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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #45 on: March 14, 2019, 10:19:36 AM »
When Kiel placed his hand over Sam's hand it was surprising, deeply peering into his eyes and his concern was truly heartfelt towards Sam. Dark angels were full of surprises, everyone says they were such dark beings. Unable to portray feelings of concern or love, it was not true and Sam found out more each time she encountered Kiel. Using her thumb she rubbed his hand clasped around her own, showing her appreciation for his concern. That smile did not return it was such a shitty topic to discuss. Mustering the courage to speak before the court proceedings began, she did not expect Kiel to sit with her during court.

"Yes, I was there," sombre as she spoke. "And I will be okay a lot happened that night." Subconsciously not giving Lazarus an excuse to weasel out of what he had done. Talking about the case would give him an out and she wanted Lazarus closed off from escape.

Maria watched the two from afar, intrigued but a small sense of protection washed over Maria. It seemed all the key players had arrived, looking over at Drew and his flask. He finished the contents and Maria hoped he would not cause trouble. Murphy joined Jake and Maria was glad he had support, finding a spot so Maria could see the whole court session. Lisa-Joe had stated open arguments once Lazarus and Sabrina had arrived, the demon seemed out of her comfort zone but Maria believed in the woman.

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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #46 on: March 14, 2019, 10:42:39 PM »
As Sam spoke, he clutched at her hand tightly, he was the perfect image of a concerned and supportive friend, but he could feel Sam's reticience about sharing details about the situation, she practically burned with her need to see justice done and the perpetrator of the crime punished. She wanted to be that hammer that pounded the last nail into their coffin.

He could feel his chance at messing with jake's planins slipping away, especially when Sabrina (Another he wanted to get better acquainted with, although there was something about her that made him wary. He needed more information on her) Called for the first witness. he tried for a quick second shot and hoped that witness wasn't Sam.

"Sam, you...you weren't hurt were you? You...you didn't get assaulted too did you?" His voice was filled with worry as he shifted closer to her, his thumbs stroking her hand as he exuded anxiety and fear for his friend.

He hoped by expressing anxiety for her she might feel the need to calm him down and reassure him by giving him some information about the events she witnessed and maybe he would learn something that he could use to plant some doubt about what she had witnessed or more importantly about Jake McCloud himself. That was what he was truly after.


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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #47 on: March 15, 2019, 04:24:36 AM »
OOC: Met Jimmy, my Malk from another world He will be helping Lisa out today and I may bring him on over to Infusco at a later date.

Lisa-Joe stood. “Thank you your honor.”

The swipe from Lazarus went ignored. If he wanted to use his opening statement to make a belittling joke, that was frankly a low hanging fruit, than all the better for her case that he was guilty and not remorseful. A list of witnesses in the order they would be called was read aloud by Lisa-Joe, to let witnesses know when they would be needed. The order was an expert witness, then Ben, then Sam, then Jake and finally Lazarus. Lisa had a few more incidental witnesses, however, stated they would be called only if needed. “I call Dr. James Barrow.”

From the crowd, rose a vampire. In many ways he looked like a fairly normal person for this bunch. He had sandy blonde hair, green eyes and a mouth that looked like it was constantly either a wry smirk or a stone faced pout. It currently wore the pout, and he excused himself from the group he’d been sitting with and walked towards the stage. He wore a Brooks Brothers three piece suit, silver in color. A nice watch and large black framed glasses made up the rest of his look and he nodded politely at Sabrina as he situated himself on the stand.

“Dr. Barrow, please inform the judge and the courtroom at large what you do for a living.”

A very posh British dialect exited his mouth, the Queen’s English as one might say. “I am a clinical psychologist. I see patients here in the city in private practice.”

“Please tell us your specialties Dr. Barrow.”

“Trauma survivors, especially of sexual abuse. My other specialty is treating vampires.”

“So you would consider yourself an expert on these subjects?”

Dr. Barrow looked nervous and replied rather matter of fact, “Well, yes. It is my livelihood.”

“Do you know the defendant Dr. Barrow?” Lisa pointed to Lazarus.

Dr. Barrow looked with interest but otherwise no emotion and shook his head no. “I do not.”

Lisa repeated the question for Ben and Jake. Dr. Barrow stated he’d never met either of them as well. Finally she asked if he’d ever met with, or worked with, her before she asked him to come testify today. He replied no.

Lisa turned to Sabrina. “Your honor, the prosecution would like Dr. Barrow certified as an expert witness on sexual trauma and how it might affect vampires.”

She didn't need long with Dr. Barrow, just to establish a few facts that might control for discrepancies in future testimony. 
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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #48 on: March 16, 2019, 01:11:18 AM »
After briefly studying the vampire in question, Sabrina waved a hand, “Proceed.”

She’d have to catch up with this Dr. Barrow later. His was work worth doing.

