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Was there other evidence supporting Black's conviction? How did they come to the decision to send him to Azkaban?

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Barty Crouch was sending people off to Azkaban left and right. I doubt he needed any more evidence than a street full of witnesses who saw Pettigrew say "Sirius, how could you" before he got blown off. –  user13267 Jul 27 at 14:10
    
Where was it that Sirius got framed for killing Pettigrew? What location? –  liam tomkins Jul 27 at 14:13
    
Large explosion, Pettigrew's body was not found, his finger proved he was there, and Sirius was the only survivor. Does this not make sense? –  Izkata Jul 27 at 14:25
    
@Izkata plus a lot of muggles said that Sirius threatened Peter with a 'stick' –  Armin Jul 27 at 14:40

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  1. There was apparently a street full of Muggle witnesses who "saw" Pettigrew get murdered.
  2. Dumbledore and Lupin were aware that Sirius was the Potter's Secret-keeper, but not that they had secretly switched to Peter. As far as they were concerned, there was only one person who was capable of betraying the Potter's location.
  3. Keep in mind, everyone who knew them knew that Sirius was the competent, rebellious one and Peter was an incompetent loser. Sirius also came from a long line of Slytherins and had multiple family members who supported Voldemort. He was a much better profile for the traitor than Peter.
  4. Sirius didn't help things by laughing maniacally when he was taken into custody.

According to Sirius, Barty Crouch threw him into Azkaban without a trial. Now Dumbledore contradicts this by saying that he gave evidence at Sirius' trial, so we don't know exactly how much evidence was required to throw him away. But even if Sirius had given his side of the story, it would have sounded far-fetched. The reader can only be sure it's true because Sirius physically produces Peter Pettigrew.

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I always assumed that Sirius was tried in absentia, because of their contradicting accounts - Dumbledore testified, but nobody even bothered to tell Sirius that there had in fact been a trial. –  BMWurm Jul 27 at 17:18
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+1 for "Sirius didn't help things by laughing maniacally when he was taken into custody." –  tsleyson Jul 27 at 17:48
    
If Dumbledore didn't know the truth, why did he told Harry to save Sirius? –  Sachin Shekhar Jul 27 at 18:03
    
@SachinShekhar: that didn't happen until after Dumbledore had spoken to Sirius. –  Harry Johnston Jul 27 at 21:56
    
@tenthjustice Sirius believed that he had killed peter when he went to jail so he wouldn't have said that peter turned into a rat and ran away. so weather he was tried or not he was still guilty by admittance. it wasnt until the summer of book 3 that Sirius found out peter wasnt dead. –  Himarm Jul 28 at 13:40

Killing peter pettigrew did not send sirius to azkaban , The fact that peter blew up half the street killing twelve muggles it what sent sirius to azkaban. peter shot a curse behind himself right before sirius fired a curse at peter so the witnesses see sirius attempt to kill peter, the street blow up , body parts everywhere, and just the finger left of peter Followed with sirius admittance that he did kill peter as he thought he did. Sirius then sat in jail peacefully knowing he had avenged the potters until the day he saw fudges newspaper and saw Ron and Peter on the front page. In cases of mass murder with multiple witnesses, and an admittance of guild you do not need a trial.

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