Later. Skinner, Dale, and Mulder sit in the empty courtroom and wait for the verdict. Dale looks particularly uncomfortable. Finally, Kersh and his goons troop back in and Kersh delivers the bad news: they've found Mulder guilty of murder. Mulder has no visible reaction. Kersh asks if there's anything he'd like to say on his own behalf prior to sentencing. Mulder looks over at Skinner, who sort of shrugs at him. Mulder gulps and looks at the table, and finally stands up to say his piece. "I'd like to congratulate you in succeeding where so many before you have failed," he begins. "A bullet between the eyes would have been preferable to this charade. But I've learned to pretend over the past nine years -- to pretend that my victories matter, only to realize that no one was keeping score; to realize that liars do not fear the truth if there are enough liars. That the devil is just one man with a plan, but evil -- true evil -- is a collaboration of men." Dale shoots Kersh a vaguely convinced glance. Kersh looks bored. "Blah, blah, blah," the Mulder action figure mutters. "Which is what we have here today," Mulder says. "If I am a guilty man, my crime is in daring to believe that the truth will out and that no one lie will live forever. I believe it still. Much as you try to bury it, the truth is out there. Greater than your lies, the truth wants to be known. You will know it. It'll come to you. As it's come to me. Faster than the speed of light." I don't even know what that means. Mulder looks up at the jury and sees Krycek and X standing behind Kersh and Random White Dude #3, respectively. I suspect these are two of the men leaning toward Mulder's side, by the way. "You may believe yourselves rid of your headache now," Mulder continues, "and maybe you are. But you've only done it by cutting off your own hands." I totally don't even get that. Why is getting rid of Mulder going to do anything but make everyone's life easier? I mean, everyone on the jury? I guess he's arguing that he can help them stop the upcoming alien invasion and save us all from becoming a slave race to the Martians (or whatever), but maybe he should have mentioned that part specifically. Mulder makes a satisfied face and walks off. Kersh looks real thoughtful.
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