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Verdict. (The Trial of James T. Kirk, Part 3 of 3)


During Kirk's hearing, the Salla of Nasgul continues to scheme. The Klingon Emperor, Commander Maltz, and Blaise all testify during the hearing. Blaise and Kirk get into an argument, and Kirk realizes that Salla has vanished. Scotty spots an impending explosion and this allows Kirk to save the Emperor's life. All of the charges against Kirk are duly dropped, and the Enterprise is allow to return to active duty, but the Klingons still have a spy placed high in the ranks of Starfleet.

Background informationEdit



Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in DC TOS volume 2 characters.

Regular and recurring charactersEdit

Constitution class refit bridge 2

Senior staff of the Enterprise-A.

James T. Kirk 
USS Enterprise-A captain.
Vulcan Enterprise-A exec and science officer.
Leonard McCoy 
Enterprise-A surgeon.


Samuel T. Cogsley 
Lawyer who had previously defended Kirk in a court martial at Starbase 11. In TOS: "Court Martial", the name was Cogley.
R.J. Blaise 
Protocol officer assigned as Kirk's (so-called) "watchdog".
Pavel Chekov 
Enterprise-A navigator and security chief.
Areel Shaw


Areel Cogsley 
Lawyer formerly known as Areel Shaw.
Repeatedly shouts "all hail the Salla".
Hikaru Sulu 
Enterprise-A helmsman.
Federation President, 2286

The President.

Federation president (see unnamed Federation president) 
The Federation President.
Kathy Li 
Enterprise-A relief navigator.
Enterprise-A science officer.

The ambassador.

Klingon diplomat assigned to the Federation Council.
Enterprise-A communications officer.
Karl Tomlinson 
Vice admiral.
Klingon soldier.
Sarek, 2293


Vulcan ambassador.
Montgomery Scott 
Enterprise-A chief engineer.
The Salla.
Security ensign.
Heihachiro Nogura 
Starfleet commander in chief.
Klingon emperor


David Marcus photo


David Marcus 
Kirk mentions that Klingons killed his son.
Klingon commander.

Other charactersEdit

Klingon imperial guardsmen
The Klingon ambassador's staff and guards.
Nasgul attendants 
The Salla's staff and guards.
Enterprise security guard
Enterprise pilot 
Lieutenant junior grade.

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