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The Trial (Part 5)

Posted on 25 Aug 2018 @ 11:42am by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Sharpe & 1st Lieutenant Quinn McKenna

Mission: The Admiral's Daughter

"Closing statements then. Mister Tucker, the floor is yours, but you are on a short leash. I will not tolerate any more of the complete disregard for procedure and etiquette that you have shown in the last hour." Jarvis warned him.

"Understood your honour." Tucker said, nodding respectfully to the bench.

He began walking up and down in front of the jury, rattling off his closing argument that Sharpe was prohibitively dangerous, that he was not in control of his own powers, that the law was crystal clear on this issue - that they had to bar him from Starfleet service. He went on to say that his issues made him a liability and how unstable he really was. He further concluded that if they allowed one augmented marine to run around, it would set a precedence for other augmented soldiers to run around - including encouraging their enemies to augment their soldiers to combat them, and a whole new Eugenics War would erupt just from Sharpe's existence.

After a ten minute tirade about the dangers of eugenics, he sat back down.

Quinn stood and took a moment before turning to address the jury. Instead of pacing she stood still and spoke confidently to project a more calm and measured approach. Sometimes with juries, it was the little things that mattered.

"The law is clear on this issue. Human augmentation is outlawed, and for good reason. The implications of the Federation creating essentially an army of Borg are frightening. However this case hinges on two things: intent, and risk."

"When Doctor Julian Bashir was faced with similar proceedings to this, he was not sanctioned, nor did he lose his career. This was because he did not have the choice of whether to be augmented. His parents made that choice for him, and his father was punished for that choice. This is a similar case. Major Sharpe was assaulted, kidnapped, and augmented without his consent and against his will. No being should be punished for actions that were completely out of their control. That is not justice. The people running the Death Dome game are the ones who deserve to be prosecuted for their actions, not Major Sharpe." She paused again.

"Now, as for risk, my learned friend here would have you believe that Major Sharpe is a ticking time bomb. His abilities make him all but guaranteed to wreak havoc on this base, and his reign of terror will amount to piles of bodies in the corridors. This is a laughable level of hyperbole. The more Major Sharpe uses his abilities, the more danger he exposes himself to. This makes him no more dangerous than any other marine or trained law enforcement person that is allowed to carry a phaser around the base. A man that can spawn a sword from his hand at, potentially, the cost of his own life is arguably as dangerous or less dangerous than a marine with a compression rifle. And we do not sanction marines for doing their job." She paused again.

"You have heard multiple witnesses who have described the Major's progress in mitigating his own risk. He is a man with a temper, of this there is little doubt, but in the situations described in this trial, I would submit that most people with a daughter or a sibling would behave in a similar fashion. My colleague's childish efforts to provoke Major Sharpe prove nothing, even if he had attempted to attack him which you will note... he did not. Major Sharpe has undergone treatment, he has sought perspective on his own condition and considered the implications."

She pointed at Sharpe. "This man presents no greater risk to you or any of us than any other trained soldier whose mandate is to protect the Federation. Major Sharpe has done that his entire career, without fail. His augmentations were not his choice and pose a significant risk to his own life."

"I submit to you that there is no precedent being set here to begin creating an army of augments. That is not what we are, and I pray that it never will be. This is about allowing a man who has done no wrong to continue his career and go home to his family without being persecuted for something that he had no part in." She let that settle with them for a moment before taking her seat again.

Jarvis gave the jury his instructions, telling them how to weigh the evidence that had been presented to them and all of the other nuances that juries had to consider before adjourning the trial.

"The jury will inform us when a verdict is reached, until then we are in recess." Jarvis stood and left as people began milling out of the room slowly. Sharpe, not being in custody, was allowed to remain that way.

 

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