Two of De Bellicourt's loyal followers, policeman Cézar Priem and his in-law Valere Blanckaert, stand trial for the murder of Eugene Mertens. Most of Houtegem either attends or gives testimony, most clearly partial either to innocence in the mayor's camp or guilt in MP Reynaert's. Even the investigating officials and forensic expertise contradict each-other, conforming to either the Catholic or the Socialist logic. Both parties play the man more then the ball. The jury decision is quite clear.