Today is the day. Ian, the shop owner of Barton Boutique is on trial for premeditated arson at the Gambino mansion on October 30th, 2005. It was quite shocking news when we all found out that Ian may have been responsible for this horrible act!
Today, the residing judge is none other than JudgeBot 502X. He has a long history of unbiased decision making most likely due to his extensive programming.
The prosecution is represented by ProsecutionBot 508Z. He has a longtime conviction rate of 97%. I hear he was programmed with human-like emotions giving himself insight into how humans will react to testimonies.
As for the defense, that role will be taken by DefenseBot 513A. This is DefenseBot 513A's first trial. In fact, DefenseBot 513A just rolled off of the assembly line this morning. It will be interesting to see how he fairs against the PBot 508Z.
The trial is just beginning, let's now go live to the opening statements!
We now begin the trial of Ian. Will the prosecution please start his opening statement.
Thank you, your honor.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury...
Imagine that you have been invited to the biggest party in all of the world. Everyone who's anyone is going to be there. It is going to be the biggest party ever celebrated in your lifetime.
You arrive and everything is great until you notice the smoke. There is a fire engulfing the roof of the mansion. Everyone scatters. People are trapped inside. It is a nightmare. However, in this case, this is a reality.
For on the night of October 30th, 2005, the defendant IAN set fire to the Gambino mansion in a premeditated crime of hate that had festering inside of his sick mind for years.
Throughout the course of this trial, we will establish that Ian has a long history of resentment and jealousy against the Gambino family. In particular, Ian had a clear motive of jealousy against Gino Gambino. We will also show you ironclad evidence that there was no mistake that Ian was, in fact, on the premises at the time of the arson. We will also show that Ian is a man who is prone to acts of violence.
At the end of this trial, there will be no doubt that IAN was responsible for the act of arson at the Gambino mansion.
Thank you, PBot 508Z. Will the defense please start his opening statement.
Humanoid females and males assigned to the jury... *clang clang*
If you have two objects of mass m 1 and m 2 at a distance d, then these two objects will attract each other with a force F.
Conversely, if we were to ... *clang clang* Pardon me. Let me provide a situational context that will more closely apply to the humanoid species.
Have you ever been situated in an incorrect space at an undesignated timeframe? *clang clang*
This is exactly what the defendant currently finds himself in.
For, you see, Ian is a simple man who runs the most reliable shop in Barton Town. In this trial, we will establish that Ian is a good humanoid who is incapable of the acts that he is being accused of. He was," simply at the wrong place at the wrong time." This is typical of humanoids.
Please state your name and occupation for the court record.
My name is Ruby and I run the Gambino Hat Rack with my son, Peyo.
The Gambino Hat Rack. I see. That's a very successful business you have there wouldn't you say?
Why yes, the Gambino Hat Rack has the widest assortment of headgear and hats in all of Gaia. We are very fortunate to have gotten such prime real estate in the heart of the Marketplace in the Isle De Gambino.
Yes, that IS very fortunate. And exactly how did you get such a prime location?
It was actually given to me as a present. It used to be the location of the Gambino Boutique.
The Gambino Boutique? You mean the shop now known as the Barton Boutique?
Yes, the very same.
Doesn't Ian run the Barton Boutique?
Yes, he does. Well, not now, that is... his cat Rufus is running the store while he is in jail.
Do you know Ian well?
Why, yes, I grew up with Ian.
Then you would know how Ian felt about losing his store on Gambino Isle?
Yes. Ian was very upset by this. His family had entrusted the store to him only a month before it was taken away by the Island authorities.
I see. And why was it that the store was taken away from him?
I'm not too sure of the specifics, but apparently when the deed was signed over, some incongruities in the paperwork exposed that the plot of land belonged to the Island and not an individual.
And who was in charge of this acquisition?
Johnny K. Gambino.
THE Johnny K. Gambino? Of the Gambino family? Of the Isle De Gambino?
And you say that Ian was upset by this?
Would you say that Ian resented the Gambino family for taking his store away from him?
OBJECTION! *clang clang* The witness cannot speculate on this matter.
Let me rephrase the question. In your opinion, is it possible that Ian held some resentment against the Gambino family because of this incident?
I suppose he could have. Ian's always been pretty quiet about the Gambino's ever since then. Especially when I mention Johnny. God bless his soul.
The prosecution calls Meredith of the Bank of Gambino.
Please state your name and occupation for the court.
My name is Meredith and I am the manager of the Bank of Gambino.
It is my understanding that you keep records of every transaction in Gaia, is that correct?
Yes. At the Bank of Gambino, every transaction is logged at the time of the transaction so that we can keep records in case of hacking, scamming or other situations that a record would be useful.
Do you have records of the transaction that occurred when the Gambino Boutique was reclaimed by the Island?
Of course, I handled that transaction personally.
Can you please describe how you became involved in that transaction?
Yes, I remember it very vividly. This was many years ago, I was just starting out at the Bank and this was my first time brokering a transaction like this. Johnny K. Gambino recruited me right out of college when I was 15 specifically for this transaction.
You are a very intelligent young lady aren’t you? Especially for having graduated from Durem University at such a young age.
You might say that. I graduated with top honors and first in my class.
OBJECTION! *clang clang* What is the relevance of this line of questioning?
I am merely establishing the credibility of this witness.
Overruled. You may continue Pbot508Z, but please get to the point.
Yes, your honor. Meredith, please describe what happened during the transaction in question?
Well, that day I had prepared all of the paperwork and both Ian and Mr. Gambino had come by in order to sign and notarize the agreement.
I see, how did the defendant react in this situation? Did he seem agitated or upset?
He seemed a little agitated, definitely upset. I would be upset too if my family business was being taken away from me a mere month after it was entrusted to me.
OBJECTION! *clang clang*
The witness will refrain from speculating on what the defendant would be feeling.
In your opinion, would you say that Ian was not happy with signing over his store to Johnny K. Gambino?