Thanks @Jade_eyes, @Hazel, @Briannakin, @earlybird-obi-wan, and @EmeraldJediFire for reading and taking the time to review. If it seems like the young Jedi are partying an awful lot it is because I am basing them on young soldiers. Back when I was in the Army the legal drinking age on post was eighteen. There was even a beer machine in my dayroom. There was a lot of partying. Then I think it was in the mid-1980s governors put pressure on post commanders to raise the drinking age on post to the minimum age within the state...which was usually twenty-one. Prior to this change we saw a lot of young 18 year old recruits having their first beers at the Enlisted Club and going wild. I know Jedi are not soldiers, but I have a hard time believing teenage Jedi are going to be stoic, sober and into clean living when Luke doesn't have the same restrictions on them as the Jedi Order of the Old Republic. Plus in my AU the legal drinking age is eighteen on Coruscant. But that is just my opinion and what is going on in my Alternate Universe. _____________________________________ Entry 38 Note: This entry was edited after the conclusion of the trial. I was able to get a copy of the transcripts, so I was able to go back and write down exactly what was said by the trial participants. . . . Okay, I need to record what is going on with this trial because it is un-kriff’n-believable. First of all, they finally got a name for this guy. Once his holo was released to the public he was identified as Venku Turman, a con artist from the planet Phindar. Obviously he graduated from swindling to sexual predator. Or maybe he simply was never caught assaulting women while he lived on Phindar. At least we had a name to call him, although I didn’t mind using the nickname I had for him, Kriff'n Sleemo. Venku Turman decided to bring forth an ingenious defense. He claims the spirit of a Sith Lord possessed him and therefore he was not in control of his mind and body during the possession. Because of this he cannot be held liable for his actions during the time he was not in command of his faculties. This would be a hilarious defense if it weren’t for the fact that he was trying to subpoena Grand Master Skywalker as an expert witness. He wants Uncle Luke to appear for a deposition to be conducted by the suspect’s attorney…who is Mr. Kriff’n Sleemo himself. Uncle Luke was really hot under the collar about the nerve of this man. The Jedi captured him and now he wants the Grand Master to testify for the defense?! Uncle Luke got his own lawyer who argued to the judge that, ‘Although Grand Master Luke Skywalker is the undoubtedly the foremost authority of the Force, Jedi and Sith in the known galaxy, he had no relationship with the suspect prior to his arrest and therefore has no duty to enter into an agreement to render services as an expert witness on request’. The Sleemo countered that argument stating, ‘Coruscant law allows the defendant’s defense attorney to compel expert testimony from a professional if the defense counsel can demonstrate a compelling necessity for the expert’s testimony. The defense understands it can only ask for previously formed opinions and it cannot require the witness to engage in any out of court preparation…but since the Grand Master’s Attorney has testified before the court that Master Skywalker is the foremost authority in this matter…then it seems unlikely any research would be needed to give his opinion on Force related matters’. Stang! Did this guy go to law school? I guess he was reading out of the law books at the time. Well, there were some arguments over this subpoena and finally the judge said this was a special circumstance. ‘Normally the defense has a multitude of possible expert witnesses to prove their case, but the Jedi is an exception,’ the Judge said. ‘The Jedi are a small order and all Jedi could theoretically be compelled by the Grand Master not to cooperate with the defense. The Jedi Order does not normally give public access to their library and since the law library database available to a defendant does not include any information on the Force or Sith this court rules that this is a special circumstance. Therefore if a volunteer expert witness cannot be found, this court orders the Jedi Order to provide the defendant some form of access to the Jedi Library materials.’ Oh kriff! This is turning out bad. Uncle Luke finally agreed to act as an expert witness. I am sure the defense will call him a hostile witness. Ha! I know this is not funny, but the arrogance of this defendant is so unbelievable that it is almost funny. Almost.