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TURNABOUT COURTROOM
CASE #20160803
STATE V. BUTZ

Case File
Ep11
The First Turnabout
Trial Date(s)August 3
LocationCourtroom No. 2
VictimCindy Stone
ProsecutorAtty. Winston Payne
DefendantLarry Butz
DefenseAtty. Phoenix Wright
Witness ListLarry Butz
Frank Sahwit
VerdictNot Guilty
PerpetratorFrank Sahwit
Case ClosedAugust 3, 2:30 PM


Outside the Coutroom: Before the Trial

August 3, 9:47 AM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

Phoenix(Boy am I nervous!)
MiaWright!

Mia Fey appears.

PhoenixOh, h-hiya, Chief.
MiaWhew, I'm glad I made it on time.
Well, I have to say Phoenix, I'm impressed!
Not everyone takes on a murder trial right off the bat like this.
It says a lot about you... and your client as well.
PhoenixUm... thanks.
Actually, it's because I owe him a favor.
MiaA favor?
You mean, you knew the defendant before the case?
PhoenixYes.
Actually, I kind of owe my current job to him.
He's one of the reasons I became an attorney.
MiaWell, that's news to me!
PhoenixI want to help him out any way I can!
I just... really want to help him. I owe him that much.
???(It's over!)
(My life, everything, it's all over!)
Mia...
Isn't that your client screaming over there?
PhoenixYeah... that's him.
???(Death! Despair! Ohhhh!)
(I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna die!!!)
MiaIt sounds like he wants to die...
PhoenixUm, yeah. *sigh*

Larry Butz appears.

ButzNick!!!
PhoenixHey. Hey there, Larry.
ButzDude, I'm so guilty!! Tell them I'm guilty!!!
Gimme the death sentence! I ain't afraid to die!
PhoenixWhat!? What's wrong, Larry?
ButzOh, it's all over... I... I'm finished. Finished!
I can't live in a world without her! I can't!
Who... who took her away from me, Nick? Who did this!?
Aww, Nick, ya gotta tell me! Who took my baby away!?
Phoenix(Hmm... The person responsible for your girlfriend's death?)
(The newspapers say it was you...)

Fade to black.

PhoenixMy name is Phoenix Wright.
Here's the story:
My first case is a fairly simple one.
A young woman was killed in her apartment.
The guy they arrested was the unlucky sap dating her:
Larry Butz... my best friend since grade school.
Our school had a saying: "When something smells, it's usually the Butz."
In the 23 years I've known him, it's usually been true.
He has a knack for getting himself in trouble.
One thing I can say though: it's usually not his fault. He just has terrible luck.
But I know better than anyone, that he's a good guy at heart.
That and I owe him one. Which is why I took the case... to clear his name.
And that's just what I'm going to do!

Inside the Courtroom

August 3, 10:00 AM
District Court
Courtroom No. 2

JudgeThe court is now in session for the trial of Mr. Larry Butz.
PayneThe prosecution is ready, Your Honor.

New Profile: Winston Payne

Winston Payne
Age: 52
Gender: Male
The prosecutor for this case. Lacks presence. Generally bad at getting his points across.

PhoenixThe, um, defense is ready, Your Honor.
This is your first trial, is it not?
PhoenixY-Yes, Your Honor. I'm, um, a little nervous.
Judge:Your conduct during this trial will decide the fate of your client.
Murder is a serious charge. For your client's sake, I hope you can control your nerves.
PhoenixThank... thank you, Your Honor.
Judge...
Mr. Wright, given the circumstances...
I think we should have a test to ascertain your readiness.
PhoenixYes, Your Honor.
(Gulp... Hands shaking... Eyesight... fading...)
JudgeThe test will consist of a few simple questions. Answer them clearly and concisely.
Please state the name of the defendant in this case.
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 1)
  • Phoenix Wright
  • Larry Butz
  • Mia Fey

ANSWER 1: Phoenix Wright

PhoenixUm... the defendant... is me, right?
MiaWright! Have you completely lost your mind? Focus!
The defendant is the person on trial!
You're his lawyer!
PhoenixUm, er, eh? Oh yeah, right! Eh heh heh.
MiaThis is no laughing matter!
You did pass the bar, didn't you?
JudgeSorry, I couldn't hear your answer. I'll ask once more:
Please state the name of the defendant in this case.
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 1)
  • Phoenix Wright
  • Larry Butz
  • Mia Fey

ANSWER 1: Mia Fey

PhoenixThe, um, defendant? That's... er... Mia Fey?
MiaWrong, Wright. Look, I have to leave.
I have to go home. I'm... I'm expecting a delivery.
PhoenixAw, c'mon Chief. There's no need to be going so soon, is there?
MiaWright!
Listen: the defendant is the one on trial--your client!
I mean, that's about as basic as you can get!
Phoenix(I put my foot in it this time! I've got to relax!)
JudgeSorry, I couldn't hear your answer. I'll ask once more:
Please state the name of the defendant in this case.
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 1)
  • Phoenix Wright
  • Larry Butz
  • Mia Fey

