What have the punishments been, exactly? It's often difficult to pinpoint whether people are actually given death, etc. capefeather 02:56, September 10, 2010 (UTC)

I think the only punishments we know about are Joe Darke, Terry Fawles, Dahlia Hawthorne and Manfred von Karma being executed for murder. As for wiretapping, self-defense or even the other murders, I dunno... Strabo412 17:46, September 10, 2010 (UTC)
I thought it never actually said that manfred was exacuted. I know that He's dead, but there is a theory that he killed himself. And I thought that Terry Fwales died of poisoning, that Dahlia gave him? Jedizora 22:16, November 19, 2011 (UTC)
Terry was in death row... but he drank the poison and died at the witness stand... self-defense on the other hand can be called for execution... but usually it's just jail for life... or a long jail time. The other non-murder related cases on the other hand are usually just jail time depending on the offense. But stuff like manipulation of the crime scene, can only give a few years of jail time or few years of community service... AmeftoWriter 01:34, November 20, 2011 (UTC)
I believe the system works on a "Higher Court Sytstem" in which, after the District Court rules a guilty/not-guilty verdict, the defendant is then sent to a more higher level court to be given a sentence length. This is implied if you get a game over in which the Judge will say something along the lines of: "The accused will be sustaned untill they are held before the Higher Court in a months time."
Plus I think the sentence also depends on the level of the murder. Such as if the killer had a good reason to kill, the sentence will be less then a killer who killed a completley innocent person. To use in game examples, Von Karma would get a worse sentence then Luke Atmey seeing as how Karma killed for a weak reason (getting penalized in court) while Luke killed for a almost goodish reason (getting blackmailed). This IS what it's like in real courts after all. So it's possible that Von Karma got sentenced to death while other murders such as Luke simply got jail terms...
wrightfront 00:24, November 22, 2011 (UTC)
Is this what happens in Japanese courts though? That's what the Ace Attorney court system is based on after all. I also don't see your point about the "goodness" of the victim influencing the defendant's sentence. I will admit to not knowing an awful lot about law, but surely that's just encouraging vigilantism? Unless you're referring to degrees of murder, but I don't think Japan has that. I could be wrong though... Strabo412 12:37, November 22, 2011 (UTC)
Welp, from what you probably already know, even without spoiling anything, Sahwit appears in GK2, in the prison. And I'm pretty sure I won't surprise anyone when I say that he's not on death row. So the implication is, no death penalty, unless explicitly stated. The capital punishments usually make sense. Joe Darke was a serial killer, Manfred von Karma killed a defense attorney (and planned the murder of an another one, which makes him just as guilty as the actual murderer, if not more), Dahlia Hawthorne killed two people, one of them a police officer and tried to kill a prosecutor and Terry Fawles was a disgusting pedophile and child killer (at least, that's what he'd be portrayed as in the media). So I believe the implication is "no death sentence, unless explicitly stated otherwise". Even a life sentence would probably be rather rare, maybe reserved for people like Shelly de Killer, if he were ever caught, or perhaps people like Quercus Alba. The next best candidate for getting offed is Kristoph Gavin, though there's really no guarantee either. 18:58, November 22, 2011 (UTC)