It appears that Bill’s great call in Podcast #28 regarding the weakness of evidence against Baltar got us all thinking about how this “trial’s” going to actually work out. On the suggestion of listener (and reader and commenter) Moe, I’m creating this thread so we can all share our ideas about the trial in one place.
I’ll kick off the discussion by indicating that as of this moment — and I certainly retain my Gods-given right to be wishy-washy about it — I think the only way we’re going to see Baltar convicted is if they change the rules of the trial by, say, turning it into a “military tribunal” with different standards. (Arktis, this should certainly get a discussion going, re: your call in #28.) If they were to allow hearsay evidence and maybe refuse to present some of the evidence to Baltar or his attorneys before and during the hearing, that swing things around a bit.
One thing I think we’re all probably in agreement on — but let me know if I’m wrong about this! — we’re not going to see Baltar disappear from the show; he’s way too important to the story. But what does that actually mean in terms of the trial’s outcome in a world where he could die and awake the next day as a Cylon? (Or a “Final Five Cylon?”)