Transcript of Mugger v. Roger Murray

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This transcript involves dialogue with Clerk, Judge, Prosecutor, Defender, Roger Murray, Arresting officer, The Jury, and the player.

Court documents[edit | edit source]

Court summons[edit | edit source]

The following text is transcluded from Transcript:Court summons (Mugger v. Roger Murray).

Court summons

You have been summoned to the Seers' Village courthouse to work on the case of Mugger (level: 6) vs Roger Murray. Please present yourself to the court clerk at your earliest convenience.

Circumstances and evidence[edit | edit source]

The following text is transcluded from Transcript:Case report 2 (Mugger v. Roger Murray).

Circumstances and Evidence

Suspect: Mugger (level: 6)
Case Background: The alleged mugger was arrested by local authorities in Edgeville after a man claimed he'd been beaten and mugged. The victim, Roger Murray, assisted the local authorities in locating his attacker and identified him as the assailant.
On arrest, the following were found on the alleged mugger's person:
1 face mask
1 nightstick
1 fingerprint, extracted from the nightstick

There is no need to interview witnesses in preparation for this case.

Character background[edit | edit source]

The following text is transcluded from Transcript:Case report 3 (Mugger v. Roger Murray).

Background

Suspect: Mugger (level: 6)
Background: Little is known about the alleged mugger. He has been sighted in various large cities before the attack, but no records of previous aggression exist.

Victim: Roger Murray Background: Murray is known around Edgeville for being a poor gambler. He tends to make unwise bets on long odds and will, more often than not, lose. The victim claims that he had won money before being attacked by the suspect.

There is no need to interview witnesses in preparation for this case.

Pre-Trial[edit | edit source]

Starting the case[edit | edit source]

Talking to the Clerk about the Court summons

  • Clerk: Would you like to defend or prosecute?
    • Defend.
      • (continues below)
    • Prosecute.
      • (continues below)
  • Clerk: Look in the filing cabinet by my desk for more details on your case. When you feel prepared, use the stairs to enter the courtroom.
  • (dialogue terminates)

Searching the File cabinet

  • You search the filing cabinet and find some information relevant to your case.
  • Case reports 1, 2, and 3 are placed in your inventory

Entering the courtroom

  • Are you sure you're ready for court?
    • Yes
      • Screen fades out, and court begins
    • No
      • (dialogue terminates)

Trial[edit | edit source]

Commencement[edit | edit source]

Opening statement[edit | edit source]

Only if prosecuting.

  • (Transcript missing. edit)

The prosecution's case[edit | edit source]

Only if defending.

  • Prosecutor: Members of the Jury, I am going to present evidence that decisively proves this alleged Mugger (level: 6) attacked Roger Murray in Edgeville.
  • Prosecutor: First, I present the face mask. The suspect was arrested while wearing this mask. The only reason for him to wear such a mask was to hide his identity. Innocent people do not need to hide their identity.
  • The prosecution presents the mask as evidence.
  • Prosecutor: Second, the nightstick. The suspect was wielding this stick when he was arrested. What possible motive could an innocent person have for carrying such a brutal weapon? Clearly, an innocent person would have no need for it.
  • The prosecution presents the nightstick as evidence.
  • Prosecutor: Last, but certainly not least, the fingerprint found on the nightstick is clearly the suspect's. Members of the Jury, you are mugging yourselves if you think this man is innocent.
  • Prosecutor: Now, I would like to call my first witness.
  • Prosecutor: The Prosecution calls the victim.
  • Mr. Murray is called to the stand.
  • Prosecutor: Mr. Murray, I'd like to talk to you about the nightstick.
  • Prosecutor: Can you positively identify this as the weapon used by the Defendant to attack you?
  • Mr. Murray: Yes, yes I can. It even matches one of my bruises; the arresting officer checked.
  • Prosecutor: The Prosecution calls the arresting officer.
  • Mr. Murray is dismissed. The arresting officer is called to the stand.
  • Prosecutor: So, you found a weapon on the Defendant?
  • Arresting officer: Yep, the Defendant had the nightstick on 'im. We confiscated it during the arrest and later tested it for fingerprints.
  • Prosecutor: Can you confirm that the fingerprint is indeed the Defendant's?
  • Arresting officer: Yep, the fingerprint is definitely the mugger's. We also checked the stick against the bruise on the victim, and it's a match.