ANSWER 1: Larry Butz

PhoenixThe defendant? Well, that's Larry Butz, Your Honor.
JudgeCorrect.
Just keep your wits about you and you'll do fine.
Next question:
This is a murder trial. Tell me, what's the victim's name?
Phoenix(Whew, I know this one! Glad I read the case report cover so many times.)
(It's... wait... Uh-oh!)
(No... no way! I forgot! I'm drawing a total blank here!)
MiaPhoenix! Are you absolutely SURE you're up to this?
You don't even know the victim's name!?
PhoenixOh, the victim! O-Of course I know the victim's name!
I, um, just forgot. ... Temporarily.
MiaI think I feel a migraine coming on.
Look, the defendant's name is listed in the Court Record.
Just touch the Court Record button to check it at anytime, okay?
Remember to check it often. Do it for me, please. I'm begging you.
JudgeLet's hear your answer. Who is the victim in this case?
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 2)
  • Mia Fey
  • Cinder Block
  • Cindy Stone

ANSWER 2: Mia Fey

PhoenixUm... Mia Fey?
MiaW-W-What!? How can I be the victim!?
PhoenixOh! Right! Sorry! I, er, it was the first name that popped into my head, and--
MiaThe Court Record button! Remember to use it when you are in a pinch.
JudgeLet me ask that one again:
Let's hear your answer. Who is the victim in this case?
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 2)
  • Mia Fey
  • Cinder Block
  • Cindy Stone

ANSWER 2: Cinder Block

PhoenixOh, um, wasn't it Ms. Block? Ms. Cinder Block?
JudgeThe person in question was a victim of murder, not ill-conceived naming, Mr. Wright.
MiaWright?
If you forget something, just touch the Court Record button to help you remember.
A mistake in court could cost you the case.
JudgeI'll ask you again:
Let's hear your answer. Who is the victim in this case?
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 2)
  • Mia Fey
  • Cinder Block
  • Cindy Stone

ANSWER 2: Cindy Stone

PhoenixUm... the victim's name is Cindy Stone.
JudgeCorrect.
Now, tell me, what was the cause of death?
She died because she was...?
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 3)
  • Poisoned
  • Hit with a blunt object
  • Strangled

ANSWER 3: Poisoned

PhoenixOh, right! Wasn't she, um, poisoned by, er... poison?
JudgeYou're asking me!?
PhoenixUm... Chief! Help me out!
MiaCheck the court record. The Court Record button... remember?
Phoenix(Geez. Give a guy a break!)
JudgeLet me ask again.
She died because she was...?
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 3)
  • Poisoned
  • Hit with a blunt object
  • Strangled

ANSWER 3: Strangled

PhoenixRight... she was strangled, wasn't she?
MiaPlease tell me that was you talking to yourself.
JudgeIf you wish to hang yourself, Mr. Wright, you're welcome to, but not inside my courtroom.
I suppose there's nothing to do but give you another try:
She died because she was...?
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 3)
  • Poisoned
  • Hit with a blunt object
  • Strangled

ANSWER 3: Hit with a blunt object

PhoenixShe was struck once, by a blunt object.
JudgeCorrect.
You've answered all my questions. I see no reason why we shouldn't proceed.
You seem much more relaxed, Mr. Wright. Good for you.
PhoenixThank you, Your Honor. (Because I don't FEEL relaxed, that's for sure.)
JudgeWell, then...
First, a question for the prosecution. Mr. Payne?
PayneYes, Your Honor?
JudgeAs Mr. Wright just told us, the victim was struck with a blunt object.
Would you explain to the court just what that "object" was?
PayneThe murder weapon was this statue of "The Thinker."
It was found lying on the floor, next to the victim.
JudgeI see... the court accepts it into evidence.

Statue added to the Court Record.

New Evidence: Statue

Statue
Type: Weapons
Submitted as evidence by Prosecutor Payne.
A statue in the shape of "The Thinker." It's rather heavy.

MiaWright...
Be sure to pay attention to any evidence added during the trial.
That evidence is the only ammunition you have in court.
Touch the Court Record button to check the Court Record frequently.

Judge bangs his gavel.

JudgeMr. Payne, the prosecution may call its first witness.
PayneThe prosecution calls the defendant, Mr. Butz, to the stand.
PhoenixUm, Chief, what do I do now?
MiaPay attention. You don't want to miss any information that might help your client's case.
You'll get your chance to respond to the prosecution later, so be ready!
Let's just hope he doesn't say anything... unfortunate.
Phoenix(Uh oh, Larry gets excited easily... this could be bad.)

Witness: Larry Butz

Larry Butz takes the stand.

PayneAhem.
Mr. Butz. Is it not true that the victim had recently dumped you?
ButzHey, watch it buddy!
We were great together! We were Romeo and Juliet, Cleopatra and Mark Anthony!
Phoenix(Um... didn't they all die?)
ButzI wasn't dumped! She just wasn't taking my phone calls. Or seeing me... Ever.
WHAT'S IT TO YOU, ANYWAY!?
PayneMr. Butz, what you describe is generally what we mean by "dumped."
In fact, she had completely abandoned you... and was seeing other men!
She had just returned from overseas with one of them the day before the murder!
ButzWhaddya mean, "one of them"!?
Lies! All of it, lies! I don't believe a word of it!
PayneYour Honor, the victim's passport.
According to this, she was in Paris until the day before she died.

Passport added to the Court Record.

New Evidence: Passport

Passport
Type: Evidence
Submitted as evidence by Prosecutor Payne.
The victim apparently arrived home from Paris on 7/30, the day before the murder.

