|“||You know they would be sentenced and being free after ten years. So, Mr. Hailey, do you think should we free a rapist after ten years. Should we free a murderer after ten years. Look at Carl Lee Hailey So do you think they deserved to die.||„|
|~ Rufus Buckley|
Rufus Buckley is the main antagonist of A Time to Kill. He is a District Attorney who investigated the Case of Carl Lee Hailey,he's against Brigance for the case, he was fearing to lose the case if some jury members were african-american but was happy when he seeing they were all white. He did not want to hear people talking about the rape but was only interested in the murder of two white males, every time he tries to put Jake Brigance down during the case, and try to convince the jury the convicted murderer Carl Lee Hailey is guilty.
When he asking Carl about the sentence the two victims can have if they are still alive after ten years of prison and being free after, but he is also try to provoke Carl for answering if he think they we're deserving to died Carl shouted "Yes, they deserved to die and, I hope they burned in hell!" that's made the crowds shouted because Buckley have what he wanted him to say for win the case.
In the closing argument Buckley tries one last time to convice the jury members to put Carl on death row, but when he see Brigance saying to the jury members to close their eyes for the story of a raped little girl and see him said to them to imaginate if she's was white that's made the jury members see the light and Buckley loose the case, but after the trial Buckley congrats Brigance for winning the case.