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What am I supposed to be

This is a preliminary examination.

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Not a regular trial.

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The purpose of this examination

Is only to find out

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Whether a crime has been committed,

And if so,

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Whether there is reasonable ground

To believe

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That the defendant participated

In the commission of that crime.

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If that's clear, we'll proceed.

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Mr. Burger,

You may open for the prosecution.

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Lieutenant Tragg, please.

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And, lieutenant,

You gave this weapon

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To the Ballistics Department,

didn't you?

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- Yes, sir.

- Did you try to trace it

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- through its serial number?

- Of course.

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What did you find?

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That the weapon had been sold

To one Mervyn Aldritch.

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Thank you.

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- Your witness.

- May I have the exhibit, please.

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Thank you.

Now, Lieutenant Tragg,

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I presume you questioned

this Mervyn Aldritch?

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Naturally.

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What statements did he make?

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Well, that he, uh, bought the weapon

For his protection

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- and that it was stolen.

- Now, just a moment.

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I think that evidence

Should come from Mr. Aldritch himself.

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Your Honour, as far as introducing

This weapon is concerned,

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it's only necessary to prove that it was

In the possession of the defendant,

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And that it was the weapon

That killed Harry Merrill.

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I'd like to hear

From the defence on that.

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The prosecution

hasn't proven the weapon

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Was in the possession

Of the defendant.

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You gave the weapon

To Lieutenant Tragg yourself.

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Lieutenant Tragg took it from me.

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In any case, I'm not the defendant.

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You were representing her.

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Your Honour,

I want to have it definitely established

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That this is the weapon

With which the crime was committed.

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Mr. Burger, do you have photographic

and ballistics evidence?

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Just one moment, Your Honour.

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The bullet from the body

Was too badly...

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What about the other one?

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Your Honour, the fatal bullet

Was badly mushroomed

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When it was taken from the body

At the time of the postmortem.

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You mean the fatal bullet

cannot be identified?

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I'm afraid not, Your Honour.

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But the prosecution can prove

That the weapon

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was in the defendant's possession,

That she had the motive.

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One moment.

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This weapon?

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- This gun?

- That's the one that you gave--

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I mean,

That Lieutenant Tragg took from you.

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Lieutenant Tragg,

are you sure this was the weapon?

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- Positive.

- Outside of the fatal bullet,

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Did you find any other bullets

that had been fired from this gun?

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- Yes, sir.

- Where did you find them?

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Well, one went through the hood

of the dead man's car

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And flattened

Against the engine block.

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Mr. Burger,

what about this second bullet?

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It can't be identified either.

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In other words,

Neither the fatal bullet nor the one

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Which went through the hood

Can be said positively

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to have been fired from this gun?

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No, Your Honour.

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But it's only necessary

To establish possession.

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And the gun

was in the defendant's possession.

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Just one moment.

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These are photographs

taken at the scene of the crime?

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Yes. Yes, sir.

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Your Honour,

I've studied these photographs.

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I ask you to take a good look

At, uh, this one in particular.

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What am I supposed to be

looking at, Mr. Mason?

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- That tree at the side of the road.

- Oh, yes.

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When were

these photographs taken?

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