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An Untold Tale of Sherlock Holmes
Newly Discovered in Chinese

A Bogus Murder Case (2): The Trial

10 September 2012
 

Holmes told Watson since returned to London he had collected almost every newspaper that reported on the Blackpool trial. "Now Watson, I am going to pick holes in the way this trial has been conducted and I wish you can in turn pick holes in my argument."

"I'll do my best to defend the court's position."

So Holmes began. "Let me ask this first: Why Mrs Boswell's lawyers were not hired by herself or her family but appointed by the court?"

"That's a good question, Holmes, to be frank, I have no answer." Dr. Watson found the court's position on this issue is indefensible.

"Ah, you have no answer, I see" Holmes settled on a chair. "What is the normal procedure, Watson? The normal procedure is that only when the defendants cannot afford legal aid, a free legal service then is provided either by the Law Society or the court. Clearly, Mrs Boswell's circumstance did not fall into this category. In this case, her legal right to hire her own lawyers was unjustifiably taken away. Do you agree with what I said?"

"I couldn't agree more."

"But why? Why the court took away her right to hire her own lawyers?" Holmes leaned back in his seat, placed his finger-tips together and shut his eyes. "I see only one answer to this question: The court was afraid of the cross-examination by the independent lawyers, which means the prosecution's evidence against Mrs. Boswell are unable to withstand scrutiny."

"You mean the evidence presented at the trial are questionable?"

"That is precisely what I meant: the credibility of the evidence, Watson," Holmes returned without opening his eye. "Now please look back at that trial. According to the prosecution, the homicide nature of the death of the deceased was revealed by Bristol's police chief, yet this key witness against Mrs Boswell did not present or testify at the trial. Why?"

"Why?"

"Yes, why?" Holmes raised a finger pointing at the ceiling which was all painted in white. "Yet there was no explanation given by the court, nor did we hear any challenge raised from the defence lawyers over this massive legal blunder. And why?"

"Indeed, why?" Dr. Watson was filled with curiosity.

"The prosecution said Mrs. Boswell had successfully persuaded the family of the deceased to accept the coroner's conclusion that the cause of the death was cardiac failure. But how did she manage to do it? By bribing? By threat? Or through a tearful plea? Again, no details revealed whatsoever. Do not forget Hidewood is a foreigner and his family is out of the reach of Boswell's power. Then for what reason his family should help Mrs Boswell to cover up her crime against their loved one? And why they were not testified at the trial?" It was until then Holmes opened his eyes and looked up at the blank ceiling. "Since all these crucial witnesses were unavailable for cross-examination, it shall be safe to conclude that whatever the allegations allegedly made by the witnesses against Mrs Boswell cannot be taken seriously."

It was until then Dr. Watson discovered a hole in Holmes' argument. "You said well, Holmes, but you don't have evidence."

"Correct, I don't have evidence to support my claim, but my claim is derived from logical deduction; when you've eliminated all possibilities, what remains must be the truth."

"You have the point, Holmes. But the evidence they presented at the trial is quite substantial I may say."

"Aha, now we are returning to the evidence again, aren't we?" Holmes cracked coldly. "Watson, since you are a surgeon, let me ask you one question related to your profession. Say you performed an operation on a patient. Is it possible for me to collect a blood-stained cheesecloth, an empty medicine bottle or a surgical knife with the patient's blood on the blade some months later?"

"You must be joking, Holmes, how that could be possible? After each operation, the table, the instruments and the garbage bins were all cleaned and sterilized, and none of the things you mentioned would remain in my clinic."

"I'm glad to hear you say that! Excellent, excellent!" Holmes sprang to his feet. "You were just performing operation on your patient, you committed no crime with no evidence needed to be concealed, yet I would still not be able to find the tangible trace to prove what you did months ago on your operation room, right? Then this will be interesting - how a gifted lawyer would pay no attention to the evidence she left on the murder scene? And we should remember, it is a hotel room which is cleaned daily with its occupants coming and leaving frequently."

"But, what if the police officers secretly collected the evidence when they first arrived on the scene and handed them over to authority after Mrs Boswell was investigated?"

"That's possible, yes, possible. But in this case, the officers should not be prosecuted but awarded, should they? Sure, you may argue they failed to hand over the evidence to the authority in the first instance, but even so, you can only accuse them of neglecting their duty. Yet the fact is, they are charged with helping Mrs Boswell cover up the crime. Do you see the contradictory here? Do you?"

