Does Atticus have a chance in getting Tom a different verdict if he appeals the case in To Kill a Mockingbird?I'm wondering if by sending the case higher up the chain of courts that the case would...

Does Atticus have a chance in getting Tom a different verdict if he appeals the case in To Kill a Mockingbird?

I'm wondering if by sending the case higher up the chain of courts that the case would be given a different verdict because of a new jury picked by Atticus.

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Atticus knows before the trial what the end result will be since he tells his brother Jack that

"... the jury couldn't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson's word against the Ewells'..."  (Chapter 9)

But he also tells Jack that

"... I intend to jar the jury a bit--I think we'll have a reasonable chance on appeal, though."  (Chapter 9)

Even after Tom's death, Atticus laments that "We had such a good chance" of having his guilty verdict overturned on appeal. Atticus hopes that one of several things will happen. First, a "higher court" would review the case, and

"... Tom had a good chance of going free..."  (Chapter 23)

If the verdict is not overturned outright, Tom might receive a new trial. Atticus hopes that a new jury (probably in a different town) might be swayed by the facts and not harbor the preconceived presumption of guilt held by the "heathen" Maycomb jury. And there is always the chance that a "Christian judge" might receive the case on appeal and overturn the verdict.

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