|“||Silence. I'm speaking.||„|
|~ Dee Vasquez|
In 2011, Vasquez witnessed a fight between Jack Hammer and a fellow actor named Manuel. An accident occurred shortly after when Hammer accidentally (later revealed to actually have been on purpose) pushed Manuel on sharp fences, which impaled and killed him. Due to Vasquez's mob contact, the accident never leaked to the press. Vasquez used said accident to blackmail Hammer later on.
Five years after the death of Manuel, Vasquez produced the popular kids show Steel Samurai, in which Will Powers played the titular main character and Jack Hammer played the main antagonist, the Evil Magistrate. By the time of the airing of the show, Hammer had fed up of being Vasquez's puppet and decided to exact revenge upon her. He then dressed in the Steel Samurai's costume and confronted Vasquez on Studio 2. After the subsequent fight, Hammer died after being impaled on the same fence that killed Manuel five years earlier. Vasquez, with the help of director Sal Manella, moved the body to Studio 1 and dressed it in the Evil Magistrate's costume, making it look like Powers had murdered him using the Samurai Spear.
Phoenix Wright defended Powers in court and managed to prove Vasquez guilty of the manslaughter (the only manslaughter in Wright's career).
Vasquez was one of the calmer witnesses ever in the series. She rarely got angry, even under the pressure of being suspected as the culprit. Whether this was due to her affiliations with the local mob is not confirmed. Vasquez had angry reactions here and there but even after she was proven guilty, she quickly returned to her normal self, accepting defeat. She also seemed to care about Manuel, being openly horrified after witnessing his death and presumably blackmailed Hammer as a form of revenge.
In her breakdown, Vasquez has a slight outburst in which she starts to tremble and eventually snaps her pipe in half, returning to her usual calm demeanor shortly after.
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