Who is the defense attorney in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Atticus Finch is Tom Robinson's defense attorney in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus is the novel's most morally upright individual and chooses to defend Tom Robinson honorably in front of a prejudiced jury. During the trial, Atticus reveals Mayella and Bob Ewell are lying about accusing Tom Robinson of assault and rape. Atticus reveals Tom Robinson was incapable of inflicting the wounds to the right side of Mayella's face because he has a crippled left hand. Atticus suggests Bob Ewell assaulted his daughter after he saw her kiss Tom Robinson. Atticus then pleads with the jury to look past their prejudice and judge the case fairly. Despite Atticus's excellent defense of his client, Tom Robinson is found guilty and becomes a victim of racial injustice.

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