To Kill a Mockingbird

Although Atticus told Scout that he was "simply defending a Negro" what evidence was there that this was really not a simple case?

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THe fact that there is a white girl claiming that a black man raped her is problematic. There were also no witnesses except Bob Ewell. Regardless of Tom's obvious innocence the overall racial prejudice of the town (The jury were all white men) made this case difficult if not impossible to win.