Cindy Donovinh here live from the Durem Courthouse.
Yesterday we finally saw some forensic evidence placing the defendant at the crime scene! It seemed quite damaging to Ian's case. In retaliation, the inside word is that Ian himself will take the stand to clear his name... but we'll just have to see about that now won't we?
Let's go to the courtroom, the trial is about to continue!
Is that your full name? That is, do you have a last name?
Of course, it's--
I'm sure many people would like to know.
The law does not require last names to be announced. Everyone here knows who the defendant is here. And this is totally irrelevant to the case at hand.
Withdrawn. Ian, how is it that you know the Gambino family?
Well, who doesn't know the Gambino family? They are only the wealthiest and most influential family in all of Gaia!
Do you know them personally?
No, not really.
But you have dealt with Johnny K. Gambino in the past?
Well, sure, I helped pass out gifts at the Anniversary Ball a couple years back...
Is that all?
Well, sure it is.
You run the Barton Boutique, formally known as the Gambino Boutique, did you not?
AHA! Earlier, both Ruby and Meredith testified that you had prior dealings with Johnny K. Gambino when your Gambino Boutique was taken from you! Why did you hide that fact, Ian?!
NO! I didn't ... I mean ... well, I don't like to think about that.
Why did you LIE, Ian?
I didn't mean to ... it's just ... it was a hard time in my life. I had a lot of pressure on me ... to make the boutique succeed. My family entrusted it to me. The "boutique" has long since been a family trademark, a business passed down from generation to generation. Every owner of a "boutique" ran his business with a talking cat. It was tradition. And a good business gimmick as well... When Rufus became the last in his line of talking cats, I knew I would be the last of the "boutique" owners... there was a lot riding on me to succeed... I ...
Well then, how did you feel when the shop's prime real estate was taken from you by the Gambino family?
I ... well, at first I was upset... I didn't know how I felt really. I went through a bunch of phases... anger, denial, depression, etc...
You were angered?
Of course, I hated myself... I hated that I couldn't step up to the plate and succeed. My father had succeeded before me, and his father before him, and his father before him...
Success was very important to you.
Yes... it was. I didn't want to let everyone down.
So, then, you would do ANYTHING to succeed?
Yes... erm... no.... that's not what I--
What did you do after you lost the Gambino Boutique?
I, well, went away for a little while. Ended up in Barton Town. I worked really hard for the past few years to get the Boutique where it is today.
But your sales have never amounted to much compared to what you were making on the Isle de Gambino?
No, but I'm ok with that. I've learned that I don't want to be in charge of so much pressure and responsibility... I... I just want to be happy. I just want to be lo--
How do you feel about Sasha?
Yes. Sasha. And let me remind you that you are under oath here.
I ... *gulp* erm ... I ... I love her.
But she doesn't love you, Ian.
In fact, from all of the media coverage we've seen from New Year's, it's quite obvious her heart belongs to another man ... a GAMBINO, in fact!
Tell me, Ian. How do you feel about that?
Does it anger you to know that the woman you love was taken from you by the same blood that took your family business from you?
YES or NO, Ian? Does it anger you to know that all of your hopes and dreams were dashed away by the GAMBINO's?!
And you would do ANYTHING to get back what you lost, wouldn't you? WOULDN'T YOU?!
... I ... yes. *sob* *sob*
No further questions your honor.
You may step down, Ian. I believe that is the final witness of the trial. We will now take a recess while the prosecution and the defense are finalizing their closing statements. We will reconvene with the closing statements tomorrow at which time the jury will be able to decide the defendant's fate. Court is adjourned!
Well, there you have it! Today is a close call, I have no idea who did better today. We'll just have to wait for the closing statements until we can get a better idea! And GAIA 9 Action News will be there with coverage. You can count on it! See you then! Cindy Donovinh, signing off!