The Klingon Empire has asked the Federation to extradite Worf for murder. Worf commanded the Defiant which was guarding a Cardassian convoy offering medical aid to the Pentath colony. The convoy was attacked by the Klingons and in the heat of battle Worf gave the order to fire on a decloaking ship. It was a civilian transport, 441 Klingons died. The Klingon advocate Ch'Pok is trying to prove to admiral T'Lara in a hearing that Worf's bloodlust took over. Ch'Pok has a hidden agenda and he openly admits it. The Klingons see this as the perfect opportunity to gain sympathy and weaken the Federation. Captain Sisko is defending Worf and asks Odo to try to find out why the civilian transport joined the battle. Sisko's defense in the meantime is not going well. With every witness Ch'Pok's reasoning seems more and more plausible.
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Episode uses classic film-noir plot device of having witnesses flashback and give their testimony as if they were third-party observers of the events they are testifying to. See more
At the trial's start, Ch'Pok accepts that all the facts given by Worf and other Starfleet officers aboard the Defiant during the incident were true, and states he wishes instead to prove that Worf had a secondary motive for attacking the transport ship. During O'Brien's testimony one fact Ch'Pok accepts without question is that Worf fired on the transport as it was decloaking, and did not know its identity but assumed it was the warship. Ch'Pok gets O'Brien to admit he himself would have waited for the ship to fully decloak before firing, suggesting Worf was negligent.
Yet establishing that Worf did not know the identity of the ship destroys Ch'Pok's argument, which is that Worf fired on an unarmed ship carrying civilians on purpose. See more
Care to step onto *my* battlefield?
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
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