The courtroom seemed to be a mix of tension, anger, and quiet yet friendly chatter. Several reported members of the Immortals seemed to be in the gallery along with other members of the community. Police Captain Ming Yheng was also present and seemed to be giving anyone that neared Asmus a jealous look. Perhaps this is proof of the rumored relationship between the two?
It should be noted that no jury was present during the trial which means the outcome was determined by Judge Martinho Larsson and prosecution will be determined at a later date. Captain Yheng was the first to point this out and stated " Yo Owner, I think you need to eliminate this case because in every movie there is a judge, this is not a gen..geni..ehm..genuine trial, lah" There were several shocked faces that this sort of statement came from the Captain of the police force.
As the trial began, attorney Zeller made his opening statement saying "I motion that the charges be dismissed on lack of discovery to the defense team, promoting as well, lack of evidence. It is known and documented that my client has an extensive issue with Anger and Rage management, to which he is being treated for professionally. However since there are no prior convictions on my client, as well as the basis that discovery of evidence was not shared by the ADA's office, I feel that continuation of this situation is a waste of time and tax payers money to move forward." Of course anyone would expect the defense attorney to protest the case on behalf of their client, but lack of evidence and no prior convictions definitely seems to lead one to think that maybe Mr Zero isn't the criminal everyone seems to think he is?
Of course, the police were continued to be represented in a rather embarrassing way as Captain Ming Yheng proceeded to kick against the panel behind attorney Zeller as if to get his attention. This seemed to go unnoticed by the attorney at first but others, including Mr Zero, took notice and did not give her the nicest of looks. The judged ordered her silent for a second time and she dismissed herself from the room. Later in the trial Captain Yheng returned to the courtroom unchallenged and seemed to confirm suspicions that she is involved with Asmus by yelling out "Injection!! The article in the paper is true, Yo Honor! I've read it myself!" when my previous article "In bed with the enemy" was mentioned.
It should also be noted that the sergeant mentioned in the article, Teddy 'Dora' Phokos, was not only the victim involved in this case but the officer in charge of working it. Sergeant Phoko's also arrived at the trial late and seemed to deem herself prosecutor, which went unquestioned by anyone in the court room.
Through the course of the trial, attorney Zeller and Mr Zero maintained his innocence and pointed out that the ADA had not provided required information to them. It was also mentioned that while Mr Zero has anger management issues, he does seek out professional counseling to work on the problem. In the end, he was determined guilty of attempted murder of a police officer. This verdict came swiftly and without little consideration given the conflicting stories and lack of properly filed or shared evidence. There was an outcry from the gallery and all seemed shocked at the verdict. Even Sergeant Phokos was shocked at the verdict and that should tell you something was sketchy.
Just about a month ago, the court was featured in the paper as lacking the proper staff to handle and process the growing backlog of cases. Judge Larsson stated "The Police Department put there lives on the line every day in the front line and law and order simply must be respected, therefore I am going to be making an example out of you Mr Zero." Given the goings on in court on Saturday, it is clear that no matter what verdict was right or wrong, Asmus Zero is serving a sentence just so the court can say they are handling cases. It has become ever obvious that we can only rely on a rare few of the local officers to do their job correctly, but with this seemingly predetermined verdict, it is clear we cannot rely on our sixth amendment right to fair trial.
Reported by Kara Dumitru