by Walt Staples -
First voice: I take it that your investigation is complete?
Second voice: Yes, Councilman.
First voice: And your findings are?
Second voice: He’s dirty, sir. I have the testimony of six merchants that he has solicited and taken bribes from them.
First voice: What inducement did you offer them?
Second voice: That the council would take into consideration that they acted under duress in the crime. That being so approached by a peacekeeper under those circumstances would tend to be extremely intimidating.
First voice: Continue.
Second voice: I also have shop security data that the merchants surrendered that shows the peacekeeper in the act of demanding the bribes, and receiving same.
First voice: And the charges of Moral Turpitude, Conduct Unbecoming, and Betrayal?
Second voice: He is sleeping with the wife of one of his enforcers.
Third voice: Does the enforcer know?
Second voice: Yes, Councilman, he does. It is only a matter of time before there is a murder.
Third voice: Of the wife?
Second voice: No, sir, of the peacekeeper in question. My impression is that the wife is unwilling and is keeping silent out of shame, and to protect her husband.
First voice: Have you any further evidence to introduce?
Second voice: Not at this time, Councilman.
First voice: And your recommendation?
Second voice: That the council prosecute said peacekeeper on all charges, sir.
First voice: Thank you, Peacekeeper.
Gentlemen, motion to prosecute.
Third voice: Second.
First voice: All in favor?
Thank you, Peacekeeper. You may go.
Second voice: Councilmen.
Third voice: Is that the one?
First voice: You mean about turning in his wife for the murder? Yes, that’s him. A good man; God help him.