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:: Trial of Ian-Day 1

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Cindy Donovinh here at the Durem Courthouse.

Today is the day. Ian, the shop owner of Barton Boutique is on trial for premeditated arson at the Gambino mansion on October 30th, 2005. It was quite shocking news when we all found out that Ian may have been responsible for this horrible act!

Today, the residing judge is none other than JudgeBot 502X. He has a long history of unbiased decision making most likey due to his extensive programming.

The prosecution is represented by ProsecutionBot 508Z. He has a longtime conviction rate of 97%. I hear he was programmed with human-like emotions giving himself insight into how humans will react to testimonies.

As for the defense, that role will be taken by DefenseBot 513A. This is DefenseBot 513A's first trial. In fact, DefenseBot 513A just rolled off of the assembly line this morning. It will be interesting to see how he fairs against the PBot 508Z.

The trial is just beginning, let's now go live to the opening statements!

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User Image We now begin the trial of Ian. Will the prosecution please start his opening statement.

User Image Thank you, your honor.

User ImageLadies and Gentlemen of the jury...

Imagine that you have been invited to the biggest party in all of the world. Everyone who's anyone is going to be there. It is going to be the biggest party ever celebrated in your lifetime.

You arrive and everything is great until you notice the smoke. There is a fire engulfing the roof of the mansion. Everyone scatters. People are trapped inside. It is a nightmare. However, in this case, this is a reality.

For on the night of October 30th, 2005, the defendant IAN set fire to the Gambino mansion in a premeditated crime of hate that had festering inside of his sick mind for years.

Throughout the course of this trial, we will establish that Ian has a long history of resentment and jealousy against the Gambino family. In particular, Ian had a clear motive of jealousy against Gino Gambino. We will also show you ironclad evidence that there was no mistake that Ian was, in fact, on the premises at the time of the arson. We will also show that Ian is a man who is prone to acts of violence.

At the end of this trial, there will be no doubt that IAN was responsible for the act of arson at the Gambino mansion.

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User Image Thank you, PBot 508Z. Will the defense please start his opening statement.

User Image Humanoid females and males assigned to the jury... *clang clang*

If you have two objects of mass m 1 and m 2 at a distance d, then these two objects will attract each other with a force F.

Conversely, if we were to ... *clang clang* Pardon me. Let me provide a situational context that will more closely apply to the humanoid species.

Have you ever been situated in an incorrect space at an undesignated timeframe? *clang clang*

This is exactly what the defendant currently finds himself in.

For, you see, Ian is a simple man who runs the most reliable shop in Barton Town. In this trial, we will establish that Ian is a good humanoid who is incapable of the acts that he is being accused of. He was," simply at the wrong place at the wrong time." This is typical of humanoids.

Thank you. *clang clang*

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User Image The prosecution may call its first witness.

User Image The prosecution calls Ruby to the stand.

User Image Please state your name and occupation for the court record.

User Image My name is Ruby and I run the Gambino Hat Rack with my son, Peyo.

User Image The Gambino Hat Rack. I see. That's a very successful business you have there wouldn't you say?

User Image Why yes, the Gambino Hat Rack has the widest assortment of headgear and hats in all of Gaia. We are very fortunate to have gotten such prime real estate in the heart of the Marketplace in the Isle De Gambino.

User Image Yes, that IS very fortunate. And exactly how did you get such a prime location?

User Image It was actually given to me as a present. It used to be the location of the Gambino Boutique.

User Image The Gambino Boutique? You mean the shop now known as the Barton Boutique?

User Image Yes, the very same.

User Image Doesn't Ian run the Barton Boutique?

User Image Yes, he does. Well, not now, that is... his cat Rufus is running the store while he is in jail.

User Image Do you know Ian well?

User Image Why, yes, I grew up with Ian.

User Image Then you would know how Ian felt about losing his store on Gambino Isle?

User Image Yes. Ian was very upset by this. His family had entrusted the store to him only a month before it was taken away by the Island authorities.

User Image I see. And why was it that the store was taken away from him?

User Image I'm not too sure of the specifics, but apparently when the deed was signed over, some incongruities in the paperwork exposed that the plot of land belonged to the Island and not an individual.

User Image And who was in charge of this acquisition?

User Image Johnny K. Gambino.

User Image THE Johnny K. Gambino? Of the Gambino family? Of the Isle De Gambino?

User Image Yes.

