Episode One: Mathilda's First Turnabout. Day 1; Part 4
*Solution: The Updated Map (the one with Burt’s position) contradicts Statement 7.*
Mathilda: *slams desk* (I can’t believe everyone missed this…)
Burt: Huh?! What? Why did you slam your desk?! What did I do?!
Mathilda: Before we continue, I must confirm this with you, The defendant moved towards the left when you saw him, correct?
Bills: yes. He ran faster than the BLOOD pumping through my veins.
Mathilda: *Pulls branch out from tail, exposing a flame, pointing it at Bills* Burt Bills. I’m going to give you a long explanation on how to lie to me.
Burt: Excuse me?
Mathilda: If you’re going to lie, don’t add any extraneous details that would make you otherwise blow your cover.
Burt: B-but I’m not lying!
Mathilda: Witness! Your position on the map is South of where the event happened, if Tony went left as you described, he would have gone this way!
Judge: Hey, he COULDN’T of gone left, he would have hit a dead end!
Cliffe: So what? The witness claimed that the defendant moved towards the Dorm building anyway. Who cares if Mr. Bills was confused about left or right?
Mathilda: I care. As you just said, Bills testified multiple times that Tony moved towards the Dorms. But the question I want to ask here is; How exactly did the witness see that, given the circumstances?
Mathilda: *nods* If we were to use the map as a guide, then that would mean Burt was too far south to be on the map. Even if this witness does have 20/20 vision, the distance between the two Pokemon and this Gurdurr would be farther than what would be acceptable to see a murder.
Cliff: again, so what? The witness has perfect vision.
Mathilda: Perhaps, but perfect sight isn’t all he would need to see, let me remind the court that the crime happened at night. He would have needed a light source.
Cliff: He did. Did you forget the street light already, Foxy?
Mathilda: No. I remember. Our witness repeated multiple times that within this street light,Tony went LEFT, and I’m willing to accept this response because he would have been under that light long enough to be moving left.
Cliffe: Such a minor detail! Get to the point already if you’re going to make one! If not then shut up and let’s continue the Testimony!
Mathilda: Fine, then let me ask you some quick questions, Bills.
Burt: Yes, baby?
Mathilda: Did Tony Garrot really flee towards the Dorm Building?
Burt: Yes! I’m telling you the TRUTH! I saw it!
Mathilda: Well, first off; you just contradicted yourself, as the Dorms were to your right even though you just said that Tony fled left.
Mathilda: But what shocks me even more is; how did you even see Tony flee towards the Dorms IN COMPLETE DARKNESS?
Mathilda: If Tony went left as you claimed, he would have been under that streetlight right up until he hit the Casino wall, which was all you had to say, but then you added the detail of him racing to the Dorms, which would require Tony to leave the area of the streetlight. How did you even see this?!
Burt: Um hold on… Let me think…
Mathilda: (oh, brother….)
Burt: Oh! I know! I didn’t actually see him race towards the dorms, I heard the doors opening and closing. The guy was practically in a panic, so he barged right in!
Judge: You heard the Defendant race through the dorm doors? That does seem like a reasonable explanation. Well, Miss Sierra, do you have anything to say about this testimony?
Mathilda: *triumphant smile* You heard Tony barge through the doors? How convenient, especially since you don’t have visible ears.
Fairlane: Indee- huh? oh my...
Cliffe: You cannot be serious.
Burt: …Hey, I can hear just fine, thank you!
Mathilda: (Took you long enough to catch on…)
Judge: May I remind the defense that half of the Pokémon in the world do not have ears.
Mathilda: (Come on, can’t anybody take a joke?)
Fairlane: Please tell me you have a better explanation than the anatomy of a Gurdurr, Miss Sierra.
Mathilda: Yes, Mr. Fairlane. I have a real counterargument. *slams desk* Mr. Bills, there’s no way you could have heard the doors closing; you were too far away from the crime scene!
Mathilda: Well then, Mr. Bills? How did you know that Tony went through those doors, and to now add to the pile, how did you know Tony was in a panic through all the darkness?
Judge: Order! Mr. Bills, you seem to know a little too much about about the crime, despite being extremely far away from the crime scene. I hope you can think of an explanation.
Mathilda: I have one, your honor.
Fairlane: You have an idea.
Mathilda: There’s only one way to explain why Burt knows so much about the crime.
Cliffe: So then Why?
Mathilda: Simple. Burt Bills was closer to the crime scene than he testified. In fact… I bet he could be marked somewhere on the map.
Judge: Oh? If that’s so, then I hope you have a good idea of where he was on the map.
Mathilda: No problem. (I just need to recall Bill’s testimony. Maybe what he said could give me a hint as to where he was when Crooke died.)
Judge: Ok, Miss Sierra, please show us on the diagram where Burt Bills was at the time of the crime ↓
Mathila: Burt Bills must have been here, somewhere within the red oval.
Judge: What grounds do you make your claims on?
Mathilda: Bills claims that he saw Tony go left, but still flew towards the dorms, the only way both of those statements could be true was if Burt was north of where the crime happened, it’s the only explanation!
