Gentleman, I stand before you today to make a point that has already has been made clear to you throughout the entirety of this trial; Tom Robinson is innocent and did not rape Mayella Ewell. This trial show never have even occurred because the plaintiffs did not supply the jury with any evidence suggesting that Tom Robinson could have been a culprit of beating and raping Mayella Ewell. Additionally, there is nothing in Tom Robinson’s trial that can be disputed while the testimony given by the Ewells was contradictory and was very uncertain. While it may not be socially accepted to treat the honest testimony of a black man at least equal to the clearly faulty and contradictory testimony given by Mayella and Bob Ewell, this is what needs to be done to bring justice back to the defendant’s life. According to the plaintiff’s testimony, Mayella Ewell was brutally beaten primarily on her right side and considering Mrs. Ewell stated that she was looking directly at the perpetrator when she was being attacked, the culprit must have led with his left hand, something that Tom Robinson is physically unable to do. While I do believe Mayella was brutally beaten, and there is evidence of this, the culprit could not have been Tom Robinson, but rather another man sitting before us. Tom Robinson is a humble and gentle man that did so much as to feel sorry for a white woman and as a result, he is being accused of committing a crime that is unspeakable for a man that constantly went out of his way to help a white woman. While the subject of rape is very touchy and I do not want to put blame on Mayella Ewell, I cannot go so far as allowing her and Mr. Ewell to lie about the victim, something they solemnly swore not to do. I cannot acquit Mayella of lying simply because she does not want to deal with the fact that she kissed a black man. Unfortunately, she has been placed in a society where it is unacceptable for a white woman to kiss a black man. It should be encouraged or at least acceptable for someone to kiss whoever he or she wants regardless of skin color so Tom Ferguson should not need to be blamed for committing a crime to cover for someone else’s insecurity. As of now, Tom Ferguson has been put in a spot where he cannot win unless a jury who can treat all people equal agrees to acquit Tom Ferguson of a crime that he could not have done if he wanted to. Fortunately we have just that jury in front of us so for justice’s sake, acquit Tom Ferguson. The only possible way for Tom Ferguson to get convicted is if you, the jury, completely reject the testimony that has been given to you so I implore you to do your duty and return order and justice to your community and to Tom Robinson’s life.
To Kill a Mockingbird. Dir. Robert Mulligan. By Horton Foote. Perf. Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, and Phillip Alford. Universal-International, 1962. Web (Netflix). 13 Sept. 2016.