User Image And you say that Ian was upset by this?

User Image Yes.

User Image Would you say that Ian resented the Gambino family for taking his store away from him?

User Image OBJECTION! *clang clang* The witness cannot speculate on this matter.

User Image Let me rephrase the question. In your opinion, is it possible that Ian held some resentment against the Gambino family because of this incident?

User Image I suppose he could have. Ian's always been pretty quiet about the Gambino's ever since then. Especially when I mention Johnny. God bless his soul.

User Image Thank you, Ruby. I have no further questions.

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User Image The defense may begin the cross examination.

User Image Your designation is Ruby. You claim that you have recollection of the humanoid Ian for most of your bio organic existance? Is this correct?

User Image Why yes, I grew up with Ian.

User Image How would you assign verbal descriptions to the humanoid Ian?

User Image Excuse me?

User Image Pardon me. Let me rephrase. *clang clang* How would you “describe Ian?”

User Image Well, Ian is a nice guy. And I can depend on him when Peyo needs babysitting. Peyo gets along very well with Ian.

User Image Would Ian ever harm a humanoid such as Peyo?

User Image Never. Ian may be a little spastic at times, but he wouldn’t hurt anyone.

User Image End sequence of questions. Thank you, Ruby.

User Image Thank you, Ruby. You may step down now.

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User Image The prosecution may call its next witness.

User Image The prosecution calls Meredith of the Bank of Gambino.

User Image Please state your name and occupation for the court.

User Image My name is Meredith and I am the manager of the Bank of Gambino.

User Image It is my understanding that you keep records of every transaction in Gaia, is that correct?

User Image Yes. At the Bank of Gambino, every transaction is logged at the time of the transaction so that we can keep records in case of hacking, scamming or other situations that a record would be useful.

User Image Do you have records of the transaction that occurred when the Gambino Boutique was reclaimed by the Island?

User Image Of course, I handled that transaction personally.

User Image Can you please describe how you became involved in that transaction?

User Image Yes, I remember it very vividly. This was many years ago, I was just starting out at the Bank and this was my first time brokering a transaction like this. Johnny K. Gambino recruited me right out of college when I was 15 specifically for this transaction.

User Image You are a very intelligent young lady aren’t you? Especially for having graduated from Durem University at such a young age.

User Image You might say that. I graduated with top honors and first in my class.

User Image OBJECTION! *clang clang* What is the relevance of this line of questioning?

User Image I am merely establishing the credibility of this witness.

User Image Overruled. You may continue Pbot508Z, but please get to the point.

User Image Yes, your honor. Meredith, please describe what happened during the transaction in question?

User Image Well, that day I had prepared all of the paperwork and both Ian and Mr. Gambino had come by in order to sign and notarize the agreement.

User Image I see, how did the defendant react in this situation? Did he seem agitated or upset?

User Image He seemed a little agitated, definitely upset. I would be upset too if my family business was being taken away from me a mere month after it was entrusted to me.

User Image OBJECTION! *clang clang*

User Image The witness will refrain from speculating on what the defendant would be feeling.

User Image In your opinion, would you say that Ian was not happy with signing over his store to Johnny K. Gambino?

User Image Yes. He was not happy about it.

User Image Thank you, Meredith. I have no further questions.

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User Image The defense may begin the cross examination.

User Image The defense has no questions at this time.

User Image Very well. Meredith, you may step down.

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User Image The prosecution may call its next witness.

User Image The prosecution calls Sasha of Gambino Outfitters to the stand.

User Image Please state your name and occupation for the court record.

User Image My name’s Sasha and I run Gambino Outfitters which sells the hippest clothes on Gambino Isle.

User Image How do you know the defendant?

User Image I’ve been friends with Ian for the past few years. We met in the Marketplace when we were both shopping for deals. Ian is very savvy when it comes to deals.

User Image I see. So you’re saying that Ian is good at deceiving people?

User Image That’s not exactly what I sai—

User Image It’s ok. I’ll take your word for it. Now then, it is my understanding that Ian did not want you to go to the mansion that night, is this correct?

User Image Yes, I don’t think Ian likes Gino very much. But I have no idea why. He’s just so negative sometimes. Especially when I’m happy about something.

User Image Do you think perhaps that Ian could have been jealous of Gino?

User Image Huh? What do you mean?

User Image Because of your relationship with Gino Gambino!

