On the day the continuance ended, Snyder walked over to Hollerman’s table and handed Hollerman a piece of paper. â€œA couple more stipulations for you to sign.â€
Hollerman read them. â€œThis seems basic.â€ Hollerman pulled a pen out and signed.
â€œWell, it beats having to spend ten days in court to establish all this.â€
â€œIt’s a pity I have to hang you, Snyder. You wouldâ€™ve been good in the JAG.â€
Thanks, I think.
Snyder returned to the defense table.
Judge Appel entered. Everyone rose until the judge sat and then retook their seats.
The judge said, â€œSpecialist Snyder, are you ready to proceed?â€
â€œYes, your honor.â€
He said, â€œYes, your honor.â€
Snyder stood. â€œThe defense calls Rogaine Raulston.â€
A small, balding man with a patch of new growth was sworn in and sat in the witness stand. Snyder asked, â€œMr. Raulston, what is your occupation?â€
â€œI’m a personal shopper.â€
â€œWhat do you help people shop for?â€
â€œConcubines. Theyâ€™re the ideal gift to give the lonely single in your life for Valentines Day, but it can be tricky determining the right buy.â€
Snyder swallowed bile. â€œWhat do you re-quire to make a recommendation?â€
â€œA background report and a psychological profile.â€
â€œDid you get such a report for me?â€
â€œYes, I did.â€
â€œWas a concubine purchased for me?â€
â€œNo, the client asked some questions and paid for consulting, but never made the buy.â€
â€œWhat was your recommendation?â€
â€œI advised the party to try a book. Based on your profile, I concluded you wouldn’t be a good match for a concubine and would view the gift negatively.â€
â€œWere there any types of concubines you especially warned the party about?â€
â€œYes, I thought a black concubine would be particularly displeasing, given the attitudes you described your mother having in your con-fidential psychiatric file.â€
â€œHow did you get the file?â€
â€œThe client sent it to me.â€
â€œWho was your client.â€
Raulston flipped through electronic pages on an Iboard. â€œMr. Paul Dread.â€
A gasp went from the jury box.
The judge slammed down the gavel.
Snyder constrained his grin. â€œYour honor, I’d like to enter the report sent by Mr. Raulston to Colonel Dread as Exhibit B for identification. Your witness, Major.â€
Continued Next Thursday
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