From www.goldenbrewtavern.com Prosecutor William McCarthy Begins Court with his closing argument after Defense’s witness, Fain the Dark Stranger could not be located and did not answer the summons to appear in court. Closing Arguments by Prosecution and Defense Judge Erlington: *nods to jury* Handalf: hail judge! Kat: Good eve, Your Honor. Halo In Reverse: hi Judge Erlington: Hail Judge Erlington: Thank you for being here Judge Erlington: *smiles* Handalf: quite welcome! Halo In Reverse: *smiles* William McCarthy: Hail! Judge Erlington: Hail McCarthy William McCarthy: mm Judge Erlington: *checks notes* Judge Erlington: Closing arguments tonight correct? William McCarthy: *nods* William McCarthy: Aye, Sire! Handalf: oh thank god! Handalf: oops… i said that out loud.. sorry judge Judge Erlington: *looks towards defense table* William McCarthy: mmm William McCarthy: I saw one of the defense counsel running around in Britain.. William McCarthy: *sits down* William McCarthy: *eyes the chicken* Handalf: *squints at billy boy* Handalf: *waves hello* Krystal Olivaw: Hail William McCarthy: hmm Zack: wooo jury is full tonight William McCarthy: ahh William McCarthy: Decided to show up after all.. Halo In Reverse: ty hand *smiles* Handalf: bok bok Taliesin: *pat stomach* Handalf: In Mani Ylem Taliesin: Had myself a juicy burger first. William McCarthy: Sounds unhealthy, whatever that might be Zack: mmm Taliesin: Your honor, my co counsel will be here shortly. Handalf: bok bok Judge Erlington: *nods* Krystal Olivaw: Thank you Judge Erlington: I was about to ask Judge Erlington: if they were going to be in attendance Taliesin: “They”? Taliesin: *looks to the left and right* Taliesin: I’ll check. Judge Erlington: Mr Morr and Mistress Fier? Taliesin: *readies hyper dimensional messaging apparatus.* William McCarthy: Likely making their way to Bucanners Den Handalf: michael morr? Handalf: *looks up* Amber Witch: Evening Sir Zack: bok! Handalf: bok! Handalf: *smiles* Handalf: *taps foot on bench…* Count of Berg: Evening MiLord William McCarthy: *stiffles a yawn* Handalf: ooooh Handalf: thnks! Zack: !! Handalf: seeds! Judge Erlington: Are we ready to proceed? Handalf: er what is that for? William McCarthy: *nods* Handalf: oh! nm Judge Erlington: Defense? Count of Berg: IS our witness here MiLord? Taliesin: *snickers* William McCarthy: *rolls his eyes* Judge Erlington: Tonight is closing arguments Count of Berg: and the summons for Fain the Dark Stranger? William McCarthy: I do not believe the judge was able to find one Hooded Stranger Handalf: *picks up eyes.. dusts them off… returns to william* William McCarthy: oh.. Dark Stranger Judge Erlington: The Order was given William McCarthy: mmm Judge Erlington: But one Fain could not be located Count of Berg: Then we should call in open Court MiLord and see if the witness appears Taliesin: How convenient. William McCarthy: Delay tactics! William McCarthy: No such witness exists! Taliesin: But that person ~does~ exist. Count of Berg: ah but there are pictures my friend Noxx: AHAHHAHHAA Judge Erlington: I call Fain the dark Stranger to the stand..if you are here William McCarthy: pictures? Handalf: ! Judge Erlington: *looks around* Judge Erlington: *taps toes* William McCarthy: *stretches his legs* Judge Erlington: It seems Count..Fain is not here Count of Berg: As the witness has not appearred, perhaps the Prosecution should begin his closing? should begin his closing? Judge Erlington: nor *checks notes* could they be located Judge Erlington: very well Judge Erlington: Mr McCarthy Judge Erlington: You may begin your closing arguments William McCarthy: Prosecution is ready! Prosecutor’s closing argument Judge Erlington: *nods* William McCarthy: Thank you! William McCarthy: *sniffs his nose at the defense* William McCarthy: *walks towards the jury* William McCarthy: Hail, Lords and Ladies of the jury! Zack: and chicken! Handalf: *waves imperiously* William McCarthy: *dons a concerned look* William McCarthy: Aha.. and yes, the chicken! Handalf: bok bok William McCarthy: Members of the jury soon you will have a great responsibility at hand Handalf: me? Handalf: at me? *looks confused* William McCarthy: Over the past few weeks you