Yanmei S Counsel

[12:43] <Yanmei> It was two days after the battle in Boston. -
[12:46] <Yanmei> A certain figure waited in a small conference room, not far from the Bridge. She was waiting for others to appear. Others who she had summoned to the room via written messages posted to the doors of their quarters. -
[12:48] <Yanmei> Aside from her, two of her guests had already arrived. She sat with her back to them in biggest of the swivel office chairs arranged around the conference table, striking an imposing air if she did say so herself.
[12:51] <Minaplo> [Isha Misra was there, sitting at Yanmei's right hand, wearing his barzilite Magistrate's coat… Stripped of insignia, of course. He was cool, calm and collected, not even fidgeting as he waited.-
[12:53] <Minaplo> [Across from Isha was Rei Ayanami, wearing a red short-sleeved dress that fell to her knees, a yellow scarf tied tightly around her neck. Unlike Isha, Rei wasn't sitting calmly; she was fidgetting a little, and had taken to playing with Regulus the lion cub, who ran up and down the conference table…]
[13:01] * Aline had gotten the note a bit curiously, and arrived soon thereafter in a blue dress and white coat. She pushed up her glasses a bit when she saw the scene before her - noting Yanmei hiding there behind the chair. "…Seriously?"
[13:06] <Yanmei> "Yes, seriously." The voice drifting from the chair sounded irked. Between that entrance and Reggie's incessant frolicking… "Make yourself comfortable? We're waiting on one more person."
[13:11] * Aline went in and sat, though she couldn't help but be amused at the frolicking lion cub, though she also figured if she interacted with him too much she'd get accidentally clawed.
[13:12] <Minaplo> ["Hi, Leenie." Said Rei warmly.-
[13:14] <Minaplo> [The door opened again shortly after that. "Sorry I'm a little late." Said William Weiss-Xylander, wearing a simple purple and white polo shirt and jeans. He sat down next to Isha, glancing over at Aline. "… Morning."]
[13:16] * Aline gave a little wave to Rei, and then to Will… Before turning, waiting for Little Miss Faux-Ominous to finally turn around.
[13:21] <Yanmei> And she did, eventually, the faintest air of disgust around her. She was wearing suit, and her hair was drawn back away from her face in a simple ponytail. "Weiss. Blanc." She nodded to them both in turn. "Allow me to introduce my friend, Mr. Isha Misra."
[13:24] * Aline nodded her head politely. "I've heard some about you from the stories about Australia and all that, but haven't met yet."
[13:25] <Minaplo> [Isha inclined his head, offering her a hand to shake. "And I've heard some about you, Miss Aline Blanc." He said, with a smile.]
[13:30] <Yanmei> "Mr. Isha is a brilliant lawyer?" Yanmei beamed. "Which is why he's helping me and Rei today. Two days from now, we're supposed to appear in court for a rather… delicate case."
[13:34] <Aline> "Delicate, huh. Don't worry too much about my opinion on it…" Aline shook her head gently.
[13:40] * Yanmei scrutinized her for a second, and then William. She cleared her throat. "Yesterday there was an incident of violence in the dining hall. For the part she played in it, Rei is now facing criminal charges. Because we're short on time, the higher-ups are trying to rush a court martial through? Which means we barely have any time to prepare properly for it." -
[13:43] <Yanmei> "That's why, as her current legal counsel, I've acted on Mr. Isha's advice and gathered you here to ask for your help with developing her defense for this case."
[13:51] <Aline> "…Right." Aline lowered her head gently. "I'm not entirely sure what all I can do, but I'm sure we can come up with something."
[13:58] <Minaplo> [Rei looked rather downcast, not meeting anyone's eye. She tried to distract herself with Reggie.-
[13:58] <Minaplo> ["Mmm." William rubbed his chin. "It's a good question. What parts would -we- play, then? Aline and I."]
