Time To Kill


Time To Kill
Two white men, Billy Ray Lobb and Pete Williard rape the 10-year-old black girl

Tonga. Everybody in the town is upset with the incident and the two men are
found quickly and brought into jail. At the bail hearing Tonga’s father, Carl

Lee Hailey, shoots the two rapists and now the town is split into two sides. One
side understands Carl because a lot of fathers would have done the same thing in
his situation. But the other side that contained most of the town people want
him to be punished in the gas chamber. Jake Brigance becomes Haile’s lawyer
and realizes how complicated it is to deal with such a famous client. He has ti
fight against the District Attorney who wants to use this trail to get famous.

The case gets national attention and a lot of different organizations (Like the

K.K.K) get involved. After a long trial, Carl Lee gets free, and everybody goes
back to "normal" life in Clanton, Mississippi. A review for a paper: Time to

Kill, one of the best known novels of the last 15 years, is a courtroom drama by

John Grisham, set in a small town in southern Mississippi. Jake Brigance, a
young, white lawyer is hired by a murderer of two rapists who raped his
daughter. Sound complicated? It is- the murderer is black and the rapists are
(or were) white. Jake Brigance is given the impossible task of proving that Carl

Lee Hailey, the black murderer, is innocent. Impossible, because of a mostly
white county, because of the Ku Klux Klan which "lives again" in

Clanton, because of a win-at-all costs prosecutor, because of the racism and
hypocrisy of the Mississippi citizens and judicial system. This book illustrates
how no matter how much the world tries to say they "celebrate their
diversity" or "look past the differences," you have to look no
farther than a small Mississippi town to see how untrue this is.

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