"I do, yes," Watson was convinced. "But how about the phone record of Mrs. Boswell and Hidewood's conversation, and, that cctv footage in the hotel?"

"Phone record and camera footage, ha!" Holmes let out a chuckle. "Here we come to the queer part of the story: One is an experienced lawyer and others are well-trained professional detectives, if these people worked together to conceal the evidence, do you think there would be anything left for others to discover later on? An ordinary thief or robber would know he should cover his head with a silk stocking, and throw the blood-smeared tools into water or buried deed in earth, yet Mrs Boswell seemingly knew nothing of those, now Watson, are you mocking Boswell's intelligence or sneering at the professionalism of the police officers?"

"Oh, no, Holmes ... but, yeah, you're right, I do see your point, entirely."

"That's not the all, Watson. Not at all." Sherlock Holmes bent over his angular figure towards Dr. Watson resting in the armchair and his sight looked into his friend's eye, intensely. "Now think about the relationship between Mrs Boswell and Hidewood. If it had indeed deteriorated to the point where Hidewood intended to kill Mrs Boswell's son and Mrs Boswell had to protect her child by killing the extortionist first, as it is so claimed by the prosecution, how on earth Hidewood would travel alone with Mrs Boswell's assistant from London to Bristol at request of his antagonist? And checked in a hotel arranged by his foe? And in his room chatted happily over the tea over the wine with his enemy? And allowed himself to get drunk and get sick and become defenseless before his victim and potential killer? If he was really so foolish, did he deserve Mrs Boswell to risk her husband's political future to get rid of through murder?" The detective suddenly straightened his back and rubbed is hands while walking down and up the room. "Trust me, Watson, please trust me, I'll find out what's behind the phone record and cctv footage."

"You've convinced me, totally," said Dr. Watson. "I just have one last question." The doctor furrowed his brow in dismay. "As we see, the witnesses and the evidence are all questionable, then why, Holmes, at the trial Mrs Boswell plead guilty to murder of Hidewood and apologised to the victim's family?"

Tale of Sherlock Holmes (1): Mrs Boswell
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (2): The Trial
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (3): The Photos
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (4): The Police
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (5): The Wife
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (6): The Hospital
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (7): The Mug
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (8): The Church

Below is the second chapter of the story in the original Chinese text written by Shellstone Homes:

离 奇 命 案

(二)

《福尔摩斯探案集·续集》

Author: Shellstone Homes

“我的华生真是越来越敏锐了!我们在讨论公爵的政敌之前先来说说有关法律的问题。华生,你以为法律都是正义的吗?司法都是公正的吗?”福尔摩斯看着我,眼睛里射出光芒。

我小心翼翼的回答:“我倒没有思考过我们大英的法律和司法有什么不正义不公正。”

“法律是人制定的,而人的意识是受价值观和立场支配的。也就是说,任何法律都只能体现制定法律的人自己和他所代表的集团的意志,而不可能代表全体国民的意志。当然,好的法律能够代表多数人的意志,而不好的法律就只能够代表少数人的意志。举个例来说,在现代工业社会里,尽管工人占据了社会的大多数,但他们相对于工厂主仍然是弱势群体,工人需要联起手来通过集会、罢工等形式才有可能维护自己的利益,可有些国家的法律却禁止工人罢工。你想,这样的法律不就是只代表了工厂主这个集团的意志吗?就算是允许罢工,如果政府可以一方面看着工人罢工,另一方面却无视工人的权利诉求,那这样的法律仍然不是代表工人意志的法律。这就是目前很多所谓民主国家的法治形态。如果法律都没有正义,那司法又哪来公正?你看到的庭审都合乎程序,人证物证也很确凿,但是程序合理并不就代表法律公正,人证物证也都可以根据需要制造出来。华生,你正直,单纯,大约没有思考过这些问题吧?”

福尔摩斯的一席谈话推翻了我以前对于法律的信任,既让我尴尬,又的确使我明白了很多道理。在他面前,我总是显得肤浅和幼稚。但我知道,他今晚要和我探讨的还是有关贝丽夫人案的问题。我问他:“先生认为贝丽夫人案庭审有什么问题吗?”

