While in custody, Nathaniel and his crew are told that there are already warrants out for their arrests and they are being charged with multiple counts of history change concerning events during the episodes: Genius, More Giant Worms, And More Giant Worms, The Planet With Two Names, A Different Ninosa, Asteroids, and Attack of The Mopheads. In addition, they are being charged with multiple counts emanating from a single act. Nathaniel argues that when he fought The Genius, he had never even heard of time travel and had no idea he was altering history simply by living his life in the present the way we all do. He argues that while he suspected he was changing history on Fkoojy, he had no idea such things were against the law or that time cops existed. He argues that on Iddhya he was doing nothing more than saving his life and he should not be expected to willingly die just to preserve the timeline. He argues that he has already fixed the mistakes he made on the planet with two names, albeit by changing his personal history. He argues that the events in the asteroid belt take place in “the future” (his, but not that of the BTJ) and there is no reason to expect him to know the official history there. He finally argues that he has never even been attacked by mopheads and that it is unjust to punish him for crimes he hasn’t yet committed – especially if he won’t ever be able to commit them if he is incarcerated. The cops argue that ignorance of history is no excuse and that even in fixing his mistake on the planet with two names, he did so sloppily. He was still supposed to land on the planet, but fail in his negotiations. Then the cops pile on additional charges for saving the lives of his crew thereby enabling his crew to make numerous future changes to history.
In hearing after hearing, Nathaniel argues for temporal anarchy and questions who the BTJ is to decide the “correct” version of history. They talk in circles and he is literally unable to see why some acts are “obviously” right and others are “obviously” wrong. He tries to escape, but T-Omega is in a no-paradox zone so that his future self cannot rescue him and he cannot rescue his past self. Eventually, he and his crew escape during a prison riot by temporal anarchists.