JudgeHmm... Indeed, she appears to have returned the day before the murder.
ButzDude... no way...
PayneThe victim was a model, but did not have a large income.
It appears that she had several "Sugar Daddies."
ButzDaddies? Sugar?
PayneYes. Older men, who gave her money and gifts.
She took their money and used it to support her lifestyle.
ButzDuuude!
PayneWe can clearly see what kind of woman this Ms. Stone was.
Tell me, Mr. Butz, what do you think of her now?
MiaWright...
I don't think you want him to answer that question.
Phoenix(Yeah... Larry has a way of running his mouth in all the wrong directions.)
(Should I...?)
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 4)
  • Wait and see what happens
  • Stop him from answering

ANSWER 4: Wait and see what happens

Phoenix(Might be better not to get involved in this one...)
PayneWell, Mr. Butz?
ButzDude, no way! That cheatin' she-dog!

(go to ANSWER 4 RESULT)


ANSWER 4: Stop him from answering

PhoenixMy client had no idea the victim was seeing other men!
That question is irrelevant to this case!
PayneOof! *wince*
ButzDude! Nick! Whaddya mean, "irrelevant"!?
That cheatin' she-dog!

(go to ANSWER 4 RESULT)

ANSWER 4 RESULT

ButzI'm gonna die. I'm just gonna drop dead!
Yeah, and when I meet her in the afterlife...
I'm going to get to the bottom of this!

Judge bangs his gavel.

JudgeLet's continue with the trial, shall we?
PayneI believe the accused's motive is clear to everyone.
JudgeYes, quite.
Phoenix(Oh boy. This is so not looking good.)
PayneNext question!
You went to the victim's apartment on the day of the murder, did you not?
ButzGulp!
PayneWell, did you, or did you not?
ButzHeh? Heh heh. Well, maybe I did, and maybe I didn't!
Phoenix(Uh oh. He went.)
(What do I do?)
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 5)
  • Have him answer honestly
  • Stop him from answering

ANSWER 5: Have him answer honestly

Phoenix(I know! I'll send him a signal...)
(TELL THE TRUTH)
ButzEr... Yeah! Yeah! I was there! I went!

Judge bangs his gavel.

JudgeOrder!
Well, Mr. Butz?
ButzDude, chill!
She wasn't home, man... So, like, I didn't see her.
OBJECTION!
PayneYour Honor, the defendant is lying.
JudgeLying?
PayneThe prosecution would like to call a witness who can prove Mr. Butz is lying.

(go to ANSWER 5 RESULT)

ANSWER 5: Stop him from answering

Phoenix(I'll send him a signal...)
(LIE LIKE A DOG)
ButzUm, well, see, it's like this: I don't remember.
PayneYou "don't remember"?
Well then, we'll just have to remind you!
Phoenix(I got a bad feeling about this...)
PayneWe have a witness that can prove he DID go to the victim's apartment that day!

(go to ANSWER 5 RESULT)

ANSWER 5 RESULT

JudgeWell, that simplifies matters. Who is your witness?
PayneThe man who found the victim's body.
Just before making the gruesome discovery...
He saw the defendant fleeing the scene of the crime!

Judge bangs his gavel three times.

JudgeOrder! Order in the court!
Mr. Payne, the prosecution may call its witness.
PayneYes, Your Honor.
Phoenix(This is bad...)
PayneOn the day of the murder, my witness was selling newspapers at the victim's building.
Please bring Mr. Frank Sahwit to the stand!

New Profile: Frank Sahwit

Frank Sahwit
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Discovered Ms. Stone's body. Newspaper salesman who saw Larry flee the scene.

Witness: Frank Sahwit

Frank Sahwit takes the stand.

PayneMr. Sahwit, you sell newspaper subscriptions, is this correct?
SahwitOh, oh yes! Newspapers, yes!
JudgeMr. Sahwit, you may proceed with your testimony.
Please tell the court what you saw on the day of the murder.

Witness's Account: Testimony

WITNESS TESTIMONY
-- Witness's Account --

SahwitI was going door-to-door, selling subscriptions when I saw a man fleeing an apartment.
I thought he must be in a hurry becayse he left the door half-open behind him.
Thinking it strange, I looked inside the apartment.
Then I saw her lying there... A woman... not moving... dead!
I quailed in fright and found myself unable to go inside.
I thought to call the police immediately!
However, the phone in her apartment wasn't working.
I went to a nearby park and found a public phone.
I remember the time exactly: It was 1:00 PM.
The man who ran was, without a doubt, the defendant sitting right over there.

END TESTIMONY

JudgeHmm...
Phoenix(Larry! Why didn't you tell the truth?)
(I can't defend you against a testimony like that!)
JudgeIncidentally, why wasn't the phone in the victim's apartment working?
PayneYour Honor, at the time of the murder, there was a blackout in the building.
JudgeAren't phones supposed to work during a blackout?
PayneYes, Your Honor...
However, some cordless phones do not function normally.
The phone that Mr. Sahwit used was one of those.
Your Honor...
I have a record of the blackout, for your perusal.

Blackout Record added to the Court Record

New Evidence: Blackout Record

Blackout Record
Type: Documents
Submitted as evidence by Prosecutor Payne.
Electricity to Ms. Stone's building was out from noon to 6PM on the day of the crime.

