Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney/Episode 5: Rise from the Ashes/Day 3 - Trial Latter

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Back in court, Ema hasn't come back, so you won't have any help this time. Edgeworth calls Jake Marshall to the stand. He testifies about the day of the crime.

Marshall's Testimony: Day of the Crime

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Marshall's Testimony
- Day of the Crime -

  1. My job was to keep a wary eye on that bone orchard.
  2. They said I was supposed to make rounds three times a day, but that ain't my style.
  3. Besides, the room's protected by two security systems, anyway.
  4. If I remember right, I was at a street-side saloon at the time it went down.
  5. I'm just an innocent travelin' man, so if you're out of ammo it's time I hit the trail.

Two security systems? Marshall is talking about the security camera, and the ID card reader. He doesn't know about the fingerprint locks on the evidence lockers though.

Day of the Crime: Cross-examination

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It's finally time to use that trump card. Present Marshall's Prints on his 4th or 5th statements. If Marshall wasn't at the department, why were Marshall's bloody fingerprints on one of the lockers? Marshall denies it, but Edgeworth has him testify about the fingerprints.

Marshall's Testimony: Bloodstained Fingerprints

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Marshall's Testimony
- Bloodstained Fingerprints -

  1. Like I said, it's only natural for my fingerprints to be in that evidence room.
  2. One of them just happened to be at the same place as the bloodstained handprint.
  3. The murderer touched the locker where my fingerprint was by chance.
  4. The bloodstain and fingerprint are completely unrelated.
  5. Or didn't you know the murderer was wearing gloves?

Bloodstained Fingerprints: Cross-examination

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Press Marshall's 1st statement. Marshall tells you that it was his locker the handprint was on, so it wouldn't be a surprise that Marshall's fingerprints were on it. Marshall's Prints will be updated in the Court Record.

The murderer was wearing gloves? Press Marshall's 5th statement. How does he know about that? Edgeworth states that they tried the prints on Gumshoe's locker and determined that the murderer was wearing gloves. Marshall refers to the Security Video, and says if you can't prove he's in there, you've got nothing on him. Marshall adds this to his testimony.

  • "Too bad it wasn't me in that video, right, pardner?"

Press on that statement. The camera was moving back and forth and it doesn't show the floor, so if someone was familiar with the movement, he could have found a way to leave the room without getting caught. The judge wants to know if you have any proof. Choose "Show evidence", and you'll examine the tape.

  • Left view 4: Look at Jake's locker. There is a piece of cloth sticking out. If you rewind it, you'll see it wasn't there before.

Present the piece sticking out of his locker to the court. If that locker can only be opened by Marshall, then only he could have put the cloth in there, thus proving that the Goodman in this video was indeed Marshall. Marshall is the only one in the courtroom that doesn't know about the fingerprint sensor on the lockers, so he asks for proof.

Present the Evidence Locker, and Marshall will freak, as he didn't know they'd installed the device in the new lockers.

The judge wants Marshall to explain what he was doing in the Evidence Room but he's unresponsive, so Phoenix decides he can figure it out himself. The judge asks you to show where Marshall was. You examine the Evidence Room Floorplans. Present the victim's (V) spot. This is where Goodman was supposed to have been, but recall Meekins' story: if he asked Goodman for his ID card, why didn't he just show it, rather than have his knife out? Because if Marshall did show Goodman's ID, his cover would have been blown.

Marshall is still not giving up as all your evidence is circumstantial; you don't have any solid proof. Luckily Edgeworth gives you some advice from his early career: return to the basics. Instead of finding evidence that Marshall was in disguise, find evidence that came about because he was in disguise. The tape should answer your questions, so you look at the tape once more.

  • Right view 3: Pause just as "Goodman" lunges at Meekins. There's blood on his shoulder, lots of it!

Present this to the court. There was lots of blood on it, so it would be too obvious that he fought Meekins. He had to hide it, and that hiding spot must have been his own locker.

Marshall says, "Are you happy now Edgeworth?" for two years ago. If he had been as persistent in the SL-9 case, none of this would have happened. Marshall then gives his confession in the next testimony.

Marshall's Testimony: Marshall's Confession

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Marshall's Testimony
- Marshall's Confession -

  1. I had to do it that day. I couldn't just stand by and let it die.
  2. I stole the detective's ID, dressed like him. I planned to take out the evidence.
  3. I wasn't expecting Officer Meekins. I knocked him out…
  4. and managed to escape. I knew which areas wouldn't be caught on the camera.
  5. There wasn't any murder in the evidence room at 5:15.

No murder? Then why was there large amounts of blood on the floor? Marshall says Meekins was the donor since he cut his hand — but wouldn't that create not nearly enough blood?

