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I'm no longer the bright-eyed, optimistic idealist I was when I first entered this profession.
—Satoshi Takakura

Judge Satoshi Takakura (Jpn: 高倉さとし), appearing as a recurring character in Season 4 of Criminal Case, was the victim in The New Truth! (Case #55 of Mysteries of the Past), prior to which he made two quasi-suspect appearances outside his role as a judge.

Profile

A judge of 62 years of age, Takakura had gray hair that only grew on the sides, brown eyes, and multiple freckles on his face. As the judge of Concordia's Criminal Court service, he donned a black standard judge's robe over a brown waistcoat and a white shirt with a brown tie. Additionally, he often used his judge's gavel. At the time of his death, he was seen without his tie.

Throughout his appearances as a quasi-suspect, he wore his robe over a brown waistcoat and a light-blue paisley shirt with a purple tie.

During his murder investigation, Dick revealed that Takakura played the violin.

Height 5'6"
Age 62
Weight 149 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood B+

Events of Criminal Case

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

After Takakura sentenced Henrietta Vanderbilt to 30 years in prison for the murder of Norah Barnlow, he came to visit the Squad's airship to inform Chief Wright of his incoming retirement, stating that many years as a judge had turned his optimistic and idealistic self to a cynical self. Furthermore, he stated the granting of Archie Rochester's freedom from his crimes without his consultation as his breaking point. He then asked the team to inform Mayor Cornelius Castletown of his decision to retire.

The Higher You Rise

Takakura came to the Squad's airship, looking for Chief Wright and announcing that he was going to retire once and for all. However, Isaac and the player convinced him to postpone his retirement until at least after the conclusion of their investigation into Celine Georges' murder, which would end in a high-profile trial. Wanting to leave a legacy in the legal world, Takakura decided not to retire just yet.

Takakura's final case would be the trial of his close colleague, Eleanor Halsted, Chief Inspector for the Concordian Police Department, for the sabotage of the inventions in the World Exhibition and the murder of Celine Georges. Halsted gave her motives for her crimes in the court, namely that she was being bribed by Stanley Spark to sabotage the inventions and that Celine found out everything except for the fact that Halsted was the one sabotaging inventions for Spark. Takakura sentenced Halsted to life in jail.

Later, Justin Lawson was sworn in by Mayor Castletown as the new city judge, replacing Takakura after his retirement.

Slayer's End

Because Lawson was involved in Fiona Flanagan's murder investigation, he could not handle Finley Flanagan's trial. Takakura then decided to come out of retirement just once and handle Finley's trial. He sentenced him to 25 years in Stonewall Prison.

While investigating Finley's claims of Stonewall Prison being under control of the Italian gang, the player and Katherine Woolf found that Takakura dismissed the case from court. Despite wanting to re-retire, he explained the prosecution did not have enough evidence against the Italians, hence why the case was dismissed. However, he suspected that Vittorio Capecchi may have greased a few palms among the police, corruption the player knew too well. He also said if they wanted to reopen the case, they would need solid evidence of the Italian's control over the prison, not just the testimony of some inmates.

The Machiavellian Candidate

Because Lawson became deputy mayor, Takakura came out of retirement to fill the judge vacancy. He went on to sentence Gertrude Avery to 25 years in jail for the murder of her step-daughter, Lissa Avery.

Arrow of Injustice

Once again, Takakura faced Chief Inspector Halsted in court for her escape from prison, attempted assassination of Deputy Mayor Lawson, and assassination of Mayor Castletown. He sentenced her to life in prison, assuring her that justice would prevail in Concordia despite her beliefs to the contrary.

Later, Takakura officiated the wedding of Charles Dupont to Maddie O'Malley. He advised the couple to each have their "own section of the vegetable patch," allowing each other space to breathe but also supporting each other along the way. After giving his advice, he officially wed the couple before asking for the buffet.

Murder details

Takakura was found with his head bashed in on a bleak street in Capitol Peak. Per Dick, Takakura was beaten to death with a blunt object. Furthermore, he had traces of tobacco ash on his body. Seeing that Takakura's lungs showed no signs that he was smoking, he concluded that Takakura's killer smoked tobacco.

Later, Maddie and the player found a bloody hammer in a trash can near the scene of the crime. Per Viola, the blood was Takakura's and the hammer had traces of a glycerol solution containing allantoin, which was a compound used for skincare on sensitive, freckled skin. Because of this, she registered the hammer as the murder weapon and concluded that his killer had freckles.

Killer and motives

The killer turned out to be courthouse clerk Florence Samuels.

Upon admitting to the murder, Florence revealed that Lawson was her idol and that she was in love with him. When she heard Takakura accuse him of being a merciless monster, she reported him to the Justice Corps, but they were forced to let him go. Taking matters into her own hands, she waited for him while he was going home from work and proceeded to bash his head repeatedly with a hammer until he died. Disgusted that she would commit an assassination in his name, Lawson sentenced Florence to death by beheading at the town square the next day at noon, marking the first death sentence in fifty years.

Sentences

Name Case Sentence
Chester Holt Before the events of Mysteries of the Past 10 years in jail
Nellie Mortimer Welcome to Concordia! 13 years in jail
Colin James Slash and Burn 25 years in Stonewall Prison
Billy Thompson In the Line of Fire Life in jail
Trickster Tim A Murder Carol 12 years in jail
Sheila Black Shear Murder Life in jail
Edward Whimple In the Name of the Father Life in jail
Jordan Wilson Let Me Down Gently 20 years in jail
Ignatius Cottingley The Talking Dead 25 years in jail
Violetta Blue Sweet Revenge 15 years in jail
Ernest Swanswaddle Let Her Eat Cake 15 years in jail
Renée Daucourt That Sinking Feeling 20 years in jail
Henrietta Vanderbilt Breaking the Glass Ceiling 30 years in jail
Bron Sklar Checkmate 25 years in jail
Abe Mullins Out of Steam 15 years in the Concordia Psychiatric Penitentiary
Somerset Osborne Monkey Business 15 years in jail
Susie Nottingham Electrical Hazard 7 years in jail
Eleanor Halsted The Higher You Rise Life in jail
Finley Flanagan Slayer's End 25 years in Stonewall Prison
Gertrude Avery The Machiavellian Candidate 25 years in jail
Henri Monplaisir The Swan Song 25 years in jail
Samson Drake Tipping the Scales Life in jail
Verushka Coldwell A Study in Pink 25 years in jail
Horatio Rochester A Family Affair Life in jail
Eleanor Halsted Arrow of Injustice Life in jail

Trivia

  • Takakura is one of the characters to appear as a quasi-suspect in two cases.
  • Takakura is the first judge to appear as a victim in a case.

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