Polar Boy makes another poor leadership move in the Levitz, Giffen and DeCarlo story from Legion of Super-Heroes 51 (Oct 88).
He puts Brainiac 5 on trial for the murder of Jaxon Rugarth. This is not a popular move among many members of the team, and the founders really don't like it when Polar Boy tries to explain to them that it was to deal with cases like this that they wrote the Legion Constitution in the first place. Saturn Girl acts as Brainiac 5's defense, although the Coluan shows no interest at all in the proceedings.
Meanwhile, Phantom Girl gathers together Shrinking Violet and Invisible Kid, the remaining members of the Espionage Squad, in order to find out what has happened to Chameleon Boy. This involves apologizing to Dawnstar, and requesting her help again. Dawnstar is actually not a bitch for once, and agrees.
Magnetic Kid and Lightning Lass take down a new villain, Garak of the Glow, who will return a few issues down the road. Lightning Lass has a new costume, and is now romantically interested in Magnetic Kid. Poor boy doesn't know what to do.
Brainiac 5 makes a big speech during the trial, about how the whole thing has no value. There is no disputing the events, the evidence, his motives, or anything like that. Only the question as to whether his actions were morally valid or not. Earthgov has no interest in pressing charges, Brainiac 5's throwaway inventions bring them massive prosperity. Rond Vidar beams in a message of support, but this doesn't change anything. Vidar cannot come in person, because Green Lanterns have bee banned from United Planets territory.
I like that we get to see the votes as they come in. There aren't a lot of surprises, as the conversations the Legionnaires have with each other clearly indicate the side they have chosen. Shadow Lass heads for Daxam with Mon-El, hoping to find some way to save his life.
As Brainiac 5 expected, the vote goes against Polar Boy, and for him. But by then he has already left, abandoning his lab and everything in it. He makes one stop, giving Duo Damsel his force field belt, and then returns to Colu.