JudgeNow, Mr. Wright...
PhoenixYes! Er... yes, Your Honor?
JudgeYou may begin your cross-examination.
PhoenixC-Cross-examination, Your Honor?
MiaAlright, Wright, this is it. The real deal!
PhoenixUh... what exactly am I suppsed to do?
MiaWhy, you expose the lies in the testimony the witness just gave!
PhoenixLies! What?! He was lying!?
MiaYour client is innocent, right?
Then that witness must have lied in his testimony!
Or is your client really... guilty?
Phoenix!!! How do I prove he's not?
MiaYou hold the key! It's in the evidence!
Compare the witness's testimony to the evidence at hand.
There's bound to be a contradiction in there!
First, find contradictions between the Court Record and the witness's testimony.
Then, once you've found the contradicting evidence...
present it and rub it in the witness's face!
PhoenixUm... okay.
MiaTouch the Court Record button and point out contradictions in the testimony!

Witness's Account: Cross-Examination

CROSS-EXAMINATION
-- Witness's Account --

SahwitI was going door-to-door, selling subscriptions when I saw a man fleeing an apartment.
HOLD IT!
PhoenixIsn't a man leaving an apartment a common sight?
I find it odd you would take notice of him...
SahwitEr... heh.
I don't know. He just seemed strange to me, that's all.
Like he was mad, and yet frightened at the same time.
Just like... a criminal fleeing the scene of a crime!
PhoenixThe defense requests that the witness refrain from conjecture!
PayneOf course. What the witness means is that the man he saw looked suspicious.
So, what happened next?
SahwitI thought he must be in a hurry becayse he left the door half-open behind him.
HOLD IT!
PhoenixHalf-open... you say?
SahwitYes, yes, the door was open halfway. Yes.
I watched for a moment, but no one came to close the door.
"That's odd, in a big city like this," I thought...
PayneI see. And what happened next?
SahwitThinking it strange, I looked inside the apartment.
HOLD IT!
PhoenixWhat gave you the idea to do that?
SahwitWell, the door was half-open, you see.
Isn't it only human to want to... peek?
We climb mountains because they are there! It's the same thing.
PayneTruer words have never been spoken! Anyone would look inside!
Phoenix(Hmm... why did Payne cut him off so quickly?)
PayneSo you looked into the apartment. What happened then?
SahwitThen I saw her lying there... A woman... not moving... dead!
HOLD IT!
PhoenixAre you sure she was dead?
SahwitW-Well, no, I guess I wasn't.
But, she wasn't moving at all, and there was blood everywhere.
Phoenix(I guess that would look fatal to anyone...)
Very well, what happened next?
SahwitI quailed in fright and found myself unable to go inside.
HOLD IT!
PhoenixSo, you didn't touch ANYTHING in the apartment?
SahwitUm, yes. I mean no! Nothing.
PhoenixOkay. What happened next?
SahwitI thought to call the police immediately!
HOLD IT!
PhoenixYou "thought" to call the police? Does that mean you didn't actually call them!?
PaynePlease, please... Listen to the rest of the testimony.
You thought to call the police... What happened next?
SahwitHowever, the phone in her apartment wasn't working.
HOLD IT!
PhoenixThe phone in her apartment wasn't working?
SahwitYes. I mean, no, no it wasn't. Right.
PhoenixBut you said you didn't go into the apartment... or did you!?
SahwitOh, oh, that? I can explain that!
There was a cordless phone on a shelf in the entranceway.
I reached inside and tried using that to call...
PayneAnd that phone wasn't working, correct?
What happened next?
SahwitI went to a nearby park and found a public phone.
HOLD IT!
PhoenixWhy use a public phone?
SahwitWell, you see, I don't have a cell phone.
And, being the middle of the afternoon, there was no answer at the nearby apartments.
PhoenixAh, right... what time did you call again?
SahwitI remember the time exactly: It was 1:00 PM.
HOLD IT!
Phoenix1:00 PM! Are you certain?
SahwitYes. Absolutely.
Phoenix(Hmm... He seems really confident.)
Mia1:00 PM?
Wright. Doesn't that seem strange to you?
Present some evidence to contradict him!
OBJECTION: Cindy's Autopsy Report
SahwitThe man who ran was, without a doubt, the defendant sitting right over there.
HOLD IT!
PhoenixAre you absolutely, 100% positive?
SahwitYes, it was him. No mistake about it.
PayneThe witness says he's certain!
MiaThat's all of it.
There must be a contradiction in there somewhere.
Examine the Court Record button if something strikes you as being suspicious.
Then, find the evidence that contradicts his testimony, and present it to him!

OBJECTION: Cindy's Autopsy Report

OBJECTION!
PhoenixYou found the body at 1:00 PM. You're sure?
SahwitYes. It was 1:00PM, for certain.
PhoenixFrankly, I find that hard to believe!
Your statement directly contradicts the autopsy report.
The autopsy notes the time of death at sometime after 4PM.
There was nobody to... er... no "body" to find at 1:00 PM!
How do you explain this three-hour gap?
Sahwit!!!
Oh, that! Oh, er...
OBJECTION!
PayneThis is trivial! The witness merely forgot the time!
JudgeAfter his testimony, I find that hard to believe.
Mr. Sahwit...
Why were you so certain that you found the body at 1:00 PM?
SahwitI... er... well, I... Gee, that's a really good question!
MiaGreat job, Wright! Way to put him on the spot!
That's all you have to do: point out contradictions!
Lies always beget more lies!
See through one, and their whole story falls apart!
SahwitWait! I remember now!
JudgeWould you care to give your testimony again?

The Time of Discovery: Testimony

WITNESS TESTIMONY
-- The Time of Discovery --

SahwitYou see, when I found the body, I heard the time.
There was a voice saying the time... It was probably coming from the television.
Oh, but it was three hours off, wasn't it?
I guess the victim must have been watching a video of a taped program!
That's why I thought it was 1:00 PM!
Terribly sorry about the misunderstanding...