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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #49 on: March 16, 2019, 04:50:23 AM »
Lisa-Joe Hampton nodded appreciatively at Sabrina. She flipped through her binder and seemed to find the appropriate page, then lifting her head to meet Dr. Barrow's.

“Now, Dr. Barrow can you please tell us about how most humans process extreme emotional trauma like sexual abuse. I realize people react as individuals but give us a few likely scenarios.”

Dr. Barrow seemed to consider the question carefully, staring at Lisa-Joe as if trying to understand her reasoning behind asking him. He removed his glasses and cleaned them as he spoke, seemingly soothed by the repetitive nature of cleaning something.

“Well, I’m generalizing of course, but many react by feeling violated. Feelings of powerlessness are common, as if ‘my own weakness let this happen.’ It leads to self doubt, self blaming and extreme cases identifying with their attacker in some way. ‘I brought this on myself’ is the logic. Other reactions include an acute stress reaction that can become post traumatic. This can include amnesia, aversion to certain stimuli, blocking out the event, panic attacks, suicidality and other less than desirable outcomes. This is if they receive no treatment of course.”

Lisa-Joe nodded as if she wasn’t surprised to hear much of this.  “Of course Dr. Barrow. Now tell me more about the amnesia you mentioned. Can you be more specific?”

“Well, some people block out parts of the experience, some dissociate in the moment of the attack, and others still repress the entire situation. This is the outcome that is the most harmful as what’s not talked out is acted out.”

“What does that mean doctor?”

Dr. Barrow looked increasingly nervous on the stand. It seemed Ms. Hampton had deviated from the approved list of questions. “Well, I don’t want to bore any of you with clinical theory but the basic idea is that when we don’t process an event and heal it comes out in our behavior or thoughts. Kicking the dog instead of yelling at your partner for example. The dog did nothing but is an object for your pain, rage, etc.”

“So a victim can lash out is what you’re saying?”

Dr. Barrow narrowed his eyes and looked at Lisa-Joe with a bit of hate. “Although crudely put, yes. Victims can lash out at allies, rivals, or just people on the street. The more common reaction is to internalize it and take it out on the self though. I hope that’s clear.”

“Crystal clear. Doctor, can you tell us about the psychology of someone who perpetrates sexual abuse?”

“Well, while the motivations are often different, power and control are big reasons people commit acts of sexual violence. Lack of empathy is another. If you don’t see your victim as - and please forgive the word choice - human, then it’s easier to abscond something from them without taking their feelings into account. Lastly, I’d say perpetrators are often victims in the past, perhaps not of sexual abuse but something. This is less clinical and more my personal feelings but evil is created, not born.”

Lisa had to fight the urge to roll her eyes at the idea that Lazarus was anything but evil. She asked Dr. Barrow a few more follow ups, specifically about the differences between how vampires might react versus humans.

“Well, vampires are immortal which means trauma has a lot longer to kill the part of them that was connected to the world. Empathy keeps vampires alive. If you lose it, killing, selfish actions and even sexual abuse all become easier. The less human we become, the more like monsters we become. The same thing can happen to victims. If untreated, it can rot their souls.”

“Thank you Dr. Barrow. Your testimony has been very helpful. No further questions.”

Dr. Barrow looked to Lazarus, assuming he’d want to cross examine him. If not he’d return to his seat, his face a lot more annoyed then when he took the stand.

Drew listened in to all the psychobabble and scoffed. Drew hated therapists, and shrinks and the whole lot. His muscular arms were placed over his chest defensively and he looked at Dr. Barrow like he was a fly that needed to be swatted. He suddenly wished his flask had more in it, as he clearly wasn’t drunk enough to hear this. He’d liked the opening statement from the southern redhead, and liked the comeback from the perp even more, laughing audibly at the quib. However, now he was angry. What was the point of this guy? He was obviously just a quack. He was hot, but so were most of the vampires in here. He suddenly wished Zeph was next to him. He felt alone next to Astrid, Murphy, and the Purple Earl.

Journal:
The trial started off slow, some British ninny going on and on about trauma. It’s all bullshit anyways. You either can handle your bullshit or you make excuses. I don’t have to make excuses because I drink. Take that you fucking Malk asshole.


Jake hadn’t known this was something Lisa-Joe had cooked up and he was one part proud, two parts mortified. She was setting up both he and Ben, and even Sam a bit. She was trying to explain why their stories might differ. It was clever, but he wasn’t sure if it would work. People liked things that were face value, and he doubted Zoheret or Charon would care at all about layers of trauma and likely reactions. The part about suicide made him sink in his chair, and with Murphy's hand occupied by a pen, Jake simply matched the posture of the hulking figure a few seats down from him.

