Why does Ted Tonate feel the need to type elipses and things such as "AAAAAAAAAAGH!" into his text-to-voice thing? He doesn't know about Athena's ability to sense a person's true feelings, and since he's fairly capable of concealing his own emotions, wouldn't he rather do that in an attempt to cover up his anxiety than type out his inner monologue?
Okay, according to Court-Records, the Jurist system is not going to be in this game. Point of order, why?
Because Phoenix is the one who came up with it, and thus it's inherently biased toward defense attorneys, and that's hardly fair. Or, more seriously, it's probably because it would affect the game's design too dramatically. The games' cases are constructed like mysteries: there's one right answer and one right way to get to it. Having a jury is, from a gameplay perspective, utterly pointless, since everything revolving around the court cases still boils down to "the player must solve the riddle." The developers would have to design the game to deviate from this model, to integrate some means of "persuading" the jury to your case, in order to make it worthwhile. From an in-universe perspective, it might be Hand Waved as a result of the "dark times" descending on the justice system, with the bombing of the courthouse serving as the catalyst for the crackdown.
Not to mention that it'd likely make the trials too easy, considering how often the cases end up at a point where the real criminal is very obviously guilty, but only is able to possibly get away on technicalities. Any jury of halfway sane people would get to that point and vote the defendant "Not Guilty" in an instant.
In-story, it's because of the people losing their faith in the legal system, causing the Jurist System to be abandoned.
Actually, it was stated that Phoenix's framing by Kristoph with fake evidence, and Prosecutor Blackquill's conviction of murder eight & seven years previous respectively were what caused people to lose faith and start the "dark age of the law". The Jurist System used in the last case in the previous game was explicitly said to be a test, so it can be inferred that the whole legal system wouldn't be revised in such a short amount of time (yes, even a year). This also gives the implication that the Jurist System was a means to restore the citizens' faith in the courts by including them in the court proceedings.
There are campaigns to reform the law, which the Jurist System test would be a part of. This game is more about healing the wounds of the past than making any actual action for the future.
So, um, Where the hell is Ema Skye?? The last we see of her in AJ is her still being moody about being a detective and randomly chatting about "Golden Snackoos". I'm fine with the creators putting her on a bus, but what was the point in completely rewriting her character if the subsequent game doesn't even acknowledge her existence?
Simply, Ema would have nothing to do in the plot, and for a very good reason. She's almost certainly going to be in GS6 as the detective, however.
So you think that there'll be a 6th main game? I hope so to be honest.
Considering all the plot threads left at the end of Ace Attorney 5, I would be surprised if there WASN'T a 6th main game.
Motohide Eshiro, the producer, said in an interview that he's pretty sure the series isn't ending anytime soon, and certainly not with Dual Destinies.
Fulbright was in charge of Blackquill so it's to be expected that he'd be the lead detective in all cases involving him, Ema is probably working for Klavier and didn't show up for Case 3 because Klavier wasn't the prosecutor in charge for it and was there mostly to catch up with Courte.
Although the three main lawyers do rely on DNA analysis more often than in previous games to make their cases. Perhaps Ema has retaken her forensics exam and passed?
Ema is referenced in the DLC case, though not by name. Still a detective.
During the final trial, why did Apollo feel the need to force it to continue for the case of Clay's murder? They were going to hold the trial for that the next day anyway. There was nothing to really gain from holding it the very same day as the retrial for UR-1. All that really accomplished was keeping the hostages held as such for longer than necessary.
Most likely, it was because he couldn't handle even one more day of feeling like he couldn't trust Athena, who he had doubts was unrelated to Clay's death. He wanted it to end as soon as possible, and as a continuation to her first trial seemed more than fitting.
Okay, so in the UR-1 incident, why did the Phantom have to kill Metis Cykes in the first place? Is there something I missed?
It all boiled down to She Knows Too Much as Metis was working on that psych profile as part of an effort to identify him.
