Testifying

Cidu Bill on Mar 14th 2017

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12 Responses to “Testifying”

  1. James Pollock Mar 14th 2017 at 12:37 am 1

    The seat on the witness stand is currently occupied by some kind of psychic, who has been called to facilitate the testimony of whoever it is in the crystal ball on the witness stand. The prosecutor has just asked the “witness” if anyone tried to stop him from testifying. Apparently, the answer is “yes”, and he’s seated at the defense table.

    In real life, sometimes a witness is permitted to testify by video from a secure location, if an attempt has been made to intimidate or kill the witness. It’s rare (thanks to the Confrontation Clause in the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution.)… but perhaps this is a civil trial rather than criminal.

  2. Barry Mar 14th 2017 at 01:02 am 2

    I think we’re supposed to assume that the guy in the crystal ball was killed by the defendant, but because this court allows psychics, he gets to testify from beyond the grave.

  3. billybob Mar 14th 2017 at 01:02 am 3

    the ghost is testifying, via the medium, as happened in Rashomon.

  4. Barry Mar 14th 2017 at 01:15 am 4

    Medium is a more appropriate term, let’s go with that.

  5. James Pollock Mar 14th 2017 at 01:23 am 5

    I don’t think the “witness” has to be dead for the joke to work.

    “Medium” is a subset of “psychic”.

    A Medium uses various tools to contact the departed… they act as a channel, or medium (as the singular of media) for communication between this world and the next. However, a crystal ball is not one of the traditional tools for doing so. Traditionally, crystal balls are associated with scrying (seeing things that are far away) and clairvoyance (seeing things that have not happened yet.)

    A Medium would use a Ouija board, table-knocking, or channelling… none of which is easy to portray in comic form.

  6. Barry Mar 14th 2017 at 01:56 am 6

    True. The comic’s not clear if the witness is dead or not, and you’re right about the psychic toolkits. The crystal ball didn’t work all that well in the comic, either, since it’s a CIDU.

  7. Heather Mar 14th 2017 at 08:15 am 7

    I think that we are supposed to presume that the witness is dead. At least, it’s much funnier that way. Because then we have “… tried to stop you from testifying” as a comedic understatement.

  8. Grawlix Mar 14th 2017 at 09:27 am 8

    That appears to be a rather large medium. Let’s call her Clara. Clara Voyant.

  9. Dr. Shrinker Mar 14th 2017 at 12:05 pm 9

    What I found confusing was that every single person in this comic has the same-shaped head and small glasses. At first I didn’t notice the bit of hair on the head in the ball, and I misinterpreted it as being the same man who was saying “Rats.”

  10. Winter Wallaby Mar 14th 2017 at 12:22 pm 10

    I’m pretty sure the witness is dead. If it’s just that the witness is just alive, but doesn’t want to be in the courtroom for security reasons, there’s no reason to have a psychic/medium/supernatural conduit for testifying - a camera would work just fine. The joke (such as it is) only makes sense if blue-suit’s attempt to stop blonde-head from testifying was so extreme that it can only be thwarted by supernatural means.

  11. Mark in Boston Mar 15th 2017 at 09:21 pm 11

    Everyone in “Cornered” has those little glasses. Even the dogs and cats.

  12. James Pollock Mar 15th 2017 at 09:52 pm 12

    “I’m pretty sure the witness is dead. If it’s just that the witness is just alive, but doesn’t want to be in the courtroom for security reasons, there’s no reason to have a psychic/medium/supernatural conduit for testifying - a camera would work just fine.”

    A camera wouldn’t work if the witness is hiding from the court/authorities, too. Then, you’d need a psychic. (”I see water. Water and the letter “R”. Does that help?”)

    If, for example, you take the substantially less threatening interpretation, and assume that the “Rats!” guy paid the witness to scram and stay beyond the reach of a subpeona, then he doesn’t have to be dead OR in fear.

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