Transcript of Sawmill Man v. The People

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Court Documents[edit | edit source]

Court summons[edit | edit source]

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Court summons
You have been summoned to the Seers' Village courthouse to work on the case of Sawmill Man v. The People.

Please present yourself to the court clerk at your earliest convenience.

Case report 1[edit | edit source]

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Evidence: Statements

Submitted to the court as evidence.
File 1:

CONFIDENTIAL

Patent: Sawmill Bill's Supersteady Plankmaker

The Supersteady Plankmaker was designed and built by Bill for the creation of wooden planks. Its design is patented and protected for business security.

Protection methods: The sawmill is to remain locked to everyone aside from selected staff. No one is to take equipment out of the mill without the mill owner's permission.

File 2:

Dear Arnie,
Thank you for alerting me to Will's actions. I fear I'll have to take action against his opening of a competing mill. He knows too many trade secrets, and he helped construct my patented Supersteady Plankmaker. I will inform you of what I'm going to do.
Your friend,

Bill

Case report 2[edit | edit source]

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Evidence: Circumstances

Suspect: Bill
Case Background: Will, a mill worker, is bringing suit against Bill, the mill owner, for monopolising the plank industry ang erecting insurmountable barriers to entry. Will planned to leave the mill and open his own near Taverley; however, every time he tried to buy land, Bill prevented it by making a much higher offer. Bill maintains that he was protecting his business, and that Will was stealing trade secrets by opening a competing business.

All witnesses are present at the courthouse, ready for interviewing.

Case report 3[edit | edit source]

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Character Background

Suspect: Bill
Background: Bill, the mill owner, has been in the business for years. He's been the sole wholesale provider of planks to the adventurers of RuneScape.

Victim: Will, a mill worker
Background: Will has been learning his trade at the mill for years. He's a loyal worker, but is ready to start his own business.

All witnesses are present at the courthouse, ready for interviewing.

Pre-Trial[edit | edit source]

Talking to Will[edit | edit source]

  • Player: I need to ask you some questions about the monopoly case.
  • Will: Fine, let's get it over with.
    • Did you help Bill build his Supersteady Plankmaking machine?
      • Player: Did you help Bill to build his Supersteady Plankmaking machine?
      • Will: Help him? I designed it! I'm a natural with machines.
      • Player: Were you planning on using the same machine when you started your own business?
      • Will: Well, yeah. It was my idea, so why shouldn't I?
    • What was it like working at the mill?
      • Player: What was it like working at the mill?
      • Will: It was great at first, working with the machines and learning new skills, but I got tired of just being a 'worker'. I wanted to be my own boss.
      • Player: What about your co-workers? Do you get on with them?
      • Will: Oh, Phil and Jill are okay. We've seen some good times, although Jill is quite aloof. She thinks we shouldn't hang out, as she's the overseer.
    • Could you tell me about trying to start your own business?
      • Player: Could you tell me about trying to start your own business?
      • Will: Well, the management structure is pretty flat at the sawmill, so I was never going to get promoted. That made me think: 'why can't I have my own mill?'. So, money and started looking for locations. I wanted to take it far from Bill's mill, so I wasn't stealing his business, and Taverley seemed a decent distance away. But, everytime I tried to buy land, 'someone' had already put in a greater bid. The estate agent finally admitted that it was Bill. That's when I decided to bring in the law to sort it out.
    • Why are you both in jail?
      • Player: Why are you both in jail?
      • Will: When I brought suit against Bill, he counter-sued. So, we're both here, waiting for the issue to get resolved.
    • I don't have any more questions.
      • Player: I don't have any more questions.

Talking to Sawmill operator[edit | edit source]

  • Player: I need to ask some questions about the charges against you for unfair trade.
  • Sawmill operator: Okay, okay, get on with it.
    • Can you tell me about your sawmill business?
      • Player: Can you tell me about your sawmill business?
      • Sawmill operator: I started it up about three years ago. I saw that there was an opportunity to provide the people of RuneScape with quality building supplies. My mill's lot was in an empty and derelict area south of the Wilderness, so I managed to get it at a low price. Since then it's expanded, and I have three full-time workers and some work experience kids that come and go.
      • Player: You're the only lumber mill in all of RuneScape, is that correct?
      • Sawmill operator: That's right! No one can compete with my prices or efficiency. I was a bit worried when the Grand Exchange opened, but sales haven't slowed down one jot.
    • What can you tell me about Will, your worker?
      • Player: What can you tell me about Will, your worker?
      • Sawmill operator: I took Will in as a young lad and trained him up. He's been a good worker, until he got it in his head that he'd learned all he could, and wanted to go off to start his own business. I just don't understand it. Whatever happened to loyalty?
      • Player: Did you try talking to him about it?
      • Sawmill operator: I did, but he didn't want to hear a word. He made me so angry that I wanted to do anything to stop him.
    • Did you try to stop Will from opening his own business?
      • Player: Did you try to stop Will from opening his own business?
      • Sawmill operator: Look, I know what you're getting at, but I was just preventing him from stealing the trade secrets that I worked hard to develop. He learned everything he knows from me and my mill, and now he wants to use that knowledge to undercut me and put me out of business. It's not right.
    • Why are you both in jail?
      • Player: Why are you both in jail?
      • Sawmill operator: When Will brought suit against me, I counter-sued. So, both of us are accused of crimes and have to remain here until our day in court. This is a horrible time for a small business man, like myself, as I lose money every day I'm in here.
    • I don't have any more questions.
      • Player: I don't have any more questions.