It is as the above stated. Phantom, who's lone fear was that he would be exposed, had inadvertantly been recorded by Simon, who took the recording to Metis so she could create a psyche profile based on the voice. Knowing that with the existence of the profile, as well as a person who could use it to find him before he could finish the HAT-1 sabatoge, Phantom went to the robotics lab to kill Metis and get the profile. However, he was found out by Athena, who stabbed him, potentially leaving more evidence of his existence behind, so he fled; unable to get the profile. Knowing that Simon was able to retrieve the profile and keep it, Phantom eventually killed and replaced Fullbright who was to be assigned to Simon so he could try to get it back. The rest is more explained in the game, but that's essentially what it was all about.
During the final case, when you cross-examine Ponco, how come you're not allowed to point out that if Ponco could hear "Metis's" heartbeat after she fell down, that contradicts the autopsy report, which indicates Metis was stabbed through the heart, making death instantaneous? It seems like a much more obvious contradiction than the one they wanted you to point out, as well as a much less roundabout way of proving the person Athena stabbed wasn't actually her mother.
Because Ponco immediately went to sleep mode after the "hug" first started. In any case, it could be plausible that even after getting her heart pierced, it didn't immediately stop beating for even the short amount of time it was pierced to when Ponco went to sleep.
Because Ponco's exact wording was that Metis's heartbeat suddenly "flustered", aka, rose dramatically. Like the above troper said, literally the very next second, Ponco went to "sleep" to recharge. Instant death refers to a death that occurs within a few seconds, but all Ponco witnessed was the split-second rise in a heart-beat that occurred after the "hug" which anyone would have if they were stabbed, regardless of if the stabbing kills them instantly. Phoenix even asks Ponco if she could sense the heartbeat after the suddenly split-second rise, but Ponco says she can't recall because of her "sleep".
In the last case we are told that the dark age of the law began because of two cases; a defense attorney used forged evidence and a prosecutor was convicted of murder. It is repeatedly stated that the characters are correcting this by proving Blackquill's innocence. Except that doesn't change the actions of Manfred Von Karma, Damon Gant, Godot, Calisto Yew, Kristoph Gavin and whatever went down in Edgeworth's second game. Even if Blackquill isn't evil, there was already high profile dirt before the supposed beginning of the dark age.
Doesn't this take place like 10 years after the first games? It may be that this is a new Dark Age of the Law.
Straws that broke the camel's back? The fact that most of the above were resolved by a defense attorney who was "proven" to have used forged evidence could be enough to greatly sway people away from trust. In one of the final case's bad endings, Athena & Blackquill are found not guilty but, because Phantom was never apprehended, respect for the law sunk even lower, so it's not just a case of people having little respect in the law, but how they also doubt if lawyers & procecutors could even do their jobs. It also didn't help that the two who "ushed in the Dark Age of the Law" were a frequently mocked, but largely well knownnote save for Kristoph Gavin and proven defense attorney, and a up-and-comer prosecutor under the new guard which ostensibly promised change & reform who apparently snapped and killed in cold blood for no reason.
Going off of that, Godot had only just started out as a prosecutor and it's possible Calisto Yew wasn't well known enough that the reveal of her crimes would dent public opinion. Kristoph, meanwhile, was revealed as a criminal not too long after Phoenix was disbarred, so probably it didn't cause as huge a sensation, since the previous news overshadowed it. Keep in mind that by the time Phoenix was disbarred, he had built up a decent reputation for pulling off wins and only using legitimate means. Him being caught using false evidence suddenly throws every inspirational case he ever won into doubt, and probably extinguished a good bit of faith people had in one of very few lawyers we see dedicated to upholding the law.
Related to that, Edgeworth planned to clear up the dark age by proving a prosecutor not guilty of murder... by instead finding a defense attorney guilty of murder? How would that restore people's faith in the courts??
Because Athena wasn't an attorney when the murder happened, whereas Simon was one of the Prosecutor's Office's best & brightest lawyers. Athena would get sympathy because of how Metis apparently "abused" her as a child, and that caused her to snap, whereas Simon seemed to kill her for no reason.
How does a self-professed perfect genius who regularly refers to other people as mouth-breathers manage to have True Companions, anyway?
Because he doesn't treat them like that? They know he has a heart of gold? Not really a real headscratcher anyway.
Or perhaps he was stressed out at the time with all the recent events. His flashback showed him as a much more laid back fellow and he has the standards to not use lies and becomes humble in the middle of court as well.
