To Kill a Mockingbird

How is Mr.Tates testimony significant to the overall trial?

Chapter 17

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Heck Tate's testimony corroborates Atticus's assertion that Mayella was badly beaten on the right side of her. Tom only has one good working hand, his right hand. Tom could not have held Mayella down and hit her at the same time with with his right hand. Still the jury was not concerned with facts.