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Paul Atishon-Wimperson (typically referred to simply as Paul Atishon) was a politician running for the position of local assemblyman of Kurain Village. He was the plaintiff in a civil lawsuit against Dhurke Sahdmadhi, in which he was represented by the attorney Phoenix Wright.
A politician's ambitionEdit
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The treasure, the suitcase, and the murderEdit
While running for a seat on the local council of Kurain Village, Atishon was tasked by a benefactor of his – the Khura'inese Minister of Justice, Inga Karkhuul Khura'in – with retrieving a Khura'inese relic called the Founder's Orb from Dr. Archie Buff, an archaeologist living in the village to whom the orb had been sent to be studied. At some point, Buff realized that the orb had been stolen from its rightful place in Khura'in's Tehm'pul Temple, after which he refused to hand it over to Atishon.
Intending to give the orb to his benefactor at all costs, Atishon went into Buff's study at night with the aim of killing the archaeologist with a heavy suitcase that Datz Are'bal had left at the house; as the suitcase was too heavy for Atishon to lift, his plan was to push it from the second floor landing so it would land onto the doctor's head while he was sitting at his coffee bar below. However, Archie Buff's daughter Armie had fallen asleep in her wheelchair in the spot from which Atishon intended to push the suitcase. Although he was able to move her wheelchair out of the way, in doing so woke the girl, who quickly wheeled herself to her room and shut herself in after being frightened by the presence of a stranger in her home.
Atishon proceeded to drop the suitcase onto Archie's head, killing him. He then wiped his fingerprints and the doctor's blood off the suitcase, moved the body to the foot of a bookshelf across the room, and covered it in a large amount of books, making it appear as if Archie had been knocked off of the bookcase ladder by an avalanche of books. Although Atishon's plan to make the death look accidental initially succeeded, the Founder's Orb was no longer in the doctor's home and thus he was unable to retrieve it.
The civil trialEdit
The following day, Atishon confronted the leader of the Defiant Dragons, Dhurke Sahdmadhi, who was visiting Kurain Village with the defense attorney Apollo Justice. Upon learning that they were after the orb as well, Atishon arranged for Phoenix Wright to represent him in a civil lawsuit against Sahdmadhi. As Wright's friend Maya Fey was being held hostage by Inga, he had no choice but to follow through with the lawsuit.
During the subsequent trial to determine the orb's rightful owner, Atishon claimed that the object in question was actually the "Crystal of Ami Fey", which had been stolen from his family's residence a year before. Justice, who was representing Sahdmadhi, maintained that the relic was the Founder's Orb, and thus the rightful property of the Defiant Dragons, as Archie had signed an agreement stating that he would hand the orb over to them. Atishon's claims about the Crystal of Ami Fey proved not to be enough to convince the presiding judge, so he instead testified that Are'bal had killed Archie, thereby rendering the transfer agreement void, as Are'bal was a member of the Defiant Dragons. Despite Atishon's attempts to pin the murder on Are'bal, Justice was able to deduce that Atishon was the real killer and that he had left conclusive evidence behind – his fingerprints on Armie's wheelchair, which, unlike the ones on the suitcase, he had been unable to wipe off.
However, despite the overwhelming evidence, Wright refused to accept the evidence due to Atishon and Inga's seizure of Fey. However, after Justice deduced that Fey needed to be kept alive in order to use the Founder's Orb, Wright immediately resigned his position as Atishon's attorney. Screaming for his grandfather, Atishon collapsed on the witness stand before being placed under arrest for his crime.
|I believe the youth of this country are our very future. Too long have they been looked down on and given the cold shoulder! So, to them I say! Ask not what you can do for your country! Ask what you can do for me!|
Atishon was the embodiment of the archetypal "sleazy politician", in that he was very evasive when questioned (instead preferring to promote his political campaign or simply walking away). His ego was inflated to the point that he would refer to others as "peasants", preferred to have others carry him around in his personal palanquin, and was oblivious to the fact that the locals of Kurain Village wished that he would stop canvassing via megaphone and were tearing his political posters down in disgust, instead believing that they were crying tears of joy when they saw him and that "fangirls" were taking the posters for themselves. Atishon was not afraid to flaunt his political power, knowing that a normal person would be unable to fight back against his family's influence.
In actuality, Atishon was a very pitiful person; he was willing to blackmail Wright to work for him and had seemingly no qualms with murdering Archie Buff simply because he would not give him the Founder's Orb. When backed into a corner on the witness stand, he would whine and beg for things to go back in his favor.
- His Japanese family name "Kiyoki" (清き) means "proper" or "clean", which is an ironic reference to his personality.
- His Japanese given name "Masaharu" (まさはる) can also be read as "seiji" (政治), which means "politics", referring to his profession.
- "Paul Atishon-Wimperson", his full English name, is a play on the word "politician" (referencing his profession) and both "wimp" and "whimper" (in reference to his personality).
- To date, Atishon is one of only five characters in the Ace Attorney games to have a known birth date, with the others being Dustin Prince, an unseen and unnamed relative of one of Shi-Long Lang's subordinates, Rayfa Padma Khura'in, and Sōseki Natsume (who was a real-life individual).
- Atishon is Wright's second known client to be guilty of murder, with the first being Matt Engarde.