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“You might like to know that there was one fellow who took considerable wearing down—in the beginning he was rarin’ for an outright acquittal.” “Who?” Jem was astonished. Atticus’s eyes twinkled. “It’s not for me to say, but I’ll tell you this much. He was one of your Old Sarum friends…” “One of the Cunninghams?” Jem yelped. “One of—I didn’t recognize any of ‘em…you’re jokin.” He looked at Atticus from the corners of his eyes. “One of their connections. On a hunch, I didn’t strike him. Just on a hunch. Could’ve, but I didn’t.” “Golly Moses,” Jem said reverently. “One minute they’re tryin’ to kill him and the next they’re tryin’ to turn him loose”… Atticus said… “it took a thunderbolt plus another Cunningham to make one of them change his mind. If we’d had two of that crowd, we’d’ve had a hung jury.” (To Kill a Mockingbird, Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group, Inc., April 2010 © 1960 Harper Lee, pages 297, 298.) Scout, the unknowing Second Chair, speaks to Walter Cunningham, the un- knowing Fifth Chair, “Hey Mr. Cunning- ham.” Within seconds Walter says, “Let’s go,” and other Fifth Chair Cunninghams are lastingly affected. One of them be- comes a Fifth Chair himself in the jury room, “rarin’ for an acquittal.” If only he’d had a Second Chair! “If we’d had two of that crowd, we’d’ve had a hung jury.” A hung jury in 1930’s segregated, Jim Crow, Alabama with a black man accused of rape. Let’s look at another Second Chair expe- rience. It was August 28, 1963. Hundreds of thousands had gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. facing the Lincoln Memorial. Fifteen speakers were sched- uled to speak. The last speaker had been cautioned by his advisers, by the event or- ganizer, and even by the Kennedy Adminis- tration, to be careful. It’s a big stage. Don’t cause problems. The speech he was to give was written by others. It was well-crafted and very persuasive. Yet compared to oth- ers he had given, it was a bit bland. He had www.vtbar.org some thoughts he wanted to share and was burdened by whether or not to share them despite the cautions. Toward the end of his prepared remarks, as he struggled wheth- er or not to share t W6RFVvG2g&V@7FFr6WfW&&w2&VBƖ66FRvVֶv6vW"VVBWB( FVFV&WBFRG&V'F( Ф'FWFW"r"VWFǒ6ƖBFP&W&VB&V&2FFR6FRB6ǐB6&VgVǒ6B( ĒfRG&V( FP&W7B27F'FW"7VW"FW &V&2&R&VV&W&VBg&FBFFR7VV6G6VbFRw&GFVFWBbv66F2&VfW&V6RFFRG&V7FV6W2F&VvFRr6B'W&FVVBFRfgF6"vF66RGf6W'2BЧ'FBVR67WrFRf'7B6"आRvG2FFVCRF2N( 2&vCPF2BvRFffW&V6RFWFVR2w&sF( B6W6R&&V37F6FFRw&GFV7VV6Ɩ6Ч66GFrFR6V6B6"&V6W0WBvFW7BfWrv&G2Bf"ЦVBǒƖgG2~( 2fgF6"'W&FV( 0FVFV&WBFRG&V'FЦƖ666BF'FWFW"r"( ėN( 2"( ФFW"66VSB2BBF'GGvVB66RvG&rFVЧ6VfW2FWW&6RfvRBFRvW7BЦW&VFvRbFR&GFW'&BVF2FPfvRfVVG2FRV&ǒ7F'fVBw&W'W@6&62FRfBFBvFWBW6WFFW&R66BgW'FW"vVVVBvFFVFWfRVG&VG2bf&V&2ЦVFBvFW"FRWW&6R&P6G&&RFR֖G7BbV67G&vW G&&W26V6bVFW'2F67W76W2vB6V@&RFR7G&rf6W27VFFVЦBFRFV"vV2FRvV06VBfW'vV6vRFR&6RbrЦW"rFRG&&W2FW"f6W27VF&Vg&VBFVBW'6RFVFVFgFW"VvF7V6vV2&R&WGFW g&VG2FVV֖W2B7W&VǒvG&FPf"&RvV2b&Vg&VFVBFR6VЦ6W2G2FV66FVvRFW&RFVfV6VW72vǖrW"FVF&VBvFআV&rbFR6V6&6W2vFFff7VGB2FR6&6RbVFW'2W"VWV7BЦVB&W6V6RW"FVFǒV&6R@FRVvVBbW"ƖfR6BFRGFVЧFbFRVFW'2W"R2vFWvV0v6V2( &WGW&VBg&f"6VЧG'( 6RB&VVFVBB2'Vv&&rG&&RBG&FVBg&G&&RFG&&RFR&VrFV֖W2FFPV7BW"VvVB6&6W2W"FW&fFB'W6RWfVGVǒ6R2VVBFW2Ц6R'6RvFR6WGFW'2FRw&V@W2&VBvfVfWr7WƖW2֒Ч&7VW6ǒBBw&VB67B6RW2@&6FW"G&&R6Rr7FG2&Vf&PFRG&&6V6B6ǒ62( VDRdU$B$"U$( "5$r#pƖRFW6RvW&RvBFRFFVW'B( vFWvV262FFR6V6( ėN( 0.( BFR6V66vW2G2FV66rF6R6fVBFBFvW&RW&ЧvWFW"Wv2BvƖ6&FR6Ч6Rvv266vvVFRWv0B6&WVFFVB7W'fWV@BW&VB#7V&R֖W2bVЦ6'FVBFW'&F'FRWVFFv2FPFrBf"FRVFVB7FFW>( WЧ6'WBf"FRv&BbGrv6GFrFR6V6B6"6rF6PFR6V66GFrFRfgF6"( ėN( 0"( FRw&VBB7F&6ǒ'F@6G&'WF2'Wv2B6&vV@fRVFVB''WFǒFRvW7FW&VFvPbFR&GFW'&BVF2vR&VfW"FFW6RWW&V6W227Ч&FWF72BFR6V6B6"07FFVBWF72&RF67&WF'&Vf'0&VF6F&2WF72&R&W@FR66W2vRR&VFFrvP6VR&vBBw&rvBBWf6FЦf6F6Ɩ֗B&B&Vf"'WB2F2Ц7W76VB&RB&R6Ff6F2&RЧV&VBF&RVffV7FfR6Ff6FFW0BV6W&vRvB&Vf"BFVG0F&W7VBW72fW&WF6&Vf.( @fWvW"66W2&VF6F&vB@w&rvBBWfFRf7B&GbVRvV6VB( &RRvC( vW6FFRF6( ŖW2( WfW'FVW72vV6VB( FPvBF&RvC( 7B6( ŖW2( vFЦWBV6&FFr( ŖW>( 7vW"2WfV&Rf'F6֖rvV6VB( FPvBFFvC( B2&&RFVVBf 6VRF7GVǒ7&RF&RWf"FFWfvvF7BVR&VFǒFRЦ6&RFBFWvBFFvCFfB&Vf&RR&V6Rr&Vf&RR6WrvЦƖF6BF2'&FW"VƖ"( Ɨ2FW&R@6W6R( 2FW&RB&V6BF06RBF2FS7BWfW'RfVV2FVW6FRFVЧ6VfW2W'6R6WFW2FRfVVƖr`W'6R6vWBfW'6FvVB'FRЦVB"WfV'ƖfWFRbVG2'W@W7BƖRFfBbN( GvRfRW'6RFW&R26W6R&V6f"W2&VrFP6W2vRfBW'6VfW2FW&7FrvFFRVRvFvvR&RFW&7Fr6WFW2FR&V62F6BFR6V2ЦB6"B6FFRfgF6"v6PW'6R2FV&&ǒfW'6FvVB'f'7B6"f6W2( ėN( 2"( BvVvPFW7BƖRGVrf&&W6FW2vFFP7G&rW"6V6B6"f6R&W6ЦFW2vFG'WFBW'6RbFRfgF6"BvW&gVFw2V7&FWF72BFR6V6@6"V6W&vW2v&VW72B66W0&VF6F&2vR6BFPfgF6"BFW2Vf'GVFVǒvR6WFW26BFRf'7B6"BvWB@FFǒw&r'WBvR67&RF6BWfW"FRv&( 2fFW"v2VgBFVB@vFfRfW'&BFVW"gW'FW"VF6WfFV6Rv2G&GV6VBF@6vVBFRv&v2WfW"&VBदVv2VFVBVFFRfW&F7B6RgFW"6WfW&W'2bFVƖ&W&FFPW'fVBF&&6wVGVv07'W6VBBFR'fW2W7F6RGF7W0WVBFFRF7G&VvBVFBW'vVBW7VǒFRǒfWr֖WFW0F6f7BF( F&667W6VB`&rvFRv'WBF2W'FW'23P