Spec­u­la­tion doesn’t work in court­room

The Columbus Dispatch - - Letters To The Editor -

In her Tues­day op-ed “DeVos seeks due process on cam­pus,” Cyn­thia Allen said the book “To Kill A Mock­ing­bird” showed us that the al­le­ga­tions of rape against Tom Robin­son were fab­ri­cated, and that a “bounty of ev­i­dence,” proved he was in­no­cent. Not so.

Read­ers are told by young Scout Finch, the daugh­ter of Robin­son’s lawyer, that the ev­i­dence shows the charges were fab­ri­cated and that a bounty of ev­i­dence proves he was in­no­cent. But we know Scout was not a re­li­able provider of in­for­ma­tion.

She de­scribed her dad, at­tor­ney At­ti­cus Finch, as an al­most per­fect per­son when the reader knows he sup­ported racist laws, and was prob­a­bly an ac­tive racist him­self.

When it comes to le­gal pro­ceed­ings, we need to fo­cus more on the ev­i­dence, and less on what peo­ple say or spec­u­late about the ev­i­dence.

Bill Mann At­tor­ney Pow­ell

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