Well, that and Hugh O'Connor isn't really a "perfect genius" anyway; his parents were bribing Aristotle Means without his knowledge to raise his grades up to "perfect".
In the very first case, why do the guards in the background of the lobby not react whatsoever when Apollo, the defense for the case, collapses onto the ground, blood seeping through his bandages? The same goes to the bailiff when he enters the room right after Athena notes the detail about the blood. He couldn't have been bothered to note Apollo's poor condition and offer to call an ambulance? Are defense attorneys so poorly respected that it doesn't occur to anyone that the bandaged-up defense attorney collapsing onto the ground while bleeding might, just might, be a cause for concern?
There is nothing to suggest that prior to the first scene in the defense lobby or in the transition to the court that the guards do nothing to help Apollo. And Apollo is still conscious and aware enough to turn down any services (at least until Tonate brains him with a piece of rubble in the bombed court).
The Phantom arranges for Aura to lower a ladder for him to grab, a 20 foot leap over a 50 foot drop, while it's moving laterally. Why didn't he just lower himself to the ground with his grappling hook watch?
Not enough reach? Might as well ask where Means got his chalkboard or how L'Belle managed to change hair color between testimonies.
The above troper hit the nail on the head. The grappling hook watch was a just supposed to be a weird "over the top" comedic antic. It's not supposed to be something you take in consideration. How did Means get the chalkboard? How did Ted survive having his his goggles blow up up in his face without any damage at all? It doesn't matter because it's just something shown for a joke.
On a more serious note related to the ladder, though, why didn't the Phantom arrange for other ladders to be used? The fact that he didn't came back to bit him HARD...
Slightly smaller one, how did Hugh get his Proof of Friendship on? He couldn't have taken it apart to put it arouind his neck.
The hands act as a clasp that can open & close?
That seems unlikely. They were made of clay, and didn't seem to have hinges or other moving parts.
Why did Robin's parents raise her as a boy? There didn't seem to be any explanation on why and unless she came from the same village as Bridget, I don't see why they would do something like that. On top of that, since she hasn't gone back to acting like a guy, are they now okay with it?
"I wanted a son"? Maybe she was from a family of girls and she was chosen to be the token "boy".
Since her parents were also pressuring her to become a prosecutor, maybe they thought men made better prosecutors. After all, out of all the prosecutors in the series so far only two of them have been women- and one of them, Lana Skye, didn't come out looking so great after 1-5.
There are some times when you get the feeling that We Could Have Avoided All This, and then there's the DLC case. Okay, a large part of the in-case controversy is that during a public water show one year prior, the performing orca killed its trainer in front of a live audience. Fact 1: the trainer had a heart condition that triggered during the show and the orca was trying to save her. This is kept secret, even after the trainer is dead, her boyfriend is distressed, the aquarium receives a scathing story by a noted author and demands are made to have the orca put down. Why? Who could possibly benefit at that point? And then there's Fact 2: the aquarium is forced to use a replacement orca after the incident. This is also kept secret, even from the aquarium staff. And while the aquarium may have far shadier secrets of its own, they aren't directly related to these two, and by hiding the fairly innocuous facts from everyone, the official aquarium statement appears to be "our orca viciously attacked and killed its trainer, and we're still using it in our performances". And this turns out to be the perpetrator's entire motive. If they could have cleared up the whole situation by revealing either of those two simple facts, neither of which are particularly damaging, why didn't they?
1) Shipley might have known that Azura died of a heart condition, but he had no way to prove it. His attempts to say that she died of a heart condition that not even her boyfriend knew about would not be believed. In any case, he might have not been able to get her medical records or was in the middle of an off-screen investigation to prove Azura died of a heart attack with solid proof. 2) The secret replacing of the orca was most likely done because if Shipley admitted that he put Ora down, he would be admitting that the orca killed her trainer, which would he would never admit. It's implied he kept Ora being alive a secret so that when the time came, he would be able to allow her to return to Shipshape Aquarium with pride that she never hurt anyone. No one even knew that Rimes was Azura's boyfriend until after the fact in the court, so Shipley couldn't have told him anything.
