The Shadow Attorney #2: The Trial 1 Year Ago (Part 2)
Raymond: (Narrating) Previously, on The Shadow Attorney...
Josephine: Please leave my office or else I'll call security.
Client: You'll be SORRY FOR THIS!
Roman: So, we still up for dinner tonight?
Josephine: At your place? Definitely.
Graystone: I'm Detective Graystone of the NPD.
Josephine: You're arresting me?
Graystone: For the murder of Chase Roman.
Josephine: Do you believe I'm innocent?
Shadow: I'll do whatever I need to.
Cardstack: Andrew Cardstack of Orville Law Offices.
Shadow: What exactly is the “hard evidence” that Cardstack mentioned earlier?
Graystone: ...A business card. It's hard evidence.... Because it belongs to the defendant. (Cardstack bows)
Ella: You think I LIED?!
Shadow: Anyone can lie.
Ella: YOU CAN'T ANALYZE THOSE GLOVES!
Graystone: The prints aren't in the system, but we can safely say they're not the victim's, defendant's, or witness's.
Shadow: I think I know just the guy.
Cut to the Nicklepole Police Department, where Ella can be seen sitting in an interrogation chamber.
Graystone: We trusted you! And this is what we get?! Lies?!
Ella: I had to do it! I couldn't just stand idle while Red was gonna get away with what she did!
Graystone: What she did? What did she do?
Ella: If I told you, you wouldn't believe me.
Graystone: That's true. You did commit perjury, after all.
Ella: No one ever takes us seriously, anyway.
Graystone: ...What do you mean by that?
Meanwhile, Shadow can be seen watching the conversation from a hidden camera.
Ella: I'm not saying any more. I want a lawyer.
Shadow: “Us” huh? That's all I needed to hear.
At Ella's house, Shadow begins investigating.
Shadow: There was too little evidence to be found at the crime scene. If Mrs. Zajerate is covering for him... He must have hidden the rest here somewhere. (Starts searching)
Shadow searches by cannot find any evidence. He knows he's running out of time before “he” comes back.
Shadow: Wait a minute... Where's his room? (Finds the master bedroom) A computer...? Aha! (Activates it)
The computer's monitor shows a screen name, and a empty text field.
Shadow: EdZ... Is the Z for Zajerate? Looks like I need to enter a password... (Sees a drawer) Hmm... (Tries to pull it open) Locked... There's no keys here... Must have taken it with him. ...Fine. (Punches through the drawer and yanks it open, scattering the contents onto the floor) You gotta do what you gotta do. (Sees various pieces of evidence) Jackpot.
Shadow searches the drawer contents, and finds several pieces of evidence.
Shadow: A pair of gloves. (Smells them) That scent... Unmistakable. A day planner. (Sees several people's names in it) He's got a lot of people to see. And what's this?
Shadow finds a note card with a certain message on it...
Shadow: Password: 5-4-23-1-18-4... Ha. As if a trick like that could fool me. (Goes back to the computer) The password is... EDWARD. (Presses the Enter key) Aha! (Goes to the documents folder) Huh. Whoa.
Hours later, a man can be seen walking out of his car. His face is hidden, but he seems very familiar... When he goes into his room, Shadow can be seen from behind, with several papers around him.
Man: What the?! What is this?! Who are you?!
Shadow: I'm the man who indicted your wife for perjury... (Turns around) Mr. Ed Zajerate.
Zajerate: Ella?! Under arrest?! ...Wait. How do you know my name?
Shadow: Next time, pick a more clever password for your computer, you greenhorn.
Zajerate: (Sees that his drawer has been broken into) You broke into my house and destroyed my property! I'LL CALL THE POLICE FOR THIS!
Shadow: You know, funny thing; your wife said the same thing, and I was like “Perfect! I'll tell them all about your drug abuse then!”
Zajerate: What did you expect?! She works as a nurse at a very busy hospital!
Shadow: Oh I know. What I'm getting at is this; go ahead and call the police! I'll tell them all about how you've been harassing several law firms so they can take your completely ridiculous excuses for lawsuits!
Shadow: Your wife refused to make your work lunch, your coffee was too hot, you stubbed your toe on a door, the water from a drinking fountain was too warm, you got pickles on your burger when you didn't order any! You've used those, and MANY MORE, as reasons to sue people! Unfortunately, every single lawyer turned you down, as they should have! However, you've recently been harassing Redenbacher Law Offices with these charges! With one particular lawyer; Miss Josephine Jones!