Burt: What?! NO WAY!! *drops weight onto his foot from surprise* YYYYYYYYYYYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
Mathilda: Something wrong, Mr. Bills? Do you have something to say?
Cliffe: Don’t go harassing my witness, Whelp! It matters not where this numbskull was standing when that Weavile was killed! The fact still stands, this witness saw the Defendant take a swing towards the victim!
Mathilda: But this guy was much closer to the crime than we thought! He must be considered a suspect too, as he just lied to the court!
Fairlane: Ms. Sierra is correct. Burt Bills has lied to the court and said he was south of the crime instead of north. Why would he do such a thing?
Cliffe: How many times must I repeat this fact to the Defense? Where the witness was standing has no bearing on this case. Burt Bills doesn’t have a scratch on him, as far as this court can tell! Meanwhile, the defendant has an obvious bruise on his pincer!
As long as there is no other option to explain what struck Crooke’s face, Anthony Garrot the Gliscor will remain the prime and only suspect!
Not only that, you have yet to show a shred of evidence proving your claim about the witness’s position! Bill’s testimony contradicting itself? What kind of evidence is that? We want REAL evidence!
Mathilda: (As long as no weapon exists, that blasted bruise will continue to get brought up! I have to do something!)
Mathilda: … *deep thought*
Cliffe: It appears that Foxy has nothing left to say. In that case, let’s bring this trial to a close.
Fairlane: It’s too early to stop the trial now, Cliffe. We still have yet to hear as to why Burt Bills has lied to the court.
Cliffe: Oh, so you just want to waste the court’s time? Don’t make me laugh! Your Honor, revealing the suspect, I have provided a weapon, motive, and an opportunity! I see no reason to prolong this trial.
Mathilda: Your Honor, Please! I know somewhere in your mind, you have doubts about the suspect being the culprit! If Burt was as close as Crooke as Tony was, that would make him especially suspicious: he even has the Type Advantage! We can’t overlook this new information!
Cliffe: I find it laughable how you’re still considering Mr. Bills was to the North of the crime.
Cliffe: I would understand if you had the proper evidence to show this, or even if evidence would reveal a truth, but I’m not convinced. All of the documents and reports we submitted do not hold water showing anybody to the north of Crooke!
Fairlane: Ms. Sierra?
Mathilda: … (All the… documents, and reports?)
Mr. Fairlane, have you noticed anything about this trial? Anything... different?
Fairlane: Different? I’m afraid not, Ms. Sierra. This feels like a normal case to me.
Mathilda: Maybe it’s because this is my first trial, but…
Cliffe: This trial is over! Self defense or not, Murder is Murder, and here in New Detroit, ALL cases of murder are unacceptable!
Tony: n-no way… help me…
Judge: … As much as I want to continue this trial, I’m afraid Prosecutor Cliffe is correct, he has enough evidence to prove that Anthony Garrot the Gliscor has murdered Robert Crooke the Weavile. The law is absolute, and I see no need to continue.
Fairlane: It looks like this was all we could do… *Pounds wing onto desk* All because of this warped and ruined legal system. We’re doomed, New Detroit is doomed, just like it’s predecessor.
Judge: I am now ready to make my verdict! Does anyone have any last objections?
Mathilda: (I… I can’t let this trial end here… I have to say something! I KNOW something’s off, but I’m out of time!)
Judge: Ms. Sierra? Do you have something else to add?
Mathilda: Your honor! (Only one other option I can think of! Time to bluff!) I believe that within the Court Record, there is a piece of evidence that requires more examination!
Judge: On what grounds, Ms. Sierra?
Fairlane: Basically, why do you think we should rereview a piece of evidence.
Mathilda: Oh. On it’s own, there’s really nothing special. However! Now that we know Burt may be lying about his location, this gives a new piece of evidence a whole new meaning! (Just don’t ask me which one…)
Judge: Very well then, I shall give the defense a chance to explain which piece evidence requires another look.
Fairlane: Calm down, Ms. Sierra. I think you’re on the right track.
Fairlane: Of course. Since we don’t have much to go on, just use the map like you’ve been doing this whole time. Put Burt Bills a lot closer to the crime scene on the map, and you might see which piece of evidence needs to be examined.
Mathilda: I’m confused.
Fairlane: I can tell. Look at it this way, instead of looking for specific evidence, look at the big picture. Maybe, just maybe, we all overlooked something, and maybe that ‘something’ could give us an explanation on an unexplained piece of evidence.
Mathilda: Wait a minute what? I hate it when people leave me in the dark! What do you know that I don’t?
Fairlane: You’re a smart Braixen, I know you can see it if you try.
Mathilda: (Well, might as well try putting Burt a little closer on the map and see where it takes me…)
Mathilda: (I don’t see anything that could help me! Maybe if I take a few minutes and think…)
Cliffe: Earth to Foxy; You better have an answer for us! You’re wasting our time!
Mathilda: ! eep! (I need more time myself, Duck!)
Judge: Alright Fox- I mean, Ms. Sierra. Please enlighten the court;
“Which piece of evidence needs to be reexamined now that we know Mr. Bills was closer to the Crime?”