END TESTIMONY

JudgeHmm... I see. You heard a voice saying the time on a taped program.
Mr. Wright, you may cross-examine the witness.
MiaWright!
You know what to do!
PhoenixI've got this one.

The Time of Discovery: Cross-Examination

CROSS-EXAMINATION
-- The Time of Discovery --

SahwitYou see, when I found the body, I heard the time.
HOLD IT!
PhoenixYou said "heard"... Not "saw"?
SahwitYes, heard.
All I saw was the body lying there...
I didn't think to look at anything else, least of all my watch.
PhoenixHmm... Isn't that a little strange?
So you're saying you "heard" something.
But if you were so shocked by the body, you wouldn't hear anything at all!
OBJECTION!
PayneThe witness did say he actually heard the time.
It's ludicrous to suggest he "wouldn't hear anything"!
JudgeHmm... I have to agree with the prosecution.
Witness, continue your testimony.
OBJECTION: Blackout Record
SahwitThere was a voice saying the time... It was probably coming from the television.
HOLD IT!
PhoenixAre you sure it was a television and not... a radio?
SahwitWell, no, I guess it might have been a radio.
PayneIncidentally, there was no radio on the premises.
There was only one large television.
MiaWright!
I can't put my finger on it, but something about this seems fishy.
Something about "hearing" the television...
PayneThe witness has testified. He heard the time.
OBJECTION: Blackout Record
SahwitOh, but it was three hours off, wasn't it?
HOLD IT!
PhoenixHow do you explain the gap!
JudgeWell, witness? Can you explain this?
OBJECTION: Blackout Record
SahwitI guess the victim must have been watching a video of a taped program!
HOLD IT!
PhoenixA... video?
SahwitYes, that would explain why the time was wrong!
PhoenixTrue, true...
MiaWright!
I think the problem lies someplace else...
JudgeWe're agreed that you heard the time at the scene, then.
OBJECTION: Blackout Record
SahwitThat's why I thought it was 1:00 PM!
HOLD IT!
PhoenixAre you sure the voice you heard said it was 1:00 PM?
SahwitYes, I can practically hear it now. It was quite clear.
JudgeMr. Payne, has the prosecution verified this testimony?
PayneMy apologies, Your Honor.
I, too, have only just learned that the witness "heard" the time
SahwitOh, I'm really sorry. I only remembered it just now.
OBJECTION: Blackout Record
SahwitTerribly sorry about the misunderstanding...
HOLD IT!
PhoenixWell, you just watch it!
(Hmm... Not much point pressing him on that one, was there?)
MiaNotice anything suspicious?

OBJECTION: Blackout Record

OBJECTION!
PhoenixHold it right there!
The prosecution has said there was a blackout at the time of the discovery!
And this record proves it!
Sahwit...!
PhoenixYou couldn't have heard a television... or a video!
SahwitGah!!!
I... well... urk!
JudgeThe defense has a point.
Do you have an explanation for this, Mr. Sahwit?
SahwitNo, I... I find it quite puzzling myself! Quite!
...
Aah!
W-wait! I remember now!
JudgeMr. Sahwit?
The court would prefer to hear an accurate testimony from the very beginning.
These constant corrections are harming your credibility.
That, and you seem rather... distraught.
Sahwit...!
M-my apologies, Your Honor!
It... er, it must have been the shock of finding the body!
JudgeVery well, Mr. Sahwit.
Let's hear your testimony once more please.

Hearing the Time: Testimony

WITNESS TESTIMONY
-- Hearing the Time --

SahwitActually, I didn't "hear" the time... I "saw" it!
There was a table clock in the apartment, wasn't there!
Yeah, the murder weapon! The killer used it to hit the victim!
That must have been what I saw.

END TESTIMONY

JudgeYou saw a clock? I guess that would explain it.
The defense may cross-examine the witness.
PhoenixGladly.

Hearing the Time: Cross-Examination

CROSS-EXAMINATION
-- Hearing the Time --

SahwitActually, I didn't "hear" the time... I "saw" it!
HOLD IT!
PhoenixThat strikes me as a very suspicious mistake.
SahwitYes, I can see how you'd be a little doubtful...
I'm really sorry. I only just remembered that table clock!
JudgeA "table clock"?
SahwitThere was a table clock in the apartment, wasn't there!
HOLD IT!
PhoenixA "table clock"? Was there a clock at the scene?
JudgeThis is the first I've heard of it!
OBJECTION: Statue
SahwitYeah, the murder weapon! The killer used it to hit the victim!
HOLD IT!
PhoenixThe... murder weapon?
SahwitYes, the table clock that was used as a weapon!
That's what I just said. Did you doze off in the middle of my testimony or something?
Phoenix(Something's fishy here...)
OBJECTION: Statue
SahwitThat must have been what I saw.
HOLD IT!
PhoenixWhy didn't you tell us that in the first place?
SahwitI guess it just slipped my mind!
I'm not really sure how it happened myself...
PayneThe witness says he saw the table clock. End of story.
OBJECTION: Statue
MiaNow, find the contradiction!