If Lazarus chose to ask Dr. Barrow any questions he would stay, otherwise Lisa-Joe would call Ben to the stand. The real trial was starting.
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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #50 on: March 17, 2019, 07:49:47 AM »
Lazarus didn't care about much of it except for a certain part of the doctor's explanation, which he made a mental note about. The doctor wasn't the person he was interested in talking to, though.

"Thanks for the chat, doc. What you've said is helpful." He looked blankly at Lisa-Joe next, thinking that this stupid trial was probably going to end well for him after all. Unlike his usual self, he didn't smirk but turned his gaze to Sabrina. "He can go."

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« Reply #51 on: March 17, 2019, 02:41:48 PM »
"Thank you Dr. Barrow," Lisa-Joe said, dismissing him back to his seat.

Dr. Barrow got up and nodded once more at Sabrina before retaking his seat in the audience to watch the remainder of the trial. His expression was annoyed, but he seemed intrigued by the process in front of him. Lisa-Joe flipped to another set of questions and then clearly said, "I call Ben Sampson."

There was a rush of whispers before settling back down. It was Ben's turn to be questioned. 
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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #52 on: March 17, 2019, 05:07:23 PM »
Ben pressed his lips firmly together, squeezed Kerr's hand tightly and stood from his chair. He moved to the spot where Doctor Barrow had recently vacated. Once at the stand, he was uncomfortably aware of how many people were in the theatre, but glad to see some familiar faces. One face in particular stood out, near the back. Apart from those here to support him, the rest were here to listen to him recount the details of his...

can't even think the word
makes you feel and sound weak
what else did you expect Benny-boy


...of what he'd been through. Humiliated, he turned his face away from the audience and found Sabrina in his field of vision instead. He blocked out everyone else, but he still had something to say first.

"My name is Ben Sam-son, not Samp-son."

He fucking hated Lisa-Joe. After all his time spent with her and her stupid boss, she still couldn't even get his name right.

Lazarus took a sudden interest in the buttons of his suit-jacket to hide his smile.

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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #53 on: March 18, 2019, 01:39:52 AM »
Astrid only half-listened to what the first witness--the Doctor--was saying.  There was a kind of madness seeping through as she sketched him--professional and stoic.  Something held her back from going too deep as if she could step over the edge into a running river.  A barking, foaming-mouth straining against a chain.  How was this a Doctor?  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, maybe.

She sighed through her nose and moved to the next page as Ben took the stand.  Love lost.  An Imposter.  Supplication.  The otherwise silent crowd murmured as he approached the stage, and the witch found that interesting.  Whatever that was about Astrid was sure she would find out soon enough.  The fact that the prosecution made an error on his last name was...certainly something else.

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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #54 on: March 18, 2019, 01:48:46 AM »
Lisa-Joe didn't care that she'd gotten Ben's name wrong. To her, he had tried to leave Jake alone in Lazarus's clutches to be assaulted, again and again. It didn't matter to him, as long as he got back to Kerr a moment faster. He disgusted her for how selfish and unfeeling he was as a person. Victim or not, Ben was a monster who deserved to be locked up as much as Lazarus did, although for different crimes. Besides, Samson was the stupidest last name she'd ever heard. At least Sampson had sounded biblical.

"So, Mr. Samson," she hummed, letting the emphasis on his last name serve as acknowledgement of the correction. "Would you please inform the judge how it was you came to be in the private chambers of District Leader McCloud."

She didn't explain the context of her question, or why she'd chosen to start here, but she did have her reasons and kept her face a pleasant, steel mask.
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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #55 on: March 18, 2019, 04:25:16 AM »
Once Murphy was settled with his notebook he wove his fingers back through Jake’s as he felt the vampire beside him sinking into himself. He was left-handed so could easily write with one hand taken up now he was balanced. He made a few notes whilst the therapist spoke, noting how the Doctor seemed to be getting more agitated as the questions went on and wondering why. Lisa-Joe had to have some sort of plan, but he didn’t see where it was going just yet.

A small smile flickered across his lips as Ben corrected Lisa-Joe in that brisk tone. He wasn’t going to take any shit up there, but Murphy hoped he wouldn’t turn the audience against him either by being too snappy or shut off. Yes, it was going to be hard going through this, but Murphy had confidence in his friend’s ability to cope, no matter how difficult it would be. He’d been through so much shit before, hopefully once this was over, depending on the result, there would be time to just get back to normal.

Fortunately, there was no jury who had to like Ben, just Sabrina who had to believe his side of things.

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Throughout the discussions so far Ichabod had been watching Lazarus warily. He’d felt the hairs on his arms prick up as Lazarus’s gaze rove over him, relieved that it hadn’t lingered for too long. He was so arrogant. It looks like he didn’t give a shit what was going on and so far he wasn’t really saying much or taking the chance to defend himself when he was given the chance to talk. He obviously hadn’t given up, not with that look on his face. So what was he doing?

