What does Scout say a jury never does in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout, Jem, and everyone else in the courtroom wait eagerly for the jury to emerge with their verdict. Jem is certain the jury will not convict Tom Robinson based on the evidence presented to them, but Scout is not so sure. When the jury finally emerges, Scout knows what the outcome will be. Scout knows "a jury never looks at a defendant it has convicted" (Chapter 21). Not a single member of the jury looks at Tom Robinson. This is how Scout knows the jury is about to convict Tom Robinson.

The judge reads the decision of each member of the jury. Scout closes her eyes as the judge reads the word "guilty" over and over again. Jem is enraged. He cannot believe the jury would convict Tom Robinson. Jem cries when he thinks of the injustice Tom Robinson has faced.

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