OBJECTION: Statue

OBJECTION!
PhoenixWait just a moment!
The murder weapon wasn't a clock. It was this statue!
Now how is this supposed to be a clock?
SahwitY-you with your "objections," and your "evidence"... Just who do you think you are!?
PhoenixJust answer the question, Mr. Sahwit.
SahwitHey, I... I saw it there, okay! That's a clock!
PayneYour Honor! If I may...
JudgeYes, Mr. Payne?
PayneAs the witness stated, this statue is indeed a clock.
The neck is a switch. You just tilt it, and it says the time out loud.
As it doesn't look like a clock, I submitted it as a statue. My apologies.
JudgeI see.
So the murder weapon was a table clock after all.
Well, Mr. Wright?
It appears that the witness's testimony was correct. This is a clock.
Do you have any problems with his testimony now?
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 6)
  • No
  • Yes

ANSWER 6: No

PhoenixI guess not.
There was a clock on the scene, so, no problem.
MiaWright! Are you out of your mind!?
That clock doesn't look like a clock at all!
The witness couldn't have possibly known it was a clock just by seeing it!
He said himself, he never entered the apartment!
It was in his testimony!
PhoenixHey! You're right!
JudgeIs something the matter? Does the defense have anything to add?
PhoenixYes... Yes I do!

(go to ANSWER 6 RESULT)

ANSWER 6: Yes

PhoenixYour Honor, there is a gaping hole in the witness's testimony!

(go to ANSWER 6 RESULT)

ANSWER 6 RESULT

PhoenixThe only way he could have known the weapon was a clock is to hold it in his hand.
Yet the witness testified that he never entered the apartment!
Clearly, a contradiction!
JudgeHmm... indeed!
PhoenixThe witness knew it was a clock, because he...
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 7)
  • Went into the apartment
  • Knew the victim

ANSWER 7: Knew the victim

PhoenixTell me, isn't it true that you knew the victim?
In fact, you were one of her "sugar daddies"! Be frank with us, Mr. Sahwit!
SahwitHmph.
"Frank"? I'm always "Frank"!
PayneYour Honor.
We have complete records of the victim's relationships.
Mr. Frank Sahwit does not appear anywhere.
PhoenixHuh? Oh, really?
JudgePlease, Mr. Wright... Is "Huh" the best response you can muster up?
Try to refrain from making off-the-cuff accusations in the future.
PhoenixY-yes, Your Honor. Let me think this over.
The witness knew it was a clock, because he...
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 7)
  • Went into the apartment
  • Knew the victim

ANSWER 7: Went into the apartment

PhoenixYou're lying!
You were inside the apartment on the day of the murder!
SahwitOh yeah? Prove it! Prove I went in there!
PhoenixI'll do better than that! I can prove you were the one who killed her!
You struck her with the clock, and the shock of the blow triggered the clock's voice!
That was the sound you heard!

Judge bangs his gavel.

JudgeOrder in the court!
Intriguing. Please continue, Mr. Wright.
PhoenixYes, Your Honor.
Mr. Sahwit.
The sound must have left quite an impression on you.
Understandable, since the murder weapon spoke just as you hit the victim!
That voice was burned into your mind.
That's why you were so certain about the time!
OBJECTION!
PayneW-w-what's the meaning of this?
This is all baseless conjecture!
PhoenixBaseless...?
Just look at the witness's face!
SahwitNgh... grrrah!
JudgeWould the witness care to elaborate?
Did you strike the victim with the clock?
SahwitI... I...! That... that day... I... I never!
Look... I... the clock... I heard, no! I mean, I saw...Saw... nggg!
Gwaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Sahwit throws his toupee at Phoenix.

SahwitShutupshutupshutup! I hate you!
I-it was him, I tell you! I saw him!
H-he killed her and he should burn! Burn! Give him death!

Judge bangs his gavel.

JudgeOrder! Order in the court I say!
PayneYour Honor, a-a moment please!
There isn't a shred of evidence supporting the defense's claims!
JudgeMr. Wright!
PhoenixYour Honor?
JudgeYou claim the sound the witness heard came from the clock...
Do you have any evidence?
Phoenix(The whole case is riding on this! I'd better think it through carefully!)
Yes, Your Honor.
The sound Mr. Sahwit heard was definitely this clock.
A fact which is clear if you simply...
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 8)
  • Examine the clock's batteries
  • Ask the neighbors
  • Try sounding the clock

ANSWER 8: Examine the clock's batteries

PhoenixAll you have to do is examine the batteries!
JudgeIndeed? The batteries are... in the right way. The clock seems to be working fine.
What exactly did you mean, Mr. Wright?
PhoenixYes, the clock was working fine!
PayneYes, and...?
PhoenixUmm, I'm sorry, I think I got confused back there with all those testimonies.
JudgeMr. Wright!
I expect more from a lawyer in this court. Even if it is your first day.
I'm afraid I have to penalize you! Try to think things through more carefully.

PENALTY

PhoenixY-yes, Your Honor. As I was saying...
(The whole case is riding on this! I'd better think it through carefully!)
Yes, Your Honor.
The sound Mr. Sahwit heard was definitely this clock.
A fact which is clear if you simply...
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 8)
  • Examine the clock's batteries
  • Ask the neighbors
  • Try sounding the clock

ANSWER 8: Ask the neighbors

PhoenixAll you have to do is talk to the victim's neighbors!
JudgeTalk to the neighbors...?
PhoenixI'm sure one of them heard the clock tell the time when the incident occurred!
JudgeI see...
Does the prosecution have anything to say, Mr. Payne?
PayneWe have already made all the necessary inquiries.
Everyone living near the victim's apartment was out at the time of the murder.
Furthermore, even if a neighbor had heard the clock,
that would not prove that Mr. Sahwit had heard anything.
JudgeHmm... That is true.
I believe you may be wrong, Mr. Wright.
You'll receive a penalty for that, unfortunately.

