In To Kill a Mockingbird why does Link Deas speak out in court?

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Link Deas was Tom Robinson's employer, and he is one of the characters in the novel who most strongly represents tolerance and the shaking of the status quo. The way he represents this is by speaking out of order at court on behalf of Tom. 

Mr. Link Deas rose from the audience and announced: '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."

This caused a problem in court since he would have accidentally caused a mistrial for not following the proper protocols to speak as a witness. He also got a harsh reprimand by the judge.

Shut your mouth, sir!" [...] "If you have anything you want to say you can say it under oath and at the proper time, but until then you get out of this room, you hear me?"

Basically Link was fed up with the trial, wanted to see justice served, and he was not scared to speak his mind. Remember that, eventually, Link not only gave Helen Robinson a job--he also ran Ewell off his property and threatened him if he dared to ever bully Helen. Link Deas is, essentially, a truly good man. 


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