Chapter 148: An Incredible Feat
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At the café, Gu Qianlin’s heart was already in turmoil from the astonishment she was feeling. She knew better than anyone else that, even though Zhang Dashan was the one showing his face in court, the real representative for Luo’s Workshop was the man in front of her: Xiao Luo.
How was this even possible?
He was evenly matched with the great lawyer, Fu Heyu!
She discovered that Xiao Luo was indeed a man with mysterious unplumbed depths. It was like he was shrouded in a layer of mist that nobody could penetrate.
At this moment, Xiao Luo was putting his heart and soul into the public trial. He was entirely focused on the laptop screen in front of him, acting as though Gu Qianlin, who sat opposite him, did not exist.
Interrupted by Zhang Dashan’s crude comments, Fu Heyu pointed at him, and his entire body trembled with rage. From a young age, he had received a good education, and he never used indecent speech. Even when he was scolding someone, he did not use profanity. He could not tolerate people like Zhang Dashan, who continually used coarse language.
“I-I-I what?” Zhang Dashan mimicked Fu Heyu’s stutter. “I just had to let out a fart. It shouldn’t hinder Lawyer Fu’s defense, so get on with it!”
Next to him, Li Zimeng burned with shame. She was a lady, after all, and sitting here was way too awkward for her. She could not control her natural embarrassment. Every time she heard Zhang Dashan make a crude remark, her heart beat faster, and her face flushed red.
The solemn gavel sounded: “Dong, dong, dong!”
The presiding judge warned, “Plaintiff, please respect the rules of the court’s discipline. The next time you say anything vulgar, this court will have you thrown out!”
“Presiding judge, I did let out a fart. Never mind. Let’s get back to the topic at hand. As regards the defense lawyer’s claim that the bread from Luo’s Workshop poisoned a man to death, I have a couple of doubts.
“Number one: why did Liu Huilong, the one who published the autopsy report, suddenly leave his job as a doctor in Jiangcheng and ensure his whereabouts remain unknown? Was it a deliberate move to avoid this trial and deny us the chance to confront him face to face?
“Number two: the old man who visited our Luo’s Workshop outpost to buy bread was already in bad condition when he stepped through the door. According to our investigation, he was already suffering from chronic rheumatic heart disease, a type of disease that can lead to sudden death upon stimulation. Is it, therefore, possible that the old man suffered a heart attack leading to sudden death, so his demise has nothing to do with Luo’s Workshop?
“Number three: based on the two doubts I’ve just pointed out, doesn’t everyone feel like there’s a huge conspiracy behind this whole incident?”
The doubts that Zhang Dashan threw out were like three huge mountains crashing down. Everyone watching picked up the scent of some kind of earth-shattering conspiracy.
“Objection. The opposition is trying to throw us off. The topics of today’s hearing are the threats and intimidation of Luo’s Workshop.”
“All of the questions I am asking are all related to this lawsuit. Why are you suddenly so nervous, Lawyer Fu? Are you feeling guilty?” Zhang Dashan snapped, cutting him off.
“What nonsense. I’m not feeling guilty!”
“Right, right, right. You’re not feeling guilty. You just have a kidney deficiency.”
“You jerk. What did you say to me?”
Fu Heyu was incensed. Zhang Dashan had been hitting all his soft spots, and he could not hold back his anger.
“Lawyer Fu, don’t lose your temper. Otherwise, you’ll just confirm to everyone that you have a kidney deficiency. Right, right. I also heard that your wife is sleeping around behind your back. Is this also related to your weak kidneys?” Zhang Dashan continued in an annoying tone.
Although he did not expect his gibberish to be right on the mark, he’d actually found the Achilles’ heel of Fu Heyu’s psyche. The lawyer’s wife really had slept with someone else behind his back, and he had caught them in the act.
Just then, Fu Heyu lost all semblance of reason and went into a frenzy. His face wore a hideous expression, and his eyes stretched fully open. “You bloody bastard! I’ll f*ck your entire bloodline. You’re a goddamn son of a bitch, @#￥%…”
He was pulling out all the stops, and seeing an educated gentleman ranting and raving left everyone surprised and dumbfounded. It was a sight none could accept.
When he saw what was happening on the trial’s live broadcast, Ge Zhongtian almost spat out a mouthful of blood. He could never have imagined Fu Heyu outright cursing and swearing in the majestic and hallowed realm of the courtroom.
The comments section online was also in unprecedented turmoil.
“The great Lawyer Fu has lost his composure and lashed out. This is hilarious. Hahaha!”
“I swear on my uncle. This is like a live reenactment of Stephen Chow’s ‘Justice, My Foot’!”
“Right, right, right. Lawyer Fu resembles the hermaphrodite, who was exasperated. What a classic.”
Meanwhile, at the café, Gu Qianlin stared wide-eyed with a stunned expression at Xiao Luo. Everyone thought that Zhang Dashan was responsible for all this, but the real culprit was sitting right in front of her. To corner the great lawyer Fu Heyu like this, and to do it through a mouthpiece, Xiao Luo had some fearsome tricks up his sleeve.
Meanwhile, back at the courtroom, Fu Heyu was continuing his endless tirade of expletives at Zhang Dashan.
“You son of a bitch, I’ll f*cking [email protected]#￥%…”
All kinds of spicy obscenities were pouring out of him in a torrent, casting a black shadow over the sacred dignity of the majestic courtroom.
The presiding judge and the other judges’ faces grew darker and darker, and their eyebrows knit together tightly.
“Dong, dong, dong!”
The presiding judge hammered down hard with his gavel, then he shouted out loudly, “Attorney Fu, please be silent. Silence!”
“I’ll silence you, motherf*cker!”
Fu Heyu had utterly lost his head. Without thinking, he swore at the presiding judge. As the words left his mouth, his head quickly cleared up, and he realized that he made a grave mistake. As he looked more closely, he saw that the presiding judge’s face was frightfully dark. The two judges flanking him stared at him unkindly, as though they wanted to chew him out.
Fu Heyu’s blood froze in his veins as he felt like the world was collapsing around him. With a mournful expression, he said dejectedly, “Presiding judge, I…No, I didn’t mean it.”
“Bailiff, chase this depraved man out of here. He is in blatant contempt of court and has insulted the judicial authority!” The presiding judge raised a hand to point at Fu Heyu, shouting coldly.
Two solemn bailiffs walked in lockstep toward Fu Heyu. They grabbed him on his left and right and dragged him out of the courtroom with an impassive expression.
“No, presiding judge, give me another chance. Please give me another chance, presiding judge.”
Fu Heyu began to wail, his face ashen. He knew that he no longer had a future. Having his career ruined by a nobody who did not even have a law license was a tough pill to swallow.
The presiding judge did not show Fu Heyu any mercy. He merely waved the distraught lawyer away in irritation. The two bailiffs did not delay any further, and they dragged Fu Heyu out of the courtroom like a dead dog.
Chen Jianbai was left alone at the defendant’s table, and he was utterly panicked, looking anxiously toward the courtroom’s exit. He would never have thought that the great lawyer Fu Heyu, on whom he was relying, would be evicted from the trial!
In the audience gallery, Fang Changlei’s face was sullen. The public trial was moving farther and farther away from the result he’d hoped for. He gritted his teeth and balled both his hands up into fists.
On the other hand, Xu Guansong, Lin Chongdong, and the others were smiling with glee. Zhang Dashan had given them a hugely pleasant surprise. Even though his language was crude and vulgar, he’d managed to provoke a skilled lawyer like Fu Heyu and get him kicked out of the courtroom. It was an incredible feat!