PENALTY

PhoenixI-I'm sorry, Your Honor! Let me think about it again!
(The whole case is riding on this! I'd better think it through carefully!)
Yes, Your Honor.
The sound Mr. Sahwit heard was definitely this clock.
A fact which is clear if you simply...
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 8)
  • Examine the clock's batteries
  • Ask the neighbors
  • Try sounding the clock

ANSWER 8: Try sounding the clock

PhoenixLet's sound the clock now, here in this court.
Your Honor, may I have the clock?
I ask the court to listen very carefully...
Alarm clock...*beep*...
[I think it's 8:25.]
JudgeThat certainly is a strange way to announce the time.
PhoenixWell, he is "The Thinker," after all.
JudgeSo, we've heard the clock. What are your conclusions, Mr. Wright?
PhoenixMr. Payne... can you tell me what time it is now?
PayneIt's 11:25...
Ack!
PhoenixAs you can see, this clock is exactly three hours slow!
Precisely the discrepancy between what Mr. Sahwit heard and the actual time of death!
So, Mr. Sahwit...
Try to talk your way out of this one!
Sahwit...
...Hah! Hah hah!
You forgot one thing!
Phoenix(Uh oh... what's he talking about...?)
SahwitWhile it may seem like that clock IS running three hours slow...
It proves nothing!
How do you know it was running three hours slow on the day of the murder!?
If you can't prove that, you don't have a case!
Phoenix...!
(He's right! How am I going to prove that!?)
(Dammit! I was so close!)
JudgeMr. Wright?
It seems you lack the critical evidence to support your claim.
Phoenix...!
Yes, Your Honor.
JudgeThis means I cannot let you indict the witness.
Unfortunately...

Judge bangs his gavel.

JudgeThis ends the cross-examination of Mr. Frank Sahwit.
SahwitI come all the way down here to testify, and look what happens!
They treat me like a criminal! A criminal!
You lawyers are all slime!
Phoenix(Grr! I almost had him!)
(Sorry, Larry... I failed you.)
(There's nothing I can do about it now...)
MiaNot so fast, Mr. Sahwit!
PhoenixMia! I mean, Chief!
MiaListen up, Wright!
Don't throw this one away, not like this! Think!
PhoenixBut, Chief, it's over.
I can't prove the clock was slow the day of the murder!
Nobody can prove that!
MiaUm... well, yes.
But that doesn't mean you can't still win! Try thinking out of the box!
Don't waste time doubting the facts. Assume the clock was three hours slow and...
Think through it!
Ask yourself, "why was the clock three hours slow"?
Figure out the reason, and you'll have your proof!
Right, Wright?
Can you think of a reason as to why the clock would be three hours slow?
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 9)
  • Yes
  • No

ANSWER 9: Yes

Phoenix...
Wait!
Maybe I can prove it!
MiaYou must have evidence somewhere that can prove it, Wright!
Find it and let them have it!
JudgeWell, Mr. Wright?
JudgeYou say the clock was already running slow on the day of the murder...
Have you found evidence to support this claim?
PhoenixOf course.
There is a piece of evidence in the Court Record that can prove my claim beyond a doubt!
SahwitHah! Tough words! Let's see you pull this one off!

(go to ANSWER 9 RESULT)

ANSWER 9: No

PhoenixH-how am I supposed to know that!?
MiaI know you can figure it out!
There must be some evidence in the Court Record...
Something that can show why that clock was three hours slow!
Find it, and he won't have a foot to stand on!
JudgeMr. Wright?
PhoenixY-y-yes, Your Honor!
JudgeYou say the clock was already running slow on the day of the murder...
Do you have evidence to prove this?
Phoenix(This is it... all or nothing!)
Yes, Your Honor.
I believe I have the evidence that can prove my claim!
SahwitHah hah! I'd like to see THAT!

(go to ANSWER 9 RESULT)

ANSWER 9 RESULT

JudgeLet's see this evidence that proves why the clock was running slow!
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 10)
  • Evidence List

ANSWER 10: Wrong Answer

TAKE THAT!
JudgeUm, excuse me. This proves your claim... how?
I can't see what that evidence has to do with the clock.
Phoenix(D'oh! That wasn't it!)
One more chance... Give me just one more chance!
JudgeAlright, Mr. Wright, but time is not on your side.
Be quick about it.
Let's see this evidence that proves why the clock was running slow!
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 10)
  • Evidence List

ANSWER 10: Passport

TAKE THAT!
PhoenixThe victim had just returned home from abroad the day before the murder.
As we all know, the time difference between here and Paris is nine hours!
When it's 4:00 PM here, it's 1:00 the next day there.
The clock wasn't three hours slow, it was nine hours fast!
The victim hadn't reset her clock since returning home!
That's why the time you heard when you struck her dead in her apartment was wrong!
Proof enough for you, Mr. Sahwit? Or should I say... Mr. Did It!
SahwitNgh! ...!

Sahwit passes out.
Judge bangs his gavel three times.

JudgeO-order! Order, I say!