User Image What about Gino Gambino? Isn’t he a dream? *sigh*

User Image No no – that’s not what I meant. Nevermind. Sasha, what do you think of Ian?

User Image What about him?

User Image Do you have feelings for Ian?

User Image What do you mean?

User Image Ahem. Let me rephrase the question. What is Ian to you?

User Image Ian’s my friend. What else would he be?

User Image Nevermind. Ok, so, on the day of the fire at the mansion, Ian explicitly told you not to go to the mansion that night did he not?

User Image Yes. He told me that I shouldn’t go to the mansion that night.

User Image Did he explain why?

User Image No, he just seemed very angry with me about it. I still have no idea why.

User Image Do you think it’s possible that Ian knew what was about to happen that night and therefore wanted you to stay away? Let me remind you that you are under oath.

User Image Well, no … I don’t think –

User Image IS IT POSSIBLE that he may have known about what was going to happen?

User Image I … I guess it’s possible …

User Image Thank you, Sasha. No further questions.

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User Image The defense may begin the cross examination.

User Image Your designation is Sasha. Am I correct in believing that it was both you and the defendant who found Gino Gambino when he washed up on shore after he went missing?

User Image Yes. We took care of him until Gino got better.

User Image AHA! *clang clang* Well, then, if Ian had ill feelings towards the Gambino’s, why would he allow you to bring Gino home?

User Image Well, actually, he didn’t … he didn’t want me to bring Gino home. But I insisted. I couldn’t leave a helpless person to die.

User Image But Ian did help did he not?

User Image Yes, he helped me prepare food for Gino from time to time.

User Image End sequence of questioning. Thank you, Sasha.

User Image Sasha, you may step dow—

User Image Your honor, if I may, I would like to reexamine the witness.

User Image Proceed.

User Image Sasha. You mentioned that Ian did not want you to bring Gino home. What were his exact words?

User Image Well, it’s been quite a while since then, but I think he said something like,”are you sure that’s a good idea?” and “he’s a Gambino afterall.” I got upset at him for saying that actually.

User Image I see. Would you say that Ian holds some kind of grudge against the Gambino family to say such a statement like that?

User Image Well, Ian’s never said anything good about the Gambino’s. I think he’s had some issues with them in the past. But Ian would never do anything to hurt anyo—

User Image That will be enough, Sasha. Thank you. No further questions.

User Image Sasha, you may step down. That concludes today's proceedings. We will continue this bright and early tomorrow morning. Court is adjourned.


:: Trial of Ian-Day 2

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Cindy Donovinh here at the Durem Courthouse.

Yesterday, we saw some pretty damning testimony from the prosecution witnesses. But so far, none of that testimony showed any real evidence.

Defensebot513A seems definitely out of his league here, but will his adaptive programming step up to the plate in court today?

Let's find out! The proceedings are about to begin!

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User Image The prosecution may call its first witness of the day.

User Image I call Bucho to the stand.

User Image Please state your name and occupation for the court record.

User Image My name is Bucho. I am head of security for Gambino family.

User Image I see. So you were in charge of security on the night in question?

User Image Affirmative. That night, master Gino ask me to open mansion doors for celebration in honor of his late father, Johnny K. Gambino.

User Image You were also in charge of the investigation following the mansion's burning?

User Image Affirmative.

User Image What did you find?

User Image I have security camera footage of defendant.

User Image I see.


~The prosecution submits Exhibit A.

User Image What is it that we are looking at here?

User Image It is Ian running away from scene of crime.

User Image And how is it that you can tell it is the defendant, Ian?

User Image As can see, I have magnified parts of feed and it is clear this is Ian. Look at funny hat with leaf and look clothing. It is unmistakeable that this is Ian.

User Image While I am inclined to believe you, what with being head of security for over 10 years, might you have any forensic evidence? I mean, what if someone were to masquerade as Ian? though I highly doubt it...

User Image I also find evidence inside of mansion which proves Ian was there.


~The prosecution submits Exhibit B.

User Image And what is it that we are looking at here?

User Image We recovered burnt bottle of pills.

User Image And how does this bottle of pills prove that Ian was there?

User Image On bottle, I find fingerprint matching the defendant, Ian.

User Image Interesting. And where did you find these pills?

User Image Inside of mansion, near back exit.

User Image Was that part of the mansion opened up to the public that night?

User Image Negative. Guests were only allowed in mansion hall. No one was supposed to be there.

