Speculation doesn’t work in courtroom
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