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Ace AttorneyNewsThursday, 5th October 2023 by

Trump’s lawyer brought a gaming laptop to court, and everyone on Bluesky made the same joke

We created a new Ace Attorney feed on Bluesky on Monday night (2nd October), and we were just in time to catch the birth of one of those weird, semi-memetic internet jokes.

See, Monday was the opening day of embattled former president Donald Trump’s fraud trial in Manhattan. And people couldn’t help noticing Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, turned up in court with an Asus ROG gaming laptop — its distracting, pulsing RGB logo on full display.

A photo of Donald Trump sitting next to his lawyer, who has an Asus gaming laptop. Its glowing RGB logo is clearly visible.
Picture credit: Seth Wenig/AP, via CNN

Eagle-eyed Bluesky poster Kana skeeted a picture of Ms Habba’s unusual choice, saying:

trump’s lawyer came to court with a gaming laptop and the RGB keyboard is strobing in the courtroom (not a bit)

Kana (, 2 Oct 2023 at 10:32pm

It only took 30 minutes for the Ace Attorney references to start flooding in.

I hope she’s playing ace attorney

evpok, surprised enthusiast (, 2 Oct 2023 at 11:02pm

On that screen:

A screenshot from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy. Phoenix Wright is pointing his index finger, arm outstretched, with a determined look on his face. (Alt text added by Critical Chicken.)
Chris Gentle (, 2 Oct 2023 at 11:07pm

She’s playing Ace Attorney for pointers.

Vausch (, 2 Oct 2023 at 11:48pm

She’s got Ace Attorney open in a separate window in case she needs some help

Neville (, 3 Oct 2023 at 12:05am

What’s the funniest game she could be playing? Beyond the obvious like Ace Attorney. Sims modded with Wicked Whims?

Viola Smart (, 3 Oct 2023 at 12:16am

Playing all of phoenix wright to prepare for the trial

ADCRDA (, 3 Oct 2023 at 12:41am

Y’all, come on.

It’s Ace Attorney, obviously.

Jillbles (, 3 Oct 2023 at 1:29am

She’s madly trying to finish Phoenix Wright before anyone realises she’s a MyPillow sales manager. “objection… hold it… okay, I got this”

David Fowles (, 3 Oct 2023 at 3:43am

Perhaps she had an Emulation of Phoenix Wright…for Legal Advice?


MuYoung (, 3 Oct 2023 at 4:16am

“Can we have a brief recess, your honor? I need to get to the next chapter of this Ace Attorney story to figure out my next objection. “

Orcish Law (, 3 Oct 2023 at 5:03am

She’s playing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney to practice for the trial 🤣🤣🤣

iKE PASTEL (, 3 Oct 2023 at 2:11pm

The defense attorney equivalent of Winston Payne right here (, 3 Oct 2023 at 11:25pm

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