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He is referring to Atticus Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird." In that story Atticus Finch was a lawyer who staunchly defended a black man whom everyone in town believed was guilty. Jameson calls Peter that because of Peter's rush to defend Spider Man.


It's a reference to the Roman: Quintus Caecilius Pomponianus (born Titus Pomponius; c. November 110 – 31 March 32 BC),1 better known by his cognomen Atticus, was a celebrated editor, banker, and patron of letters from an old but not strictly noble Roman family of the equestrian class and the gens Pomponia. He is best remembered as the closest friend of ...

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