Zajerate: I don't know any Josephine Jones!
Shadow: You're lying! These papers I have here are all the e-mails and notices I found on your computer! There's letters of refusal, notices for you to cease and desist, restraining orders, and you've even collected all the news about you! Edward Zajerate, arrested for assault and battery... Starting riots... Appearing before the courts at least 3 times a month... And... Cheering when the restaurant that messed up your order went out of business? There's petty, and then there's this.
Zajerate: THEY ALL DESERVED IT! No one ever treats me right! It all started when I was a child! My parents abused me left and right! They never gave me candy, they never let me stay up at night, they never let me stay at the toy store... JUST FIVE MORE MINUTES! IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?!
Shadow: (With a dumbfounded face) 'Jeez, grow up, man!'
Zajerate: So what if they find out about what I did? They're not gonna arrest me for it!
Shadow: They'll arrest you for the murder of Chase Roman, that's for sure.
Zajerate: WHAT?! What did you say?!
Shadow: I found a business card at Roman's house. It was his, but there was a thumbprint on it. It didn't belong to him, or Miss Jones, or even your wife. But your wife did say she was covering for you.
Zajerate: She what?
Shadow: Well, she didn't say it exactly, but she did say how “no one understands us”. US, Mr. Zajerate, US! She was talking about you, her husband! And once the police match the thumbprint to you, we'll know that you were at the crime scene the night Roman died!
Zajerate: ...You're pretty clever for a kid. But you'll never be able to prove I killed him.
Zajerate: Where's all this evidence gonna go... While you're ASLEEP?! (Knees Shadow in the stomach and punches him in the face, knocking him out) Have a nice flight, Hat Boy! (Throws him outside the window, into the bushes outside his house)
Hours later, Shadow wakes up, sunken into the shrubbery.
Shadow: Ugh... My head... Zajerate... He's probably gotten rid of the papers... And the original copies on the computer too. But I should have enough evidence to get him... (Gets up) Tomorrow... This will end. One way... Or the other.
At the courthouse...
Josephine: Huh? (Sees Shadow sitting down on a bench) Shadow! ...Are you alright?
Shadow: Huh? I'm fine, Milady. Just a little... Banged up.
Josephine: Banged up?
Shadow: I'm fine, okay? I've actually found out who the guy was.
Josephine: The guy? You mean the killer?
Shadow: Yeah. I'll get him, don't you worry.
Josephine: Get him? Isn't he still on the loose?
Shadow: ...Maybe. 'But if he really wants to finish this... He'd do what I'd think he'd do.'
In the courtroom...
Rudy: (Slams gavel) Court is now in session for the trial of Miss Josephine Jones!
Shadow: The defense is ready, Your Honor.
Cardstack: The prosecution is ready, Your Honor.
Rudy: Now, I understand that the prosecution has a new witness?
Cardstack: Yes. A final, decisive witness... That will prove the defendant's guilt without a doubt! (The crowd murmurs)
Rudy: (Slams her gavel) Order!
Cardstack: I call... Mr. Ed Zajerate to the stand!
When Zajerate takes the stand.
Bailiff: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you Gods?
Zajerate: Of course, of course, of course! You can count on me!
Rudy: He seems... Awfully cheerful.
Shadow: 'Please... He's just exaggerating.'
Cardstack: Mr. Zajerate, do you know about the murder of Chase Roman?
Cardstack: ...Chase Roman, the victim in this case.
Zajerate: I don't know any Chase Roman.
Cardstack: The police found your prints on one of his business cards at the crime scene.
Zajerate: Oh! Oh, him! He offered me a business card, but I gave it back to him. It's only natural that my print would be on there then.
Shadow: Objection! Can you prove that you gave it back it him, and didn't just take it?
Zajerate: Can you prove otherwise?
Shadow: ...No. Withdrawn.
Cardstack: So, other than the business card, you never met the victim any other times?
Cardstack: Nothing further. (Grins) 'Beat that, Shadow Attorney.'
Shadow: 'Showtime.' Mr. Zajerate, you said you had never met the victim at any other time? Meaning you only met him once?
Zajerate: Yes, that's right.
Shadow: No, that's wrong! (Presents the day planner) I have here your day planner! On a certain page lies an appointment with someone... An appointment you seem to have conveniently forgotten! Read it out loud please.
