- Feb 3, 2011
It seems quite clear that the council is divided on deciding the fate of the accused in regards to the charge of attempted regicide. A third believes he is innocent, another third that he is guilty, and the rest are still undecided or have not voiced their opinion. Seeing as a clear majority has not been found for a guilty verdict, it seems there is no other option but to declare the accused innocent of attempted regicide. However, the charges of corruption are a different matter. The accused has admitted to these crimes, and thus he can be found nothing but guilty. As dictated by law, I shall decide the punishment. For stealing from the treasury and other corrupt acts, I condemn Duke Bartomeu de Trastámara to life imprisonment. As befitting his age and station, he shall be imprisoned somewhere comfortable. He shall also be required to abdicate all his titles, passing them on to his son and heir. Seeing as this entire debacle was started by his family debts and seeing as the accused admitted to his crimes, the Crown shall pay off all his family's debt through the purchase of the title to the county of Salento. Anyone who knows the history of that province knows it's better off with the Crown. I hope this appeases those who are still unsure whether Bartomeu made an attempt on my life. This trial is adjourned.
- His Imperial Highness, Jaume IV de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, & Protector of the Greeks