[14:02] <Yanmei> "Glad you asked?" She pulled something onto the table - a briefcase - and unlocked it, pulling out several identical dossiers. -
[14:07] <Yanmei> "One of our big sticking points in this has been the deterioration of some of Rei's conditioning and how it's affecting her actions?" She distributed them as she talked. "We have Doctor Castillo-Delgado on board as someone who can provide a psychological profile… but we need more witnesses. Scientists. And, of course, someone to present their observations in a way that gels with our argument. That's where Blanc comes in."
[14:10] <Aline> "…Indeed. Preferably an expert on conditioning or an expert on Ayanamis in particular…" Aline muttered half-to-herself, but looking expectantly between Yanmei and William now.
[14:14] <Yanmei> "Probably Surov or Dr. Ikari? Or anyone else you can think of." Yanmei nodded. "As for you, William, your - ahem - persuasive abilities are going to be in high demand during the trial itself. Between now and then, I'd ask you to help out with general research." -
[14:19] <Yanmei> She frowned down at the lone dossier she had left in her own hands. It, like all the others, described the dining hall incident, the charges against Rei, and their goal - to prove that Rei's actions were both unusual for her and should be pardoned. "We have a better idea of the scientists we'll be enlisting, but we also need people who can vouch for Rei's character. Eye witnesses to the incident, too."
[14:27] * Aline now raised her head. "…Yeah." She had been reading the dossier a little, so she was up on it.
[14:28] <Minaplo> ["So we need character witnesses." Said William. "We won't find a shortage of those, but we'll need to find the most reputable and impartial."]
[14:31] <Yanmei> "Raphael Guillory comes to mind? Her teammates in Boston. But someone who has nothing to lose from her being imprisoned…" she frowned, thinking.
[14:33] <Minaplo> ["I'm not sure any of those count as impartial enough." Said William.]
[14:34] * Aline frowned. "Command staff from Boston - not Alphonse obviously, but some of their bridge crew?"
[14:36] <Yanmei> "Hm. Did you make friends with the Bridge Bunnies in Boston, Rei?"
[14:36] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded. "Yeah, most of them. They're Al's friends, too, so…"-
[14:36] <Minaplo> ["That's going to ruin their impartiality too." Said William irritably.]
[14:37] * Aline sighed, leaning against the conference table. "It looks like Boston proper might not work for that."
[14:38] <Minaplo> ["Not necessarily true." Said Isha quietly.]
[14:39] * Yanmei eyed him curiously at that.
[14:39] <Aline> "Hmm?"
[14:40] <Minaplo> ["All you need to do is find someone from NERV Boston that has a good character opinion of Miss Ayanami, but isn't under Major Wellesley in the chain of command, or those too friendly with him." Said Isha. "So you don't look at Operations, for a start…"]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "The Commander, then," Yanmei muttered, brow furrowed. "Or Madame President… I mean she's just been hanging around on this ship for the past few days."
[14:46] <Aline> "Both!" Aline almost instantly said.
[14:47] <Minaplo> ["Both is a good idea." Said Isha. "But do note that finding President Linden might be harder than you think. Her country -has- just had its industrial centres demolished…"]
[14:50] <Yanmei> "Ugh. Yeah, I guess that's marginally more important?" Yanmei drummed her fingers on the table and grimaced slightly. "…we could always pull someone in from S2."
[14:55] * Aline slowly nodded. "…Yeah, S2 might be able to get something going."
[14:57] <Yanmei> "We could ask Jeanne Simon for a referral and go from there. Seems like your sort of job, William~"
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["My job?" He shifted uncomfortably. "You can't do it? She's in Paris-2, after all, you probably… Uh, have her hologram codes or something…"]
[15:01] <Yanmei> "Well… all you'd have to do is ask the Colonel for them?" she said smoothly.
[15:02] * Aline blinked a few times. "…Why're you so nervous about that now?"
[15:05] <Minaplo> ["She's creepy."]
[15:06] <Yanmei> "… A little. At first," Yanmei admitted.
[15:07] * Aline waved a hand. "I was afraid of S2… like, years ago. You get over it, yanno?"