have heard first hand account William McCarthy: of how the Britannian Purity League works William McCarthy: They have intimidated good citizens William McCarthy: Even gone as far as meddle with the workings of this trial! You see: stone wall William McCarthy: You saw our kind judge kidnapped in front of your eyes Judge Erlington: *shudders remembering the horror* William McCarthy: The defense will have you believe that they are a harmless groupharmless group William McCarthy: trying to express their opinion William McCarthy: Nay! William McCarthy: If left unchecked, they will stiffle our freedom William McCarthy: *moves closer* Handalf: *backs off defensively* William McCarthy: You also heard eye witnesses William McCarthy: who have placed the defendents Aldagar Morr and Cymidei Fier William McCarthy: as acting for the purpose of BPL William McCarthy: You heard how they met at the Morr manor William McCarthy: and discussed plans to spread chaos and fear William McCarthy: You also heard eye witness testimony William McCarthy: of both of them caught red handed looting the treasure that rightfully belongs to the crown! that rightfully belongs to the crown! Handalf: ! William McCarthy: Finally, even the defense admitted William McCarthy: to be fighting for the BPL at the castle of Orobas Lillu: sry William McCarthy: It could not be any clearer! Judge Erlington: *shuffles court notes* You see: Maverick William McCarthy: And what did the defense present? William McCarthy: *laughs* William McCarthy: *paces* William McCarthy: *looks at the jury again* Handalf: 0-0 William McCarthy: The witnesses brought by the defense William McCarthy: were as incoherent as their strateg William McCarthy: All of them conflicted each other’s story You see: WERDNA [WD] William McCarthy: One said their was never a secret meeting You see: Andy the Keeper of Records William McCarthy: while the other admitted to it, only to insist it was a fund raiser William McCarthy: One said they were never at the Castle William McCarthy: only for Mistress Fier and Mr. Morr admit to being present themselveses William McCarthy: I don’t know about you, members of the jury William McCarthy: but to me this sounds like GUILTY! Handalf: *takes notes* William McCarthy: When they cannot even get their stories straight William McCarthy: So, I hope that when you go back and deliberate William McCarthy: you will keep in mind William McCarthy: that the very future of our kingdom may depend on your decision William McCarthy: Britannian Purity League must be stopped at all cost! Handalf: *shivers in terror* : Handalf says: *shivers in terror* : Handalf says: *shivers in terror* William McCarthy: Do not let lies and cheap parlor tricks distract you William McCarthy: from what needs to be done! William McCarthy: *bows his head* William McCarthy: Thank you! William McCarthy: *walks back to his seat* Handalf: ! Judge Erlington: *nods at Mr McCarthy* Judge Erlington: If you are finished. William McCarthy: Indeed! Defense presents closing argument Judge Erlington: Defense you may present your closing argument Count of Berg: MiLord Count of Berg: Members of the Jury Count of Berg: I could ask the Court to direct you to disregard the commentary Count of Berg: from the Prosecution Count of Berg: but I will not Count of Berg: I want it fresh in your mind’s eye Count of Berg: The witness’s we heard from at this trial Count of Berg: did NOT Count of Berg: place Mr. Morr fighting for the PurityLeague Count of Berg: at the battle You see: Snow Drake the Healer Count of Berg: they could not even plce him there Count of Berg: he placed himself there Count of Berg: why? Count of Berg: because he had no foul intent Count of Berg: why should he lie about it? You see: Lord Thanatos the Shade Count of Berg: Did he speak against gargoyles having freedoms in this realm? Count of Berg: Of course he did! Count of Berg: He was attacked by them Count of Berg: many of us have ben attacked over the years Count of Berg: Even when we saw gargoyles who were no longer violent Count of Berg: they kept themselves Count of Berg: to the lands Count of Berg: if Illeshner Thanatos: Sanctum Viatas Count of Berg: not here Count of Berg: So when this