User Image So are you saying that Ian somehow gained access to the mansion where he was not supposed to be? And was later seen fleeing the crime scene?

User Image Affirmative.

User Image Thank you, Bucho. I have no further questions.

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User Image Defensebot, your witness.

User Image Your designation is Bucho. You claim to be in charge of security for the Gambino family?

User Image Affirmative. For over a decade.

User Image Do you possess any visual information pertaining to the actual act of the incendiary process?

User Image ... I do not comprehend the question.

User Image Pardon me. *clang clang* Let me rephrase the question. Do you "have any actual footage of the defendant starting the fire?"

User Image Negative. But him fleeing the crime is pretty suspicious, no?

User Image I understand that you were also in charge of security for 2k4's Halloween Bash at the Gambino mansion?

User Image Affirmative.

User Image Is it not true that that event also ended in a disaster?

User Image Nothing that could not be contained.

User Image A low yield nuclear blast is not exactly something someone would do if something could be contained, sir.

User ImageWhy I--

User Image Can you explain to the court how come a trusted head of security is able to screw up the simple process of "security" year after year resulting in thousands of deaths?

User Image You need to stop little bot if you don't want to get hurt.

User Image ORDER! ORDER!!

User Image How is it that you are still head of security after FAILING to do your job year after year?

User Image I will KILL you little bot.

User Image ORDER! ORDER!! That's it, security, take Bucho off of the stand!

User Image I'll be BACK.

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User Image The prosecution may call its next witness.

User Image The prosecution calls Geebus to the stand.

User Image Please state your name and occupation for the court record.

User Image I am Geebus, head butler of the Gambino Estate.

User Image Could you please explain to the court what happened on the night of the New Year's celebration in the Gambino Mansion in Durem?

User Image The defendant, Ian, tried to enter the mansion with his feline, sir.

User Image Did you let him enter?

User Image Well, no sir. There is a strict non-animal policy in the mansion hall. I simply told him he could not enter with his feline.

User Image How did the defendant react?

User Image Well, look at me! He assaulted me, sir. If you ask Geebus, that was quite uncalled for.

User Image What were the injuries inflicted upon you by the defendant?

User Image I have a sprained neck and my jaw had to be wired, sir.

User Image Thank you, Geebus. That is all.

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User Image Defensebot, you may begin the cross examination.

User Image Your designation is Geebus, the head butler of the Gambino Estate.

User Image If you ask Geebus, I'd say you were correct, sir.

User Image *clang clang* Excuse me, but isn't your designation, Geebus?

User Image Yes, and I'm telling you that you are correct, sir, if you ask Geebus.

User Image *clang clang* ask ... Geebus ... *clang clang*

User Image I said, I am Geebus, sir.

User Image *clang clang* Redundant Memory Error ...

User Image ORDER! ORDER!!

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Shocking! Defensebot 513A has malfunctioned! The techs are currently working to fix the problem. The judge has relieved Geebus until then...

*UPDATE*

The techs have successfully rebooted DefenseBot 513A and he is working normally now.

I believe that is all for the prosecution witnesses. The defense will now start calling their witnesses.

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User Image The defense may now call its first witness.

User Image The defense would like to call Leon to the stand.

User Image Please verbally state your designation and occupation for entry into the court record database.

User Image Name's Leon. I patrol and guard Barton and, in my spare time, I run the Gaia Guild Registry.

User Image How have you come into acquaintance with the defendant?

User Image I know everyone in Barton. That's my job.

User Image What is your opinion of Ian?

User Image He's an upstanding chap. Gives me deals in his boutique. I like him.

User Image Do you think Ian is capable of the crime in question?

User Image Nah. Ian's not the physical type. He's kinda spastic sometimes, but that's just cause he's weird. He's not a bad guy though.

User Image Thank you, Leon. End sequence of questioning.

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User Image ProsecutionBot, your witness.

User Image So you run the Gaia Guild Registry? I take it this means that you are very aware of what's going on in the Gaian community?

User Image Um ... of course.

User Image You said it yourself, you run the Guild Registry in your SPARE time and yet you expect the jury to believe that you are intouch with the community when you spend all of your time patrolling Barton?

User Image Well ... um, yeah.

User Image Can you please tell the court what "G-Team" is?

User Image Um ... I'd rather not talk about it. No one is supposed to know about that.

