posc 130 book analysis - Gerald N Rosenberg's book The...

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Gerald N. Rosenberg’s book  The Hollow Hope  consists of controversial claims that  question the ability of the Supreme Court to spark social change. The trial in  To Kill a  Mockingbird  by Harper Lee is a depiction of the cultural constraints within the judicial system  during the trial of a black man named Tom during the 1930s that prevent justice from being  served. Throughout the trial, numerous injustices sparked by the racist community are presented  that affect the fate of Tom, such as a biased jury and judge and a viciously racist prosecuting  attorney. Evidence in the trial blatantly reveals Tom’s innocence, yet because of his race, the  prejudiced community wants nothing more than to convict him of the rape he is charged with  and to see him executed.  To Kill a Mockingbird  qualifies Rosenberg’s argument that law cannot  produce social change in a racist community since the citizens more heavily influence the courts’  decisions than does justice. Although instances in the novel give the appearance that the  community of Maycomb gives equal opportunity to all of its citizens, the corruption within  society and the courts prevails in the trial and as a result, an innocent black man has his life taken  from him. Social inequality is a prevalent theme throughout the entirety of  To Kill a Mockingbird.  Tom Robinson’s trial for rape proves to be an appallingly unjust process since although Atticus  Finch, the defense attorney, presents a flawless case with remarkable evidence, the jury finds  Tom guilty. One aspect of the crime that Atticus emphasizes is that since Tom’s left hand was  severely damaged by a cotton gin when he was younger and the bruises on Mayella were on the  1
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right side of her face, Tom could not have possibly committed the assault. Other holes in 
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