[15:10] <Minaplo> ["We haven't had the same experiences." Said William curtly. "You haven't had James Riel come up to you one day talking about how he can sell you Japanese comics about Lune La Pucelle, despite you never even telling him that you're a fan. That's the danger of S2." He said, shaking his head, a dark expression on his face.]
[15:12] <Yanmei> "That's more like the danger of James," Yanmei muttered. "Listen. If it's such a big deal, you don't have to talk to her alone. Um…" She let her eyes rove around the table, trying to decide on someone to partner him up with.
[15:12] <Minaplo> ["Let me do it." Said Isha coolly. "I don't fear Simon, nor do I fear Section Two."]
[15:13] <Yanmei> "Thank you, Mr. Isha." Yanmei looked a teeny bit relieved.
[15:19] <Minaplo> ["Do we want Simon to provide some evidence?" He asked.]
[15:24] <Yanmei> "Any documentation verifying unusual behavior during the past few weeks while she was staying in France. Anything contrasting that the Boston S2 people can provide about her usual calm demeanor before her departure to Paris-2 could also help?"
[15:27] * Aline nodded gently. "Yeah. I know what I'm looking for, so you'd be able to corroborate my material quite well."
[15:36] <Yanmei> "Good. There's something else we should probably keep in mind? And that's risk-taking. Even if we do everything simple and by the book, the prosecutors might try something to gain the edge over us. Which is why I'm trying to think of little things that will give us the edge instead. You know… showmanship."
[15:41] <Minaplo> ["… Showmanship?" Asked Rei cautiously, tugging on her scarf a little, though she shortly stopped.]
[13:29] * Aline sort of… blinked. "…Are you sure showmanship is…?" She intentionally left her sentence hanging.
[13:33] <Yanmei> "It's like this: it's one thing to rely on facts and evidence, and another thing to deliver those things in a way that resonates with and inspires sympathy from the people hearing it. Basic stuff? Even little Lizzie is beginning to pick up on that lesson. Although," she frowned slightly to herself, "I can't exactly say where she's picked it up from."
[13:35] * Aline looked slightly leery when Yanmei said that. "…I'll leave that to you for the most part. I'm… not entirely sure I have that kind of flair."
[13:36] <Minaplo> ["So we need to find someone able to inspire sympathy in the judges…" Said William.]
[13:37] <Yanmei> "We need to learn about the judges first. Then we package our defense in a way that will make them sympathize."
[13:41] <Aline> "Ah… Emotional manipulation. Though I guess if you phrase it that way it's kinda bad. But it's still quite legal."
[13:53] * Yanmei shot her a cool look. "However you may feel about it, it's an effective strategy if you're subtle and you know what you're doing; which is why, in part, I have to concede with your request to leave you out of it."
[13:55] <Minaplo> ["So we need someone subtle and knows what they're doing, too. That's another person to find…" Said William quietly.]
[13:55] * Aline …scoffed at that remark. She did so quietly - or at least, well, she hoped she did so just as quietly.
[14:04] <Yanmei> "Cute?" said Yanmei, and tossed her hair. "I'll remember that, William."
[14:07] <Aline> "…Jokes aside, she's spent the most time trying to influence people of at least you and me."
[14:10] <Minaplo> ["…" William glanced at Yanmei and then looked away, settling back into his chair. "I was, of course, only joking, Yanmei."]
[14:15] <Yanmei> "Hmph!" Another hairtoss. "Anyway, we have good ideas of what we're doing, right? If anyone has anything else to add…" She let he gaze creep over in Isha's direction.
[14:15] <Minaplo> ["Let's go over it again." Said Isha. "Miss Blanc, what are your objectives?"]
[14:16] * Aline bowed her head softly. "To investigate into getting scientists and scientific evidence on our side."
[14:16] <Minaplo> ["And Yanmei, what are your objectives?"]
[14:18] <Yanmei> "To dig up information about the Judges' personal lives and to try to learn about anticipated eyewitnesses in advance."