User Image Well then, let me explain it for you. This G-Team is a little club you run with two other washed up old men as you masquerade as "superheroes" trying to save Gaia.

User Image Well, I ...

User Image And so here we have it, Leon-- a full-time Barton Patrolman, a part-time Guild Registry Manager AND a full-time SUPERhero?! Come now, Leon. Do you honestly expect us to believe that you have any time to really get to know anyone in the community?

User Image Um ...

User Image Were you EVEN aware that there are tons of anti-Ian threads all around Town? Did you know that there are anti-Ian guilds in the registry?

User Image Well, no... not really.

User Image NOT REALLY ... is what you say. NOT REALLY, indeed. I have no further questions.

User Image Leon, you may step down.

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User Image Defensebot, please call your next witness.

User Image The defense would like to call Moira to the stand.

User Image Please verbally state your designation and occupation for entry into the court record database.

User Image I'm Moira. I run the Durem Depot where we sell all the alternative styles of clothing in Gaia.

User Image How is it that you are acquainted with the defendant, Ian?

User Image I know him through our mutual friend, Sasha. We all hangout every now and then.

User Image I take it that you are well acquainted with the defendant then. What is your opinion of Ian?

User Image Well, he's got not clue when it comes to women that's for sure. But he's a harmless guy. Like most guys, non-aggro ... never knowing how to express themselves and their emotions. Know what I mean?

User Image I do not comprehend. Do you think the defendant is capable of the crime he is being accused of?

User Image Nah, Ian can be kind of spastic sometimes, but as I said before... he's non-aggro. Will probably end up living with cats when he's old an gray. No offense, Ian. Just calling it like I see it.

User Image Thank you, Moira. End sequence of questioning.

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User Image ProsecutionBot, your witness.

User Image Moira, you seem to be pretty knowledgeable about relationships and the feelings of people in your circle.

User Image Well, yeah. I can read people pretty good. I got a lot of street smarts.

User Image Then you must've known about Ian's feelings for Sasha.

User Image Duh! Who didn't know about that?

User Image Apparently Sasha didn't, but anyways, have you noticed Ian acting differently ever since Gino came into the picture?

User Image Well, yeah, I'd be upset too if some broad was jocking on my man.

User Image Are you implying that Ian was, in fact, jealous of Gino Gambino?

User Image Well, yeah. But I don't think he would ever do any--

User Image Isn't it true that Ian has gotten progressively MORE violent since Sasha started showing an interest in Gino Gambino?

User Image Well, sure but still, I think that's only natural when someone doesn't know how to deal with their feelings ... I mean--

User Image YES or NO. Did Ian get more violent since Gino Gambino came into the picture?

User Image ... yes.

User Image Thank you, Moira. No further questions.

User Image Moira, you may step down from the stand.

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User Image Defensebot, please call your next witness.

User Image The defense would like to call Rufus to the stand.

User Image Please verbally state your designation and occupation for entry into the court record database.

User Image woof~!

User Image Your designation is woof~!?

User Image No, my "designation" is Rufus. I help manage the Barton Boutique with my owner, Ian.

User Image So, you are a "talking cat"?

User Image Yes, sir! I'm the last of my kind actually. I come from a long line of talking cats that lived with Ian's family tree.

User Image You've been acquainted with Ian for an extended period of time?

User Image Raised him myself. Well, we've grown up together like family.

User Image I take it that you would know Ian the best out of everyone?

User Image Better than his mom knows him.

User Image Do you think that Ian is capable of the crime he is accused of?

User Image Of course not, Ian can be a little spastic sometimes, but that's just how he is. Ian has treated me well, he would never do anything to harm anyone. Trust me.

User Image Thank you, Rufus the cat. End sequence of questioning.

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User Image The prosecution may start the cross examination.

User Image Rufus ... the CAT. Am I correct?

User Image Woof~! Yes, I am a cat, sir.

User Image Then tell me, Rufus the CAT... if you are a indeed a cat... why is it that you bark like a DOG?!

User Image I ... don't know. I've always barked since I was little...

User Image Do you expect the court to believe anything a "talking cat who barks like a dog" says? That's INSANE.

User Image What's not to bel--

User Image No further questions your honor.

User Image Rufus, you may step down. That does it for today's testimonies. We will reconvene tomorrow. Court is adjourned.

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See the Trial of Ian-Day 3 and Closing Arguments here.