I think that you should still try even if you are 99% sure you’re going to lose. It’s like in a soccer game even if by the end of the second half you are down 9-0 you should still try, if you don’t you are just handing the game over to the other team. You should always go out fighting. Never just hand the enemy victory. Atticus was almost positive that they were going to lose the case but when the trail came around he really shook up the jury and made them really question what their verdict was going to be. Atticus gave it his best even though he knew he wouldn’t win but if he hadn’t tried then it would have just been a quick easy trail and he would have to live with the guilt of knowing that because he didn’t give it his best a man may be put to death. I think that even though his children had suffer as well through the trial it is still best that he did what he did because it set a good example for them and they will always be able to look at their father with pride instead of embarrassment because he didn’t try.