Talking to the judge[edit | edit source]

If all evidence has been presented:

    • Your Honour, I'd like to call a witness.
      • Victim.
      • Arresting officer.
      • I would like to return to the physical evidence.
      • I would like to finish and summarise my case.

Presenting evidence[edit | edit source]

Fingerprint[edit | edit source]

If prosecuting:

  • (Transcript missing. edit)

If defending:

  • Player: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, the Prosecution has led us to assume that a fingerprint on a nightstick assumes guilt. I'd like to point out...
  • Player: ...that it would be entirely unusual if his fingerprint WASN'T there; the nightstick was taken from him on arrest! That neither proves nor disproves that he used the nightstick against the 'alleged' victim. It simply proves
  • Player: what we already knew: that the Defendant was carrying it at the time of the arrest.
  • Judge: Well done, [Player]. The Jury seem to agree with your evidence. Please continue with your case.

Nightstick[edit | edit source]

If prosecuting:

  • (Transcript missing. edit)

If defending:

  • Player: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, if I could draw your attention to Prosecution Evidence #2: a nightstick.
    • This nightstick was found on my client.
      • Player: The nightstick was certainly found on my client, but it's no crime to be armed! The Defendant was travelling through Edgeville, on the borders of the Wilderness: it would have been foolish to do so without protection.
      • The jury agrees with your argument.
      • Judge: A very persuasive argument, [Player]. Keep this up and the Jury will certainly decide in your favour.
    • My client is adamant it's not his stick.
      • Player: My client swears that this nightstick doesn't belong to him. He picked it up off the street just before the local authorities unjustly arrested him.
      • The jury doesn't know what to think about your argument.
      • Judge: If the Jury are as bored as I am, you're not going to win this case. Try presenting that evidence again, but in a different manner.
    • What's black and sticky.
      • Player: What's black and sticky? A nightstick! Haha! Um, it doesn't look all that harmful, really. Maybe it was a cane that got cut in half?
      • Judge: You couldn't think of anything better to say? The Jury is not going to side with you on this, I'm afraid.

Face mask[edit | edit source]

If prosecuting:

  • (Transcript missing. edit)

If defending:

  • Player: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, if I could draw your attention to Prosecution Evidence #3: a face mask.
    • My client always wears a mask.
      • Player: My client always wears a face mask. He's a very private person and would rather not reveal his secret identity.
      • The jury doesn't know what to think about your argument.
      • Judge: What point are you trying to make? You're boring the Jury to tears. Try presenting the evidence in a different manner.
    • It's a black face mask. It's in fashion right now
      • Player: It's a black face mask. They're in fashion right now, apparently. Even my mum wears one.
      • The jury disagrees with your argument.
      • Judge: You expect us to believe that? The Jury is not going to side with you on this, I'm afraid.
    • It isn't a crime to wear a mask.
      • Player: It is not a crime to cover one's face. My client wears a mask, not to hide his identity, but to cover a tragic, disfiguring scar.
      • Player: He may be sensitive and self-conscious, but that's no reason to suspect him of a brutal attack!
      • Judge: A very persuasive argument, [Player]. Keep this up and the Jury will certainly decide in your favour in no time.

Cross-Examination[edit | edit source]

  • Victim.

If prosecuting:

    • (Transcript missing. edit)

If defending:

    • Player: The Defence calls the victim.
      • The attack.
        • Player: Mr. Murray, I'd like to talk to you about the alleged attack.
        • Roger Murray: Uh, sure. I'd just won a chunk of money from a bet I'd made, and was headed to the bank to deposit my winnings. Just then, this mugger followed me and jumped me! He beat me close to death with that stick.
        • Player: So, when he attacked you, he took your money?
        • Roger Murray: Yeah, he did. Was the first time I'd won a bet in months, and all my money was gone.
        • Player: Then why was no money found on the defendant when arrested? Or on you, for that matter? Where did the money go?
        • Roger Murray: Err, um, I don't-
        • Player: Could it be that, like every other time you have placed a bet, you lost all your money? Then, seeing that my client wore a mask, you formed a plan to get a little compensation?
        • Roger Murray: No! No.
        • Roger Murray: The money...must have been misplaced. Wouldn't be surprised if the officers kept it for themselves...
        • Player: That is very doubtful, Mr. Murray.
        • The jury agrees with your argument.
      • The nightstick.
        • Player: Mr. Murray, I'd like to talk to you about the nightstick.
        • Player: How sure are you that this nightstick was the one used in the attack? There must be hundreds in Edgeville.
        • Roger Murray: The stick matches the bruises on my neck and back perfectly. I wasn't comfortable with the idea, but the arresting officer checked 'em and agrees with me.
        • Player: But that would be hard to prove, surely? A bruise could be caused by any number of things.
        • Roger Murray: The bruises are pretty distinctive. I should know: I've been beaten up outside gambling dens most my life.
      • The face mask.
        • Player: Mr. Murray, I'd like to talk to you about the face mask worn by the defendant.
        • Player: You can positively say that the man in this court is the one that attacked you?
        • Roger Murray: Yes, I can positively say it is that man.
        • Player: Even though he's wearing a mask?
        • Roger Murray: There aren't many masked men carrying nightsticks in Edgeville. That man matches the description of the man that attacked me. He's the only one in Edgeville that matched that description.
      • That's all, for now.
        • Player: That's all for now, thank you.
        • (dialogue terminates.)
  • Arresting officer.