Talking to Estate Agent[edit | edit source]

  • Player: What are you here for?
  • Estate Agent: I'm a witness in this case, so I have to remain here for questioning. They ran out of jail cells, so I'm just admiring the architecture of the courthouse. I could do wonders with this place.
  • Player: I have some question for you.
    • Player: You were finding land for Will, right?
      • Estate Agent: Yes, Will comissioned me to find somewhere cheap and away from the sawmill.
      • Player: What happened?
      • Estate Agent: Well, Bill and I go a long way back. He started up his business when I did and we keep in touch; so I may have mentioned to him that Will was looking for land, which sent Bill into a rage! He insisted that I inform him of any offers that Will made, so he could outbid him.
      • Player: You agreed to that?
      • Estate Agent: I had to! Bill could put me out of business if he cuts off my customers' supply of planks.
    • Player: What can you tell me about Bill's business?
      • Estate Agent: Bill started his business shortly after I started mine; it was a good match, since I was selling plots of land and he was selling the tools to improve them. We've made a great deal of money in the last few years.
      • You both certainly know how to make a profit.
    • Player: What can you tell me about Bill and Will?
      • Estate Agent:They were like father and son. I'm sure Bill would have been more reasonable if Will had talked to him about it. Nobody needed to get dragged to court.
      • Estate Agent: It's very bad for business.
    • Player: I don't have any more questions.

Trial[edit | edit source]

Commencement[edit | edit source]

Opening statement[edit | edit source]

Only if prosecuting.

The prosecution's case[edit | edit source]

Only if defending.

  • (Transcript missing. edit)

Talking to the judge[edit | edit source]

  • Judge: What can I do for you?
    • Your Honour, could you explain what I need to do?
    • Your Honour, I'd like to present evidence.
    • Your Honour, I'd like to call a witness.
      • If the player did not interview anyone prior to the trial:
        • Judge: You haven't interviewed anyone. That's going to make it hard for you to ask them pertinent questions, don't you think?
      • Otherwise:
        • Bill - sawmill owner
          • Player: The [Prosecution/Defence] calls Bill.
          • Bill takes the stand
        • Will - sawmill worker
          • Player: The [Prosecution/Defence] calls Will.
          • Will takes the stand
        • No one at this time. I would like to return to evidence.
        • No one at this time. I would like to finish and summarise my case.
          • Player: No one at this time, Your Honour. I would like to finish my presentation by summarising my case to the Jury.
          • (Proceed to 'Summary' below)
    • Your Honour, I'd like to summarise my case.
      • Player: Your Honour, I would like to summarise my case to the Jury.
      • (Proceed to 'Summary' below)

Presenting evidence[edit | edit source]

File 1[edit | edit source]

  • If Prosecuting
    • Player: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, if I could draw your attention to Prosecution Evidence #1: A patent filed by Bill for his Supersteady Plankmaker machine.
    • The Prosecution presents the patent as evidence.
      • This patent demonstrates Bill's obsessive control.
        • Player: This patent demonstrates Bill's need to control his company and employees. I can't imagine working somewhere where I was so distrusted.
        • If prosecuting
          • The jury agrees with your argument.
        • If defending
          • (Transcript missing. edit)
      • This patent demonstrates Bill's caution in protecting his ideas.
        • Player: This patent demonstrates Bill's caution in protecting his ideas and his business. It shows that he wants to keep a tight, iron grip on his profits.
        • If prosecuting
    • The jury disagrees with your argument.
        • If defending
          • (Transcript missing. edit)
      • What is a patent?
        • Player: Does anyone here know what a patent is? I've heard of patent leather, but that can't be the same thing.
        • If prosecuting
          • The jury doesn't know what to think about your argument.
        • If defending
          • (Transcript missing. edit)
  • If Defending
    • (Transcript missing. edit)

