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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

by Mors Rattus

Part 33: Case 3 - Turnabout Samurai - Trial (Day 4) - Part 1

Case 3 - Turnabout Samurai
Trial (Day 4) - Part 1

: Court is now in session for the trial of Mr. Will Powers.
: The prosecution is ready, Your Honor.
: The defense is ready, Your Honor.
: Today will be the final day of this trial. I hope the prosecution and the defense will be able to present decisive evidence.
: Very well, Mr. Edgeworth. Your opening statement.
: In yesterday's session, the defense presented us with a new theory for this case. He claims that the scene of the crime was, in fact, Studio Two. Today, I will call on the people present in the Studio Two trailer that day. From their testimonies, the truth will become clear.
: Hmm... very well!
: (Edgeworth seems a bit on edge today...)

: You may call your first witness, Mr. Edgeworth.
: The prosecution calls Ms. Dee Vasquez to the stand. Ms. Dee Vasquez is a producer who was present in the Studio Two trailer that day.

: Will the witness state her name and occupation?
: ... Dee Vasquez. I am a producer for Global Studios.
: On the day of the murder, you were in the trailer in Studio Two...
: As everyone here knows, yes?
: ...?
: I dislike needless banter. If you must pontificate, do it when I'm not here.
: Mrrph!
: V-very well, Ms. Vasquez. Please give the court your testimony concerning the day of the murder.
: Nick! I know she did it! Make her pay!
: R-right! (If she's guilty, I'll catch her with her pants down... So to speak.)

: Hmm...
: I have a question about one part of your testimony.
: You were "fatigued" so you had Sal "take" you...?
: The van.
: Hmm?
: There's a van at Studio Two.

: I thought it might be risky to walk, what with that monkey's head toppling over.

: I... I see!
: Very well. Mr. Wright, your cross-examination.
: This is the final battle, Nick! Let's do it!

: By yourself?
: Yes.
: And you didn't stop in at the Employee Area?
: No.
: ...
: Are you always this... terse?
: Yes.
: (Oh dear...)

: Did no one leave during the meeting?
: No one. ...
: ...
: C-come on... let's talk a bit more about that.

: The witness did not come here to engage in idle conversation!

: Stop interrupting the testimony.
: The same could be said to you, Mr. Edgeworth. And please stop banging on your little desk. It hurts my ears.
: Mmph!

: And when exactly was that?
: I've forgotten.
: ...
: ...
: Maybe you could try remembering?
: No.
: The meeting ended at 4:00, and the rehearsal was scheduled for 5:00...
: I would think it was between those times.
: (You "would think"!? C'mon, all you did was state the obvious, Edgeworth!)

: Hold on!
: You had Sal "take" you? What does that mean?
: It means what I just said. I had Sal take me in the Studio Two van.
: (Oh... oh, right.)

: And what were you doing during that time...?
: Don't hit your desk. It irritates me.

: Yeah! Mr. Wright...!
: Oops.
: ... It was a 15 minute break...

: Do you have someone who can verify this?
: Sal.
: N-no... I mean someone else?
: One person is enough.
: (If she committed murder during the break... She wouldn't have had time to eat a t-bone steak! If I had some evidence that proved she didn't eat that steak...)


: Well, Nick? Find anything?
: I kind of wish she'd said a little more...
: It's hard. I think she's pretty used to being the boss.
: But I'm sure you'll find some kind of contradiction in what she said... somewhere!

Can you spot it?

: Hah! As I thought!
: ...
: You claim you ate a t-bone steak!

: But I say you did not!
: W-what's this, now, Mr. Wright?

: It's... a plate?
: This plate was on the table in the employee room.
: As you can see, a large bone has been left behind.
: Mr. Wright. Need I remind you it was a T-BONE STEAK!?
: Exactly my point! Remember, if you will... Ms. Vasquez and Mr. Manella ate at a table outside the trailer.

: The plates were bare!

: Ms. Vasquez?

: Tell me, how can a person eat a t-bone steak... and not leave the bone?

: You ate the bone, too!
: Um, Nick... are you sure?
: I mean, I love steak, but even I don't eat the bone!
: Hey, I don't eat it either!
: Mr. Wright! I, too, leave the bone.
: Um, can I try that again?
: I think I know how!

: Elementary! You were eating a boneless steak!
: ... Mr. Wright, say you are right... What would that prove?
: ...
: Um, right, Your Honor.
: Nick! Remember her testimony?

: She said "bone"!
: Correct! I was... testing you!
: Yeah, sure, Nick.
: Sorry... Can I try that one more time?
: ...
: I think I know how!

: You didn't eat any steak during that break! You took your steak and threw it somewhere... like that incinerator!

: ...
: I... I see! Then what was Ms. Vasquez doing during her break?

: She was picking on Mr. Manella!
: Mr. Wright...
: Sometimes this court finds it hard to tell whether you are joking or being serious.
: Oh...?
: I would prefer it if you remained serious!
: Y-yes, Your Honor. I'll do my best.

And this drops us right where the right answer would.

: She was meeting with the Steel Samurai!

: Order!
: A-are you saying...!?
: Yes, Your Honor!

: She ran into the Steel Samurai! And then you did it.

: You killed him with your own hands!

: M-Mr. Wright! I-isn't that a little presumptuous!?

: What kind of stunt are you trying to pull, Wright!?
: Let him claim what he wants...
: You say I did it?
: Yes.
: Fascinating! And here I was worrying that today would be as boring as all the rest.
: ... Very well.
: Let us have a battle of wits, you and I.

: (Any day, Vasquez!)
: Good luck, Nick!

: Let's see... What was that murder weapon again? Oh yes, the "Samurai Spear."
: Yes...?
: I am, as you can see, a woman of petite stature.

:: It's not impossible!

: Well, maybe it's not impossible, but--
: Silence.
: I'm speaking.
: Mmmph!
: The victim was stabbed through the chest from the front, yes? I believe this would indicate that the victim was aware of the killer's presence. Now, the Steel Samurai costume is quite light and mobile.
: Compared to the victim, I am weaker and slower... I couldn't possibly win such a fight! Not to mention, there is proof I did not have the spear!

: Or do you mean to suggest that I could have wrested it away from him?
: Y-yeah! Take that, Wright!

: If you still think she did it, show us proof!
: Umm... er...
: Hey, Nick. Look at the data we have on that Samurai Spear in the Court Record. Isn't there something in there that gets to you...?
: Something odd about the Samurai Spear...? ... Wait!
: Something the matter, Mr. Wright?
: S-sorry, Your Honor. I'd like to take back my previous claim.
: Very well, I won't hold you to your claim.

: (Ugh...)
: What's this? You're taking back your claim?
: Let's backtrack for a moment.
: I want to consider whether the witness could have used the Samurai Spear or not!

And that brings us around to where the other paths might lead.

: I don't know.

: You "don't know"!? What kind of a lawyer are you!?
: Quiet. I'm speaking.
: M-m-mmph!
: You "don't know"!? What kind of a lawyer...
: I don't know whether you could have fought with the Samurai Spear...

And we end up converging on the same point.

: I think you would have a great deal of difficulty using that as a weapon. Pretty much anyone would.
: Hah. You see?
: Yes...

And now, all paths converge.

: However, that has no bearing on this case!
: ... Meaning?
: The Samurai Spear was not the murder weapon!

: What is the meaning of this!? The spear was found lying next to the victim's body!
: I have proof, Your Honor.

Next time: But how?

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