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Summary of Events:
Hadia was visited by the Sunday school teacher and also didn't end up getting mad at him, although she disagreed with him. Traeton sat through testimony as the trial got underway, getting quite hurt by the words of the first witness, but not quite so much by the words of the second. Levi had to answer to his grandfather, uncles, and father, about his statements at the press conference, and was extremely stressed by his grandfather's negativity in particular.
Excerpt of the Day:
"Mr. Erickson then accepted the offer to question the witness in turn and walked up to Mr. Martin in the stand.
"Now Mr. Martin," Mr. Erickson said. "I'd like to know what gives you the impression that the accused is a petty criminal type?"
"The fact that he was kind of shoddy and unkempt," Mr. Martin replied. "You know, real gangsters have fancy getaway cars so they're not taking off on foot, and they're usually holding a gun in their hand, not to mention they have pretty swanky clothes that are usually a lot shaggier and baggier than his. He looked like a kid who'd grown up going to Sally Ann and maybe kind of wanted to be like real gangsters, but wasn't quite there yet."
"So you'd describe his family as bein' lesser off?" Mr. Erickson asked.
"Yeah," Mr. Martin replied. "The sort of person who lives in a Project."
"Would you be inclined to say, then, that he did this act out of desperation?" Mr. Erickson asked.
Mr. Martin shifted his jaw. "Maybe. I mean, it's not entirely out of the question, really. I'm kind of offended that he would victimise a nice woman like the one he did, though."
"Could you please explain why you're offended?" Mr. Erickson asked.
"Well, mostly because of the fact that, well, she's such a sweet woman," Mr. Martin replied. "I mean, I don't know her intimately, but I've seen her around, I'm familiar with her, and to see her distraught and suffering cut pretty deep. The worst thing is that she said he offered to help her push her cart and then loaded her groceries into her car before running off. That's just kind of heartless, you know?"
Mr. Erickson nodded. "Considerin' that the accused won't be locked up very long — if even at all, possibly — he'll probably be out again before long. How much of a risk to reoffend to you think he has?"
"Well," Mr. Martin replied. "I think there's a good risk, unless he gets a job or something like that and maybe tries to make a little something of himself."
"How much punishment do you think he'll have to receive to dissuade him from continuin' a life of crime?" Mr. Erickson asked.
"If he's worked with properly," Mr. Martin replied. "I think that whatever the jury gives him for this could be enough. If nobody really bothers with him, then I think it might take more, a decade plus, it'll probably end up being off and on, but if it were all in one big block I think it'd be better."
"Those are all my questions," Mr. Erickson said. "Thank you Mr. Martin.""