old retired merchant Judge Erlington: *writes notes* Count of Berg: saw gargoyles in his own lands Count of Berg: of course he was affraid Count of Berg: but without foul intent Count of Berg: Now Count of Berg: the defense has called some witness’ Handalf: *points* giant bat in courtroom, your honor! Count of Berg: It did not have to Maverick: the chicken is guilty – fry him! Handalf: ! Count of Berg: the defense need not say anything Count of Berg: merely rely on the prosecution to first prove its case Count of Berg: they have not Count of Berg: yet Morr took the stand Count of Berg: for he had nothing to hide Count of Berg: indeed Count of Berg: he still has his opinions Count of Berg: but not violent ones Count of Berg: now onto the treasury Count of Berg: We have heard of the Dark Stranger Count of Berg: who, when seen has the same haura Count of Berg: as the esteemed invinsables Count of Berg: such as the prosecutor Count of Berg: yet the witness Count of Berg: does not appear Count of Berg: it is this same witness that threatens our realm Count of Berg: that misled several citizens Count of Berg: with the promise of great wealth Count of Berg: to enter enter Count of Berg: what they thought Taliesin: *nods* Count of Berg: was Casca’s ill gotten loot Count of Berg: NOT the Crown’s vaults Count of Berg: My firneds Cymidei Fier: Flam Sanct Count of Berg: I have been the Royal Vault Count of Berg: There are no signs Count of Berg: nothing is marked as such Count of Berg: Had I not known where I was from my noble status Count of Berg: I would not have been Count of Berg: able to deduce it was the Royal Vault Count of Berg: to steal from the Crown Count of Berg: one must know it is the Crown’s property Count of Berg: as for trying to warp the law of the land Count of Berg: I remind you Count of Berg: that Her Majesty had not yet ruled on the Gargoyl situation Count of Berg: until after the events that we litigate had occurred Count of Berg: Now the She has Count of Berg: Mr. Morr has not spoke out in protest Count of Berg: as he is a law abbiding citizen Count of Berg: But Morr is guilty of these sins! Count of Berg: He is an old man. Count of Berg: He is grumpy! Count of Berg: He has a closed mind in his opinions! Count of Berg: But that is all! Count of Berg: Is the man who shows such kindness to girl scouts Count of Berg: one who would attempt to overthrow Count of Berg: a kingdom? Count of Berg: Pleas eremember the words of the Prosecutor Count of Berg: remember how he phrased what the witness’ said Handalf: *checks notes* Count of Berg: versus what they really said Count of Berg: and then make your choice Count of Berg: I thank you on behalf of an old man Count of Berg: MiLord Judge Erlington: *nods towards the Count.* William McCarthy: mmm Judge Erlington: Mr Taliesin? Taliesin: Ok… Taliesin: *smiles* Taliesin: Ladies, gentlemen, and fowl of the Court. Handalf: *flaps* Taliesin: Let me remind you that this is a Criminal case, with criminal charges. Taliesin: Thus far, we’ve heard a lot of hearsay, witnesses, and the like. Taliesin: But we haven’t heard anything resembling hard evidence. Taliesin: One witness claims that my clients were there that night. Taliesin: But that same witness never saw them actually carrying away anything. William McCarthy: *grinds his staff* Handalf: *covers eyes* Taliesin: I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty hard to steal anything without first carrying it away Taliesin: somewhere. Taliesin: So when you decide whether to find my clients guilty or not. Taliesin: Just keep in mind that as to the charges, thus far, the prosecution has not Taliesin: directly connected either of them to any real crimes. Taliesin: I think the reason you guys are here would be abundantly clear if we kept this in mind. Taliesin: Thank you, and may Justice watch over you all. Taliesin: *smiles* Taliesin: That’s it for me, your Honor. Judge Erlington: *Nods towards Mr Talisin* Blister: oh Taliesin: Now hold on, Blister Taliesin: The judge being kidnapped had nothing to do with us. Taliesin: We were all sitting here. Handalf: *waves to gnome* Taliesin: Nowhere in this trial have we connected the kidnapping to the Purity