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["What about our character witnesses?" Asked Isha. "Who's talking to them?"]
[14:34] * Aline sorta looked around with a leery 'not it' expression.
[14:34] <Yanmei> "You two…" she gestured to William and Isha. "Please find out what you can about getting someone from S2 to testify. Also, see if Director Launceston is available? I'll inquire about President Linden's availability personally."
[14:38] <Minaplo> ["Alright." William nodded.-
[14:39] <Minaplo> [Isha leaned back in his chair. "What eyewitnesses were you thinking of investigating?"]
[14:41] <Yanmei> "I'm not sure yet," she admitted. "Some of the technicians seemed repentant toward the end of things? So maybe one of them. The attackers."
[14:42] <Minaplo> ["What about the victim himself?"-
[14:42] <Minaplo> [Rei shifted a little, looking uncomfortable.]
[14:43] * Yanmei looked a little uncomfortable herself. "Do you think that's a good idea?"
[14:44] <Minaplo> ["If we don't call him, the Prosecution will. It's a risk, but nothing will ensure Miss Ayanami's honest character like a forgiving victim."]
[14:46] <Yanmei> "We'll… scout him to see just how forgiving he is. Tomorrow."
[14:46] * Aline kinda sighed. "Worst comes to worst, we can use… special techniques with him."
[14:46] <Minaplo> ["Special techniques?"]
[14:47] * Aline nodded. "Persuasion, light interrogation… leading him on and basically trying to secure useful information in spite of his hostility."
[14:55] * Yanmei nodded somberly. "Can't put all our eggs in one basket, though."
[15:30] <Minaplo> ["Hm." Isha stroked his chin. "So an eyewitness, Doctor Castillo, scientists, Madame Linden, Simon and Director Launceston…"-
[15:31] <Minaplo> ["Our scientific angle deals with Miss Ayanami's conditioning, correct?"]
[15:32] * Yanmei nodded again.
[15:32] <Aline> "That it does."
[15:33] <Minaplo> ["What we need to do is establish precedent. It looks mighty convenient if we try to argue that Miss Ayanami's conditioning has failed -just in time- for this incident. We need proof that her conditioning has failed to control her emotional state in the past as well."-
[15:33] <Minaplo> ["…" Rei looked away nervously, blushing hotly and tugging at her scarf.]
[15:34] * Aline looked at Yanmei, thinking. "We'd need some kind of longstanding record of her state… wasn't there something with the mafia?"
[15:36] <Yanmei> "There was. A big Thing. She, ah… broke out of the hospital to save him a few times?"
[15:37] <Minaplo> [Isha's eyebrows rose. "I see. That should do it, then. Medical reports and a witness from Medical…"]
[15:38] * Aline tilted her head. "Kenzo? I mean, Clement was out at the time…"
[15:39] <Yanmei> "Yeah. If that's true, there's no way he wouldn't have known about the breakouts? Should I talk to him about becoming a witness too?"
[15:42] <Aline> "You or me, really." Aline commented.
[15:43] <Yanmei> "It's all yours if you want to."
[15:44] <Aline> "Then I'll take it."
[15:46] * Yanmei nodded. "That settles that, then. Anything else to add to this, everyone?"
[15:48] <Minaplo> ["I… Just want to thank everyone." Said Rei warmly. "For trying so hard for my sake."]
[15:50] * Aline smiled softly. "You're welcome, Rei."
[15:51] <Yanmei> "If it was one of us on trial, I'm sure you'd be doing the same?"
[15:57] <Minaplo> ["Of course!"]
[15:57] <Aline> "Yeah~"
[16:01] * Yanmei was smiling now too, just a little. "Now. Before we go our seperate ways, let's set up a time to meet again so that we can compile our research?"
[16:04] <Minaplo> ["Tomorrow morning at 9 AM?"]
[16:04] <Aline> "Should work!" Aline called out.
[16:06] * Yanmei nodded. She made a note of it in… well, her notes. "We have a plan, and we have a meeting time. All that's left is to get to work~"

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