Games simulating prosecution process in criminal justice?
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With a federal special prosecutor so much in the news here in the USA, I'm wondering whether -- and to what extent -- boardgames have tried to simulate what it takes to investigate, build a solid case, indict and convict a criminal.

I'm sure there are plenty of courtroom trial games, and I know there are plenty of solve-the crime games. But what interests me is the meticulous investigation and case-building part of the process, including some elements like these:

-Identifying key people and deciding whether they might be witnesses, subjects of interest, or targets of the investigation.

-Identifying who's linked to whom and in what way, to uncover the relationships and unravel the conspiracy.

-Deciding on a strategy for which people to pursue first, which indictments to make first.

-Bringing pressure to bear on certain people to "flip" them, using the additional information they provide to illuminate new subjects, connections, crimes and get closer to the main target of the investigation.

-Assembling the right team of investigators who have the right skills to accomplish the investigation: a specialist in money-laundering, for example, vs. a specialist in national security and counterintelligence cases, or a specialist in organized crime and conspiracy cases who excels at "flipping" witnesses.

It would be interesting to speculate what a playable and challenging game on this subject could look like, the mechanics used, etc. Thoughts?

(Please DO NOT use this Geeklist to push your personal politics or discuss the specifics of a real-live investigation.)
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This is a historical solitaire game which I enjoy playing. It has two stages; the trial is the second stage and usually, but not necessarily, occurs. In the first stage, you investigate and gather evidence about a possible conspiracy.
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A new (2016) 2-player trial game. (I have not played it.)
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Anyone remembering playing this in the sixties ?

 
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