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At the end of chapter 5 there is talk about the oldest lawyer trick on record. What is...

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Posted April 16, 2007 at 8:17 AM via web

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At the end of chapter 5 there is talk about the oldest lawyer trick on record. What is it?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 16, 2007 at 10:11 AM (Answer #1)

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Atticus' trick is to get Jem to admit things (specifically, that he and the other kids had been playacting Boo's life for fun) by asking a series of leading questions until Jem gets knocked off balance (mentally) and accidentally admits to doing what Atticus already knew they'd done.

The trick, then, is to confuse the person through leading questions until he or she admits things.

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