Who actually condemns the people to hang in "The Crucible"? Why?

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dneshan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The court, consisting of several judges including Danforth, Hawthorne, and Sewell become the final say in who is condemned to hang.   They are the ones who are obviously in charge of the court proceedings and decide who is telling the truth and who is lying based upon the evidence (however unfair and biased) that is presented to them.  It is also evident that Reverend Hale has a say in who is hanged as well because he says at one point in the play that he has actually signed death warrants.  This could be due to the nature of the crime -- since it has to do with anti-religious acts.