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Atticus Finch revisited.
Poke any lawyer in Au Bon Pain at the REGJB and odds are he or she will tell you they wanted to become a lawyer after reading or watching Atticus Finch's defense of Tom Robinson in "To Kill A Mockingbird." Most of them will also tell you they considered naming their first son "Atticus" or their first daughter "Scout."
But if you think about it, Finch's defense of Robinson was half hearted at best.
He engaged in the "blame the victim-she wanted it" defense by putting his client on the stand to say Mayella Ewell tried to seduce him. Finch even engages in a little sliming of the victim by having Robinson recount a conversation with Ewell in which it is readily apparent that she is having an incestual relationship with her father.
Finch relies heavily on Robinson's left arm being useless while Ewell had bruises to the right side of her face. But is it beyond the realm of possibility that Robinson hit Ewell with a backhand or otherwise struck her while her face was turned?
Finch has Robinson recount an almost unbelievable story by Ewell of saving money for a whole year just so she could send the children out of the house that particular day in the knowledge that Robinson would be walking by. Can you just imagine a prosecutor saying in closing argument "In order to find Robinson not guilty you must believe Ewell planned this a year in advance."? Finch manages to co-mingle the "she wanted it" defense with this absurd story to the point where one must believe Ewell was so sex starved that she worked on this scheme for a whole year.
Yes Finch has his admirable qualities. He stood on the steps of the jail to stop a lynch mob. But his lawyering skills leave a lot more to be desired.
This New Yorker has a an article about the South and Finch's defense revisited here. We recommend it.
The final condemnation of Finch is just as severe- his complicity in Sheriff Tate's obstruction of justice. In the conclusion of the Novel, Boo Radely saves Scout and her brother and kills Ewell's father: