The extra case added for the
DS re-release. While in something of a slump Phoenix is hired by Ema Skye
to defend her sister, Chief Prosecutor Lana Skye in the murder of a police
detective. But this time, he may have bitten off more than he can chew.
(Submitted by Fapman)
Date: February, 2017
COD: Stabbed in the chest.
MW: Joe Darke's switchblade.
During a rainy night, a murder
takes place. As the introduction plays, we see the silhouette of a woman
stabbing another person, but who is the murderer?
Two months following the
"Turnabout Goodbyes" case, Phoenix has taken no cases whatsoever, even
though he had many offers. When he comes into the office, however, he
meets up with a young woman who explains that she needs Mia Fey to defend
her Sister in court tomorrow. Phoenix explains to the woman that Mia
"doesn't work here anymore", and introduces himself. The woman then
convinces Phoenix to take on the case, and introduces herself as Ema Skye.
Ema is a 16-year old scientific investigator who is going to be assigned
to Forensics in three more years. Ema explains that her sister is going on
trial for a murder, and that there was a witness who saw her sister commit
the murder, but Ema believes that her Sister is innocent. She
promised her sister that she would hire Mia to take on the case.
At the Detention Center, Phoenix meets Ema's sister, Lana Skye. Lana
smarts off to the guard before meeting with Phoenix, and does not face in
the direction of Phoenix for the first part of the meeting. After telling
Ema not to get involved in court tomorrow, she finally faces Phoenix, and
introduces herself as the Chief Prosecutor for this District. Phoenix
thinks this is a rather interesting coincidence: Two sisters, with one
being a lawyer.
Before she tells Phoenix her story, Lana explains that she has already
confessed. The crime took place on February 21st, at 5:15 P.M.. The
witness saw very clearly that she committed the crime. The scene of the
crime was at the underground parking lot at the Prosecutor's Office. Her
subordinate's car's trunk held the body. As a result, she was caught
The victim was a detective for the police department. He was stabbed once
in the stomach, and his death resulted from a loss of blood. Although
death wasn't immediate, the wound was fatal. If a detective is a murder
victim, the police department will pride themselves at finding the
defendant guilty, no matter what.
Lana is the chief prosecutor responsible for overseeing every trial
handled by the prosecutors in the district, making sure that the
prosecutors are well-equipped and able to handle the job. She's surprised
Phoenix doesn't recognize her, at first, and shows off her bandaged hand.
When she "stabbed" the victim, she accidentally cut herself.
Wright then asks Lana about her relation to Mia Fey. Lana did go to the
same law school as Mia, and during her third year Mia was auditing her
class. Lana explains that Mia was very determined to be a defense
attorney, and was attracted ("Intellectually") to Lana, since Lana was the
best there was in her school.
After the conversation, Lana says that Phoenix can't really take the case
since she's already admitting her guilt. Ema knows that Lana didn't do it,
and doesn't want to lose her only family. Lana then ends the conversation
between her and Phoenix, leaving the rest up to him.
Back at Wright & Co. Law Offices, Ema explains that her sister isn't
always so negative. In fact, Lana used to be a likable woman, but Ema
doesn't know why Lana seemed to change.
At the underground parking lot, Phoenix is surprised that his first visit
to the prosecutor's office ended up like this. Ema tells everybody to keep
up the good work. Phoenix explains to Ema that attorneys shouldn't really
examine crime scenes. Suddenly, a cowboy type of person appears from out
of nowhere, and explains that this crime scene is his "gold mine" of
evidence. Ema explains that the cowboy is a detective of sorts.
After the cowboy leaves, Ema and Phoenix begin looking around the crime
scene. Suddenly, the "sheriff" (as Phoenix calls him) returns. Ema asks
the cowboy who drives the Red Mustang (the only car parked there), and he
explains that to find the answer, they should head up to the 12th floor of
the Prospector's Office. He'll let Phoenix and Ema look around the crime
scene, but will not allow either of them to touch anything.
Before heading up to the 12th floor, Phoenix and Ema look around the
"unclaimed" portion of the crime scene for any clues. Aside from a few
"scientific" quips from Ema, nothing much of interest is around the
parking area at the moment...except for a wallet. Before Phoenix hands it
over to the officers, Ema stops him, and tells him to pocket it. This is
where Ema explains to Phoenix how to look at evidence in "3-D" action.
Looking at the wallet, Phoenix discovers that the wallet contains an I.D.
of detective "Bruce Goodman". After finding the I.D., Phoenix meets
another woman who happens to be selling lunches. She explains that the
area is "Off-Limits" to people without clearance, and explains that her
"Cough-Up Queen" days are over. She then explains that she is the witness
who saw everything, and introduces herself as "Angel Starr".
Angel explains, in a rather confusing way, that yesterday was a major
Prosecutor's convention. She witnessed Lana Skye actually wielding the
knife, and stabbing the victim, who was slumped in the trunk of someone's
car. Surprisingly, she knew Lana's name. In any case, she sells lunches
everyday at the offices, and she only imports "the freshest and the best
from the Far East". Her boyfriend is a security guard at the Prosecutor's
Office, and she pays him a visit whenever she drops by. It's very apparent
that she has a thing against Prosecutors, but she hasn't said why.
Phoenix and Ema then proceed to the very decorative High Prosecutor's
Office. Ema notices a trophy in the room, and notes that the guy in this
office must be a jerk...but then, somebody walks into the room. Ladies and
Gentlemen, it's Miles Edgeworth, and he asks Phoenix and Ema what they're
doing there. After telling Edgeworth about the murder case, and asking him
about the red mustang, Edgeworth reveals that the mustang belongs to him.
In other words, the victim's body was found in Edgeworth's Car, but Ema
doesn't believe Edgeworth was the murderer. Ema then introduces herself to
Edgeworth, and Edgeworth realizes how much she has grown. Suddenly,
Edgeworth says that he's going to be the prosecutor in this case!
Edgeworth then explains that he worked on a major case with Lana Skye two
years ago, which was his first big case. Edgeworth always thought that
Lana was looking out for him up until now. She claims to have stabbed the
victim in his car with his own knife (which is kept in the toolbox in the
trunk of his car).
Phoenix then examines the trophy. It's the "King of Prosecutors" Trophy,
which is sent to the best prosecutor each year. He shows the Trophy
to Edgeworth, and Edgeworth explains he had to go to the Police Department
(and lose a day of work) to get it. Edgeworth doesn't explain, however,
why the trophy appears to be broken. Edgeworth then explains that
yesterday was the "Annual Cleaning Day" at the Prosecutor's Office, which
is when they work with the police department to sort all evidence for
solved cases (better known as "Evidence Transferal"). Also, yesterday, was
a ceremony for reviews & awards of outstanding prosecutors & officers.
Edgeworth was there all afternoon, then he got back to the offices at
5:12. He gives Phoenix his parking stub as proof.
Suddenly, a police officer barges in on the conversation, and presents
Edgeworth a report. Officer Meekins (The police officer in question) was
just following his orders, but Edgeworth tells him to take the report and
Proceeding to the Police Department, Phoenix notices the Blue Badger, a
moving plywood cutout of the Police Station's mascot, which Gumshoe
happens to be dancing with. Gumshoe explains that Lana called the
detective to the Prosecutor's Office, and killed him. There's also plenty
of evidence to back up the story, too. Gumshoe was unfortunately kicked
out of Criminal Affairs, because lower-ranking employees are not allowed
in there during the investigation. Officer Marshall is in charge of the
investigation at the moment.
Ema examines the Blue Badger, then proceeds to ask Gumshoe about it. It
was a random design approved by Gumshoe, and since its battery-powered, it
can go anywhere.
After Phoenix shows Gumshoe Goodman's ID card, Gumshoe remembers that
Goodman is the victim in this case. Goodman would've been at the
department yesterday, but rumor has it that he was called out to the
Prosecutor's Parking Lot by Lana.
Phoenix then asks Gumshoe about the rumors around the Police Station.
Apparently, people are talking a lot about how Edgeworth has ties to the
"higher-ups", and that the only reason that he took this case is because
he wants to become the Chief Prosecutor. Gumshoe gives Phoenix a
letter of introduction to hand over to Jake Marshall, who is in charge of
the investigation, which will give Phoenix the permission he needs to poke
around the crime scene.
Returning to the Underground Parking Lot, Phoenix and Ema meet Angel
again, and she reveals that she has another boyfriend at the Criminal
Affairs department. Suddenly, Jake Marshall appears. Phoenix presents the
letter, and Jake lets them in. But why is Jake in charge of the
investigation? Anyways, Phoenix and Ema proceed to the Crime Scene and
First thing they come across is the Victim's Cellphone. Phoenix decides to
check it out. The display is still on the redial button, and basically if
you want to dial the last number you called, you just press the blue
button. Time to push the Blue Button. It calls another cellphone...and has
the Steel Samurai's Ringtone, too. The Phone from the ground belongs to
Lana Skye! It was dropped by her when she was arrested, and according to
the records, she made a call to someone for only a few seconds. The Phone
that it called...was Phoenix's Phone?
Continuing the investigation, Phoenix comes across a note. It reads "6-7S
12/2", and Goodman's name is on it. Then Phoenix notices the lock on the
car is busted.
Looking back in Marshall's direction, Phoenix asks about the victim.
Detective Goodman was stabbed in the chest at the scene of the crime at
5:15 P.M.. Ema asks if Lana and Goodman were related in any way...but
Marshall says they had no real relation. They only worked together on one
case a few years ago.
Marshall actually used to be a detective before two years ago. He's only a
patrolman now, but he's in charge because the Police are short-handed.
Also, Gumshoe was apparently kicked out of the investigation.
Then there's the question about the Office's Atmosphere. Suspicions about
Edgeworth flying around state that he was nearly unbeatable until Phoenix
came along. There have apparently been bad rumors about Edgeworth for a
long time now, and some go as far as to suggest that he's been making
deals in order to win trials. What started the rumors, Jake won't say.
After the conversation with Marshall, Phoenix points out to Ema that it
wasn't his phone that rang...but rather, it was Ema's. But Ema didn't
really talk with her sister at all when Lana called her Cellphone at 5:18.
Lana asks Wright how the investigation went yesterday, but Phoenix says
that there are a lot of gray areas to the investigation. Lana gives
Phoenix a bit of advice: Defense Attorneys should never believe their
client. Phoenix then points out that Lana and Mia are very similar, except
that Lana's a prosecutor. Good luck, Phoenix, since this is the first
trial in which you won't get any help from a Fey.
Everybody gets themselves ready, but Edgeworth is not worried about the
outcome of the trial. Edgeworth's opening statements claim that Lana
committed a rather heinous crime within the parking lot of the
prosecutor's offices. Plus, there was a "professional" witness to the
crime. Edgeworth then proceeds to call Angel Starr to the stand.
Before the testimony begins, the Judge receives his Caviar Lunch delivery,
Phoenix gets a Fiesta Box, and Edgeworth gets the Fingerprint Special. The
judge loves it, Phoenix doesn't seem to care much for it, and Edgeworth
says it's too early for lunch. Now, why didn't Edgeworth call a Police
Officer to testify first? It's because Angel Starr is a
"Professional"...or rather, a Special Investigator for the police. She
used to be a first-rate Homicide Detective. Her name finally makes sense
to the Judge: She's the Cough-up Queen Angel Starr.
Angel Starr shows a map of the crime scene. There are two blocks in the
Underground Parking Lot: A Block for the Prosecutor's, and B Block for
Visitors/Clients. There's a chain in-between the two blocks to prevent
cars in B Block from taking up Prosecutors' parking spaces. The crime took
place in the trunk of Edgeworth's Mustang. The killer stabbed the victim
with a knife, and proceeded to drive the body out. There was a witness,
and an arrest was made on the spot. The witness was Angel Starr, herself.
After the witnessing, she apprehended the Chief Prosecutor.
Angel goes on to say that she was on her way to deliver a lunch box to her
boyfriend, when she noticed, through the wire fence, that the chief
prosecutor was standing next to a "garish car". Angel watched as Lana
thrust the knife into Goodman's chest.
During cross-examination, she reveals why she has such a beef with
prosecutors: She was laid off by them, and she thinks that they are worms.
Her boyfriend in question was not the detective, but rather the security
guard. The security guard's office is in A Block, and it's on the second
level so you can see everything from there. Basically, she was in B Block
when she witnessed the murder.
Suddenly, Angel presents a photograph of Lana standing by Edgeworth's Car,
with the hatch open! The picture was taken by a "rigged" lunch box (it had
a camera on the inside).
Continuing with the cross-examination, Angel explains that the blade was
about 10 centimeters long. But why didn't Angel try to stop the murder?
She didn't realize what was going on until the last minute.
The contradiction, however, lies in the fact that she saw Lana holding a
knife in her Right Hand...but that would be impossible, because the photo
she presented proves otherwise. There is some discussion over whether the
photo was taken during or after the crime took place. It shows for
sure, though, that Lana was wearing rubber gloves, which indicates that
the murder was premeditated. But wait, if it was pre-mediated, then
why did Lana use the knife in Edgeworth's car, instead of her own weapon?
Edgeworth then tells Phoenix that he'll be eating humble pie next, as
Edgeworth reveals that the point of this trial is that Lana murdered
Goodman. The judge demands that Angel redo her testimony. Angel gets upset
at this, since she considers her powers of deduction to be unmatched.
Angel's second testimony still stands by the fact that Lana intended to
kill Goodman. To do this, she had to call the victim all the way to the
Prosecutor's Office. Angel claims that the Chief Prosecutor had a grudge
against the victim, which would be the only reason to drive Lana into a
During the cross-examination, Edgeworth mentions that there was no record
on her Cellphone that says that she made a call to Goodman, but Angel says
there's other ways to contact the victim, such as through a letter. Now,
why does Angel think there was a grudge in the first place? Well, she
claims that there was a multitude of stabbings that Lana delivered. In
either case, Phoenix also notes to himself that Starr doesn't like to have
her Detective abilities challenged.
But wait, the victim died from only one stab, as the autopsy report shows.
When pressed on this, Angel begins to explain that when she saw Lana lift
her knife, she thought she saw blood around her breast, so she assumed the
victim got stabbed more than once (or, as she said, stabbed twice). She
then adds to her testimony that Lana was wearing a muffler. A red muffler,
in fact. It's like a scarf of sorts that the chief prosecutor seems to
always wear around her neck. Angel did see some traces of blood around her
neck. In either case, the autopsy report clearly states that there was
only one knife wound, as Edgeworth explains.
The photo Angel took doesn't show Lana wearing a muffler. Suddenly,
Edgeworth exclaims that Angel is not suited for Detective work, and the
photo shows clearly there was no scarf being worn by the defendant. One
thing's not clear, though: Did Lana actually stab the victim in the first
Moving on, Angel begins her third testimony. She explains that Lana
attempted to hide behind a partition off to her side, but Angel caught her
as she was running away. Lana did mention the Muffler, which is what
confused Angel in her second testimony. Even the judge is surprised that
Angel's determined to keep the scarf in her testimony. Apparently, while
resisting arrest, Lana knocked over an oil drum.
Cross Examination reveals, obviously, that the partition in the parking
lot is the wall next to the car, which is about 6 feet high. She was only
30 feet away from Lana during the whole crime, but Phoenix presses this to
make sure he gets all the information possible.
So far, it checks out, but if she was chasing Lana, how could she remain
30 feet from her with a chain-linked fence blocking her way? She climbed
over it. But she couldn't have gotten there fast enough because the height
of the chain-linked fence is nearly 9 feet. So, why didn't Lana get away?
Back to the cross-examination. Angel doesn't know exactly what Lana meant
by muffler, only that Lana said it on her phone, which means she was
talking to someone else. Angel says that Lana tried to use the wall phone,
but it was out of order. She adds to her testimony that Lana gave up
trying to use the wall phone, and resorted to using her cell phone. When
pressed about it, Phoenix requests a repetition of her testimony.
Lana stabbed Goodman, ran behind the partition, and used the phone. The
phone didn't work, so she used her Cellphone. While using her cellphone,
Angel climbed over the fence, and arrested Lana...just as she was hanging
up her phone. But did she see all of this? Continuing the
cross-examination, she claims that Lana brushed the side of Angel's hand,
and tried to escape. She even kicked over an oil drum in the process.
Edgeworth, however, thinks it's strange, since if Lana wanted to escape,
why didn't she choose to escape in the other direction? Even Ema agrees
that it doesn't make sense. The question is now, did Lana try to escape at
Hold it, though...how could Angel see Lana trying to use the emergency
phone? There was a partition blocking her line of vision, as the floorplan
explains. However, after presenting this, Angel mentions that two years
ago Edgeworth and Lana were involved in getting her fired. In either case,
Phoenix submits that if she was in B Block witnessing the murder, she
couldn't have seen Lana use the Emergency Phone...unless she saw
everything from a different location. According to all of the testimony so
far, she saw it from the Security Room! It's on the second floor, and you
can see everything from there...including the scene of the crime. But the
photo proves that the murderer was Lana Skye. But why would Angel lie?
The answer: If she lied, it would change the distance between her and the
scene of the crime. Edgeworth points out that the distance is still 30
feet, but how long would it have taken Angel to get to Lana's position? It
took longer because the door to A Block was locked, so she had to run
around the outside perimeter to B Block. It took about 5 minutes. She
swears that Lana is still the murderer, and offers another Caviar lunch to
Phoenix brings up a point: You can make pasta "al dente" in 5 minutes. So,
basically, if Angel needed five minutes to run around the outside
perimeter to get to B Block, Lana would have time to escape. But Lana
So it comes down to this: Angel did have a grudge against Lana, and
there's a blank in her testimony. Edgeworth overestimated Angel, and court
HOLD IT...screams...Angel? She presents the judge with a jumbo lunchbox,
and she gets another chance for a testimony!
There's another matter at hand, explains Angel. The victim's shoe. Two
types of blood were on the shoe: one was the victim's, and the other was
Edgeworth objects, wondering why this was not introduced in the first
place. She did do a bit of investigating beforehand, and had blood tests
performed thanks to three boyfriends in forensics. Edgeworth refuses this
as evidence, since it wasn't approved by the police department. But Angel
got it approved...today. Hard blow to Edgeworth!
Cross-Examination reveals that she lied so that the people could look at
the results. Also, she lied because she despises Edgeworth. While she was
waiting for the police to arrive, she snuck off with a vital piece of
evidence, and her lunchbox carries more than just tasty lunches. Phoenix
then proceeds to press the statement about the blood...and he brings up a
key fact: That blood tests don't determine whether a murder was performed
in cold blood.
Pressing some more, Phoenix proceeds to say that there's a problem with
the shoe. There's blood on the bottom of the shoe. But what's wrong with
that? The answer is in the photo: there is are footprints in the photo,
which contradicts her whole statement about the shoe! There were no bloody
footprints at the scene of the crime. But why? Phoenix doesn't know...
...but Edgeworth does. Edgeworth explains that in her previous testimony,
Lana resisted, and knocked over an oil drum. Edgeworth knows that Lana
isn't normally like that. But was the oil drum empty? Nope...it was filled
with water. The water would wipe clean the blood stains on the floor,
which would become evidence against her. That means not only did she
confess, but she also tried to conceal the evidence!
Before the judge makes the verdict, Ema accuses Angel of being biased for
Irritated that anyone would think she has any respect for such people, Angel provides more evidence
to help prove her story: Another photograph depicting
Goodman stabbed in the car with the shoe on the ground.
Phoenix is about to give up...but then, just before the judge throws out a
verdict, Phoenix gets an idea. There's a problem with this piece of
evidence, and there appears to be something in the car's muffler! But why
is it important? When Angel was talking about a muffler in her testimony,
she was thinking scarf, when it could've been the muffler that Lana was
talking about! The piece of cloth in the muffler is now vital evidence.
The trial is now suspended. The judge is curious about the piece of cloth
in the muffler. Court is adjourned for 30 minutes.
During the recess, Ema asks if all the trials Phoenix is involved with
always seem to carry on like this specific trial. Suddenly, Marshall makes an
appearance, and claims that he saw Lana wearing her red muffler the day of
the murder, and so did Edgeworth.
After the 30 minute recess, the trial resumes. Phoenix looks normal, but
Edgeworth looks like crap. When asked why, Edgeworth doesn't say anything,
except "It can't be!". Suddenly, Damon Gant makes an appearance at the
Witness' Stand, and after some chatter reveals himself as the chief of
He acts very cheerfully, then presents the Red Scarf worn by Lana, and
then a switchblade knife to the Judge. Edgeworth Objects, wondering why
they would miss such vital pieces of evidence. Gant then shows Edgeworth
some documents that reveals who's in charge of the investigation...Miles
Edgeworth. Damon Gant demands a written apology for doing such a shabby
job around the scene of the crime.
The Judge accepts the new evidence into the Court Record, then asks
Phoenix to open up the switchblade. While looking at the knife, Ema
notices that there's a tag on there that reads "SL-9 2", then she realizes
that she saw the knife from somewhere before. Then, Phoenix pushes the
lever, and the knife "unsheathes" itself. The tip is broken off, and
there's some blood on the jagged edge.
Edgeworth then demands an explanation from the Chief of Police. Time for
Damon's first testimony. Damon claims that this switchblade is special,
but there is no proof that there's a connection to this knife and Goodman.
It was a bad day for the department, and they weren't in any shape for
investigating, since a detective was killed at the Police Department at
5:15 P.M.. Damon claims that it's not officially linked to the current
Then, the Judge says that the murder at the Police Department is a pretty
big coincidence, and Edgeworth points out that the murder of Goodman also
took place at that same time. This is a top-secret investigation, and
Damon wants this kept under secret.
During Cross-Examination, Phoenix asks why the Knife is so special.
Apparently, it was wrapped in the scarf that Lana was wearing. Then, Phoenix
points out that the knife was found at the scene of the crime, which
should make a really big connection, but Damon's still keeping quiet about
the investigation. But there is proof that there is a connection! There
was a piece of paper at the scene of the crime...that reads SL-9 when
turned upside-down. It's the same code as the code on the switchblade!
Damon adds something else to his testimony. The switchblade was evidence
in a case, and was stolen from the Department's Evidence Room. When
pressed about the statement, Gant explains that it was stolen on the day
of the murder, and yes, it was a murder weapon, too, from a case
Continuing the Cross-Examination, It's revealed that the perpetrator for
the murder at the Police Department was also caught. Firstly, Phoenix asks
where the victim's body was found, and it was in the Evidence Room.
Phoenix asks Damon how the victim was killed, and Damon reveals that it
was a stabbing done with a knife, exactly how Goodman was killed, but
there was more information that seems to be related, too.
Pressing Gant's last statement, Gant points out that it's a funny
coincidence since both murders took place at the same time. Now, where's
the connection? The Switchblade in the Evidence Room was stolen, and it
was possibly used as a murder weapon at the Evidence Room in the Police
Department. The connection is finally established, and now both Edgeworth
and Phoenix want information on the victim.
After pressing Gant for a while longer, he finally reveals that the victim
stabbed to death at the police station was Bruce Goodman. Wait, if that's true, then why was he also killed at 5:15 in the
underground parking lot? Edgeworth makes a claim that the Police
Department made an error, but Gant counters by saying that Edgeworth is
the one in error. Meekins was trying to bring Edgeworth the report
yesterday, but Edgeworth dismissed him without hearing him out. The report
also claims that Bruce Goodman was killed at the Police Department as
well. Wait, why didn't Gant submit it as evidence when he appeared in
Edgeworth quotes rule #2 of Evidence: "New evidence may only be submitted
if it concerns the case on trial." There was a list of evidence to be
submitted to the court record, but the report wasn't included on the list.
Until there was a connection proven, the report couldn't really be
submitted. It was Phoenix who proved the connection.
Edgeworth is frustrated as hell, and requests a day to get to the bottom
of what happened. Looks like this is the first very serious error in the
history of this court. The trial is extended another day so that Edgeworth
can look into the case at hand much more closely.
Returning to Wright & Co. Law Offices, Phoenix and Ema discuss what's
going on with the case so far. They know that Goodman was stabbed to death
after 5 PM on the 21st, and apparently died in both the prosecutor's
parking lot and the police department's evidence room. Ema points out the
distance between the two places is 30 minutes. The question is, where the
hell was Goodman murdered?
First, to the underground parking lot. Ema points out her sister would
never do such things as destroy evidence, let alone murder. Them, Ema
presents something interesting: Luminol Testing Fluid. This material is
supposed to reveal blood stains that haven't been thoroughly washed away.
Ema tells Phoenix to give it a try.
Spraying near the back bumper of Edgeworth's Car, Phoenix discovers a
small amount of blood...near evidence marker #1. The odd thing about it is that there isn't a lot of blood
on the ground. Looking at Goodman's shoe suggests there'd be a lot more
blood than just a little stain. Ema marks the location of the small
bloodstain on the Map.
Then, Phoenix sprays around the Emergency Phone, where Lana tried to make
Then, Angel makes an appearance, and offers a day-old Deli Box to Phoenix.
In court today, she was afraid that she wouldn't be convincing enough to
the court, but she's still standing by her original testimony. Angel is
basically known as the "Cough-Up Queen" because she'd always get the
witnesses to cough up all the information they knew. She was fired because
She reveals that Goodman was the head detective on SL-9. The switchblade
was the murder weapon from the case. The SL-9 evidence was due for
Goodman was killed.
Phoenix then goes on to ask Angel about SL-9. Angel was on the biggest
case that she ever handled, and both the police and the prosecutors were
desperate for evidence. Ironically, however, the case was solved, and the
criminal caught and executed, even without decisive evidence. The criminal
was convicted by fake evidence. The detectives who were involved were
demoted or fired. Jake Marshall was also one of the people who was
Jake Marshall was a determined Detective during the whole SL-9 incident.
Unfortunately, he got demoted to patrolman...and he and Angel never forgot
about what happened. There's a hidden side to SL-9 that Angel and Jake are
after at the moment. She sells lunches at the prosecutor's office...to
meet boyfriends...who help her with her little investigation. Angel them
gives Phoenix a Salisbury Steak Lunch to tempt somebody into helping him.
Arriving at the Police Department's Entrance, Phoenix and Ema notice that
the department is more busy than usual. Ema gets the information they
need, and they proceed into the department.
First things first, let's head to the Evidence Room Entrance's Guard
Station. Looks like a western-style setting if you ask me. While looking
at the cactus, Ema mentions that it reminds her of Lana, and how it's
"encased in a cold, rigid shell, with thorns pointing in every direction."
Unable to go any further, Phoenix and Ema return to the Police
Gumshoe's back, and he's very busy at the moment. He explains that they
have the criminal from the police department in custody, and in
questioning, at the moment. Then, Gumshoe runs off to the evidence room.
Heading to the Criminal Affairs department, everybody is busy. But right
now, Phoenix and Ema head off to the Detention Center first. The
perpetrator from the police department is...Meekins?! In any case, during
the day of the crime, Meekins went to the evidence room, yet there was no
guard guarding the evidence room's entrance. Usually, the guard on duty
would be Jake Marshall. While in the security room, he noticed a
suspicious man on one of the security feed monitors. After seeing the
feed, everything went white...and he woke up in the detention center.
Also, he has a bandage on his left hand...just like Lana Skye (on her
right hand, though). Before Phoenix asks about the bandaged hand, he asks
Meekins about Goodman...and Meekins has no idea who Goodman is. Phoenix
then proceeds to ask Meekins about his bandaged hand...Meekins mentioned
that when he saw the detective point a knife at him, he just fainted. When
he came to, he noticed Goodman was gone, and his hand was gushing blood.
Phoenix then presents the switchblade to Meekins, and Meekins says that
the switchblade was the exact blade he was threatened with...but he also
reacts the same way with Edgeworth's Knife. Finally, Ema shows Meekins
ID...and Meekins starts to remember! All that happened revolved around
that little ID card!
First off all, Meekins noticed a man he didn't know, and that man didn't
show his ID card to him. So the issue is that they have no idea whether or
not the victim at the station is really Goodman. Also, the body apparently
disappeared from the evidence room, so they have no idea if anyone
The Police, however, assumed that Goodman was definitely in the evidence
room, but Meekins isn't sure about that. The Video Tape from the Security
Camera, however, might be of some use. To the crime scene!
But first...a detour to the Criminal Affairs department. Lo, and behold,
it's Gant. Time for a little chat.
Damon mentions that Edgeworth is going through a little inquiry committee
at the moment, and the Prosecutor's Office is in a bit of a
turmoil. To put it lightly, it looks bad for Edgeworth. Also, the evidence
pretty much states that Goodman got stabbed in two locations at the same
time. Gant, however, isn't going to spill the beans about any other
Phoenix and Ema investigate the area, and discover a lost item report that's
half complete. Phoenix keeps a note of that in the Court Record, just in
Phoenix then asks Gant
if he can enter the Evidence Room at the Police Department. Gant looks a
bit reluctant at first (the 5-second stare...intimidating, isn't it?), but
decides to let him. Gant then gives
Phoenix a special "Guest ID Pass" so that he can enter.
To the Evidence Room!...er, not really, since the card reader for the
Security Room is turned off. Ladies & Gentlemen, Jake Marshall. He notices
the ID Card pinned to Phoenix's chest, and considers it "better than a
sheriff's badge in these parts". Before investigating, Phoenix and Ema try
to have a little chat with Jake, with little success. Now...To The
Pretty...uhm, dead in here...it feels almost like a morgue, as Phoenix
says. Then, out of nowhere, Gumshoe appears...and scares Ema. Gumshoe
wonders if it's true that Gant will loan anybody $50. Gumshoe also says
since Gant gave Phoenix and Ema permission to look around the Evidence
Room, they're the boss for a day! Before Gumshoe begins talking, he gives
Phoenix some floor plans to the Evidence room.
Gumshoe is in charge of the investigation for the day, today, but
apparently he got kicked out of the investigation, again. He explains that each locker in the
evidence room is set up so that only one person can open up each locker
with a fingerprint scan. Each handle has a sensor on the lock, and if the
wrong person tries to move the handle, it doesn't work.
Now to show Gumshoe some of the Court Record stuff. Gumshoe explains about
SL-9 being Edgeworth's first big case, and that there are some loose ends
left from that case that are now being opened up. Then Phoenix asks about
SL-9. SL-9 revolved around a serial killing. The problem, though, was that
the killer made a mistake, which Edgeworth used to his advantage. SL-9 put
Edgeworth in the spotlight, as well as started rumors about him. SL-9 was
also Goodman's Last Job.
Now time for some Luminol Action. Spraying around the crime scene, Phoenix
and Ema notice a huge pool of blood. Gumshoe notices the "Blue Blood" and
thinks the victim was actually an Alien.........ok, not really, but it
does prove that something did happen in front of the locker. But what the
hey, Phoenix and Ema also spray around where Gumshoe is standing, and
surprise, there's more blood on another locker! But why would the murderer
touch this spot if he fled out the door? It's a significant find.
Wait a minute...there's another locker with more obvious bloodstains on
it. Ema mentions it also has a nice handprint there, too. Using the
Luminoil, they discover it's a right handprint. The handprint's on
Gumshoe's locker, too!
Looking at the Scene of the Crime, Phoenix and Ema come across some
SL-9 Evidence...a pair of Gloves...and a shattered piece of...something.
Phoenix then tries to put it back together, and creates part of a vase.
Now, it's time to "feed" Jake Marshall. Giving the Salisbury Steak to
Marshall makes him grateful, and finally convinces him to spill his guts.
Alright, first, Jake is in charge of the security office to the security
room. Also, he's still "unofficially" investigating SL-9 with Angel, even
though the evidence transferal the day before should have closed the case
But first, why doesn't he like the Security Systems? He barely knows how
to operate them, that's for sure. In fact, he only knows how to work two
of them. The easiest to understand is the security cameras. If no activity
occurs within a few hours, the tapes are automatically erased. Marshall
also mentions that the card reader keeps track of all ID cards that are
passed through. One of them has Goodman's ID number on it, but Jake's not
handing over the list until he has proof it could be considered evidence.
Before they get more evidence, Phoenix asks about the transferal. The
evidence room contains only evidence from solved cases, which is kept
under the presiding detective's supervision for two years so that in case
of a mistake, they can be re-investigated. After two years, the evidence
goes into the underground vault at the police station. It's done every
February. When a case is solved, after two years it's considered closed
Ema then shows the proof that the ID Records list is considered
evidence...the Victim's ID card. Ema then asks to look at the list, again,
and lo and behold, there's Goodman's ID number...checked in at 5:14 P.M..
So the incident occurred while Goodman was in the evidence room. However,
Meekins had Goodman show him his ID card, but Goodman showed Meekins his
knife, instead...but why? In either case, Jake hands over the list to
Phoenix and Ema.
Now, it's time to show the list to different people. First, Phoenix shows
the list to Gumshoe. Gumshoe reacts VERY surprisingly to the list, as he
recognizes the second ID number is Edgeworth's ID number! But why did
Edgeworth come to the Evidence Room?
After all is said and done, Edgeworth's Inquiry should be finishing up, so
now Gumshoe is off to give Edgeworth his report. To the High Prosecutor's
Well, the inquiry went easy on Edgeworth, and treated the situation as a
miscommunication during the investigation instead of concealing evidence.
Apparently, he got lucky. Also, although he's still the prosecutor, the
investigation is under the control of the Police Department, and Gant will
be in charge of dictating when the investigation will continue.
But now, it's time to talk about the ID Card Record...it's
true, Edgeworth did go into the Evidence Room at that time. He was asked
to go there by Gant to hold on to evidence from a case that was 6 months
old: a screwdriver. In any case, Phoenix adds this as "Unrelated
Now, Phoenix asks about the "Allegations of Forgery". SL-9 was a big
Serial Killer case, and Damon Gant was in charge of it. It was Edgeworth's first time working with Gant, too. Anyways, Edgeworth wanted
to see the murderer convicted, and succeeded, but he didn't forge/tamper
with any evidence. Then, Edgeworth loans Phoenix and Ema some Aluminum
Powder for fingerprint taking, and some fingerprint sets, too. Well, back
to the Evidence Room, again.
Phoenix begins to test the suspicious handprint on Gumshoe's
locker. There aren't any discernible fingerprints at first, which means
that the person may have been wearing gloves. But then, Phoenix looks
around the bloody handprint, and finds a not-so-obvious fingerprint.
Unfortunately, it belongs to Gumshoe.
Now, to the other locker (where the "out-of-place" handprint was). Now,
remember, the handprint was wiped away, sort of, so Phoenix has to look
around the outside of the wipe. They find a semi-useful fingerprint that
doesn't help much, but after some more searching, they find
another...Which seems to match Jake Marshall's fingerprint! Ema
doesn't quite believe it.
Fast forward to the 2nd day of the trial. Both the Defense and the
Prosecution are confused, and Lana points out that it's all because
Goodman died in two different places at the same time, with a different
suspect arrested at the other scene of the crime. Even the Police are
clueless. Lana has decided to strike up a plea bargain, which means if
Lana tells the truth behind the simultaneous murder, they won't seek
capital punishment, even though Lana has no idea what's going on, either.
Today's trump card is Jake Marshall's Fingerprints on one of the lockers.
Defense is ready, but Prosecution is..."Hmph"? Edgeworth explains that it
takes 30 minutes to get from criminal affairs to the Prosecutor's Office
by car, yet Goodman was slain at both places at the same time. The victim
from the evidence room disappeared, and reappeared in Edgeworth's Car.
(Most of you probably agree with Phoenix when he says "Wow...this is one
messed up trial...")
Edgeworth calls Officer Meekins to the stand, who immediate confesses to
the murder. Cue sweat-storm by Phoenix,
then silence, then Judge asking for a re-clarification, then Meekins
WILLINGLY accepting punishment for the crime of murder. After a demand by
Edgeworth, Meekins begins his testimony.
He was assigned to guard the evidence room for that day, and he spotted a
suspicious man on the security screen. He rushed into the security room,
but was suddenly attacked. He then admits to killing Goodman right there,
then fainting, then being woken up by another officer.
During cross-examination, it's revealed that Meekins is really in-charge
of hiring new recruits. Edgeworth also points out during evidence
transferal, many officers are given jobs that they are not usually
trained to do. Meekins was put on "Blue Badger Guard Duty" during the
evidence transferal. Because a lot of people were moving around that day,
Meekins re-located the Blue Badger to the evidence room. His ID number is
4989596, which is shown as being used TWICE! At 4:50, he relocated the
Badger, then at 5:14, he went to get the Badger back. Both Meekins and
Goodman were surprised to see each other, and Meekins tried to tackle
Goodman. However, when he saw that he'd been cut by a knife, he
panicked...and did it. He actually snatched the knife
from Goodman's hand! He spun Goodman around and "performed a
disarming maneuver," but his eyes were closed all the time he was doing
this. Goodman's coat was drenched in blood, and Meekins got punched.
Meekins regained consciousness around 5:30, then returned the Blue Badger
to it's rightful place.
Pretty dang clear description of what happened, too. Now, the question
remains, was the guy that Meekins "murdered" really Goodman? Meekins then
presents a tape to the court, delivered by Gant to Meekin's Cell. It's a
tape that contains footage from the security camera in the evidence room.
Edgeworth objects, claiming that he was again misinformed (he was under
that the tape from the security camera had been erased!).
The video shows Goodman opening one of the lockers, followed by Meekins
sneaking up on him, a scuffle, and then Goodman disappears from the tape.
Since most of the video is disrupted by the dancing Blue Badger, Edgeworth
insist that the
Witness's Testimony will suffice. Time for some more testimony.
Meekins claims that the other person was undoubtedly Detective Goodman,
since there would be no other way to successfully open up Goodman's
Now for some cross-examination. Meekins did not get a clear look at
Goodman's face. Meekins tried other ways of opening up lockers, but with
no avail; they can only be opened up with a fingerprint scan. He knows it
was Goodman's locker due to rumors by the cafeteria workers. Well, in
either case, Goodman's hand did open the locker, and it was Goodman's hand
that wielded the knife to attack Meekins. Now...will the Defense find
anything weird in the tape?
There is something strange. Phoenix thinks the man is NOT Goodman.
Edgeworth wants a contradiction, now!
Phoenix decides to present the tape to counter Meekins' claim that
Detective Goodman's Fingerprint was needed to open the locker. The
contradiction? It's the light on Goodman's Locker. When you grab the
handle, a sensor reads your fingerprint, and if the print matches, the
lock opens...PLUS, the light turns on! But, in the video, the Light to the
locker was already on, which means the locker was already opened.
On the day of the crime, the locker wasn't locked at all. But how could it
still be opened? The locker is automatically locked by another sensor when
it's closed. Well, it couldn't have broke, because a malfunction would've
been detected. So, why wasn't the locker locked? Ema suggests that
something jammed the electronic system. So, what jammed the locker?
If you watch carefully, you'll notice that a piece of...something fell out of the locker. But, was the item in the locker? No one can
be sure! The sensor would trigger when the door is shut, but what if there
was something inserted between the sensor and the door...so the white
thing was in between the sensor and the door! But in order to block the
sensors from working, it would have to be really thin, and act as an
Behold, the rubber glove. It was what was blocking the locker door's
sensors! So it comes down to this: The "victim" might NOT have been
Goodman. Edgeworth demands more testimony.
There could be one other form of proof: Bruce Goodman's ID Card, and the
records clearly show that Goodman did use the card to enter the Evidence
Phoenix then presents Goodman's ID card to Meekins, the ID card found at
the crime scene...er, the ORIGINAL crime scene...Edgeworth's Car. Phoenix
then presents another clue: Goodman's Lost Item Report. Goodman would fill
this out if he lost something important...say, his ID. Thusly, Goodman
could not have had his ID Card on the day of the Murder--it had been
stolen! Which means, the
man Meekins encountered was not Goodman!
Edgeworth praises Mr. Wright...for pointing out the man in the evidence
room was not Goodman, due to the locker already being unlocked, and the ID
card being lost. Thusly, the murder in the evidence room is a fake. The
victim in the video is a fake, and there was no murder at the Police
Department, but rather at the underground parking garage, where a
trustworthy witness witnessed the whole murder!
OBJECTION TIME! The prosecution almost set a trap! The video didn't show
the actual murder, but it can't be said if it's unrelated to the murder in
the parking lot. There was a lot of blood in the room.
Unfortunately, Edgeworth doesn't have any other witnesses, so Phoenix
calls his own. Jake Marshall, come on down, since you were supposed to be
guarding the Evidence Room in the first place. Time for a 30 minute recess
while they prepare Marshall.
Phoenix, Ema, and Lana discuss what's going to happen. Lana thinks that
Phoenix has everything figured out since he's calling on Jake Marshall,
but Phoenix is confused. Ema then defends Phoenix, and his decision to
protect Lana. Then Gumshoe appears, and brings in some SL-9 Incident
files. But why is Ema's name in the SL-9 files? In either case, SL-9 used
to be known as the "Joe Darke Killings". Phoenix then reads some names off
the files: Jake Marshall, Angel Starr, Damon Gant, Miles Edgeworth, Ema
and Lana Skye. They're all connected to SL-9. But Ema then runs off.
And now, the trial Resumes again. Ema's not back. But here comes the
Marshall. He was
supposed to be guarding the security room the day of the murder. So, let's
hear his testimony.
His job was to keep an eye on the evidence room, and make rounds three
times a day. Unfortunately, that "ain't his style". Plus, the room is
guarded by two security systems, anyways. He was at a "street-side saloon"
when "it went down".
Wait a minute...two security systems? He means the Security Cameras and
the ID Card Reader. Why not count the lockers? Apparently Marshall is so
poor with electronics that he didn't even know the lockers had fingerprint
scanners on them.
Cross-Examination Time. Marshall kept an eye on the security by making
sure nothing moved on the monitors. He'd erase "inactive footage" tapes
every 6 hours. Marshall claims that he did not set foot in the evidence
room the day of the murder. Apparently, he had abandoned his duties to eat spaghetti.
Phoenix tries to argue that if that were the case, his fingerprint
shouldn't be on a locker next to a bloodstain. But Jake testifies
that the locker they found his print on was his, so it's no surprise that
his prints are there. And since the video tape is full of blind
spots (again, due to the dancing Badger) it's impossible to link him to
Now, look at the end of the video, with the cloth sticking out of
Marshall's Evidence Locker! The cloth sticking out of the witness's locker
was not present during the earlier portions of the video UNTIL the very
end. This means that whoever was impersonating Goodman opened Marshall's
locker. Because of the fingerprint scanners it could only be
Edgeworth points out that Meekins
should be able to tell the difference between Marshall and Goodman, but
Phoenix counters with the fact that Meekins did not know who Goodman was.
The reason "Goodman" wouldn't show Meekins his ID card is because it had a
photo on it. Since Marshall had stolen Goodman's ID his face
wouldn't match the picture, and he'd be caught immediately.
So, why did Marshall open his locker? Maybe to put the cloth inside of the
locker? But why? The video is Phoenix's last chance.
Well, look at "Goodman" on 17:14:57. Look at all that blood on his
shoulder! So, what did Marshall do? Testimony + Confession Time!
Marshall wanted to look over one more time before the SL-9 case was
closed. He disguised himself so that he wouldn't be
arrested for stealing the evidence, stole Goodman's ID, and snuck into the
room. Lucky for him, Goodman's locker was jammed, allowing him to
open it despite the fingerprint scanner. But he didn't count on
Meekins showing up to put a damper on his plans.
But why do all this? Phoenix presents a damn good reason: Neil Marshall,
his Brother, was one of the victims in SL-9. He was also one of the
investigators during SL-9...along with Damon Gant. Neil fought with Darke,
and was killed. That's all the evidence that the
investigators needed...according to the public records, that is.
So, basically, Marshall disguised himself as Goodman, entered the Evidence
Room, rendered Meekins unconscious, and attempted to steal the SL-9
evidence. So one things clear: No murder took place the Police Department.
But that still doesn't help Lana's case. There's still the mystery of the
simultaneous murder. And Edgeworth jumps on this. The trial is pretty much
over...but wait, Ema Skye is back!
She begins to speak...firstly, she's shocked about finding out the
relation between the Joe Darke Killings and SL-9. Thusly, the handprint on
Marshall's Locker was irrelevant, but the handprint on Gumshoe's was
somewhat relevant. So, what's the contradiction?
Why, it's the Blue Badger! On the floor plans, the Blue Badger was NOT
drawn in. If the Blue Badger is positioned on the floor plans, then there
is proof that states that it would be IMPOSSIBLE to put a Bloody Handprint
without the camera recording some evidence! Meekins brought the Badger
into the Evidence Room, and placed it in front of the locker, preventing
anyone from leaving a handprint on the locker. That means the handprint
was there BEFORE the Badger was brought inside! That also means that blood
was spilt TWICE in the evidence room! One time was with Meekins' blood. The other time is
unknown, but someone else bled a lot prior to the struggle...which would
mean that Goodman was really murdered at a different time!
The recorded murder was fake, but the bloody handprint on Gumshoe's locker
has not been explained! So when did it occur? The judge sums up by saying
prior to Meekins getting cut, another incident must have occurred before then.
The proof is the ID Card Records. ID Card 7777777 was in the room before
Meekins...but Miles was in there before Meekins, too! Nope, couldn't be
Edgeworth; There wouldn't have been enough time to dispose of everything,
and clean up. That means the 7 lucky 7s guy is the only possible murderer,
who also let Goodman inside the Evidence room.
Unfortunately, Edgeworth can't look into it. 7777777 belongs to someone
with a rank equal to or above Captain, or an Executive Officer. They don't
have the authority to look into that. The only way it can be done is
through an official charge filed against an executive.
Still on the stand, Marshall now wants to
know one thing about the SL-9 incident...did Lana only use legitimate
evidence...or rather, all the evidence in SL-9?
Lana confesses that she forged evidence for SL-9...after saying this, the courtroom erupts
into chaos, and the trial is dismissed until tomorrow.
Back at Wright & Co. Law Offices, Ema feels sorry about what Lana said in
court. Then, Ema mentions “what happened” to her. When Neil was murdered,
Darke left behind some incriminating evidence--more than that, Ema was almost killed by
that very same night. Darke killed Neil because Neil
was trying to save Ema. In other words, Ema was a witness for SL-9.
During the night of Neil's murder, Ema was all alone in Lana's office,
waiting for Lana to take her out to eat dinner. Joe Darke barged into the
office, and attacked Ema, who was confused during the whole incident. Neil
tackled Darke before Darke could take Ema hostage. Just then, the lights
went out, and a bolt of lightning flashed, showing Neil Marshall getting
stabbed by Joe Darke. Ema then passed out.
Following the incident, Lana helped Ema regain her senses...but Ema could
not testify about the instant. Because of that, Ema decided to become a
scientific investigator, so that Ema could make an airtight case, without
Lana having to do any forgery.
After SL-9 and the forged evidence, the rumors began to emerge about
Edgeworth. Also, Lana became cold-hearted, because of what she did.
Phoenix wonders, however, why Joe Darke was being chased by Neil Marshall
in the first place, and why Darke was chased into the Prosecutor's Office.
Ema explains that Joe was taken in for questioning, but fled halfway in
the interview to Lana's Office, because the detective offices and the
questioning room are right across from the elevator. Also, Lana was NOT a
Chief Prosecutor at the time...she was a Detective! Time to go to the
Detention Center to visit Lana.
At the Detention Center, Phoenix asks Lana about her days as a detective
during SL-9. Lana makes a point that evidence from SL-9 was stolen,
and...two years ago, Lana “sold her soul”. Lana, however, isn't telling
Phoenix and Ema about the actual murder at the underground parking lot,
and...Lana seems fazed.
During SL-9, she was the 2nd-in-command for the detectives, just under
Damon Gant. The two shared the same office, and the same investigations.
They led the best investigators on the Police Force. Joe Darke was called
in for questioning, since they were desperate for evidence.
Gant and Marshall did the questioning that day, but during the final
stages of the investigation, Darke panicked, and waited for the two
detectives to drop their guard so that he could flee. He then fled to
Lana/Gant's office. Lana was filing papers at the time, but rushed into
the office to see three bodies on the floor, and smelled blood.
Wait, three bodies? Yes, it was Marshall's Body, Ema's unconscious body,
and...Darke's body?! Darke got a minor concussion during the struggle, and
Lana panicked. She immediately carried Ema out of the room and held her,
until Ema regained consciousness. After all was said and done, Lana put
Darke under arrest.
Lana always planned to be a prosecutor, but the reason she became a
detective was to gain experience in crime scene investigations. After
SL-9, Gant got promoted, and had Lana transferred to the Prosecutor's
Yep, all of them were involved in SL-9...but Phoenix doesn't believe it.
At least one person went through extreme measures (Jake Marshall) because
believe it was truly solved. Marshall changed so much after his brother's
death, and he sure wasn't convinced about the ruling against Joe Darke.
Now, Phoenix decides to check out Damon Gant's office.
Outside the Police Department, the two meet up with Jake Marshall, who's a
bit upset at the fact that “Billy”, his cactus, “bit the dust”. He's
heading over to the Prosecutor's Office for a “voluntary” inquiry.
Why was Marshall so determined to steal SL-9 Evidence? Something fishy was
going on with the trial, since some facts were inconsistent with the
evidence found. For example, the switchblade found was not a perfect match
with the wound the victim sustained, which means the switchblade may not
have been the SL-9 murder weapon.
One thing is interesting: almost every detective involved in that
investigation has been taken care of. Angel was fired, Marshall was
demoted, but Goodman didn't have anything done with him, else the “higher
ups” would get suspicious.
Now, what about Gant and Skye? SL-9 was a big advancement in their
careers. After Skye left the detective business, she was never really the
same. Marshall doesn't know why, since her secret is pretty well-guarded.
SL-9 was the first case that the Marshalls worked together on. Neil was 27
at the time, and was awarded the highest honor that very day, the “King of
Prosecutors” award. The same day of the evidence transferal. Marshall
stole the evidence so that SL-9 could never be closed. Also Edgeworth was
never Marshall's true enemy, either, since Gant gave Edgeworth the
falsified evidence in the first place.
Now, to the criminal affairs department. The chief lets Ema and Phoenix go
to Gant's Office. An
Organ, a desk, Gant's got everything. Ema explains that she used to take
organ lessons, and tries to play a C note...then Gant appears! Gant's got
his hands busy with Lana's claim in court. He shows them a picture of
him, Lana, and Neil Marshall all together...but Phoenix notices something
not right with the image. Phoenix adds the photo to the court record.
Phoenix and Ema want to investigate Gant's room...but Gant doesn't want
them to. Gant kicks them out, which makes Phoenix suspicious. Back to the Criminal Affairs department. Gumshoe is there, and his
feet hurt from serving everybody coffee. He's also looking for Edgeworth,
who's under fire from the Police Department & Prosecutor's Office.
Why is Edgeworth to blame? Because the Prosecutor is responsible for the
evidence that he presents. Plus, the rumors don't help much, because
anybody can say anything due to Edgeworth's amazing talent. Gumshoe is
afraid that under all this pressure, Edgeworth may crack.
Now, what about SL-9? Joe Darke left behind the most incriminating
evidence of all the night of the murder: ...uhm, Gumshoe forgot...but it's
in the Incident Records.
Darke, before committing murders,
was your average 42-year old businessman. Then, he hit somebody with
his car...and it turned him into a “murder machine”. He killed all sorts
of people after hitting that guy with his car: the victim, and a whole
bunch of witnesses. But...there was no evidence to prove this. He
eventually turned himself in, but during his questioning he fled, and killed Neil
Phoenix then shows Gumshoe the SL-9 switchblade. Gumshoe wonders why
Phoenix has that, and Ema explains that the knife was missing the day of
Goodman's murder, until it was found in the muffler of Edgeworth's Car.
Finally, Gumshoe remembers the incriminating evidence: The Murder Weapon.
It had Joe's fingerprints on it, and it was traced back to the store that
it was bought from. The part of the blade that was broken off was imbedded inside Neil Marshall's body. It broke off inside
him after the stabbing.
An autopsy report of Neil Marshall is added to the Court Record.
Phoenix then asks if it's possible to look around Gant's office. However,
if Gumshoe lets Phoenix and Ema into the office, Gumshoe will be charged
with “Breach of Trust”, so he's not going to let them into Gant's office.
So what could convince Gumshoe to let them in? Well, let's
go to the High Prosecutor's Office, now.
Edgeworth's looking pretty stressed out there, at the moment. He admits
that two years ago he did use falsified evidence, even though he didn't
know that it was falsified at the time. Regardless, it's still his fault,
and it reflects on the Prosecutor's Office, too. He's bugged about the
list of evidence for SL-9...it seems way too short.
The day of the crime, Edgeworth was at an Awards Ceremony receiving the
King of Prosecutors award. He finished up around the office, then he made
his way to the Awards Ceremony. Edgeworth wasn't planning to go back to
the office, until he was told to bring something back...the screwdriver.
Now, Phoenix shows the Gant Team Picture to Edgeworth. The trophy that
Marshall is holding looks very different compared to Edgeworth's. That
trophy Neil had was the official trophy until a certain event.
The award is based off an old Chinese word. In Chinese, “contradiction” is
written with two characters, one being “halberd”, and the other being
“shield”. In the kingdom of Chu a long time ago, there was an arms
merchant who presented the king with two items: a Halberd that could slice
through any armor or shield, and a shield that could wistand any weapon.
Obviously, the two contradict each other, and thus, the Chinese word for
“Contradiction” was born. Thusly, the chipped shield and the halberd
represent the merchant's items. But why was Edgeworth only given a shield?
Apparently Gant had the “halberd” part abolished.
Phoenix and Ema look at a piece of paper Edgeworth dropped on the ground...it's a
letter of resignation...but why? He knows that the path he walked isn't a
just one, and he can't forgive himself for what he's done. In either case,
Phoenix adds it to the court records.
Heading towards the Underground Parking Lot, Phoenix and Ema meet up with
Angel, again. Although SL-9 has a lot of “coincidences”, Angel still
stands by what she saw the day of the murder.
Angel begins to talk about Darke. The investigators trailed Darke for
nearly half a year, and Angel claims that she felt the most alive during
the SL-9 Incident. Jake and Neil were very close, and Jake definitely took
his brother's death very hard, and Jake was obsessed with solving SL-9.
But it was a shock with the forged Evidence. Items that were never found
suddenly appeared, while others were kept secret. Angel was relieved of
her duties, even without an explanation. Lana then transferred to the
prosecutor's office, and became chief prosecutor. Angel assumes that Lana
was being used as a pawn.
But first, this Legendary Duo...Gant and Lana. The best of the best.
Solved a lot of cases together, and Gant's “magnetism” in particular was
almost unreal (his ability to attract evidence). Yes, there was even
rumors about Gant back then, too, but nobody confronted him about it. Lana
was a role-model for the other detectives, plus she always looked out for
the other detectives, too...especially Jake.
Gant's influence was partially responsible for getting Lana transferred.
But also...Gant has a controlling grip on the Prosecutor's Office, too,
thanks to Lana's position. Why control Lana? For that matter, Lana's
definitely not been herself, lately. Phoenix is finally getting to the
bottom of this.
Time to see if Phoenix can get into Gant's office, again. To the Criminal
Affairs department! Gumshoe's being worked to the bone, and is basically
being a regular “Desk Jockey”, too. How to convince him? The Letter of
Resignation...yep, that struck a blow with Gumshoe. Now Gumshoe feels that
detectives like him betrayed Edgeworth. Gumshoe finally loans them his ID
Card, since it doesn't really matter now. He's friends with Edgeworth, and
if Edgeworth goes down, he's probably gonna take Gumshoe with him.
Now to the Chief's Office. Ooooo, still ominous, and exquisite. Gumshoe
appears out of nowhere, startling Ema, and forcing her to give Gumshoe a
slap. Phoenix has a bad feeling about this, so let's have Gumshoe answer a
Yes, the desk to the left of the Organ is Lana's old desk. But nobody else
is using it at the moment, since Gant is “preserving the crime scene” to
leave it as a warning to everyone else: To be on alert, always. Only Gant
and the cleaning lady have ever touched the desk. Gumshoe wonders if Chief
Gant is gonna be considered a suspect.
Luminol time. Spraying around Lana's desk's window, they find the blood
from the SL-9 incident (when Marshall was murdered).
Looking at Gant's desk, Phoenix wonders what that list was (the one Gant
was reading). It was a list of evidence for the SL-9 incident...which is
strangely not as long as most other evidence lists! In either case, it's
added to the court record.
Then, Phoenix looks at...the safe. But what's the number? Is it 7777777?
Yep, it was the final ID card on the ID card records' list. Could it be
Inside the safe, there's another piece of the vase, and a piece of leather
cloth. Unfortunately, Gumshoe's not going to let Phoenix and Ema take
them, unless they can be used in the current case. Well, obviously, the
piece of the vase can be proven by showing Gumshoe the incomplete vase.
Now, the vase is finally completed, and it can now be said Gant was
holding a piece of evidence from SL-9. Also, the new piece has bloodstains
Wait a minute...look at the back of the Evidence Report...there's
something sketched onto it. Looks like somebody's bashing somebody else
Now, Phoenix shows Gumshoe the fingerprint tester...and now it's time to
test the Leather Cloth. The middle finger gives a more promising
fingerprint...which belongs to...Ema Skye?! Gumshoe and Phoenix are both
confused, but Gumshoe lets Phoenix keep it.
Gant then shows up...how very damned convenient. He asks all of them to
leave...and tells Gumshoe to leave his ID card behind (FIRED). Then...Gant tells Ema to stick around, and lets Phoenix leave.
Gumshoe's upset he got fired, but earlier, he said he didn't care. Gumshoe
runs back inside to talk with Gant, but Ema is being held for questioning.
Heading to the Detention Center, Phoenix meets up with Lana, and explains
to her what happened to Ema. Lana still sticks by her original claim,
that she stabbed Goodman...and Phoenix thinks she's hiding something. Time
to ask why she kept quiet.
Phoenix guesses that she remains quiet due to a certain individual that
she's afraid of, and persuaded her to remain silent. Who is this
individual? Well...it's Damon Gant, but she's not really reacting nicely.
Lana respected Damon as a detective, but Phoenix asks why, since Damon
tried to hide evidence of HIS crimes. Gant could've also been responsible
for the forged evidence, too! But where's the proof? Why, it's the broken
vase, and the strip of leather with Ema's fingerprints! That proves Gant
hid valuable SL-9 evidence! But why would Lana take all the blame when
Gant is clearly in the wrong as well?
She can't disobey the Chief's orders...even if it means being found guilty
for murder. She was following orders the day of Goodman's Murder.
The orders were simply to dispose of Bruce Goodman's body. She didn't kill
Goodman, then. She was trying to get Goodman's body out of Edgeworth's
car. The trunk door was broken, and she discovered the murder weapon,
Edgeworth's knife, lodged in Goodman's chest. Wait, no, it was the
switchblade! So, basically, she took out the switchblade, and stabbed
Goodman with Edgeworth's Knife instead. She was nervous, which resulted in
her cutting her own hand...and getting blood on Goodman's shoes. Starr saw
Lana plunge the knife into the already-deceased Goodman, then.
The switchblade had to be hidden, because if word got out about it,
reporters would have a field day with the news. She then wrapped up the
knife in her scarf, and shoved it into Edgeworth's Car's exhaust pipe. She
then tried to call Ema, and tell her to conceal the knife in the muffler,
since Lana didn't want anybody else on the police force to know about it.
In fact, earlier that day, she made another phone call...to Jake Marshall.
She needed help keeping Goodman's murder hidden, and she could only think
of Marshall. Strangely, though, he went off on his own escapade instead of
trying to help Lana. He did steal the ID card, but didn't make up his mind
on going into the evidence room. The phone call to Jake was partially
responsible for the evidence room incident!
After all is said and done, Lana now respects Wright's abilities as an
investigator, and as a Defense Attorney, but now Lana doesn't want this
pushed any further in court tomorrow! Now, it's time to get to the bottom
of things: The real murderer, and the issue of what happened two years ago
in Gant's office.
The last day of the trial comes. Lana isn't at the Defendant's Lobby at
all, and Phoenix can't reach her. Also, Ema isn't here, either. But,
surprisingly, Edgeworth emerges. Edgeworth asks Phoenix if he knows who
owns the ID Card with 7777777 on it. Both Phoenix and Edgeworth seem to
have the same hunch: It's Damon Gant. Edgeworth points out that no verdict
was declared yesterday because of the ID Records. If Damon Gant's card is
7777777, then nothing really will happen, since he's not been charged with
Edgeworth will declare a guilty verdict, unless Phoenix says otherwise,
which is definitely a first for Edgeworth. Phoenix explains that Lana is
hiding something about SL-9, and the only way she'll reveal what she's
hiding is to draw it out of her. Now, if Lana is found guilty, Edgeworth
can't find out what really happened. After Phoenix says that, Edgeworth
will think about his claim.
The trial resumes, again. However, before the Prosecution makes an opening
statement, Gant appears and makes a proposal: He's going to ask if Lana
could speak directly to the court. Gant assures the court that they should
hear out what she has to say, since it will save the court a lot of time
Lana emerges. She requests that the trial immediately ends, and, yet
again, sticks to her original statement of murdering Bruce Goodman on
February 21st. Phoenix obviously throws out an objection, since the
defense still wants to plead “Not Guilty”. Suddenly, Lana refuses
Phoenix's services, and throws out her right to an attorney, because there
is enough testimony and circumstantial evidence to prove her guilt. Lana
then requests her verdict.
The Judge accepts her proposal, even though Phoenix objects
otherwise...but then Edgeworth objects, because the prosecution has not
proven the defendant guilty beyond reasonable doubt yet, which would make
any ruling premature! Gant doesn't like Edgeworth's objection, and tells
Edgeworth to shut up. Edgeworth then stands up to Gant, since Edgeworth
claims that Gant created another fabrication to cover up Gant's past
mistakes...plus, why did the defendant declare a sudden confession? Sounds
like a deal was struck behind the scenes.
Gant denies this, and Edgeworth then changes his first witness...to Ema
Skye! But Lana doesn't want that to happen! Edgeworth does not care;
Although truth can occasionally lead to tragedy, it's a bigger tragedy to
hide the truth. Gant still disapproves, and promises to make sure
Edgeworth regrets it.
Ema Skye, come on down. Edgeworth begins to question Ema about the
encounter with Joe Darke two years ago. But the Judge reminds Edgeworth
that the current case involves the murder of Goodman. Edgeworth explains
it's all relevant to the current case. Her first testimony involves what
happened two years ago.
Ema was in Lana's Office that one day, then a man ran into the office and
took Ema hostage. Neil Marshall ran in to save Ema, but she'll never
forget what happened: the man stabbed Neil in the chest. After the
stabbing, Ema passed out.
But what does that have to do with Goodman's murder? It's time for
Phoenix's Cross-Examination. Gant and Skye used to be the best detective
pair on the whole force, and even shared the same office. The man was
obviously Joe Darke, and he was brought in for questioning the day of the
ceremony, since the detectives were desperate for evidence. But when Dakre
had the chance, he fled into Gant's office in a panic, and
jumped into the elevator. Marshall was there, having just won the King of
Prosecutor's award, and gave chase. When Marshall came to save Ema, the lights
went out just as he was tackling Darke. She saw the fight because of the
flash of lightning outside.
The first person she told about the murder was Bruce Goodman. The words
couldn't come out...so she drew him a picture. Phoenix asks about the
picture, but Edgeworth objects to her testifying about it. However, the Judge asks
if she could add this to her testimony. It was a picture of the murder
taking place, but it was lost. When pressed, Edgeworth mentions that he
took over the case after Marshall was killed, and he never received any
picture of the murder.
Hey, wasn't there a picture on the back of the incomplete Evidence list?
Yep, that's what Ema was talking about! Edgeworth still stands by his
original statement that he never received the picture, but look at what
Phoenix has...the back of the SL-9 Evidence list has the image in
question! But Edgeworth objects to this new evidence, since he's curious
as to how Phoenix acquired it. The Judge points out that each list is
different from each other, and then tells Edgeworth that he has an
incomplete list. It's quite obvious what happened two years ago: only ½ of
the evidence reached Edgeworth.
The drawing was handed to Goodman two years ago by Ema in the questioning
room. Phoenix asks if there's more to the drawing on the back of
Edgeworth's list. Oh boy, Edgeworth's shocked now...it's a drawing of
the...Blue Badger?! It appears to be the Blueprint for Gumshoe's Blue
Badger. Ema now testifies about the original image she drew.
Yes, it's the picture she drew two years ago. The lightning was so bright,
so all she could see was shadows. That's all she could see.
Cross-Examination begins to reveal some new information. She actually drew
that image two or three days later, since she was in a state of shock
immediately after the murder. During that time, the detectives were
re-organized, and Goodman was placed under the direction of Gant and Lana.
Another interesting fact: she couldn't tell if Marshall came to her rescue
at all. When she turned
around lightning flashed, and she saw two men struggling just before one
was stabbed. She
drew what she exactly saw, and she was not influenced by the detectives in
But the autopsy report shows a contradiction in the image. Look, the image
depicts the victim being stabbed...with a broken knife! But...the tip of
the knife was broken off in the victim's body already. The autopsy report
says that the victim suffered a single stab wound to the back, but why was
the knife already broken? It couldn't have been broken beforehand, since
the tip was found in the victim's body.
Edgeworth states that her memory could be mistaken. But Phoenix knows her
memory is exact. The inconsistency can be explained! Phoenix makes a claim
about falsified evidence...and how the broken knife might've been part of
the forged evidence!
Could the investigation be corrupted? Phoenix goes over the details,
again. The Police Department and Prosecutor's Office held a ceremony that
day, and after Neil received a King of Prosecutors award, Neil and Gant
proceeded to question Darke. Darke fled the room, Neil chased after him,
and Neil got stabbed by Darke. Phoenix assumes there's a lie, here.
Edgeworth now agrees that the switchblade was not the actual SL-9 murder
weapon. Look in the picture of Gant, Neil,
and Lana. The Broken Murder weapon was the halberd from the award...it's a
broken knife! Ema saw the halberd instead of the actual knife.
That would mean on the day of the Murder, Darke grabbed the “halberd” from
the award that Neil Marshall won, since it was the only weapon he had
access to. But Edgeworth explains if that was the case, the murderer and
victim would be the other way around (as in Neil Marshall raising the
knife instead of Joe Darke in Ema's picture)! Hard blow to Phoenix! Wait a
minute, Ema wants to testify again...she remembers what exactly happened!
Ema looks at the image on Edgeworth's SL-9 Evidence list...and remembers
she drew that image, too. The list, at the time, was not torn in half.
When Ema saw the man raise his knife, she panicked, and rushed both of
them. She knocked away the man with the knife, then she saw another flash
of lighting as she saw the Blue Badger! He wasn't in the room, but Ema saw
The Judge thinks it's unusual, and Edgeworth thinks it impossible, because
the Blue Badger didn't exist at the time. Cross Examinati-Hold
it, Lana stops the cross-examination! She doesn't want Phoenix to pursue
this any further, since she already confessed to the crime. Edgeworth
backs up Phoenix, and says that it's too late to stop. Lana is detained,
and now it's Cross-Examination time.
The man “that raised the knife” was Joe Darke, obviously...at least,
that's what she thinks, because of the shadows. Edgeworth backs this up by
saying there was a documented power outage in the Prosecutor's Office
reports. She rushed them because she couldn't have done anything else, and
wanted to protect Marshall. She doesn't remember clearly what happened.
She's sure she saw the Blue Badger, because she drew a picture of him. She had a
nagging feeling that, when she saw the badger at the police department,
she saw him before. She remembers the shadow in the room: It had three
Wait a minute...didn't something else have three creepy horns? If you're
thinking “The Unstable Jar”, you are correct. But it doesn't look anything
like the Blue Badger...at first. Change your viewpoint of the Jar, and it
looks just like the outline of the Blue Badger's head!
An objection is raised by Edgeworth: what's the point? So it was all just a
viewpoint of the jar, but that doesn't change anything! But Phoenix says
it does. At the moment of the murder, Ema saw the jar. Now, look at the
photo of Neil, Lana, and Gant. It's on the shelf behind Neil and Lana! But
the body was found near Lana's desk. The fact is now that the struggle
between Darke and Neil DID NOT take place in Lana's side of the office,
but rather on Gant's side of the office!
Edgeworth then asks if the murderer moved the body. Yes, but why? There's
no reason...seriously, that's the answer: There's no reason to. Without a
reason, he wouldn't have gone through the trouble. Therefore, there must
have been a reason! But what was the reason?
Ema knocked away the man holding up the knife. The jar was hit, and it
flew into the air. But what made it fly? The impact from the man hitting
the wall? But if the man was knocked in the direction of the “jar”, what
would he have hit? Oh-ho, he'd hit the “suit of armor” holding a sword!
Since the man who was knocked into the armor was carrying a broken knife,
he would've been Marshall wielding the Prosecutor's Award!
That means Ema knocked away Neil Marshall, and she killed him by impaling
him on the Knight Armor's Sword.
Lana screams “OBJECTION!” She's very shocked. Originally, it was Joe Darke
murdered Marshall...but it was just proven that Ema knocked Marshall into
the sword itself. Lana is furious that the story has come out, which
Edgeworth finds somewhat strange. It suggests it was Lana who moved the body so that nobody else would find out about
Neil's murder. Still in denial, Lana wants
proof that Ema killed Neil. But there is no such evidence.
Edgeworth then presents another possibility. What if the victim left a
message? It's possible Neil did not die right away, so he might have left
behind the name of his true murderer. Lana thinks it's impossible, but
Phoenix thinks back to the court record.
There is a message left on the jar! But Lana thinks Phoenix is still
accusing Ema of murder. Edgeworth defends Phoenix's claim, however, since
their purpose is to not accuse Ema of any crime, but rather to seek the
truth. When Phoenix presents the jar, however, everybody thinks it's the
Blue Badger, again. But Phoenix explains on the surface of the jJar was a
“message” of sorts...written in Blood...which was mostly wiped
away...except for some dots. Time for some Connecting The Dot action!
The bloodstains on the jar spell...Ema?! Shocker! Ema Skye was the one who took Neil
Marshall's life, all along!
Gant returns. Ho, boy, is Edgeworth gonna get it. Edgeworth was the one
who was responsible for finding Darke guilty, and indirectly resulted in
him getting sentenced to death, since he was convicted by his final
murder. In other words, an innocent man was sentenced to death. Plus,
Edgeworth used forged evidence to do so.
Wait, Joe Darke wasn't innocent! He did do a lot of other murders, too!
But Gant claims it's not important, and says that “we aren't defenders of
justice”, just “Keepers of the Law.” The responsibility for getting a man
convicted falls on the shoulders of the prosecutor...which means Edgey's
Listen to that Courtroom flare up in arguments! Not even the Judge could
quiet them down! Time for another recess to settle everyone down.
Back in the Defendant's Lobby, Phoenix apologizes to Edgeworth for what he
did. Edgeworth tells him to not worry about it. Oh look, Gumshoe shows up
at an inconvenient time, again. Apparently, Lana's having Gumshoe run
errands, again. Gumshoe provides Phoenix with a book on “Evidence Law”,
and a warning that if Phoenix is to take on Gant, he'll need that book.
In either case, Edgeworth explains why, after all this time, he's been in
the Prosecutor's seat with all the allegations flying around about him.
The real trial, according to Edgeworth, hasn't even started yet. Phoenix
adds that the real killer is still out there, since Lana didn't really
kill Goodman. It's time to end this once and for all.
The trial resumes. The Judge warns that the inquiry committee is planning
to impose some harsh penalties for what Edgeworth did a while back, but of
course, Edgeworth takes it gracefully. Unfortunately, the prosecution
can't really call any other witnesses, since Edgeworth...uh, manipulated
the witnesses. However, Edgeworth decides to let the Defense call a
witness. Damon Gant, come on down!
Why him, though? He had first-hand knowledge of the crime, along with
Lana, two years ago. Edgeworth agrees. Gant thinks it's all a joke when
he's brought in, but he's up for some “hardball”. First up is the SL-9
Incident...and what role he played in it. But Gant's not gonna talk about
it...at first. But he warns them if this doesn't go anywhere, it's not
gonna be worth it.
Gant recalls that he and Neil were questioning Joe Darke that day. They
slipped up during the interrogation, partially due to the power outage. He
found Lana at the office, first, and discovered she “re-arranged” the
crime scene. Gant claims he had nothing to do with the forgery. Darke was
arrested...since he was lying on the floor, unconscious.
Now let's see what else Phoenix can dig up. Gant's a workaholic...and so
was Neil, in a way. After the awards ceremony, both were fired up to do
some interrogating, which was probably what spooked Darke. However, he
doesn't remember if Lana was in the interrogation room, as well, but he
recalls she wasn't there when Darke ran for it. Apparently, Darke made it
to the elevator first, so Neil and Gant had to split up. Neil went
downstairs, while Gant went up. The elevator stopped during the power
outage, and Gant got the shock of his life being trapped in there. When
Gant saw Neil and the serial killer on the floor, they were all tangled
together, while Lana was cradling poor Ema. Also, Gant said that the
victim's body was “already moved”. The body was found near Lana's desk.
So basically, the forgery had already taken place by the time Gant arrived, and
moving a body + hiding evidence = very inexcusable. But where's the proof that Gant forged evidence? What about that
jar? Wasn't a piece of that jar found in his safe? And what about that
evidence list found in Gant's desk? Ho, boy, that's a lot of proof there!
Gant counters by also pointing out that Phoenix snuck into his office to
find that proof. Edgeworth provides back-up by pointing out Gumshoe was
also there, so there is additional eyewitnesses to what Phoenix did. But
Gant assures Edgeworth that poor Gumshoe will get his punishment.
Regardless, Gant testifies about the evidence in his office.
It was a jar fragment and list, correct? Gant claims it was planted in his
office. Plus, Phoenix can't prove WHEN the evidence was discovered, since
they could've been found after Darke's conviction. Still not enough to
prove he's involved with a forgery, and there would be no benefit if he
rearranged the crime scene.
Oh yeah, and if Phoenix can't find a contradiction by today, Gant's gonna
press charges. It's go time, Phoenix.
Just because Gant put those pieces of evidence in his
safe doesn't mean he participated in a forgery. The factor is “when” the
evidence was found. Plus, the jar fragment was not mentioned in the
evidence list. Remember, Gant's “innocent”, since he didn't kill Neil.
There would be one benefit to a re-arrangement of the crime scene,
however. What about the position of “Chief of Police”? With SL-9 resolved,
Gant would be promoted to Chief. Sounds like a good motive...but Gant
finds that assumption amusing, since either way, he was in line to become
the next chief. SL-9 just sped up the process. (Gant: “Be careful when
pointing that finger...or you might wind up being the one pointed at!”)
Now Edgeworth provides another possible benefit: Gant did it for someone
else. But he only looks out for “me, myself, and I”. He adds another fact to his testimony: He wouldn't be an
accomplice if there was no benefit for him. Man, Gant's a selfish bastard,
because he only cares about himself. Heck, he didn't even feel sorry for Ema. Then again, he was raised to “Be tough on Crime, and tough on
People.” So, did Gant have an accomplice?
What about Lana? Ema got involved in an unfortunate event, so it's obvious
that Lana would try to protect her. Plus, if Gant helped Lana, Gant would
profit from it. After SL-9, Lana became the Chief Prosecutor, thanks to
Gant. With Lana as the Chief Prosecutor, Gant could use her as a puppet,
and acquire unchecked authority over all investigations!
the proof? No proof means Phoenix's claims are all conjecture!
However, it is true that Lana was acting strangely throughout this entire
trial...almost as if she was being controlled. Phoenix continues to plow
forward and accuses Gant of forgery AND blackmail. He shows the ID
card records again. Now we can finally prove who 7777777 is...yep, it's Gant's
number! Gant's Safe's Combination is also 7777777, so it's a rather
interesting coincidence. Yep, Gant can't deny it, he did enter the
Evidence room at 4:20 P.M. On the day of Goodman's murder!
Gant's mad as hell, now. He insists that as the the chief of police, it
doesn't matter where he goes. But did he enter the room alone? Or is
Phoenix right, and he entered the evidence room with Goodman?
Now the trial's all about finding the truth, as well as finding out Lana
Skye's guilt. If Gant did meet the victim on the day of the crime, then
what happened during the meeting? Or for that matter, where's the proof?
Phoenix reminds the court that Goodman's ID was missing that day.
But with his blood discovered in the evidence room, he had to have gotten
in somehow. Phoenix deduces that he went inside with Damon Gant, the
But since the murder wasn't
planned, Gant wasn't prepared to get rid of the body. So he cleaned
up the scene, and called Edgeworth to have him retrieve some evidence to
take to the prosecutor's office. While Edgeworth collected the
evidence Gant hid Goodman's body in the trunk of his mustang, and then
called Lana Skye. He had her wait at the Prosecutor's Office so that
when Edgeworth arrived (with a body in his car) she would be ready and
waiting to properly dispose of it.
Think back to Angel's Photo. The photo depicted Lana as she was removing
the body from the trunk of Edgeworth's Car. Gant's not gonna say anything,
since he's gotta meet up with the District Attorney's General for the
early-bird lunch special. Yep, you guessed it, he's invoking his right to
“NOT testify”. So, where's the proof Gant stabbed Goodman, though?
Unfortunately, there is no proof. However, Edgeworth reminds Phoenix that
“in the absence of conclusive evidence, there's also testimony.” Phoenix
calls...the defendant, Lana Skye.
Time for a rec--wait, Gant just came back! Addressing Lana, Gant tells her
there will be terrible consequences if Lana takes the stand: Ema Skye will
be found guilty for Neil Marshall's murder. Now, he's off to his lunch
date. Ok, 15-minute recess.
Alright, so Edgeworth and Phoenix are still in the game, thankfully.
Gumshoe appears again, to let them know he's no longer a detective. He now
wants to work for Phoenix...as his assistant. In any case, Gumshoe is
surprised about Gant's refusal to testify, and Phoenix agrees it's not
fair he did that. Edgeworth points out the “risks” of refusing to testify.
If he refuses to testify, he gives up his right to defend himself.
This is it: The final battle. Lana Skye now takes the stand.
She worked alongside Gant for years, and claims there's no truth to the
blackmail theory. She did all the fabrication herself, including the
re-arranging of the crime scene, all because she wanted Darke convicted.
This testimony means that Gant had nothing to do with this case. Ema knows
she's hiding something, because Lana talks stiffly when she's being
During the cross-examination, it's revealed that Lana worked for Gant for
nearly 5 years. Even though Lana did say she didn't murder Goodman in the
detention center, it's meaningless without proof. She re-arranged the SL-9
incident's crime scene to protect Ema. Plus, she could never forgive Darke
for what he did.
When Lana arrived at the crime scene, she found the broken prosecutor's
award knife stuck in the victim's body. Lana claims that the “Marshall
impaled by Knight's Sword” was just dreamed up. She won't change that
statement. The Switchblade Knife, however, was knocked away during the
struggle. She broke off the tip of Darke's Knife, put it inside the wound,
then moved the body. But why? It was all the proof they needed.
If she didn't do that, then the blame might be pointed away from Darke,
thus it was the most effective way to get him convicted by having the tip
of the knife found inside the victim's body.
But why move the body, too? It was, indeed, originally by Gant's desk.
There were also “pieces of the jar” that would've screwed with her plans,
too. She decided to move the body so that Darke would look guilty.
Therefore, the jar was broken during the struggle. Ema has a feeling that
there's more to it than just that.
But wait...if the jar was shattered during the struggle, then why was
there a message already written on it?! Edgeworth demands more
She noticed the blood traces on the jar, but the room was dark, so she
couldn't check out the message. She tried to wipe away the blood, and she
was certain she got rid of the entire message. She didn't want the stain
to be discovered.
Yep, the jar does look pretty feeble, but why didn't she investigate the
message on the jar? If she did know “Ema” was on the jar, she'd end up
grinding the pieces into dust. She had to destroy the evidence before
anyone came. If she really thought Darke killed Marshall, she wouldn't
have really wiped away the blood message.
Yep, Lana illegally re-arranged a crime scene, just to protect Ema.
There's some B.S. Here...she didn't get all the pieces of the jar. One
piece was missing...and found in Chief Gant's safe. The final piece...also
had the bloody message on it, too! That means she was not the first person
to show up on the scene! Gant showed up first!
Lana could not have missed ANY piece whatsoever, since the pieces are too
big to be missed. However, Edgeworth points out that the jar was already
shattered, and that there was no way a message could be written on it.
Another person was at the scene of the crime before Lana.
Basically, Gant took one of the pieces of the jar, and hid it after
breaking it. Ladies and Gentlemen, there's your fabrication. Lana
originally thought that Ema committed the murder, so in order to protect
Ema, she sought Gant's aid. With Gant's help, she altered the crime scene
to make it look like Darke did the actual murder.
Lana still denies it, but Ema wants her to fess up. Even the Judge looks
at Lana as a “truth twister”. Suddenly, Phoenix realizes that this could
be the middle of Gant's trap. So, to be on the safe side, Phoenix has Lana
testify again. Why? Because Ema's “assumed” killing of Marshall may also
be a lie! Lana doesn't want to, but Edgeworth is even on Phoenix's side,
and wants to see if Lana reveals some more truth.
She did find Marshall's body impaled on the Armor's Sword, while Ema and
Darke were both unconscious. Lana assumed that Ema did it at first, so she
erased all the evidence that linked her to it. She, in fact, had Gant help
her remove the body from the sword, and move it. If the fabrication still
stood, Ema would still be innocent.
Not only that, Lana has proof.
She has Phoenix check the evidence law book she gave him earlier--pressed
inside is a photo of the scene, showing Neil impaled on the armor.
Not only that, there's a hole in his leather vest that looks to be the
same size as the swatch from Gant's safe. The swatch that had Ema's
fingerprints on it.
Before the cross-examination begins, Gant
looking at the Judge, accuses him of making this the poorest trial he ever
saw. Gant also wants to put in a few words, but Edgeworth counters with
the fact that Gant wanted to NOT participate in the testimony, so he
forfeited his right to make statements. But Gant's not worried. He also has more evidence, too.
Wait, more evidence?! That's right, Phoenix has the piece of cloth with
Ema's fingerprints on it. Gant tries to goad Phoenix into presenting the
cloth. But Phoenix refuses, denying that the evidence even exists. Gant
looks shocked, but counters with the fact a piece of Marshall's coat was
cut off. So where did it go? Yep, Gant admits to putting it in his
safe...WAIT! HE JUST CONFESSED TO HIDING EVIDENCE!!! He's still gonna say
what really happened, then.
Yes, he was the first one to arrive at the crime scene. He, in fact, used
the situation to control Lana. He also made it appear that Ema did the
murder of Neil Marshall, too. Because of that, he knew that Lana would ask
for his help. So that part is true, he did “assist” Lana...by telling her
to “re-arrange” all the evidence, and planting the knife tip in the
victim's body. Thus, when Edgeworth used this evidence in court, he'd get
Joe Darke convicted.
During the re-arrangement, he hid two pieces of evidence (The piece of the
jar, and the cloth piece from Marshall's vest) inside his safe before Lana
came to the crime scene. Why? “For insurance, of course.”
In case his plan didn't work, he'd have an insurance policy. He wouldn't
let anyone blame him for a murder that girl committed. He calculated very
far ahead while forging the evidence. The jar fragment he hid was the most
legible of Ema's name. He never expected Lana to wipe off all the blood
from all the pieces.
So wait, if he fabricated all of the evidence, then what's there to say he
didn't fabricate the message on the jar? The piece of cloth, of course. So
cough it up, Phoenix...
Before he does, he asks Gant if he really did cut it off of Marshall's
vest, and hid it in Gant's safe. Gant doesn't deny it. Alright, time to
show the evidence, now.
The piece of cloth. Yep, Gant still admits he cut off the cloth from
Marshall's vest, and did store it in his own Safe. In either case, it's
decisive evidence, even to Edgeworth. But why was Phoenix reluctant to
present this as evidence? Because it has Ema's fingerprints on it.
Gant's cheerful, now. Ema really did shove Marshall to his death. Lana's
very upset now, but...it's not over yet. Gant says that Phoenix's career
is over, since he concealed the evidence when he was first asked about
it...but Phoenix is being adamant about what's gonna happen next.
Wait...who really killed Prosecutor Neil Marshall? Ema, right? Nope. The
cloth contains a critical contradiction that proves who the real murderer
is. First, look at Lana's photo that she gave Phoenix a little while back.
The one that showed Marshall impaled on the knight. He was impaled on the
left side, and there was a lot of blood...but where's all the blood on the
piece of cloth? If the cloth had been removed AFTER Neil was
impaled, it should have been covered in blood as well, but it's not.
The cloth had to have been removed BEFORE the lethal stabbing.
Then who could have stabbed
Neil in the first place? Who would arrive at the crime scene first, pick
up the body of Neil, and impale him on the knight's sword?
Then, to make it look like Ema was responsible, he wrote “Ema” in blood on
the vase to make it look like Ema was responsible for Neil's murder! Hell,
even Gant admitted to cutting out a piece of the non-bloodstained vest to
make it look more believable. Gant's insurance just ended up making him
look more guilty!
Now Gant finally raises an objection! He
refutes all of Phoenix's allegations, since the piece of cloth is
considered illegal evidence! It can't be used to convict a suspect, since
it was illegally concealed form the judge. He didn't best Gant in court at
Edgeworth agrees...assuming the evidence is indeed illegal. But it's not.
Why isn't it illegal?
At the time, it was impossible to prove that it was relevant to the SL-9
incident. According to evidence law, "Unregistered evidence presented must
be relevant to the case in trial". During the murder, it was just a piece
of cloth, nothing more. Since it was found in Gant's safe, Phoenix did not
have approval from the Police Department to present this evidence in
court, until Gant told him to present the Cloth as evidence (which counts
as getting the approval of the police department). Basically, it's not
that Phoenix didn't want to present it, it's because he couldn't.
Gant tries to counter with the photo, but Phoenix retaliates by asking him
when the picture was presented. In fact, before the trial began, it was
just a meaningless piece of cloth...until Gant said what it was. Then it
was approved as conclusive evidence by Gant. The real murderer...was Damon
Gant begins to fall apart. He blames Jake Marshall for insisting on
investigating SL-9 for so long--it was that insistence that spurred
Goodman to action, as well. When Gant and Goodman entered the
evidence room together, Goodman finally spoke his mind.
Flashback to Goodman and Gant in the Evidence Room: Goodman asks Gant if
he can re-open SL-9's investigation, since there were too many questions
left unanswered. He wanted Gant to open up the evidence room, and take it
out. Goodman wanted to hand the evidence over to Marshall, but Gant panicked, and took the
SL-9 Switchblade...and killed Goodman with it.
Gant couldn't pull out the knife, since it would leave too much blood. He
began wiping up the blood on the floor, and didn't realize his mistake:
the bloody handprint on Gumshoe's locker.
Gant then put the body in Edgeworth's Car, since Gant had no other way of
moving the body. In order to do that, Gant broke the trunk door. But why
involve Lana Skye in all of this? Because if the truth came out, she'd
lose just as much as Gant would. Yep, it turns out Gant took a lot of the
evidence from SL-9's locker, except for the broken jar and gloves. He
should've remained an investigator.
Gant's old team of investigators did a lot to stay in his way. They did
their old jobs well. Gant then asks why Edgeworth is still in court, since
he despises criminals...he considers himself and Edgeworth to be the
same. When Edgeworth is ready to take them on alone, he'll figure out
The truth is revealed: Gant
murdered Neil, Goodman, and forged all manner of evidence.
Lana takes the stand, again. Phoenix explains to Lana that Ema did nothing
wrong, and Gant betrayed her trust. She no longer has a reason to stay
silent, and will reveal everything from the time she had Gant help forged
evidence, up until today. Poor Phoenix didn't get her out of all the
trouble...but Lana believes that one day Phoenix will make it to the top.
She thanks both Phoenix and Wright for their diligence. Edgeworth even
helped Phoenix on his road to getting Lana cleared of murder.
Unfortunately, she's still an accomplice to Damon Gant, and as such, a
trial for those crimes are to be set for a later date.
Strange, though, Lana is still smiling. She's happy to be freed of all the
“chains” of the past. Lana Skye, you are not guilty for Murder.
In the defendant's lobby, Phoenix is relieved it's all over.
Lana apologizes to Ema about what happened two years ago, since it was the
first time ever that she panicked. All she thought about was protecting
Ema from this mess, so she asked Gant for help to cover up the truth. She
was wrong for all she did. She had to change in order to make it through
the past two years, even though she knew that she was hurting Ema for
those past two years. Lana could not bring herself to tell Ema the truth,
because she was scared of how Ema would react.
Lana turned her back to Ema on that day. She hid the truth, and deceived
Ema. After all this, however, Ema is happy. Why? Because she knew someday
Lana would be back to her normal self! The two share a heartwarming hug.
Phoenix and Gumshoe are again thanked by Lana, then Edgeworth appears from
out of nowhere. He decided to come by and say “Congratulations”. That's
it. Then Lana looks at Edgeworth, and asks if he still blames himself for
what happened during SL-9. But...it's too late for him. Why?
Edgeworth realized today that he can't change his own mistakes. He can't
even trust himself anymore, either. He assumes Gant was right in being the
same as him: despising criminals, and being able to take them on alone. He
wants to take on criminals, badly, but in order to fight criminals, one
needs a weapon. He's afraid that he might have ended up like Gant. So,
he's giving up prosecution.
Lana, however, explains that Gant and von Karma were the best of the best,
though they both made the same mistakes. She says that Edgeworth was not
alone, and that he worked together with Phoenix to reveal the truth.
Before Lana leaves, she hands Ema a book on “Scientific
Investigation”...the first book that Lana bought. The day ends on a happy