League Taliesin: nor my clients. Taliesin: Hardly fair to include them in this. Underpants Gnome: *my apologies to the court for my tardiness* Judge Erlington: Mistress Fier? Cymidei Fier: Yes your honor? Judge Erlington: Do you wish to add anything? Cymidei Fier: Not at this time… Judge Erlington: Very well Judge Erlington: Ladies Gentlemen and errr fowl..of the jury Handalf: *nods* Underpants Gnome:*smiles* Taliesin: Might as well take a seat, Berg…this might take a while. Judge Erlington: You have been here for the trial…and have heard witness accounts..statements Judge Erlington: And saw me abducted Taliesin: ! Judge Erlington: I now ask that you go into deliberation Judge Erlington: You will remain as such until Tuesday Judge Erlington: When at that time I shall expect a verdict Handalf: ! Judge Erlington: which will be read on the following Thursday Judge Erlington: Please while under deliberation William McCarthy: *sits down* Judge Erlington: converse only to other jury members about the trial Judge Erlington: I shall see you here again Prosceution and Defense Handalf: your honor, a question if i may…. Judge Erlington: On Thursday Taliesin: ? Judge Erlington: for sentencing Judge Erlington: Yes? Count of Berg: Thank You MiLord Handalf: should we report bribe attempts to you or to town guards? Zack: ohh Judge Erlington: Hurmp Judge Erlington: Bribes? Krystal Olivaw: *giggles* Zack: I was bribed thursday William McCarthy: *raises his eyebrow* Handalf: er.. i were to get any such bribes… ihave not as of yet of course Zack: she wouldnt give me the dough though Taliesin: Crimes are reported to criminal investigations, i.e., the guards. Judge Erlington: Please report to town guards Taliesin: Cases are handled by a judge. Judge Erlington: they shall report further to the courts Handalf: *nod* thank you, your honor Judge Erlington: *nods* Handalf: *nods* You see: Andy the Keeper of Records Judge Erlington: This court is adjourned until Thursday William McCarthy: Sire Judge Erlington: Yes? William McCarthy: will the court make public all of the proceedings of the trial Judge Erlington: They shall William McCarthy: for the convenience of the jury William McCarthy: *nods* Handalf: ! Judge Erlington: There will be documents provided Handalf: !! Handalf: !!! William McCarthy: Very well! William McCarthy: *ducks* Judge Erlington: *nods* Brytt: *pens down a note on parchment* Blister: goodness Judge Erlington: Defense please be present Judge Erlington: next Thursday for the reading of the verdict Cymidei Fier: What hour will it be read? Judge Erlington: You as well Mr McCarthy William McCarthy: I will bring the guards along with me, sire William McCarthy: *grins* Judge Erlington: *checks notes* Zack: oh Zack: hes gettin down You notify them that you do not wish to join the party. Zack: kind of like thursday when cym tried to cut his throat Zack: it was kind of nice Judge Erlington: 8pm pst Judge Erlington: as usual Sir Handalf: *wonders if health insurance covers kidnapping by BPL* Clayton Brega: pdt? Judge Erlington: PST William McCarthy: I shall be present, sire Handalf: judge! you are leaking air! Handalf: *looks for leak* Handalf: I canna find it! Judge Erlington: If that is all…This court is adjourned until said time Handalf: ahhh! William McCarthy: *bows* Judge Erlington: Hurmp! Handalf: “pst” sounded like a leak William McCarthy: Hrmpf Judge Erlington: *nods to jury* Handalf: *shrugs* Handalf: *nods* Judge Erlington: You are excused for deliberation William McCarthy: *rolls his eyes* Judge Erlington: Thank you members of the court room Handalf: *deliberates* Judge Erlington: for your attendance Kat: Shall we go and deliberate then? Brytt: Your Honor…. You see: Krystal Olivaw the Bard Judge Erlington: yes? Brytt: Brytt Heathard, Britannian News….. Brytt: Also of the Golden Brew. Brytt: When the court records are available for public presentation Brytt: I should be happy to post them as well. Judge Erlington: very nice to meet you sir Judge Erlington: Very good Blister: Kal Ort Por Judge Erlington: I shall see that they are sent Brytt: You run a fine court, Your Honor. My best wishes in the resolution of this unpleasantness. Count of Berg: T? Brytt: Thankye.