If prosecuting:

    • (Transcript missing. edit)

If defending:

    • Player: The Defence calls the arresting officer.
      • The attack.
        • Player: Could you tell me about the attack?
        • Arresting Officer: Roger Murray reported to us that he'd been mugged outside of the ferret racing track. He was in a dishevelled state and had some strange bruises along his back and neck. He led us back to the site of the attack, where we
        • Arresting Officer: completed a sweep of the area and found the Defendant nearby. The victim gave an indication that the mugger might have been the assailant, so we arrested him.
        • Player: Had there been reports of other muggings in the area?
        • Arresting Officer: Yep, now you mention it, there had been. Nothing official, but rumours and pub talk of people getting mugged on their way home.
        • Player: Have there been any muggings since my client was taken into custody?
        • Arresting Officer: Nah, not one.
        • The jury disagrees with your argument.
      • The nightstick.
        • Player: So, you found a weapon on the Defendant?
        • Arresting Officer: Yep, the Defendant had a nightstick on 'im. We confiscated it during the arrest and later tested it for fingerprints.
        • Player: It's not very surprising that the fingerprints were his, since he was carrying it when you arrested him.
        • Arresting Officer: Just following procedure, ma'am.
        • The jury doesn't know what to think about your argument.
      • The victim.
        • Player: What can you tell me about the victim?
        • Arresting Officer: Mr. Murray is a running joke among the Edgeville constabulary. We call him Roger Dodger, as he runs to us whenever he wants to 'dodge' a beating from loan sharks.
        • Player: So, the victim and only witness to this 'crime' isn't the most trustworthy of people?
        • Arresting Officer: You could say that. In my past dealings with him, he's not been all that truthful, and he's always in trouble.
      • That's all, for now.
        • Player: That's all, for now. Thank you.
        • (dialogue terminates)

All evidence presented[edit | edit source]

If the player has received one positive or negative jury response for each piece of evidence:

  • Judge: You've presented all your evidence, it is now time to move on to witnesses.

All evidence presented and witnesses interviewed[edit | edit source]

If the player has received one positive or negative jury response for each piece of evidence and each witness:

  • Judge: I think that's enough. It's time for you to summarise your case to the Jury.

Summary[edit | edit source]

The prosecution's case[edit | edit source]

Only if defending

  • Prosecutor: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, I have presented evidence that conclusively proves the Defendant attacked the victim in an attempt to steal his winnings.
  • Prosecutor: This time, his victim came away with only bruises. What if, next time, it's an elderly gentleman who can't get away so easily? Or a youth, innocently playing with a ball in the street? For the sake of the citizens of Edgeville, this man
  • Prosecutor: must not be allowed to roam the streets!
  • Judge: Thank you, Prosecution. Defence, you may now present your case.

Only if prosecuting

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The defence's case[edit | edit source]

Only if defending

  • Player: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, I have presented evidence that conclusively proves the Defendant is innocent with regards to these crimes.
  • Player: Who are we to judge someone on how they dress? It is not a crime to wear strange head gear - just look at the judge! We must not give in to the stereotype that muggers and brigands wear this kind of clothing. My client
  • Player: is an innocent man carrying a weapon, not to attack others, but to defend himself.

Only if prosecuting

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Pronouncing Verdict[edit | edit source]

After a successful verdict[edit | edit source]