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Explain the significance of how Corey's deposition turns against him.

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Corey's deposition represents how all sensibilities of reason and rationality have become absent from Salem during the trials.  It is a condition in which people who are doing what is right are finding themselves victimized because of it. Corey wishes to offer a deposition to the court.  He believes that the justice system in Salem is a worthwhile one.  He believes that it is fair.  As much as he knows that things have moved off of the tracks in Salem, he believes that the legal system is free from this.  It is here where he is mistaken.  Corey finds out that the legal system is an entity in which individuals have sought to assume power and consolidate it.  In doing so, in making the court an exercise of individual power as opposed to a pursuit of justice, Corey's deposition is flipped against him.  He wishes not to divulge the name of the informant in question.  His desire to wish to protect privacy is where Corey finds himself trapped and placed in an unenviable predicament.  His lack of speech on the issue is perceived as a silence of guilt, a silence that he is withholding something of value in terms of being against the court.  In this, his testimony is used against him, reflecting how truly unjust the justice system in Salem has become.

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