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Con Team: Chilu, Holiday, Harper, Avery, Emily, and Derek
What we need to prove: Heck Tate was wrong in allowing Arthur Radley to go free.
Opening (has to be around a min long): Emily
Our group believes that Heck Tate was wrong in allowing Arthur Radley to go free. Even if Arthur Radley killed Bob Ewell because he did not want the children to be in danger, as a police officer, he should lead by example and not cover up Arthur Radley. At the legal level, killing is an offense and should be punished accordingly. And everyone should have the right to know. Covering up is the worst because we live in a society under the rule of law, also the crimes of all people should not be judged by us personally. We can not break the rule of law because of one person. Once this is done, other people will imitate it and destroy the balance of society. Therefore, it was wrong in allowing Arthur Radley to go free.

Points:
– Justice System
– No one should avoid prosecution and Atticus is a hypocrite – Harper
“If this thing’s hushed up it’ll be a simple denial to Jem of the way I’ve tried to raise him.” (Lee 366)
Explanation: Atticus would be going against the very principles that he has parented on if he allowed Heck to create a cover-up. Atticus goes on further to say that Scout and Jem are all he has, and if he “connived at something like this, frankly I couldn’t meet his eyes” (Lee 366).
“Heck, can’t you even try and see it my way?” and “if they don’t trust me they won’t trust anyone. Scout and Jem know what happened” (Lee 367)
Explanation: Atticus is right. Scout and Jem can’t simply just forget the past and rewrite the events. It would bother them to have to switch the narrative this way or that way. They are children.
Merriam-Webster Definition of Obstruction of Justice – “the crime or act of willfully interfering with the process of justice and law especially by influencing, threatening, harming, or impeding a witness, potential witness, juror, or judicial or legal officer or by furnishing false information in or otherwise impeding an investigation or legal process”
“I may not be much, Mr. Finch, but I’m still the sheriff of Maycomb County and Bob Ewell fell on his knife. Goodnight, sir” (Lee 370).
“It ain’t your decision, Mr. Finch, it’s all mine” (Lee 369)
“‘Scout,’ he said, ‘Mr. Ewell fell on his knife. Can you possibly understand?’” (Lee 370) and “‘Yes sir, I understand,” I reassured him. ‘Mr. Tate was right” (Lee 370). WITNESS TAMPERING
– It is in the best interest of the children that the truth is told – Harper
“See there, Heck? Thank you from the bottom of my heart, but I don’t want my boy starting out with something like this over his head. The best way to clear the air is to have it all in the air. Let the county come and bring sandwiches. I don’t want him growing up with a whisper about him, I don’t want anybody saying ‘Jew Finch … his daddy paid a mint to get him out of that. Sooner we get this over with the better” (Lee 366).
Explanation: Atticus doesn’t want this to hang over his children, specifically Jem. Atticus wants the truth to be revealed because it will clear any suspicions about whether Atticus bribed Heck Tate into reporting the Bob Ewell committed suicide. Atticus knows Maycomb’s gossip ways and understands that word about this incident would travel fast, with the main subject being Jem.
– It should be up to a jury to decide the verdict of self-defense – Avery
– Every people around must have their right to know – Holiday
“Most people are pretty clear on what a secret is. It is a piece of information that someone has that they do not wish to share with someone else. The piece of information could be personal (someone might want to hide the fact that they once went to prison) or work-related (an employee might want to keep secret that they are looking for another job). Some secrets are even positive (hiding a surprise party from the person being celebrated).”
Quote: “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.”
Secret could not be hidden forever, there one day all the secret will be exposed to the surface.
From the book:
“See there, Heck? Thank you from the bottom of my heart, but I don’t want my boy starting out with something like this over his head. The best way to clear the air is to have it all in the air. Let the county come and bring sandwiches. I don’t want him growing up with a whisper about him, I don’t want anybody saying ‘Jew Finch … his daddy paid a mint to get him out of that. Sooner we get this over with the better” (Lee 366).
Explanation: Atticus feel keeping the secret will be an impact on the children, and keeping a secret will bring pressure to the people. For people who keep the secret, they will always worried about the secret exposed and having a stressful time.
There is no one willing to live around secret.
– Someone shouldn’t use one incident to compensate or balance out another incident. – Derek
“There’s a black boy dead for no reason, and the man responsible for it’s dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr. Finch. Let the dead bury the dead” (Lee 369).
“I’m not a very good man sir, but I am sheriff of Maycomb County. Lived in this town all my life…[I] know everything that’s happened here since before I was born” (Lee 369).
Closing statement :
To conclude out the case, Heck Tate was wrong in granting Arthur Radley immunity because nobody should be above the law, no matter how much the ends justify the means. Arthur Radley killed Bob Ewell, plain and simple. It doesn’t really matter why he did it; all that matters is that he acted on instinct. Heck Tate doesn’t just get to turn a blind eye just to shield the way he is perceived by the people of Maycomb. The main job of the sheriff is to uphold the law, and this debate has been based on whether this is morally right or lawfully right. Heck Tate is a law enforcement officer, and one of the largest rules of this role is to put their personal beliefs aside and justify his rulings on the law. Another thing to point out is that the children were there to bear witness. Scout and Jem were actively present when Bob Ewell tried to kill her, so even after this is A statement can be made saying that Arthur is a hero. Even though that may be true in some cases, he still has to face the music.
Counterpoints:
Tate did so in Arthur’s best interest
Sending Boo to jail wouldn’t solve anything

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