File 2[edit | edit source]

  • If Prosecuting
    • Player: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, if I could draw your attention to Prosecution Evidence #2: A letter from Bill to the estate agent.
    • The Prosecution presents the letter as evidence.
      • This is a letter from one friend to another.
        • Player: This is a letter from one friend to another. We really shouldn't read it, since that would be a breach of privacy.
          • The jury doesn't know what to think about your argument.
      • This letter doesn't prove any underhanded dealings.
        • Player: This letter doesn't prove any underhanded dealings. But it does show is that both the estate agent and Bill will do anything for a profit, right?
        • If prosecuting
          • The jury disagrees with your argument.
        • If defending
        • (Transcript missing. edit)
      • This letter proves that there were underhanded dealings.
        • Player: This letter proves that Bill and the estate agent conspired to prevent Will from competing. The concern about trade secrets covers up a blatant disregard for fair-trade laws. Bill doesn't seem too bothered about forcing the estate agent to sharing HIS trade secrets.
          • The jury agrees with your argument.
  • If Defending
    • (Transcript missing. edit)

Cross-examination[edit | edit source]

Bill, the Sawmill operator[edit | edit source]

  • Ask about:
    • Can you tell me about your sawmill business?
      • Player: Can you tell me about your sawmill business?
      • Sawmill operator: I started it about three years ago. There was a gap in the market for high quality building supplies and the like, so I bought up some cheap, barren land and built the only lumberyard in RuneScape. At the start it was just me, but we've already upsized to three workers and the odd work placement.
      • Player: Are you making a decent profit?
      • Sawmill operator: We keep expanding! We opened one sawmill to the public recently, and plan to add to our workforce in the future. There was a time when I would worry about the Grand Exchange, but that time's gone.
      • The doesn't know what to think about your argument.
    • What can you tell me about Will, your worker?
      • Player: What can you tell me about Will, your worker?
      • Sawmill operator: I took Will on as a favour to a friend, as I'd heard word that he was a bit of a troublemaker. Over the years, he's calmed down and become the best sawmill worker in the mill, no doubt about that. But I trained him, and I invested in him. Whatever happened to loyalty?
      • Player: Did you try talking to him about it?
      • Sawmill operator: I did, but he'd already made his mind up. I got so angry that I could barely speak. I've tried to speak to him since then, but he's refused to communicate.
      • Player: Oh. Well, that's actually quite...diplomatic of you.
      • If prosecuting
        • The disagrees with your argument.
    • If defending
      • (Transcript missing. edit)
    • Did you try to stop Will from opening his own business?
      • Player: Did you try to stop Will from opening his own business?
      • Sawmill operator: Looky here, I know what you are trying to get me to say! I tried to stop him from opening his own business, but for good reason. He knew everything about the lumberyard: our wholesale contacts, the workings of our machinery, even our profit margins. He could undercut the lumberyard with very little effort.
      • Player: That doesn't give you the right to push him out of the business altogether!
      • If prosecuting
        • The jury agrees with your argument.
    • If defending
      • (Transcript missing. edit)

Will[edit | edit source]

  • Did you help Bill build his Supersteady Plankmaking machine?
    • Player: Did you help Bill build his Supersteady Plankmaking machine?
    • Will: Help him? I designed it! He invested in the materials and I constructed it.
    • Player: Were you planning to use the same machine in your own business?
    • Will: That was the plan. It's my baby, right? I can do what I want with it.
    • Player: That's not how it works, Will. I want you to win this case, but you can't go breaking the law.
    • If prosecuting
      • The jury disagrees with your argument.
    • If defending
      • (Transcript missing. edit)
  • What was it like working at the mill?
    • Player: What was it like working at the mill?
    • Will: It was great at first. Bill knew about my past, but saw through it and trained me up anyway. The problems came about once I'd outgrown the lumberyard. They would rely on me to come up with new technology and finish the custom jobs.
    • Player: What about your co-workers? How do you like them?
    • Will: Oh, Phil and Jill are okay. We've had some good times, but they're happy where they are. I need to move onward and upward.
      • The jury doesn't know what to think about your argument.
  • Could you tell me about trying to start your own business?
    • Player: Could you tell me about trying to start your own business?
    • Will: It soon became clear that the business was relying on me more and more. I created the prototypes for all our machines, I came up with the idea to get adventurers in to make custom planks, and I was doing the majority of work. It was time for me to move on, and use that expertise for myself. As soon as I'd bid on a plot of land, though, I'd find that I was quickly outbid. It didn't take a genius to figure out that Bill was sabotaging my attempts, so I had no choice but to take him to court.
    • If prosecuting
      • The jury agrees with your argument.
    • If defending
      • (Transcript missing. edit)

Talking to the prosecutor[edit | edit source]

Only available if defending.

