What does Link Deas say about Tom Robinson during the trial in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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While Tom Robinson is on the witness stand during his trial, Link Deas stands up and, in attests to Tom's character by declaring Tom has worked for him eight years without any problems.

Mr. Deas is one of the merchants of Maycomb and a decent man who realizes the ridiculousness of Tom's trial. He is so incensed that this hard-working, decent man has been made a scapegoat, and it causes him to stand up and declare, 

I just want the whole lot of you to know one thing right now. That boy's worked for me eight years an' I ain't had a speck o'trouble outa him. Not a speck.

As a businessman, Link Deas has a sense of which citizens of Maycomb are decent people and which ones are not trustworthy or of good character. He is cognizant of the attitudes of the majority of citizens in Maycomb, so he fears Tom will not be treated fairly during the trial. The unfairness of Tom's arrest has already been proven since he was apprehended simply on the word of Bob Ewell, a known drunkard and man of low character who neglects and abuses his own children.

Although he is well-meaning, Mr. Deas disrupts the proceedings of the trial, so Judge Taylor must scold him because he could cause a mistrial. For this reason, the judge has Mr. Deas removed from the courtroom.

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