“我回来后,查看了包括《泰晤士报》在内的所有媒体报道的贝丽夫人杀人案庭审的全过程,下面我将对该案庭审中的漏洞提出质疑,你来反驳我。”

我地接受了他的建议。

“贝丽夫人庭审案虽然看上去合乎程序,可破绽百出,让人生疑的地方实在是太多!贝丽夫人的辩护律师由法庭指定而不是被告自己聘请。华生,你想过吗?只有在被告没有能力聘请律师的情况下,才可以申请法律援助,由律师协会或者法庭给其指派律师。贝丽夫人显然不属于这种情况。那么,剥夺贝丽夫人聘请律师的权力首先就违背了程序的公正。这一点你有疑问吗?”

我点了点头,表示同意。对于律师问题我的确是忽略了。

“你认同了这一点,那我们就可以继续往下探讨。法庭为什么要剥夺法律赋予贝丽夫人聘请律师的权力呢?答案只有一个,就是法庭害怕辩护律师在法庭上做出不利于控方的辩护,也就是说,庭审开始前,法庭就已经支持了控方的观点,或者说,法庭和控方在庭审前就已经取得完全一致的立场。这样的审理最终就是法庭在貌似公正的程序中按照预先给被告拟定的罪名得出判决的结果。”

这是严谨的逻辑推理,我无可辩驳。我只好问:“那些证据也不可靠吗?”

“我正要和你探讨证据问题。那些人证物证看上去都有说服力,可是却太悖离常情。根据官方消息,举报贝丽夫人杀人的是布里斯托警察局长,那他当然向他举报的机关提供了证据。可庭审的时候,这个对控方最有利的证人却没有出场。布里斯托警察局长为什么不出场?谁不让他出场?他是不是丧失了正常人的思维能力?法庭未作任何解释,辩护律师没有提出任何质疑。控方指证贝丽夫人在谋杀了安道尔后,通过做工作让其家人接受心脏病猝死的结论。被告怎么做的工作?是眼泪感化,金钱收买,还是死亡威胁?控方也未作任何交代。你要知道,安道尔并不是英国人,艾伯顿市长再有权势也威胁不到另一个国家的公民。被害人亲属那么容易就被做通了工作并积极配合杀死了儿子、丈夫的凶手做假证,这太不合情理了吧!既然是贝丽夫人做安道尔家人的工作,那此次庭审中安道尔的家人为什么不出庭指证,而只是坐在旁听席上旁听?布里斯托警察局长和安道尔的家人是本案最关键的人证,却双双缺席,由此我们可以大胆质疑,其余证人有被控方收买或者受到控方胁迫的可能,他们的证词可靠性就大大存疑。”

听到这里,我才觉得可以向福尔摩斯先生提出我对于他的看法的疑问了:“你说的证人被收买或者被胁迫,只是推论,而并无确凿证据。”

“是的。这只是我的推论,我们需要找出证据来证明我的推理的正确。可是由于本案的特殊性、复杂性,也许我们永远找不到我们需要的证据,而只能停留在推论的层面。这正是我对于本案忧心的地方。”

“依照先生的分析,贝丽夫人杀人案的人证是不可靠的,那物证也有问题吗?”

“我们来说说物证。华生,你是医生,那么我问你,假定我要找几个月前在你的手术室做过手术的病人的带血的纱布,吃过药的药瓶,还有手术刀上的血液样本,还能找得到吗?”

“先生,你在开玩笑,这怎么可能呢?每个病人做完手术后,手术台、手术器械和垃圾桶都要清理、消毒,你说的那些东西是不可能留下来的。”

“说得好!你只是一个职业医生,只是给病人做手术,并不是实施犯罪,没有故意销毁证据,而我需要的那些证物都没能留下来。那如果是一个深谙证物意义的资深律师实施犯罪,况且犯罪现场还是在每天迎来送往、每天都会清扫的宾馆房间,几个月后还能找到凶手的作案证物,并且在证物上提取到DNA吗?”

