There Are No Children Here

by

Alex Kotlowitz

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Anne Rhodes Character Analysis

The public defender in charge of Lafeyette’s trial seems unfriendly and harsh but is actually moved by a desire to do the best she can in difficult circumstances, as she lacks the time and resources to best defend her clients. She is a perceptive observer and becomes convinced that most of the accused boys are innocent. In the end, though, she feels despondent about the justice system and criticizes its failure to protect vulnerable children.
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Anne Rhodes Character Timeline in There Are No Children Here

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Chapter 31
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When the public defender, Anne Rhodes, calls the five boys and their parents into a room, she comes across as... (full context)
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In this case, Anne Rhodes believes most of the five boys are innocent. She tries to avoid trial by... (full context)
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Anne only has five minutes to prepare for the trial and asks to meet with the... (full context)
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Anne Rhodes, the children, and their parents then walk into the courtroom. LaJoe tells her son... (full context)
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...precise details of what they were doing that particular night, four months ago. Even though Anne tries to identify contradictions in the police’s testimony, showing that there does not seem to... (full context)
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Both Anne Rhodes and Andrea Muchin are surprised by this decision and grow convinced that the legal... (full context)