Robin Hood a criminal? He steals from the rich and gives to the poor, what's wrong with that? In this criminal case, Robin Hood has been accused by the Town of Nottingham of assaulting the Sheriff of Nottingham and stealing the Sheriff’s family treasure.
The prosecution claims that the Sheriff of Nottingham was attacked while investigating the new town territory. During the attack the sheriff’s family treasure was stolen. The prosecution claims that the evidence will prove that Robin Hood committed this crime. The Sheriff clearly identified Robin Hood as the guilty party in two ways. First, by the defendant’s laughter—that is as good as any other identification in the dark. And second, by the defendant’s careless use of monogrammed arrows which we will introduce as evidence against him. Furthermore, the Sheriff's jewels wound up in the church in the forest, run by one of Robin Hood's buddies, Friar Tuck.
The defense claims that Robin Hood did not steal the Sheriff of Nottingham's possessions and that the Sheriff of Nottingham cannot clearly identify Robin Hood as being in the forest that night. It was dark, he couldn't see. The sheriff couldn't even remember how many men attacked him—thousands or just a few.
The defense also claims that the so-called family treasure didn't actually belong to the Sheriff at all. Maid Marion and Friar Tuck can identify the treasure as being from the Town church—stolen by the Sheriff, and taken into the Forest, where he believed no one would find them. Robin Hood is an upstanding citizen of this town. He found a chest full of jewels in the forest, and generously gave it to the poor. We have a law in this town of "finders-keepers.” There are more than reasonable doubts in this case, and little or no proof of any wrongdoing.