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Old 10-29-2007, 05:50 PM   #123
Dunedain
 
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Yeah, but the problem is that in this particular case Darth Sidious also happened to be the *Chancellor of the Republic*. Under normal circumstances the Jedi could have turned over a sith lord they had captured to the Republic authorities for trial and punishment. But this was *not* a normal circumstance. He had corrupted the courts and government in general to the point that they couldn't even be trusted to hold him in prison and punish him for his crimes. Mace Windu obviously couldn't let him escape to go on murdering more people, or attempt to forcibly regain direct control of the government. He had to be stopped, and if the government could no longer be trusted to do it, then the Jedi would have to do it themselves. To save the Republic and save the lives of more innocent people who would otherwise be killed, Palpatine had to be stopped right there.
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