“按照你说的情况当然不可能,但不排除还有另外一种可能。那就是当时前往勘察现场的警察将证据保留了下来,没有让贝丽夫人发现,后来贝丽夫人案发后,那些警察就将物证交了出来。”

“华生,你说的这种情况当然有可能存在。但如果是你说的这样,那些办案的警察就不应该被追究啊,他们甚至应该受到表彰呢。如果说办案警察当时因为畏惧艾伯顿公爵的权势而被迫隐匿了证据,但当贝丽夫人被拘押后,他们交出了证据,按照大英法律,最多也就是渎职。而事实上,控方已经将当时参与办案的布里斯托警察局的副局长和总探长等人以帮助贝丽夫人销毁证据、隐匿案情告上了法庭。试想,办案经验极其丰富的警察局副局长和总探长是有意要帮助贝丽夫人销毁证据、隐匿案情的话,那些留有贝丽夫人DNA的物证还会存在吗?”

“那贝丽夫人和安道尔通话的电话录音,还有贝丽夫人进出宾馆的录像又是怎么回事呢?”通过福尔摩斯的分析,我已然明白贝丽夫人案的物证也多半是靠不住了,但为了让他的推理更加缜密,更具有说服力,我还是继续向福尔摩斯先生质疑。

“一个是精明的律师,其余是非常专业的警察,他们合同销毁证据,怎么可能还会留下电话录音和宾馆客房的录像?那些没有经过专业训练的普通罪犯都知道在犯罪现场要用肉丝袜罩住头脸,将作案用的工具丢到水里或者埋在土里,而贝丽夫人杀人后却留下这么明显的证据,这不是在嘲笑贝丽夫人和那些帮她销毁证据的大警官的智商吗?还有,既然安道尔已经威胁到贝丽夫人孩子的安全,双方关系到了都要置对方于死地的境地,安道尔还怎么会乖乖的听从贝丽夫人的安排从伦敦飞到布里斯托?不仅如此,他们还相约在布里斯托大酒店房间品茶、饮酒、聊天,这合符常理吗?如果安道尔这么容易让人摆布,那就说明他是一个很容易对付的家伙,贝丽夫人又何必冒断送自己余生和丈夫政治前途的巨大风险要去杀死他?相信我,华生,我会弄清楚电话录音和宾馆录像是怎么回事的。”

福尔摩斯的条分缕析完全颠覆了我对于贝丽夫人杀人案庭审的看法。不过我还有一个疑虑要请教福尔摩斯:“既然人证物证漏洞这么多,而辩护律师又是法庭指派,那法学精英贝丽夫人为什么不给自己辩护?庭审结束时她怎么会诚恳的道歉认罪?”

 
 
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Readers' comments left on 19 August 2012 on Shellstone Homes' Blog:

东*风* (19 August 2012)

福尔摩斯先生,我来告诉你,这个案件已经告破啦,为什么?因为这些丧心病狂的资本家的畜生们找了两个假替身进行审判,地球人都知道了。

辛* (19 August 2012)

我们以各种方式表达着我们的愤慨与无奈!终有一天,它们会形成吞噬精英权贵的洪流!

*邪 (19 August 2012)

福尔摩斯虽然是闻名天下的大侦探,华生尽管也是智慧超群,可是,他们都没读过中国的《史记》中的《赵高列传》啊

大*天* (19 August 2012)

“宣判”在即,看是怎样的滑天下之大稽;或许就是在昭告国民:顺我者昌逆我者亡!

x*96*5 (19 August 2012)

胡亥也想杀李斯难找借口,因发达诗和双庆诗顶牛,干不过,赵高借机对胡亥说陛下要注意,“诸公子和大臣们正在为沙丘之谋而蠢蠢欲动啊!”二世一听,马上紧张起来,忙问赵高如何应付。赵高见时机已到,便煞有其事地说:“万全之策惟有‘换血’,铲除祸患。这样,陛下就可尽情享受人间乐趣了。”二世一听,乐得手舞足蹈。于是,一场“换血”大行动开始了。衙内军内军外统领全换。

经查起因是:钻石案如引暴按赵高说“就死路一条”。好你个李斯整我家娘们孩儿头上了,嘟…我就连手胡亥整你家娘们儿子,我就来个:诸公子和大臣们正在为沙丘之谋而蠢蠢欲动啊!前朝余孽,下套你家娘们杀外族使者,赵高网络一些破铜烂铁一阵乱敲,用话语权转移钻石案。后人赵本山为保持先祖光辉形像,讴歌赵祖仰望星空的划时代意义,特拍大型立体电视剧—部…现寻、现编、现导、现演超水平发挥…超宇宙的喜剧片名:{孽},剧中怕有雷同始终没提及钻石案,也没提及发达诗和双庆诗顶牛之事,但杀外族使者之事重点突出剧情,因动作过大还找替身演员完成,所以有人看完之后得出一结论“隔着裤裆看B、大约目〈发音四声〉”,没头但听说未尾很惨烈。观赏人如想看懂赵本山老师的宇宙大作,得具备小学本课教务主任学历,应从钻石在宇宙如何诞生的地质结构,水利对钻石的形成的作用力,抓头捊一捊。