Marshall's Confession: Cross-examination

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Press all of Marshall's statements.

  • First statement: He couldn't just let the SL-9 Incident die, he wanted to go through the evidence from the case before it was lost forever in the transferal. Only the lead detective has access to a dead case's files, so he needed Goodman's ID and his disguise to get them.
  • Second statement: If he didn't make it look like Goodman was taking out the transferral, he would have been caught stealing. He admits to stealing Goodman's ID that morning, then leaving it at the Underground Parking Lot to be found later. It was pure luck that the Rubber Glove jammed the fingerprint sensor, or Marshall couldn't have gotten the locker open. But that means that Goodman himself had opened it previously.
  • Third statement: Marshall expected to be there for about five minutes, but he didn't expect Meekins to be in the room. Marshall is still holding the knife he used to cut Meekins' hand.
  • Fourth statement: He couldn't leave the Evidence Room covered in blood, so he stashed the coat in his locker on the way out.
  • Fifth statement: When Marshall opened Goodman's locker, the evidence was already gone. According to Edgeworth, it hasn't been found yet.

Phoenix asks Marshall why he went through such lengths trying to get the evidence (i.e. stealing a detective's ID, injuring a police officer, etc.). Marshall is prepared to do anything it takes to get satisfactory evidence on the SL-9 Incident. He adds this statement to his testimony.

  • "I can't just forget the SL-9 Incident… You know why?"

If you press on that statement, you'll find out that though the serial killings of "Joe Darke" were solved two years ago, Marshall still feels that something wasn't right. There may a reason he's not talking about to explain his zeal towards the case. Present the SL-9 Incident Files on his latest statement. On the victim list, there is the name of another Marshall, "Neil Marshall". Jake Marshall says Neil was his brother and a prosecutor, just like Edgeworth. He was the one that handled the case, and after he was killed, Edgeworth took over.

Neil and Damon Gant led the investigation of the SL-9 case, and the other detectives all worked under them. They were desperate to prosecute the killer. Eventually, Neil fought Darke but was killed. That was the only evidence Darke had ever left behind, and they used it to get the Guilty verdict. Marshall knew no one could beat his brother in a fight, so he knows there's more to the story than what is found in the public records. On the last day before the SL-9 evidence was transferred, Marshall stole an ID, intended to steal evidence, and ended up assaulting a police officer.

The good news is, now you know what happened at the Police Department. The bad news is, this also makes Lana, your client, the primary suspect again. Seeing Lana as the only person who could have committed the crime, the judge begins to declare a verdict, but is stopped.

There's another crime before that?! Scientifically?!

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It's Ema! Ema wants the judge to hear you out. After finding out the Joe Darke Killings that she'd been involved in was the same case as SL-9, Ema went to the Evidence Room to recheck the handprint on Gumshoe's locker, but she found nothing again. She leaves you to do the talking, but you have nothing. The judge asks you if there is something not right with the handprint. Say "I object!". Something might not have been drawn in the Evidence Room Floorplans. If it wasn't, then the handprint may change the case. When asked what could have been drawn on there, present the Blue Badger Panel. The Blue Badger was dancing at the time the fight took place, and it would've been impossible to place a handprint on Gumshoe's locker, because the Blue Badger was right in front of it.

Ema comes back with a solution. If the print wasn't there during the fight, it must have been put there before the fight happened. Thus, blood was spilled at the Evidence Room twice! So, something might have happened in there before the commotion was caught on tape. However, you need proof, so when you get the chance, present the ID Card Record. If the murder took place before the fight, it would be either 4:20 PM or 4:40 PM. But it would've been impossible for Edgeworth to clean up the act before Meekins brought the Blue Badger up, so the only remaining number is "7777777". If Goodman lost his ID card that day, then he must have walked in with the real murderer. The judge asks Edgeworth to find out who the owner of this number is. However, Edgeworth can't, as he doesn't have the authority to look up someone with a rank of captain or higher, unless he or she is charged with a crime.

Because of that, Marshall mocks Edgeworth with his cover-ups and forgeries and says, "That's how the Prosecutor's Office operates!". Edgeworth wants Marshall to keep his slander to himself. Marshall then asks a question to Lana: "In that trial two years ago… did you really use legitimate evidence?". Lana says when she became a prosecutor, she thought she could use the law to suppress crime, but it turned out that the law only made it harder to put criminals away.

Lana then answers Marshall's question to Edgeworth: "Drastic crimes require drastic measures… That's just the way it is. We did what we had to… in order to get the verdict he deserved. Even if it involved 'forging' evidence.".

Lana's last bit leaves the court in such a ruckus, the judge is forced to adjourn court for the day.