If instead of trying to kill Palpatine now uncovered as Darth Sidious in the Chancellors office he listens to Anakin about taking Sidious to the Senate to stand trial.

What would most likely have happened in that scenario?

  • You need to rephrase this question if you want to keep it open, something along the lines of "What is the process for trying a Chancellor after their arrest in the Galactic Republic?" Something that may have a canon answer and doesn't ask us to speculate on events.
    – Edlothiad
    Oct 5, 2017 at 6:06
  • We wouldn't have a long debate about if Han shot first...
    – Goufalite
    Oct 5, 2017 at 6:07
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    I am the Senate!
    – Adamant
    Oct 5, 2017 at 6:13
  • Also possibly a dupe of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/84917/…
    – Valorum
    Oct 5, 2017 at 6:17
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    @Erchamion - Because the main plank of your question is whether Palpatine could have been taken to court. To court for what? All the Jedi have is a bunch of conjecture, rumour and hearsay about a mysterious figure called "Sidious" who's controlling everything. Literally the only thing that can pin on him objectively is that he's a secret Force user (e.g. by showing his midi-chlorian count) which isn't a crime.
    – Valorum
    Oct 5, 2017 at 7:06

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If Mace Windu had not attempted to kill Palpatine / Darth Sidious I fully expect Palpatine to have struck first.
Everything hinged on the successful execution of Order 66 for him, going along with being taken into custody would have revoked his power to activate it.

The only reason why he goaded Mace Windu into attacking was for Anakin's sake.

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