On point 2, whether or not Ora was actually put down is inconsequential to this part. Shipley at the very least could have said "I don't believe Ora killed anyone, but until we can prove it we should be using this other orca Orla in our act to prevent backlash". To go as far as to act as though Orla was Ora accomplished little more than display excessive pride (but not enough pride to actually support Ora herself continuing to perform) and ensure that any Ora backlash would now target an orca that was not only innocent but also unrelated to the incident. Which happened.
And on point 1, a weak and possibly unbelieved defense is better than no defense at all, especially when your public stance is that the orca will not be punished for the incident. Also note that the book's author herself went through a Heel Realization the moment she heard about the heart condition (outside of court, no less), though it can be argued that Shipley wouldn't expect that outcome.
You missed the part where Shipley & Crab actually had to make it look like they did put Ora down, and they had to argue against the CDA from euthanizing Orla as well. The CDA didn't care that Shipley was calling the other orca by the same name as the other one, they were convinced the "dangerous" one had been put down. He couldn't just "take the real Ora to the sidelines until her name got cleared". Summers' condition was only proven to be concrete after Apollo found the records from Hickfield; Shipley who did not (for whatever reason) have said proof would not have been able to convice De-Plume or anyone else otherwise.
That doesn't make point one any stronger. They couldn't prove that Summers had a medical condition until Apollo solved the mystery by... asking her doctor? They couldn't have checked with him before? Or was Hickfield being tight-lipped about it, and Apollo got lucky by instead asking that guy who scratches himself and says "hmm, yes" a lot? (Good thing the patient was female, then.) As for point two, it makes me wonder what motivates the CDA, since they are insisting that Ora be killed to prevent future incidents, yet aren't actually concerned about the public's peace of mind, since they have no problem with the aquarium owners lying and saying that they're still using the same orca that killed someone.
It's possible that Shipley didn't want to tell everyone about Summers' condition. I don't remember if they ever said that he knew the exact reason Summers wanted it kept secret, so if that was the case, he could be respecting her wishes even after her death. If he did know the exact reason, then I could also picture him running into trouble if people found out that he was letting a girl with a heart condition do these shows with a killer whale. He probably could have said it despite either of these reasons, but then he might have wanted to keep it to himself unless it was absolutely necessary (he did manage to work around putting Ora down). Also, it wouldn't completely surprise me if the CDA didn't care about the aquarium lying as long as the apparent murderer orca was put down. They sound a little shady, to be honest.
The culprit of the DLC case chooses one of the worst ways to execute his plan. Really? You have access to powerful sleeping drugs and the ability to covertly administer them, and you choose asphyxiation as your murder weapon of choice? Exactly how did Marlon plan to get away with murdering Orla when he is one of the only people on the scene with the ability and opportunity to drain the pool?
Are we sure the culprit intended to get away with it? He wanted to kill Orla. He only prepared the frame-up once the victim was Shipley, and his intent was to make Orla look guilty. And then he testified against Orla. And when he was forced to testify against Sasha, he kept saying that he still thought Orla did it. You could say he's less of a man trying to get away with murder and more of a man who would do anything to ensure that Orla would pay for her earlier "crime". (This may or may not be a veiled Moby-Dick reference.)
One of the possible pressings against Fulbright has you tell him it couldn't have been her because Athena always wears a glove in her right hand. He asks you to go and provide evidence that she was wearing it during the incident, which you supposedly don't have. Therein the problem: you do have evidence Apollo had brought in just a while ago, in the footage from the security camera in Boarding Lounge 2 that saw Athena leave. Surely they couldn't have checked that?
Perhaps they did, but it didn't give a good image of Athena's right hand, so it wasn't usable as evidence?
That would just prove that Athena had the glove on her person at the time. It would be impossible to prove she was wearing it during the murder itself, and that she didn't just put it on later. Completely illogical, yes, but the court runs on a "guilty until proven innocent" system. Prosecutors and culprits have made even farther-reaching claims in the past.
During The Cosmic Turnabout, we learn that Yuri switched the rockets, and Clay and Solomon were nowhere near the bomb blast. But during the opening cutscene, as they escape through the tunnel, there are clearly flames glowing behind them.
Rule of Drama? Same reason why Turnabout Academy's opening has Juniper, Robin and Hugh standing over Courte's body, despite none of them actually seeing it, let alone at the same time.