  • Player: Could you state your case for me?
  • Prosecutor: Sure. Would you like a summary or the full case?

Talking to the defender[edit | edit source]

Only available if prosecuting.

  • Player: Could you state your case for me?
  • Defender: Sure. Would you like a summary or the full case?
    • Summary
      • Defender: My case rests on these points: The patent filed by Bill is a sensible and normal thing to do. It demonstrates his keen business sense. Also, the letter between Bill and the estate agent is vague. If anything it proves that Bill was right to be concerned about Will stealing his ideas. I called Bill to the stand and asked him about preventing Will from opening a competing business. It's clear that Will was going to steal the technology Bill relies on to thrive. That's hardly competition, it's theft! I then called Will. I asked him about his history with Bill. Will used to get in trouble, until Bill took him under his wing. Now Will is making trouble again!
    • Full case

All evidence presented[edit | edit source]

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

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 is enough. It's time for you to summarise your case to the Jury.

Summary[edit | edit source]

If prosecuting:

  • Which member of the Jury would you like to try to appeal to?
  • (Opens Jury selection interface)
  • If the player made enough correct choices in their argumentation:
    • Player: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, I have presented evidence that conclusively proves the Defendant prevented a genuine attempt to provide some competition. We can't allow corporations of this size to choose who they compete against. It's not fair to the people of RuneScape that they can only receive planks from one man and his inflated prices. Competition must be allowed to grow and prosper.
    • Judge: Very well. Now, the Defence may present their case.
    • (Same as 'The defence's case' below)
  • If the player did not make enough correct choices in their argumentation:
    • Player: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, the Defendant has made it impossible for a competitor to become successful. Without competition, the Defendant could raise the price of planks exponentially. It's not fair to the people of RuneScape that they can only receive planks from one man and his inflated prices. Competition must be allowed to grow and prosper.
    • Judge: Very well. Now, the Defence may present their case.
    • (Same as 'The defence's case' below)

If defending:

  • Which member of the Jury would you like to try to appeal to?
  • (Opens Jury selection interface)
  • If the player made enough correct choices in their argumentation:
    • (Transcript missing. edit)
  • If the player did not make enough correct choices in their argumentation:
    • (Transcript missing. edit)
  • (Proceed to Transcript:Court Cases § Pronouncing verdict)

The defence's case[edit | edit source]

Only if prosecuting.

  • Defender: Members of the Jury, I am going to present evidence that decisively proves that Bill was protecting company's secrets by denying Will the chance to open another mill. Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, if I could draw your attention to Prosecution Evidence #1: A patent filed by Bill for his Supersteady Plankmaker machine. This patent demonstrates Bill's caution when protecting his ideas and business. Any prudent businessman would do the same, or face ruin from industrial espionage.
  • Defender: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, if I could draw your attention to Prosecution Evidence #2: A letter from Bill to the estate agent. This letter doesn't disclose any underhanded dealings at all. It's vague about the kind of action that Bill plans to take, and shows, if anything, that Bill was right to be concerned about his apprentice.
  • Defender: The Defence calls Bill.
  • Bill takes the stand
  • Defender: Did you try to stop Will from opening his own business?
  • Sawmill operator: Yes, I did! Not to prevent competition, though. I simply prevented him from stealing trade secrets. Will learned everything he knows from me and my mill, and now he's taking those secrets to start his own business. That's not competition: that's theft!
  • Defender: You were just trying to protect the trade secrets that your business relies on to function.
  • Sawmill operator: Yes. Without those trade secrets, my business wouldn't be able to stand up to new competition. We need them to survive.
  • Defender: The Defence calls Will.
  • Will takes the stand
  • Defender: What can you tell me about Bill?
  • Will: Bill was great. He took me in when I was a kid and trained me up. I'd been a bit of a troublemaker before that, and he straightened me out.
  • Defender: So, you have a history of making trouble?
  • Will: That's not what I meant. I made trouble as a kid, but now I just want to start my own business.
  • Defender: But that makes trouble for Bill!
  • The jury reacts positively
  • Judge: I think that will be enough. It's time for you to summarise your case to the Jury.
  • Defender: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, I have presented evidence that conclusively proves the Defendant is innocent with regard to these crimes. For businesses to succeed, we have to protect our ideas and trade secrets. Without doing that, we encourage employees to steal and ruin their employers.
  • (Proceed to Transcript:Court Cases § Pronouncing verdict)

See also[edit | edit source]