If memory serves me correctly, in the film's back story, Heck Tate, the Sheriff, is instrumental in bringing the case to Atticus' attention, rightly figuring that he would be the one attorney in town who would give Tom Robinson a good defense.
Lynn in Sherman Oaks
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