So... exactly whose "Dual Destinies" is the title a reference to? Gonna take a wild guess here and say it ain't the Orca twins.
Not hard to use a bit of imagination. Here are some examples:
The destinies of Phoenix & Blackquill, who inadvertently ushered in the Dark Age of the Law, ending it.
The destinies of Athena & Blackquill intertwined from UR-1 from the start to the very end.
The destinies of Apollo & Phoenix who both take different paths to find the truth, to find the converge at the end to finally catch the Phantom.
The destinies of Clay Terran & the real Bobby Fulbright, who were both ended by the same culprit for reasons they could never have possibly forseen or prevented.
The destinies of Phoenix & Edgeworth, two old friends who over the years of ups and downs finally manage to take their proper places in the legal world and spearhead the movement to restore the law to it's former glory.
So, what happened to Vira Misham? Apollo's reactions to her in the previous game seemed to hint that he was interested in her and she just kinda got forgot about, also while I am here. Is there a reason they completely ignored the revelations in the last case of the fourth game with Lamiroir?
Ummm.... not really. Vera's absence, like any client seen after a long period of time (e.g. What happened to Adrian Andrews or Will Powers between games) is not of great importance. You could say, "He's seeing her between cases" or "She's trying to re-enter society & is busy". It's just like Maya, Pearl & Edgeworth in the previous game, just because they aren't in one game isn't a cause for a headscratcher or a clear sign they forgot about them. As for the Lamiroir thing? For all we know, it hasn't been forgotten. Phoenix probably is choosing to wait for a more proper time before revealing what he knows. In any case, it would be incidental information in the story it was trying to tell; perhaps it will be a big plot point in the next game, whenever it comes out.
So the phantom wore a noh mask to hide his identity from everyone and so that Plonco would think that he was Dr. Metis Cyckes. But later on we find out that the phantom has a large variety of lifelike masks which he always wears and that his identity as a police officer for that case was also faked. So... why didn't he just not wear his police officer mask? Wearing the noh mask just seems completely pointless and needlessly suspicious given that he could have hidden his identity in a variety of different ways.
It's strongly implied that at the time, seven years prior to this game, Phantom didn't have the Latex Perfection masks that would become his defining feature.
Another possibility would be that Phantom was employed at the space center as a guard and Plonco could have recognized him as someone other than Dr. Metis Cykes if he didn't take the mask.
The above point is fully supported in-game: when Edgeworth returns during the last leg of the trial, he reveals that Ponco's face recognition data from when Metis' body was discovered shows that there were three people present- one officer and two employees- and all three faces were on Ponco's registration list. And as we know, the Phantom was amongst their number at the time and used the opportunity to steal the moon rock.
Everything about the Themis Legal Academy feels really off even if it was being run smoothly. Law school typically doesn't happen until a student at least gets a bachelor's degree in college, yet Themis seeks to pigeonhole its students into 3 tracts before they even reach that point. While the idea of a legal college preparatory isn't that farfetched, splitting the course tracts into "Defense, Prosecution, and Judicial" seems backwards given that you have to at least be a second year law student before you can even choose your focus (criminal, corporate, civil, taxes, international, etc). It also feels strange that the Judicial tract is separate from Defense and Prosecution since most judges tend to be former attorneys anyways. Wouldn't it be enough for an academy specializing in legal education to just give these high schoolers a broadened scope of the legal world to prep them for college instead of relying on courtroom tactics?
A similar discussion elsewhere raised a valid, non-Rule of Fun point: In Japan, if you know exactly what you want to be and are dead set on it before you enter high school, especially if it would normally be a long (i.e. 5+ Years) college course (Medicine and Law come to mind immediately), the there are "specialty" high schools where their curriculum is tailored to that course. However, that student is still required to enter a proper college for that course. A diploma from a specialty school is more or less a "free pass" to skip the more basic Gen-Ed and 101 courses and go straight into the more involved classes pertaining to that course, reducing the college stay by more or less half. This actually gives credence to some of the older characters and their relatively young starting ages (Nick at 24, Edgey at 20, Apollo at 22, etc.) The Rule of Fun comes in at the more ridiculous ones, like both Gavins having badges before 20 (Kristoph and Klavier are a year apart, meaning that the former was 18 and latter 17) and Franzy topping the chart at the pre-teen age of 13. However, There is actually some evidence of someone passing the Bar at age 18, though...
