Atticus knew that he would probably lose the case. He said this much to Scout when she asked whether he would win the case. As Atticus predicted, he did lose the case. However, Atticus had another plan. He was going to appeal. He believed that he could win in an appeals court. Here is what he said:
“It’s not time to worry yet,” Atticus reassured him, as we went to the diningroom. “We’re not through yet. There’ll be an appeal, you can count on that.
Atticus believed this, based on the strength of his case and the fact that there would not be a jury based on Maycomb citizens. The case that he made was nearly airtight. He showed convincingly that Tom Robinson could not have committed the crime, whereas Bob Ewell could have. This is why it is so sad that Tom could not hold out in prison. Here is what the text says:
Atticus leaned against the refrigerator, pushed up his glasses, and rubbed his eyes. “We had such a good chance,” he said. “I told him what I thought, but I couldn’t in truth say that we had more than a good chance. I guess Tom was tired of white men’s chances and preferred to take his own.