Zajerate: Uh... Um...
Shadow: Read it.
Zajerate: ...”Confront Roman after work.”
Shadow: And what day does it say on there?
Zajerate: ...Two days ago.
Shadow: At the time of the murder, no less! You were to meet with Roman at the time he died! (The crowd murmurs and Rudy slams her gavel) Mr. Zajerate, you lied to us about not knowing the victim!
Zajerate: But I still never met him! I was supposed to meet with him at that day, but I couldn't!
Shadow: You... Couldn't?
Zajerate: I had overtime at work!
Shadow: Can anyone verify that?
Zajerate: Well... No. But you can't prove that I was there!
Shadow: Then why was his business card, the one with your thumbprint on it, inside the crime scene?
Zajerate: I told you! I gave it back to him!
Shadow: Then why wasn't it found on him when he died!
Cardstack: Objection! What are you trying to get at, Mr. Shadow?!
Shadow: Take a good look at the business card! Not only does it show his name, workplace, and phone number... It shows his home address too!
Cardstack: WHAT?! (Cape blows in shock) GAAAH!
Shadow: Mr. Zajerate! You used this card as a way to find Roman's house! Then when you killed him, you left the business card there, as you didn't think you'd need it anymore!
Zajerate: But why would I do it?! I don't have a grudge against him!
Shadow: No, but you do have a grudge against someone else!
Zajerate: Someone else?
Shadow: The defendant, Miss Josephine Jones!
Zajerate: What?! Her?! I've never even seen her until today!
Josephine: You're lying! I've dealt with you numerous times! I even have the e-mails you sent me on my work computer!
Zajerate: You WHAT?!
Shadow: The sender isn't the only one who archives their mail, Mr. Zajerate!
Zajerate: How do I know you're not bluffing?!
Shadow: We'll find out. Detective Graystone, print out all the e-mails that Miss Jones has on her office computer at Redenbacher!
Graystone: On it!
Zajerate: Wait, you can't do that!
Shadow: I just did.
Cardstack: Objection! What is the meaning of this?! So you've established his motive! But you've still no proof that he did it!
Shadow: ...You've got that wrong.
Shadow: Recognize (Presents Zajerate's gloves) Mr. Zajerate?
Zajerate: (Starts sweating profusely) N... No.
Shadow: Really? Because I found them in your drawer. Smell them.
Shadow: SMELL THEM!
Zajerate: (Sniffs) They... They smell like...
Shadow: Blood. (The crowd murmurs)
Rudy: (Slams her gavel) I will have order! What's the relevance of this, Mr. Shadow?
Shadow: Your Honor, the witness's gloves have traces of blood on them. I believe if we have the police analyze the blood, it'll match the victim's. Oh, and don't forget the DNA inside the gloves, as well.
Cardstack: 'Grr... That was the same trick he used to get Mrs. Zajerate...!'
Zajerate: You... You... You can't prove those gloves are mine!
Shadow: '...What now? This guy can't possibly have any more excuses!'
Zajerate: So... Roman lent me those gloves... He... Used them for... For... Woodwork! Yeah! He's a carpenter in his spare time, and he cut his hands a lot! It-It's only natural that there would be blood on it then, right?! Right?! ...Anyone?
The courtroom is completely silent for a minute, but then...
Shadow: ...I would say “I'm sorry,” Mr. Zajerate, but I have nothing to apologize for. That was the lamest excuse I've ever heard.
Zajerate: (Squeaky) What?
Shadow: I found an empty water gallon inside the trash can of the crime scene. It had a pair of bloody hand prints on it. The hand prints didn't have any fingerprints on it... Because they came from a pair of gloves.
Shadow: Your Honor.
Shadow: Motion for me to give my summary on the events of the crime. My... “Closing argument,” if you will.
Rudy: ...Motion granted. (Slams gavel)
Shadow: Thank you. (Ahem) Here's how the crime went down!
First, the killer talked to the defendant about a lawsuit, and she refused to take it, just like all the other times. This time however, the killer reached his breaking point. He decided to get even with the defendant. After hearing the defendant and the victim talk, he heard that they were going to meet together at the victim's house. So the killer went to the victim's office and got one of his business cards to find out where he lived.
After leaving, the killer went back home and got two things; first, a pair of gloves he used to avoid leaving prints. Then, a weapon...! The pipe wrench that was left at the crime scene. The killer then used the victim's business card to find his house, where he broke down the front doorknob with the pipe wrench. He then found the victim, cornered him into the kitchen, and struck him. The victim probably died instantly.