On the second trial day of the DLC case, "Turnabout Reclaimed", Marlon Rimes insists that Orla is guilty of killing the victim. However, on the first day, Orla was declared not guilty. Wouldn't double jeopardy apply in this case? As case 3-2 "The Stolen Turnabout" shows, double jeopardy laws exist in the Ace Attorney 'verse.
Putting aside that Rimes' assertation wouldn't be changed due to the official ruling... it could be that either double jeopardy wouldn't apply for an animal or that without the suspicion cleared due to her "not guilty" verdicit, the CDA would still order the whale to be killed "based on past events in conjunction" since the public opinion is that the two orcas were the same. The possiblity does exist that the writers might have forgotten about the double jeopardy with the DLC case, tho.
Related to the shuttle launch: how could anyone think that moving a launch pad could be done in secret at any point in time? Even without the mentioned increased security detail, were there no media or bystanders around? Or, the night before, any minor, unnamed staff member on-site?
It was mostly done to protect Starbuck & Clay, and there wasn't much else that Cosmos could do since he couldn't cancel the launch due to government pressure. The government probably just ordered a media blackout given what had happened to the first launch, but didn't do much else. The switch was made the prior night, so Cosmos would have been able to shoo out lingering bystanders or non-informed staff and before the security detail was assigned.
When Phoenix Wright introduced fabricated evidence (which he didn't know was fabricated) in the backstory of AJ, it resulted in the trial immediately being halted and his being disbarred. In Turnabout Academy, Blackquill introduces the falsified tape recording from the crime scene, which is proven to be a fabrication, and he apparently suffers no penalty whatsoever for doing so. What gives?
Blackquill was under constant observation; there was no possible way for him to create said fake evidence. Since the tape was created by an outside party & given to be used in "good faith", Blackquill couldn't have been held responsible for it. The way that Kristoph set Phoenix up was that it made him look like the direct instigator of the creation of the fake evidence, and he was disbarred for it. And if you want to go deeper, the fake evidence in "Rise From The Ashes" was a big deal since it was the police (Gant and Lana, in a way) who created the fake evidence to get Joe Darke guilty for execution; Edgeworth got into some trouble and it helped ruin his reputation, but he was shown to have been manipulated and only used the fake evidence in good faith since he thought it was real.
Why didn't Athena notice Fakebright's emotionless nature until Turnabout to Tomorrow? She'd been talking to him the entire game, yet it's only there she notices that his extreme mood swings are an act. It's not like she can only use her hearing with the Mood Matrix. She was able to sense something was up with Juniper, Robin, and Hugh outside of court.
She had no reason to try to focus on his emotions since he was never under any scrutiny up until that point?
Well Fullbright has incredible control of his emotions. It seems he really loses control of them when he is nervous like when he was on trial. For most of the game he was in control of most situation so he would have been able to convey any emotion properly.
Why did Blackquill take the fall for Athena in the first place? Unlike him, she was a child at the time of the murder and would not have faced imprisonment or execution. Since the wrong person was going to be convicted either way, he could have remained free and used his resources as a prosecutor to discreetly work on solving the case, since verdicts can be overturned if new evidence comes to light.
There was some fairly decisive evidence to incriminate him, such as the video taken of him leaving the crime scene and the picture of him with the bloody katana. There's that and the fact that he's more emotional than he lets on, and that could have clouded his judgement during the trial.
Also Blackquill seems to take the code of bushido, he may have been trying to full-fill his duty to his master (Athena's mom) by protecting her legacy. That would entail protecting said legacy from the truth as Blackquill saw it.
Related to the above question, Blackquill's dialogue and actions concerning the Phantom are rather contradictory and confusing. Did he ever suspect that the Phantom may have been involved in the death of Metis Cykes? If he did, then his actions make A LOT more sense. But if he did not, then why? He seems way too perceptive, intelligent, and Genre Savvy to not think that there was a connection between Metis Cykes's murder, the HAL-1 sabotage, and the HAL-2 bombing.