His fingers ran over Kerr’s skin as Ben took his place, wishing they could help him, but Ben was up there all by himself.

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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #56 on: March 18, 2019, 06:05:11 AM »
Sam gripped Kiel's hand with a tight squeeze, trying to find the right words so as not to piss off the angel. His concern was genuine at first but now Sam could see he was trying to pry, not uncommon for Kiel but he could be so bad at picking the right timing. Sam wondered if Zorheret was the same or had age been kind enough to grant her wisdom. Losing her grip on Kiel's hand finally, she leaned in close to whisper softly in his ear. Her tone was informative and did not come across as scolding Kiel.

"My dear Kiel, if this was you and you needed my testimony. I would not sit idly by letting someone tamper with your chances of justice. We can talk at a later time I promise." Praying Kiel would respect Sam, though not for her loyalty to Jake.

Sam recognize someone had been wronged and even with Jake hitting Sam it did not matter. She could have abandoned him and told him 'no do it on your own', that went against her morals. As she settled down and started listening to Dr. Barrow's testimony things started to slide into place, an object for his anger. She came into the room hoping Lazarus would attack her and it backfired badly. In no way did she blame Jake as he had every right to be angry, even if Sam did take the brunt of his rage. It also made sense of how she felt Jake being raped through their bond, he must have blocked some of it out and therefore forgetting to shield Sam in the process. As Ben was called she took a moment to look for Maria, her friend seemed just as intrigued by Dr. Barrow.

Maria watched Ben and Lisa-Joe's exchange, the two had a bad history and they did not care to hide it. Ben could hold his own for now, but she worried when Lazarus got a chance to question Ben. Gazing at Sam she could see the worry for her friend Ben, irking Maria that Lazarus played with his buttons. His smile didn't help either, the drunken man Drew annoyed Maria less than Lazarus. He had no care for rules and she started to wonder if he would abuse his power. Taking advantage of the right to defend himself just to get the last chance to torture his victims. It made Maria sick to think this might have been his plan all along, her eye's resting on the side of his face. If only she could touch him, Roog would tell her his true feelings and that ring couldn't protect Lazarus from her deities.

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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #57 on: March 18, 2019, 07:12:50 AM »
Ben frowned darkly, wondering if Lisa-Joe was trying to set him up. Was she trying to trick him with a double-edged meaning of the word? Her archaic use of the word 'chambers' wasn't lost on him. Perhaps she thought he didn't know what it meant. He looked at Kerr to cement his statement.

"I was never in his private chambers. He didn't invite me into his bedroom and I never went in there." He looked back at Lisa-Joe. "If you mean his apartment, where I had my own chambers, I was placed there as an ambassador - or a token, if you like - as a gesture of goodwill between Charon and Jake."

Ben shifted his gaze to Sabrina next. "Just to make things clear about why I was selected in the first place - Jake was upset with me for insulting him after he forced me into his car and threatened me with his sword. Charon was upset with me for risking my life for the sake of an insult. I'm thinking he wanted me to learn to hold my tongue while I was there. Guess I haven't learnt that lesson."

Up in the booth, Charon scoffed but then he nudged Jeanne because he'd got a mention.

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Re: A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus
« Reply #58 on: March 18, 2019, 07:25:05 AM »
The tension between Ben and Lisa-Joe was like a living thing. Sabrina wondered what had happened between them to create such a wretched thing.

When he looked to her, Sabrina gave Ben a small, secret smile. The look Lisa-Joe received was withering; a warning. Hers was the camp that insisted on this pageant, she could at least treat her witness with respect.

Sabrina nodded at Ben's statement. She was unsure of its relevance, but the information didn't hurt to have.

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« Reply #59 on: March 20, 2019, 04:29:39 AM »
Ben was being so dramatic and extra at question one. If he wanted to come off defensive that was his business. Lisa-Joe had anticipated this. She let her face show confusion and concern, acting of course, but Lisa-Joe was convinced it would read genuine to people other than Ben. She looked at Sabrina, a polite smile to match her withering look.

"Let the record reflect the prosecution was asking about the apartment complex in general. We have no evidence that Mr. Samson was in Mr. McCloud's bedroom. That would actually damage our case against the defendant, not improve it. Also witnesses can ask for clarification if a question is unclear. We wouldn't want assumptions to color the process."

She then tore out her page of questions from her binder and walked up to Sabrina and showed her the page. "As you can see my next question demonstrates that I was not implying the witness was in Mr. McCloud's bedroom." The next question had been about when Lazarus entered the apartment, but she whispered that she would ask Ben a follow up about his statement and return to her list once this line of questioning was completed. After Sabrina saw the list of questions, and the sidebar was complete, Lisa-Joe would return to her desk.

"So Mr. Samson, you were a token from Charon to Jake as a gesture of goodwill. Were you there at Charon's direction or your own free will?"
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