TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: This is a comparison between Tom Robinson's trial and OJ Simpson's trial using subjects like racism and questioning the innocence of Simpson,etc.

Essay by SilkThaShockaJunior High, 9th grade May 2002

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Comparison: O.J. Simpson and Tom Robinson Trials

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." This was taken directly from the Bill of Rights (Amendment XIV section I), and it clearly states that nothing should make or enforce any law that dispossesses the immunity of the citizen on trial. In the trials of Tom Robinson and Orenthal James Simpson, this amendment seemingly may not have been considered. Every man should be treated equally, regardless of his race and social status, and in these two trials that statement was not being applied.

The social and political climate of the town in both cases was a major factor in the result of Robinson and Simpson's trials. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Tom Robinson was a man of innocence that was accused of rape, a crime he did not commit. Back in the 1930's, white men were constantly trying to prove the "natural inferiority" of the African American race, condemning them as unreasonable. The jury was unable to look past race and praise the integrity of Tom and epitomize the opposite of prejudice. If Tom Robinson were a white man, the outcome of the trial would be entirely different. However, in 1994, times have shown to have changed from the extent of racism and prejudice from the early 1900's. Now, money and popularity is power, despite the race of...