Today on Quantum Vibe: Questioning Belbenoit Strip 2004 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Mon 2019-09-30
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Sci-Fi Adventure Mondays.
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with their robot friend, brought humanity to the stars, and continues
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Bok narrates from a cameo, as Belbenoit stands forward, facing the arbiters:
Bok: In some other legal systems, witnesses are questioned by opposing attorneys. In our system, witnesses are questioned by the arbiters as well as the advogados.
Arb Sandini: When was the first time you saw Senhora Martelli?
Belbenoit: At the RPLD meeting in Mercado Desoto on the 11th of Octiary, where I was providing security for Zépherine Aziz, per my official duties.
On Belbenoit, angled so we can see Diana at her table behind him. She is staring daggers at him.
Arbiter (OP): Why did you confront Martelli in the parking lot at La Porte Gardens six days later?
Belbenoit: In an official capacity, to question her about the incident with other Smith & Holder agents at her office a few days earlier.
Arbiter (OP): And why did you assault her there?
Belbenoit looks troubled. Angle so we can see Arb Feingold. Miller in extreme right of panel
Belbenoit: I … ah … she spoke a secret passphrase known only to RPLD members.
Belbenoit: It shocked me, and I wanted to learn how she knew of it.
Arb Feingold (OP): Are you still an RPLD member?
Miller: Objection! Irrelevant to the situation.
Looking past an unhappy Miller at the arbiters. In an inset, we can see de Castries face-palming.
Arb Andrews: Objection overruled. This is very relevant.
Arb Andrews: You know that any false testimony here would completely end a witness' protection under our laws, voiding all contracts. Answer the question, Senhor Belbenoit.
Belbenoit: I … I'm still a member.