Verdict

JudgeWell...
This case has certainly turned out differently than we all expected.
Mr. Payne... your client?
PayneHe... er... he was arrested and has been taken away, Your Honor.
JudgeVery well.
Mr. Wright?
PhoenixYes, Your Honor.
JudgeI have to say, I'm impressed.
I don't think I've ever seen someone complete a defense so quickly...
and find the true culprit at the same time!
PhoenixThank you, Your Honor.
JudgeAt this point, this is only a formality, but...
This court finds the defendant, Mr. Larry Butz...
NOT GUILTY

Judge bangs his gavel.

JudgeAnd with that... The court is adjourned.

Fade to black.

PhoenixIt turns out that Frank Sahwit was a common burglar!
He posed as a newspaper salesman to check and see when people were out of the house!
That day...
When Larry went to her apartment, the victim wasn't home.
After he left, Mr. Sahwit let himself in to do his dirty work!
While he was searching her place, the victim returned!
Flustered, Mr. Sahwit grabbed the nearest blunt object he could find...

Outside the Courtroom: After the Trial

August 3, 2:32 PM
District Court
Defendant Lobby No. 2

Phoenix(Whew... I still can't believe we won!)

Mia appears.

MiaWright! Good job in there!
Congratulations!
PhoenixTh-thanks, Chief. I owe it all to you.
MiaNot at all, not at all! You fought your own battles in there.
It's been a while since I've seen a trial end on such a satisfying note!
Phoenix(I've never seen the chief looking this happy...)
(If she's this glad, imagine how Larry must feel!)

Larry appears.

ButzMy life is over...
PhoenixLarry! You're supposed to be happy! What's wrong now!?
ButzAww, Nick...
Don't worry 'bout me! I'll be dead and gone soon!
PhoenixGood! Wait, no! I mean... Bad! Bad bad bad!
Larry, you're innocent! The case is closed.
Butz...
But... but my Cindy-windy's gone, man! Gone forever!
Phoenix(Larry, she was a... Nah... Never mind.)
MiaCongratulations, Harry!
ButzH-Harry...?
MiaYes, you! I can practically see the headlines now: "Harry Butz, Innocent!"
ButzHeh... um... thanks! I really owe you one.
I won't forget this, ever! Let's celebrate! Dinner? Movie? My treat!
MiaOh, no, I couldn't.
Phoenix(Hey, I was the one who got you off the hook!)
ButzOh, hey!
H-here, take this! It's a present!
MiaA present? For me?
Wait... Wasn't this the evidence that...
ButzActually, I made this clock for her!
I made one for her and one for me.
MiaR-really? You? You made this?
...
Well, thank you. I'll keep it as a memento.
ButzYo, Nick...
Can you believe it? I was so into that chick...
And... and she was just playing me for a fool!
Don't that make you wanna just cry? *sob*
PhoenixLarry...
Mia...
Are you so sure?
ButzEx-squeeze me?
MiaI think she thought quite a lot of you, in her own way.
ButzNah, you don't gotta sympathize with me, 'sokay.
MiaOh, I'm not just sympathizing, really.
Isn't that right, Wright? Don't you have something to show your friend?
Something that proves how she felt about him?
PhoenixH-huh? Oh, yeah, right!
(What the heck is she talking about?)
SELECT YOUR ANSWER (QUESTION 11)
  • Evidence List

ANSWER 11: Wrong Answer

TAKE THAT!
PhoenixHere you go, Larry. Proof.
Butz...
Eh... heh heh? It's okay, Nick. Don't worry about me...
I'll forget about her soon enough.
Look, I'm gonna head home. Thanks a ton, eh?

Larry leaves.

Phoenix(Guess that wasn't the right thing to show him...)

(go to ANSWER 11 RESULT)

ANSWER 11: Statue

TAKE THAT!
PhoenixCheck this out, Larry. Proof Positive you weren't just some chump to her.
ButzHuh...? Where'd you get that clock?
PhoenixThis is the clock you made for her, Larry!
She took it with her when she traveled.
ButzHmm, she probably just needed a clock, that's all.
PhoenixYou think so? It's a pretty heavy clock to take traveling.
Butz...
PhoenixWell, make of it what you will.
Butz...
Hey, Nick.
I'm glad I asked you to be my lawyer.
Really, I am. Thanks.

Larry leaves.

Phoenix(Hope that made him feel a little better...)

(go to ANSWER 11 RESULT)

ANSWER 11 RESULT

MiaWright?
I hope you see the importance of evidence now.
Also, hopefully you realize, things change depending on how you look at them.
People, too.
We never really know if our clients are guilty or innocent.
All we can do is believe in them.
And in order to believe in them, you have to believe in yourself.
Wright...
Listen. Learn. Grow strong.
Never let go of what you believe in. Never.
Well, I think our work here is done! Shall we be off?
PhoenixYeah, I guess so!
MiaSay, how about dinner. On me?
We'll drink a toast to innocent Butz!
PhoenixYeah!
MiaOh, speaking of Harry...
You were saying part of why you became a lawyer was because of him.
PhoenixEr, yeah. Part, at least.
MiaYou'll have to tell me more about it sometime! Maybe... over drinks?
PhoenixAnd so, my first trial came to a close.
Larry slapped me on the back and said, "Gee, Nick, it's good to have friends!"
But I'm pretty sure he's not going to pay me. Unless you count the clock he gave Mia.
...
I didn't know it then...
but that clock was soon going to be at the center of another incident.
And my promise to tell the chief about me and Larry...
would be one promise that I wouldn't be able to keep.
THE END

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