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|T... The.. The acting attorney for the accused. F-For this trial, is... M-m-me. Ryūnosuke Naruhodō!|
At dinner time in the western restaurant, La Quantos, a gunshot rang through the establishment. All of the patrons looked to see a body of a deceased English gentleman. As the authorities arrive, a young man is found holding a gun and was standing in front of the victim.
Before the Trial
Three days after the murder, the suspect, Ryuunosuke Naruhodo, is waiting for his trial to begin, awaiting his fate to be decided by the court. One of the bailiffs called him a murderer. His friend and defense attorney, Kazuma Asogi, tells the bailiff that the verdict has let to pass, so calling Naruhodo guilty is wrong even if he was a bailiff. Asogi brings up that the incident has published in the newspaper and asks Naruhodo if he did it. Naruhodo says that he would never commit something like murder. Asogi then tells Naruhodo to keep his chin up and that he has faith in him.
Naruhodo then thinks back to just before the incident had just occurred. He was congratulating Asogi on receiving news that Asogi's overseas studies were confirmed. He wants to go overseas to see in Great British Empire to change the judicial system of Japan. Asogi offers Naruhodo to accompany him on his trip, but Naruhodo is unsure so Asogi offers to ask another time. Naruhodo decides to stay while Asogi leaves.
Naruhodo then snaps back to the present as someone calls for Asogi. The person was Yujin Mikotoba and accompanying him was his daughter, Susato Mikotoba. Yujin tells Asogi to go see the judge in his chambers, since Asogi sent an application for a change of the defense attorney fairly recently, that it caused some disarray. Susato accompanies Asogi to the Judge's chambers.
As the two left, Yujin tells Naruhodo that while Asogi's overseas studies are confirmed, if he loses today's trial, the program will be suspended and Asogi will never get another chance. Naruhodo is shocked and asks how this decision came to be. Yujin says that the Japanese Empire selected Asogi from a large amount of candidates to study abroad.
Naruhodo then states that he is not guilty. But Yujin says that with the evidence mounted against him and given the fact that today's trial is unique, it would be very difficult. Naruhodo asks what he can do so Yujin tells to him that after the judge asks a question towards the defense, Naruhodo must say "I am" before anyone else.
The bailiff then says that the trial is about to begin and they must head towards the courtroom. Yujin say that Asogi will not stand as defense, but Naruhodo is the one that ultimately decides. As the bailiff calls for the defendant, Naruhodo is thinking about the situation. If his is found guilty, Asogi will loses his chance to study abroad. As Naruhodo enter the courtroom, he is joined by Asogi. The trial is conducted under absolute secrecy due to a recent treaty between Japan and the Great British Empire. As the trial starts, the judge asks who is standing for the defendant. Naruhodo realizes that this is the question Yujin was talking about. He notices that if he replies with "I am" he would have to defend himself, but Naruhodo goes thought with it because he doesn't want to ruin Asogi's dream.
Everyone is shocked that and Asogi asks what is Naruhodo is trying to do. Naruhodo explain that he heard from Yujin about what would happen if Asogi were to lose this trial. The prosecution, Taketsuki Auchi, comments on how the defendant's attorney is abandoning him, but Asogi exclaims that the one who knew of the defendant's innocence was the defendant himself.
The judge beings to see if Naruhodo is fit to do the job by asking some questions about the incident. The victim's name is John H. Watson. Since the victim was British, the Japanese government is looking to put the blame on someone. Naruhodo was the prime suspect due to him being at the scene of the crime and was holding a gun.
Naruhodo thinks back to just after Asogi left on the day of the incident. Naruhodo noticed the victim at the restaurant and went up to him to say hello.
Naruhodo snaps back to the trial and is asked to present what was the caused of death. The autopsy report states that the cause of death was blood loss from the gunshot wound. Auchi also presents a photograph of the body and submits it as evidence.
The First Witness
The first witness is called to the stand. His name is Satoru Hosonaga and he is a waiter at the restaurant. In his testimony, the victim was spending time at the restaurant a little after 2 pm. After the victim finished eating, three groups of people came. Satoru was cleaning utensils in the kitchen when he heard the gunshot. He then came out of the kitchen to see the victim dead and the defendant with a firearm in his hand. No one else stood close to the victim and the defendant.
Naruhodo then remembers a woman sitting at the same table as the victim on the day of the incident. Naruhodo objects and states it to the court but was dismissed due to him being the accused. The waiter present a card with the seating arrangements at the time with where the victim was marked on it. The card was handed over as evidence.
The judge and prosecution offer that if Naruhodo pleads guilty, his sentence will be reduced slightly. Naruhodo asks Asogi if he should pleads guilty. Asogi says that he has faith in him and is he willing to betray his faith.
Asogi then hits the desk with a karate chop and states that the defense is here to prove the defendant's innocence and that the trial should continue.
The Next Witnesses
The next two witnesses are Taizou Uzukumaru and Sanmon Sonohigurashi. They were both present at the restaurant when the crime occurred. They were talking about rare treasures. Taizou saw the accused fired the gun killing the victim and then Sanmon got onto the floor.
Naruhodo tells Asogi what happened. After greeting the victim, Naruhodo went back to his table to finish his coffee. When he started to leave, he noticed an English made pistol next to the victim. He thought it was the professor so he stood up to give it to him when he heard the gunshot.
Asogi then tells Naruhodo to request a cross examination quickly. As the prosecution was about to have the trial conclude, Naruhodo requests a cross examination. Auchi was about to deny it when Asogi comes in and says that the defense has a right to perform one.
As the cross examination begins, Naruhodo notices a contradiction. He tries to point it out by presenting the photo of the crime scene, but gets tongue tied. Asogi then hits the desk and tells the court that the in the photo the victim was shot in the chest. Taizou said he was shot in the back so it was a contradiction. Taizou then explains that he was actually looking the beefsteak so he didn't witness the crime when the gun was shot. Sanmon, at the time, was looking for a valuable coin he lost. Due to those statements, Asogi states that the testimony is inconclusive.
They continue with the trial and it is revealed that Taizou brought along his son, Kuroumaru. The two witnesses claim that it doesn't change anything because there was no one else. Naruhodo exclaims that there was someone else there, but Auchi presents a photo that shows that the table was set for one.
Naruhodo was about to give up when Asogi tells Naruhodo to keep his head high. Auchi presents a medical report found in the breast pocket of the victim. The report states that the victim just came from a dentist appointment and was give instructions of not eating any food for the next three hours. This is a contradiction, proving that there someone there with the victim.
As the defense continue to press, Sanmon let slip that they were ordered to testify that there was no lady at the scene. It appears that someone scared them into silence. Naruhodo believe it was the waiter and the card that the waiter presented says that Satoru is actually a detective.
As they were about to confirm if Satoru ordered them to keep silent, Satoru appeared. Satoru explains that he was working undercover at the restaurant due to a string of incidents that occurred at the restaurant. Satoru avoided sat that the woman was there due to orders at the police headquarters saying to release the British woman there. The reason why was because they wanted to keep a good relationship with the Great British Empire. Asogi remembers that there was an exchange student from Great Britain and the student was a female and was under the victim's research facility in the medical block. Satoru confirms this and the judge sends Satoru to get the exchange student Jezail Brett.
The Phantom Woman
A break was taken. Asogi comments on how Naruhodo can still find contradictions will being very nervous. Asogi suggests maybe Naruhodo is suited to be an attorney. Naruhodo brushes it of, claiming he doesn't want now frightful thoughts.
Asogi asks if Naruhodo noticed anything about the lady, but Naruhodo says no.
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