ACT 3: Then the killer realized something; he was covered in blood. If he wanted to avoid suspicion, he'd have to find a way to clean his clothes. However, he had no time to use a washer or shower. So instead... He used a water gallon from the victim's cooler in order to clean the blood off! And then he hid it in the trash can, thinking no one would find it. After which, the defendant arrived.
ACT 4: Then... All the killer had to do was apply the final touches. He got his wife to call the police, who arrested the defendant on the spot. After the police and I investigated the crime scene, the killer added one more piece of evidence afterward. This was probably done in hindsight. He used one of the defendant's business cards to frame her! He underlined her name on the card with the victim's blood in order to pin the crime on her! When he found out she was going to trial, he was relieved, not knowing that the other card and the water gallon he left behind were pieces of conclusive evidence...
Shadow: Isn't that so... MR. ED ZAJERATE!?
Zajerate: (Panicking) I... I... It... It's... It's not... IT'S NOT FAIR! IT'S NOT FAIR! IT'S NOT FAIR! NO ONE EVER HELPS ME! NO ONE EVER LISTENS TO ME! EVERYONE ALWAYS MAKES FUN OF ME AND HATES EVERYTHING I DO! IT'S NOT FAIR! IT'S NOT FAIR! IT'S NOT FAIR! IT'S NOT FAIR! (Passes out)
Shadow: And that solves the case of the murderous man-child.
Graystone: Results are back. Ed Zajerate had sent so many e-mails to Miss Jones, we had to change the ink cartridges 3 times to print them all.
Shadow: 'She hasn't changed to a laser printer yet? She must really be pinching pennies.'
Rudy: Has the jury reached a verdict?
Juror: We have, Your Honor. On the sole count of murder in the first degree, we find the defendant, Miss Josephine Jones...
Cardstack: 'This can't be happening! I, the Prince of Prosecutors, defeated?! ...I'll get you back, Shadow Attorney! I'll never forgive you for this!'
Rudy: Very good. Case dismissed! (Slams gavel)
Outside the courthouse...
Josephine: ...It's over... It's finally over... I'm free...! Thank you Mr. Shadow!
Shadow: You're welcome, Milady.
Josephine: But... This case is sure to damage my reputation. Even if I'm acquitted, no one would wanna take a murder suspect for a lawyer.
Josephine: What am I gonna do? My career as a lawyer is over! (Turns away) It's just been one big joke! I mean, everyone always laughed at me when I was at the office!
Shadow: Well... People tend to laugh at the future success stories.
Josephine: Eh? What do you mean? (Turns to find that Shadow is gone) Oh... Um... I don't know if you can hear me, Mr. Shadow... But what you just said... I'll never forget. And I'll always remember... How you saved my life. (Her phone rings) Oh! (Answers it) This is Jones.
Raymond: (On top of the courthouse, still dressed as Shadow) Hello, Mila- I mean, hey, Miss Jones!
Raymond: I heard you just got off the hook for your boyfriend's murder!
Josephine: Yeah, you should have seen it! The Shadow Attorney was great in there!
Raymond: Shadow Attorney? What're you talking about?
Josephine: You may not believe me, but he's real! He's a masked attorney, and he saved my life!
Raymond: Oh, Miss Jones... You've been watching way too much TV.
Josephine: Heh, maybe.
Raymond: Say, why don't me, you, and Rachel go out to eat tonight? To celebrate your acquittal!
Raymond: Yeah, since you didn't get to do so with Roman. I'll even pay the bill! What do you say?
Josephine: ...Sure! Let's have fun tonight!
Raymond: Perfect! I'll call you back at 6! Later! (Hangs up)
Josephine: Heh, Ray may not be that good of a lawyer, but he sure is one very good friend.
Shadow is seen looking off into the horizon, his face beaming with relief and delight.
Cut to a year later, the present day...
Josephine: '...That was 1 year ago. Ever since then, I've been working my heart out in order to become a better lawyer. I've hope I've made you proud, Shadow.'
Josephine then opens her window.
Josephine: Thank you for everything, Shadow Attorney.
The final shot is Shadow on top of Josephine's roof.
Shadow: 'You're welcome... Milady.'
CASE 2 – THE TRIAL 1 YEAR AGO – THE END