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Proctor knows that the court is a sham and out to get Proctor. Initially he pleads with Proctor to get a lawyer and defend himself. By the end of the play, Hale pleads with Proctor to lie to the courts. Much damage has already been done including the arrest of his innocent wife Elizabeth. Hale implores Proctor to confess some sort of allegiance with the Devil even though he is innocent of the charges. We see the disappointment and desperation Rev. Hale has now that he knows the courts are a fraud.
Sorry, I meant Hale knows that the court is a sham and out to get Proctor.