The Court Martials
Location: Captain's ready room
Timeline: after his conversation with Shack
After his discussion with the chief security, Telkyk decided to have a word with the admiral who had started all this. Moving towards the bridge, he stopped for a moment. He had served onboard of Galaxies before, but never really on the bridge. Maybe if things had gone differently, he would be in the center chair by now. Well, that was in the past and it was not logical to dwell on it. Moving to the side he rang the chime of the ready room.
Chris had just sat down with his drink and was taking a moment to collect his thoughts. He enjoyed the converstaion he had with Billi and was looking forward to resuming exploring once this was done. He heard the chime and allowed the requester into his ready room.
"Good afternoon, sir," Telkyk said as he entered, "I'm Captain Telkyk and I'm the prosecutor for the court martial. As you have posted the charges, we have to work together on this."
"Yes, Captain please come in have a seat. What is your strategy for the case. What are you going to be focused on the most?" Chris was curious
"That was what I wanted to discuss with you, sir," Telkyk said, "the insubordination and conduct unbecoming an officer should be fairly easy to prove. The reckless endangerment will be a bit more work, but I can also bring in the Prime Directive, which is applicable in this case as well. But before we go any further: are you open to some form of compromise?"
Chris was somewhat surprised by the suggestion and asked, "What kind of compromise, Captain? Why is reckless endangerment so much harder?"
"Well, lieutenant Bili only endangered herself, as the defence council will quickly point out, admiral," Telkyk said, "as to the compromise, I'm not sure. Maybe a demotion, say one rank and maybe also a transfer to another ship. I think it's in the interest of the Federation to resolve this as quietly as possible."
"I see, I would be okay with a demotion for Lieutenant Billi. She will remain here as so is valuable to the ship and her abilities are second to none as far as I am concerned. What about Doctor Beckett? What are your thoughts with her? What punishment fits her charges the most?" Chris asked
"Since they have the same charges if we discount the endangerment," Telkyk said, "I would go for the same punishment. Of course, it's not up to me, but I can offer a compromise. If the defence council agrees of course. I haven't checked with them yet."
Chris heard the attorney and couldn't believe that there was a possibility of not having to go to trial at all, and avoiding the embarrassment of one in regards to his officers. Chris then asked, "Would there be a public record or would it be kept in the confines of the Judge Advocate General?" He was embarrassed, but hating punishing his officers, but had to send a message.
"It will be on the officer's records of course," Telkyk said, "and journalists can find it out and write about it."
Chris said, "I get that, I would like to keep things as quite as possible, but I understand that things get out and sometimes that can't be controlled. It's regrettable that it's gotten to this, but it is what it is. I would like to get this over with, I have a ship to command."
"Very well, sir," Telkyk said, "I will bring this compromise to the defense council. If they agree to it, then we can safely assume that admiral Janter will do likewise. I'll keep you informed. Live long and prosper."
With a nod to the admiral, Telkyk walked out of the ready room and back to the base.