薄被隔离起来前见媒体时说了,他打黑得罪了人,有人往他和他家人身上泼脏水。。。话说完就被关起来了

蜿**溆水 (19 August 2012)

分析透彻,令人信服。希望案件早日水落石出,还贝丽夫人一个清白!

天*茗* (19 August 2012)

结果早有了,或许在评估社会反响程度。

42**m (19 August 2012)

阿弥陀佛,带走这帮畜生吧!秦桧的阴灵为何总是不散,总是害忠良?

白*秋 (19 August 2012)

恶势力一旦占了上风,法律就会变成帮凶!

大**才子** (20 August 2012)

若是高层的权利之争。我也只能替不厚抱不平。若是西方势力配合颜色设套谋划中国,我毛骨悚然。

*曌 (20 August 2012)

合肥法庭、合谋作假;
牵线木偶、机械比划。

九*凤 (20 August 2012)

贝丽夫人的案子是替身出庭不可能有司法公正。

*海 (20 August 2012)

就是指鹿为马了,爱咋地咋地。

为人民** (20 August 2012)

离奇命案的背后更离奇!

兰******lan (21 August 2012)

离奇!离奇!离奇的事儿无数。
脑子不中用,记不住了。
听天由命吧!

*国*心 (22 August 2012)

立军不出庭作证证明他进使馆未举报薄谷,证明他与薄仍是永不背叛的铁哥们,所以如果薄谷妥协则必会说服立军妥协,也会说服立军出庭作证,所以立军未出庭证明了谷未妥协,最终证明庭上妥协的谷是假的

*扣宝 (22 August 2012)

无耻政客为了剪除异己不择手段罗织罪名漏洞百出,
离奇命案折射特色巨奸欺天瞒地借尸还魂荒唐透顶。

What Chinese Say about the Case

**国

从术记被搞垮到替身,到最近的背后插刀,每一拨谣诼,无不是从帝国媒体出口转内销到具体操作不差分毫,时间一前一后,这证明,有人倒向了人家,那钱花了几万亿,没有打水漂啊,是在拿百姓的血汗和资源找靠山啊!当年的汉奸做不到的,今天都做到。

安玛

关于如何处理薄熙来,胡锦涛必须明白,绝对不仅仅是一个“中央定性”就可以了事的,胡应当吸取倒薄以来遭遇到的诸多教训,不该一条黑道走到底了。

首先,胡中央315和410两个倒薄中央决议都是违法乱纪的产物,反映了胡本人的法治水准低劣,结果引发全国性的挺薄反胡温的巨大民意,中共的威信急剧下降,责任在胡身上。

其次,接下来的谷张审判,漏洞百出谎言连连,中共信誉进一步重挫,于是胡采取高压封网噤声,表面看似无事但是民心却在进一步的流失之中。不论是谷案还有现在的王立军案,胡敢做公开的民调看看相信官方鬼话的比例有多少?绝对不敢。这种情况下温还奢谈经受历史考验?建议胡温现在先开放网络,首先看看能否经受得住眼下网民质疑反驳的考验再奢谈经受得住历史考验吧。

再者,十八大前对于薄熙来的处理,胡温若还像以往那样要走官方宣布,然后全国封网不准自由评论全民不准发言胡一句顶十三亿句的老路,不但不能说服眼前全国庞大的挺薄民意,还会进一步加深已有的官民对立,让已经面临崩溃边缘的政府信誉雪上加霜,导致社会不安定的动能进一步积累。

高歌欢庆东方红 (11 September 2012)

唐太宗对唐高祖说:“我要当皇帝就当独立自主的真皇帝,你丫要退就得全退裸退,别他妈的勾结突厥王八蛋在背后操纵我。你们要是不答应,那老子不干了,谁也不接见。让那个突厥娘们儿自个玩吧,就说我骑马打猎把腰闪了。劳动人民都有罢工的权利,难道我就不能歇几天啦!”


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