So, is it just me, or was Aura more interested in proving Athena guilty and punishing her then freeing her brother? Well ok, maybe not more so, but clearly equally. When Phoenix started proving Athena innocent, she immediately started going off, saying that she wouldn't accept any other verdict but Athena's guilt, even though, by that point, her brother had more or less been proved innocent through his testimony. Now that can be hand waved by her long time grudge because she thought the latter was guilty, but then when Apollo shows up and accuses Athena of murder, she says that she wants to see him prove the Princess' guilt, meaning that she still wants to see Athena be declared guilty. It makes me wonder how she treated Athena when Metis was alive, since she clearly had no problem bearing a grudge against the daughter of the woman she.....had strong feelings for.
Aura seemed like the kind of person who has extreme emotions and little people skills, especially telling that she was more comfortable around programmable robots than people. It seems to be a trait she shares with her brother. As for Aura letting the trial continue after Apollo accused Athena, she most likely knew it had to do with the connection of the two shuttle bombings, which was connected to Aura's killer, so she kept up the act so the trial would continue.
How did Hugh O'Connor never realize that something was up with his grades? Regardless of how intelligent you are (and especially so for someone who knows he's not a genius), one will come up against problems that you know that you got wrong, either from being unable to answer them due to lack of knowledge, knowing that you were only unable to complete part of the problem, running out of time on a timed assignment, or comparing results with others after you get your assignments back. Hugh should have noticed SOMETHING was wrong when he got 100% on a question that he knew was wrong.
He probably noticed shortly before the events of the case, thus the phone call to his parents.
Is anyone else bothered by the fact that Edgeworth keeps insisting that Athena (an elven-year-old!) killed her mother and refuses to consider any other possibility? He is by far one of the last people in existence who should be rushing towards that conclusion, especially considering his own past! Seriously, this behavior is extremely cold-hearted, even for him.
Someone somewhere else on this site had given a very good explanation. Because of the similarities between UR-1 and DL-6, Edgeworth is probably one of the few people outside the former case to know exactly what was going through both Blackquill's and Athena's minds. Because of this, he purposefully piled on the pressure on Phoenix, and by extension Athena so that everything will come to light. Remember when Edgey himself took the stand in 1-4, essentially confessing to the crime that he believed himself to commit? He wanted to put Athena into that position, because since what set him on the road to recovery from DL-6 was to have his confession, and the subsequent lie he had lived in for 15 years torn apart before his very eyes. Edgey's philosophy is that there is no escape from the truth, and that one should face that truth head on, regardless of how much it hurts. Even more to add to the Fridge Brilliance and similarities to DL-6, he had to play the role of Manfred so that Athena, who is in the same boat as Edgey was all those years ago, would have the same closure he got. All in all, if there is anyone that Edgey trusts to put the spiritual sequel to DL-6 to rest, it's Phoenix.
OP here. Thank you for re-directing me to that. Now it makes a lot more sense...
Why the hell did nobody ever see the Phantom leaving Dr. Cykes's lab before the final case? The autopsy report says that she died between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM; that's a lot of time. Since Blackquill was spotted leaving at around 3:00 PM (the latest possible time), why did nobody even try to check the video footage before then? If someone did in fact see Phantom, why did they never consider him a suspect and try to search for him?
As shocking a twist as it was, the real Bobby Fulbright being dead for at least a year hurts my head. Why did the police just identify the body now? What took them so long? And why did they use fingerprints instead of, say, blood or DNA? And sure, maybe we're supposed to wait until the next game to find out more, but still...
We know Aura Blackquill tried numerous times to get her brother's conviction overturned and failed, but it bothers me how nobody else seemed to even try. Simon Blackquill's case is the pretty much whole reason why Athena became a lawyer, and why Phoenix re-took the bar exam (granted, he did it at Edgeworth's request, and Edgeworth made it much easier for him to get his badge back, but still). On top of those two, we also have Edgeworth pushing for Simon's innocence, and there's no way that he didn't know when Simon's execution date was. What the hell was the plan? Storm Simon's execution chamber and yell "HOLD IT!" at the last minute?!! What would have happened if Aura hadn't taken hostages? Or is it that the legal system is just so bad that not even two lawyers (one of them VERY prominent) AND the Chief Prosecutor combined can make a difference?