quite lucky to get away. After the trial his father rejects him:

My [Steve's] father is no longer sure of who I am. He doesn't understand me even knowing people like King or Bobo or Osvaldo. He wonders what else he doesn't know."

His lawyer also finds it difficult to look into his eyes.

When Miss O'Brien looked at me... what did she see that caused her to turn away? What did she see?

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Yes. I believe that Steve Harmon received a fair trial throughout the novel Monster by Walter Dean Myers. The testimonies of both Richard "Bobo" Evans and Osvaldo Cruz were unreliable, and the jury took into account that both witnesses benefited from testifying against James King and Steve Harmon. Although the prosecuting attorney mentions that Steve collaborated with James King about the robbery, Petrocelli does not state that Steve was ever in the store. The State's other witness, Lorelle Henry, did not testify to seeing Steve in the store before the robbery. Also, Steve did not give a signal to Evans or King, and did not receive any payment following the robbery. The only evidence to suggest that Steve was involved in the crime was simply hearsay from James King, Bobo Evans, and Osvaldo Cruz. Without substantial evidence to prove that Steve Harmon was a co-conspirator, the jury made a just decision to rule Steve not guilty in the murder of Aguinaldo Nesbitt.

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